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This is a discussion based workshop inspired by the current exhibition This is Not a House, by Edgar Martins at The New Art Gallery Walsall. If you have an interest in photography both taking your own photographs and in discussing photographic styles and would like to meet like minded photographers within the region please book a free place and come along, its ideal for new photographers and seasoned pros. This event will include a practical demonstration of how to use a 5 x 4 camera and the considerations needed for this; planning a photography project and the importance of this to continue your own personal development; and looking at the type of photography genre that you might usually expect to see on a degree level photography course. The session will also be looking forward to a future exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall by photographer Martin Parr. The session is led by Malcolm Brice, professional art & commercial photographer who has taught at Nottingham Trent University for the past two years.
Check out Malcolm’s book ‘Incontinent Nostalgia and Sensory Ghosts’.
This FREE event will be from 1-4pm on Saturday 3rd December.
To book a free place (places limited) please call gallery reception on 01922 654400
Pete James (Head of Photographs - Bham Central Library) will be giving a talk on the Birmingham Photographic Library collection is Wed 16th November at Calumet Birmingham Branch. The talk is FREE and will prove to be an illuminating insight into the UK’s largest photographic collection.
With over 20 years experience as the curator of this Internationally acclaimed photographic collection, Pete James has a wealth of knowledge on many of the collections historically significant and more unusual images.
Birmingham Central Library holds one of the UK’s national collections of photography. Totalling some 3.5 million images, these internationally significant collections include work by some of the UK’s greatest photographers: Francis Frith, Francis Bedford, Roger Fenton, Edward Muybridge, Sir Benjamin Stone, Bill Brandt, Tony Ray Jones, Paul Hill, John Blakemore, Brian Griffin Peter Marlow and Chris Steele Perkins amongst others. The collection also includes a vast number images ranging from the less well-known to the downright bizarre.
In 2013 the photography collections will move into the Library of Birmingham where new facilities, including state-of-the-art gallery space, will open up full public access to these collections for the first time. In this, the first of a series of talks about the collections presented by Calumet and the Library of Birmingham, Pete James, Head of Photographs at the Library, will talk about some of the more obscure and less well-known photographs from the collections. Further talks by photographers and curators will follow in 2012.
Q. How did you get into photography/what is your background?
I’ve never had much of an ability to draw or paint, so I guess photography is my visual outlet. I used to take photos for Ocean Colour Scene when they played live or were in the studio, and that’s when I learnt how to use film and compose shots, and the various ways to shoot without flash in the pit. I was the two-cam girl - one camera would be loaded with b&w film, the other with colour, and I would literally shoot both cameras off at the same time while only looking through one lens. My love of fashion led me to the idea of a picture blog of people around town. Street style blogs are used by all kinds of people in the fashion industry for inspiration - designers, stylists……they are a big deal. I wanted Birmingham to be a part of that scene, and so the blog was launched with that in mind.
Q. How would you describe your style of photography?
I like images to have a dream-like quality to them, almost anti-reality, so I love using different effects on pictures.
Q. What equipment do you use?
My iPhone and some editing apps - this way I can enhance the pictures quickly while I’m on-the-go.
Q. Who/what has influenced your work?
Time definitely has the ultimate influence over my work - most people I take pictures of are in a rush to get somewhere, so I don’t have time to get them to pose perfectly or pick a great spot for the photo. I literally may have less than a minute to get their shot & give them my card. For the non-fashion sections of the blog, my influence is those pictures you see that make you think, that are not just factual shots. I love collages & close-ups so like to use this method a lot.