Exhibitions

London's Waterways - Exhibition

Minako iwatake

Minako Iwatake photo

Members of the group have got together to display their collection of images gleaned from walking around London’s waterways – the local canals and further afield, the Thames estuary.

Runs 25 June – 30 July 2017
Private View 28th June, 6.30-9pm

Dominion Arts Centre & Library
112 The Green
Southall UB2 4BQ

Transport: Southall mainline station – 5mins walk


Thirteen Exhibition

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Chris Moxey is part of a group called Thirteen who will be having an exhibition at the Croatian Embassy, from May 25th until June 26th. The Embassy is at 21 Conway Street, London W1T 6BN, about 7 minutes walk from Warren St underground.


Infinitely more important is the looking!

Eggleston

There is a William Eggleston exhibition of people just started at the National Portrait Gallery (see here for a review). On Thursday evening several of us in the group had the privilege of going to hear a conversation with him about his work. The conversation was between Bill (if I may call him that), the curator of the show and Sean O Hagan, writer on photography for the Guardian and Observer (and clearly a fan).

William Eggleston was described by Sean O Hagan as the greatest living photographer. He is now quite frail in a wheelchair but whilst he took a while to respond to questions his wit was biting - it was both an informing and hilarious evening. The work looks amazing. I am sure you don't need me to tell you that Eggleston is celebrated for the way he embraced colour photography as an art form, both causing a huge reaction and controversy in his show in New York in 1976. He is not thought of in relation to portaiture so this is quite an original representation of his work I think.

What was entertaining about the interview was that a lot of the questions were leading Eggleston to explore deeper meanings in his work or photography in general but largely he was having none of it. So to give a couple of examples he was pressed whether Warhol had influenced his work - cue 10 second pause followed by "No!". Was his work symbolic - cue 10 second pause followed by "No!". Looking back on it was it symbolic - cue 10 second pause followed by "No!". Exploring the significance of his first moving image film looking for its significance he responded "We got practically nowhere". When hanging out with various celebraties whose pictures are in the exhibition, again looking for deep conversations he responded that with Joe Strummer "Don't know what we talked about - nothing important!". It really was laugh out loud funny, as well as a lesson for those conducting the conversation into perhaps asking a few more open rather than closed question. But there were a few threads that flowed much better such as when he was asked about his friendships. 

As a photographer he only takes one frame - he can't see the point of more; he doesn't take time to set up - it's not an issue; and he doesn't crop (another "no!" answer). As he reflected on travelling he suggested 

As one wanders round the world often one doesn't know the next place you're going to be. It's usually some kind of suprise, mostly of a happy kind.

And when asked about the writing on various photographs in the show it seemed to get to the heart of the matter. He said the photographs speak for themselves. If you look they say a lot. 

More than words it's the looking at the results that's important, not the writing or the talking. Infinitely more important is the looking!

So get yourself down there and do some looking!


Thirteen

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Group member Chris Moxey is exhibiting in Thirteen: 

A Photographic exhibition in the Gallery of the Embassy of Croatia, 21 Conway Street W1T 6BN

20 May - 30 June 2016

Mon - Thurs, 11am - 2pm Fri, 10am - 12pm


Visit the exhibition at Artisan coffee shop in Ealing Broadway

The group are currently exhibiting photos at Artisan coffee shop on Ealing Broadway. There have been three rounds of the exhibition, one a month, and the last one is now running. It's a free flowing showcase of the group's work, ideal to look at whilst drinking a (very good it has to be said) coffee.

bus stop by alex arnaoudov

Artisan is open every day and is on 32 New Broadway.