September 26, 2014

Friday Round Up - 26th September, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up Don McCullin’s exhibition opens in Sydney, John G. Morris in France, plus a look at Filter Festival Chicago, Photoville New York and Guernsey Festival in the Channel Islands. And last chance to see Robert Ashton's and Tom Evangelidis’ shows in Melbourne.

Exhibition: Sydney 

Don McCullin
The Impossible Peace
From War Photographs to Landscapes

Don McCullin last year at Visa pour l'Image in front of one of his most
recognised images from the Biafra Civil War 1968 below
(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor

(C) Don McCullin courtesy Contact Press Images

Opening tonight, this exhibition, curated by Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images New York, marks the first time Don McCullin’s photographs have been shown in Australia.

I saw The Impossible Peace last year at Visa pour l’Image, where the retrospective filled the cathedral spaces of the Église des Dominicans in Perpignan, France. This exhibition features McCullin's conflict images, and also his landscape work as well as street photography, particularly his study of the homeless in the UK.

(C) Don McCullin courtesy Contact Press Images
During our interview McCullin told me he is now too old in body to trek the streets of London with camera in hand, but that street photography was something he had greatly enjoyed. “Young photographers don’t need to leave their homeland to find conflict, it is in their own communities, they just have to look,” he said. (My feature interview with Don McCullin will be published next week in NZ Pro Photographer magazine, in print and for iPad).

(C) Don McCullin courtesy Contact Press Images

The Impossible Peace
State Library of NSW in association with Reportage Projects 2014
27 September to 26 October, 2014

Exhibition: Rennes, France 

Somewhere in France
John G. Morris

John G. Morris (L) with Robert Pledge Contact Press Images in Rennes 19 September 2014
At 97 years of age the former photo editor of LIFE magazine and the New York Times, John G. Morris is having the time of his life. His new book, Somewhere in France, is being lauded as the most personal view of World War II ever published. And thanks to the book's popularity, Morris is traversing the globe sharing his thoughts on photojournalism, and there are few, if any, who know more about the subject.

During our interview in Paris recently, Morris told me he was busier than ever. “Last week I was in Luxembourg giving a talk. This week I’m going to Rennes for the launch of my exhibition at the Hotel de Ville and a symposium the following day. Next month it’s New York. These are busy times”.

And Morris is loving every moment. If I didn’t know his age, I would have thought he was in his sixties, such is his energy, enthusiasm and sharp recollection. 

In Somewhere in France Morris' recollects the summer of 1944. At the time Morris was based in London working for LIFE. Not satisfied with a remote view of the war, he determined to see events for himself. He left the London bureau to join LIFE photographers Robert Capa, George Rodger, Robert Landry, Ralph Morse, David E. Scherman, and Frank Scherschel in Normandy and Brittany, taking with him a dozen rolls of film. He wasn’t a photographer and the pictures taken were for his personal record. 

Nearly 70 years later Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images unearthed the images and encouraged Morris to publish a book. Somewhere in France (which was all that soldiers could reveal to loved ones of their location) is the result and features not only Morris’ pictures, but also the love letters he wrote to his wife who was back in the USA. 

All photos (C) John G. Morris courtesy Contact Press Images

He says the exhibition of these pictures in Rennes is personally significant for him. “I photographed in Rennes the day it was liberated on August 5th 1944. I walked into the Mayor’s office and there was a man seated at the mayor’s desk. I said 'are you the mayor?' He said no. So I asked, 'where is the mayor?' And he told me the mayor had left during the night. He had been a collaborator”.

The city of Rennes is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of its liberation and Morris’ photographs are being displayed in “gigantic print form on the town square at the Hotel de Ville (below). 

My full interview with Morris will be published in the coming weeks. What an absolute delight it was to get the opportunity to speak with Morris who is not only a legend in photojournalism, but a really nice guy too.

Hôtel de Ville
Rennes, France
Until 19 October 

Festivals: New York

(C) Wall Street Journal

This year Photoville  features more than 50 exhibitions in the “Container Exhibition” program spanning the gamut of contemporary photography including curated shows from The Everyday Projects – Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Iran, Jamaica, Latin America, Middle East and USA; Australian Ashley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the Fallen, and so much more. 

Photos courtesy of Photoville Instagram

There are also more than a dozen outdoor exhibitions and installations, including Australia’s Head On Portrait Prize exhibition on show at Photoville for the first time. Plus there are workshops and talks and the Photoville FENCE exhibitions featuring work from 55 photographers. 

On the FENCE

(c) Melissa Mooney

The Brooklyn FENCE (above), which was the original, and the Boston and Atlanta FENCES, attract thousands of visitors and really take photography to the people in large-sized prints that are impossible to ignore. You can view the Brooklyn FENCE Slideshow here

Check out the Photoville website here
Until 28 September

Festival: Channel Islands
Guernsey Photography Festival 

(C) Sam Harris

Held in Guernsey in the Channel Islands off the coasts of England and France, this biennial festival presents its fourth edition with the theme “Faith, Family, and Community”. Featuring exhibitions by a diverse group of photographers as well as portfolio reviews, screen projections, live music, education and community streams, Guernsey Photography Festival presents a comprehensive program over four weeks.

This year Australia’s Sam Harris (we’ve adopted him since he moved from the UK to take up digs in Western Australia) has an exhibition of his work "Middle of Somewhere" along with a total of 24 exhibiting photographers including:

Liz Hingley “Under Gods: Stories from the Soho Road"

Abbas “Faces of Christianity” 

Arno Brignon “Josephine” 

Maria Kapajeva “Family” 

Andrei Nacu “In the forsaken garden time is a thief” 

David Moore “Pictures from the real world” 

Sam Harris "Middle of Somewhere"

Until 18 October
Various Venues
Visit the Guernsey Photography Festival website here

Festivals: Chicago
Filter Photo 

This week Filter Photo Festival in Chicago is in full swing with exhibitions, workshops and panel discussions as well as its core focus, portfolio reviews – this year 30 gallery curators and photography experts will review the portfolios. Held in downtown Chicago, Filter Photo is focused on connecting artists with curators and gallery owners and giving emerging artists in particular a unique opportunity to meet with those who may help direct their careers.

This May Have Happened
Group exhibition at David Weinberg Photography

© Eileen Keator

© Amiko Wenjia Li

© Daniel Coburn

Filter Photo Festival until 28 September
Various Venues
Visit the Filter Photo website for details

Exhibitions: Melbourne
Last chance to see: 

Robert Ashton – Into the Hollow Mountains
A Portrait of Fitzroy 1974
Colour Factory 
409-429 Gore St


Tom Evangelidis – Façade
Edmund Pearce Gallery
Level 2, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street
Both Closing Saturday 27 September

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