Category: Photography

Start a War Online Exhibition: Interview with photographer Kevin Morosky

Dec 2, 2012
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Start a War Online Exhibition: Interview with photographer Kevin Morosky
Fresh from his successful show 'SIX' last year, London-based photographer Kevin Morosky continues to explore the nature of human on relationships in his new photography online exhibition 'Start a War'.  He moves on to collaborate with his buddies, the new wave pop duo We the Committee, who provided the song which became the backdrop for this amazing online exhibition.   The haunting and melancholic sound by We the Committee heightens and complements Kevin's raw, intimate and honest series about a couple going through the motions of love and the infighting that goes along with it. If Kevin's 'SIX'  explored the theory of six degrees of separation and how we are all connected with each other, 'Start a War' is not afraid to  delve into the root and intimacy of love relationships. Read More »

Top 19 images from the World Press Photo Contest – Southbank Centre

Nov 23, 2012
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Top 19 images from the World Press Photo Contest – Southbank Centre

In a BBC documentary of his life and works, photographer William Klein said that everyone seems to be into photography these days. To quote loosely, he says what's really fascinating is that people are producing things that are 'avant-garde' which professional photographers do not even dream of doing. 

I'm part of this community of instant snappers - with my Lumix and SLR everywhere I go just to capture pretty much 'whatever' without having a care in the world whether the picture is good enough. I am sure there are more gung-ho Instagrammers better than me who are producing more creative and quirky stuff but I still have yet to see photos that haunt, disturb or help us reflect about the world in which we live in. Thankfully, the World Press Photo Contest Read More »

The Sunday Times Magazine: 50th Anniversary at the Saatchi Until 4 March

Feb 26, 2012
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The Sunday Times Magazine: 50th Anniversary at the Saatchi Until 4 March

After almost a year of blogging, I can honestly say how much I've enjoyed writing and owning this blog. It's my own little kingdom where I can write about anything without having to follow protocols and restrictive editorial guidelines. And in my book, that is priceless.

One of the other priceless and most touchings things I've seen during two weekends ago was the Sunday Times Magazine exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The exhibition celebrates photojournalism at its best while also looking back at the importance of print journalism in the 20th century. And although, I love all things digital, nothing can replace the act of  flipping pages off a magazine or a book and seeing  amazing covers of people and unforgettable moments in history. Read More »

The Great Rancinan Unveils his Masterpieces in London

Sep 21, 2011
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The Great Rancinan Unveils his Masterpieces in London

I was lucky to be the first person to arrive for the press preview of 'Rancinan in London' at the Opera Gallery last week, because other than being the art blogger who has beaten 'real' journalists for being on time (I arrived 12 noon sharp!), I also had the opportunity to meet Gérard Rancinan himself who was still in the middle of overseeing the arrangement of his large-scale photographs with Jean-David Malat, Director of Opera Gallery and journalist Caroline Gaudriault.

Clad in denim  jeans and jacket, the great  Rancinan had no airs.  He was simple, unassuming, accommodating and was kind enough to give this blogger time and say "you can ask me anything." This man, who has earned four World Press Awards and was on his first stop world photography tour has just told me that.  I knew this was not about being a darling of the press but I  like him. Read More »

Thomas Struth Searches for the Sublime: Photographs 1978-2010 at the Whitechapel Gallery

Sep 1, 2011
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Thomas Struth Searches for the Sublime: Photographs 1978-2010 at the Whitechapel Gallery

Unlike other photographers, it sometimes takes Thomas Struth a few days to capture an image on camera. The celebrated German photographer's long and arduous creative process demonstrate the emphasis he puts in the art of seeing and his meticulous love  for details.

Visiting his first UK survey at the Whitechapel gallery, I was overwhelmed by the range and diversity of subjects and the way they were arranged as if the pieces themselves were engaged in a visual  conversation. From jungles, skyscrapers, family portraits and his much celebrated museum photographs and technical pieces, it is evident that Thomas Struth continues to search for the sublime in the mundane - things that  we don't normally give a damn just because we see them everyday. Read More »

I´m Big, I´m Small: Rashid Rana at the Lisson Gallery

Apr 22, 2011
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I´m Big, I´m Small: Rashid Rana at the Lisson Gallery

As an art form, the rise of cheap digital cameras has put photography in a more questionable position  than ever before. For one, taking photos nowadays do not necessarily require any creative skills whatsoever. I´ve taken hundreds of photos myself but none necessarily could be called art. How can photography then be considered art?

It´s worth taking a look at Rashid Rana´s exhibit at the Lisson gallery (ending on April 30)to see how photography can be propelled to other dimensions. I was curious to find out about Rashid after reading a post by another blogger branding  Rashid as a boring contemporary artist.  Rashid is a Pakistani visual artist who uses pixelated constructions of photography, sculpture and installation to explore themes of cultural identity in South Asia as it struggles between tradition and modernity. Read More »

Fears about blogging & Dmitri Kasterine at the National Portrait Gallery

Mar 28, 2011
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Fears about blogging & Dmitri Kasterine at the National Portrait Gallery

It took me  a long to decide to be blogging again. It´s  really scary to write about one´s thoughts and have all the world judge you (well atleast your close friends as your first readers). I have never been confident or comfortable about my writing even though I had been writing here and there for quite some time. It´s probably the reason why I was attracted to visual arts in the first place because words do not hold the same power for me as a visual image.

Words do not easily rain from heaven for me. I dig graveyards to extract words enough to be able to tell a story. But here I am trying to blog about art just because it matters to me. And I believe blogging is literally stripping yourself naked.

I guess it´s the same for art. You have to be bold enough to put yourself out there. Read More »