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Session 3 May 2011


Instant coffees Editorial

by Roger Watson

I made my first visit to Instant Coffees last month and was more than a little surprised, but in a pleasant way. As a museum curator, I’m more used to seeing photographs on walls or in books, something tangible that can be held in your hands, but the presentation in Bristol took me in a different direction. Fleeting images, flashed on a screen with musical accompaniment. These were a cross between still photography, video installation, cinema and in some cases, music videos. I saw the images and heard the sounds but they were fleeting and less tangible in a way leaving memories in my head but nothing in my hands. The images ranged from sadly beautiful scenes of decay in British cities, echoing the loss of hope in recent decades for the future of urban life; the dark humour used to reveal truths about the established church and its effects on its own people, using the church’s symbols to reflect both the belief of the people and the abuses piled on them in the name of religion; Street photography in Lima with colours and costumes that, in contrast to the typical western cities of London or New York, made it look like street photography from another planet. Each was a short piece rarely running more than 5 minutes from beginning to end. The pace of the images reflected the themes of both the images and the musical score accompanying them. From still photographs and a piece of music, short films were produced that directed the viewer in ways that photos on a wall never can. Did the combination of images ‘choreographed’ to music feel artificial, did I feel manipulated to ‘feel’ more about the images than if they were presented silently on their own? Yes, but surprisingly I didn’t mind. I was able to relax for a few minutes with each artist’s vision


playing out in front of me. It left no time to ponder individual images but instead, like a hearty meal, you felt the textures of each ingredient and the different flavours and in the end came away satisfied. Did they all work? To some extent yes, but some less well than others. Some, such as Si, clero I think would have worked better on a museum wall. The deep symbolism in some of the images and even some of the dark jokes passed by too fast for us to take them all in. Others, in particular Brioni Campbell’s images were part of a document and were structured in such a way that I’d rather see them in book form where text could be added to add nuance to the story. I came away a smile and a desire to rethink how I present photographs in the museum. The purity of museum walls often dictate meaning and give weight to images that they may not otherwise have. Some images don’t need six months on a museum wall to have significance; sometimes six seconds of light and colour on a screen is enough to implant the images in our minds. There are more ways to make photographs work than I had become accustomed to. Roger Watson. Curator of Fox Talbot´s Museum


ANTONIO MIÑAN .....ESTA LLUVIA LIGERA


© Antonio miñan


© Antonio miñan


© Antonio miñan


He graduated in Environmental Sciences from University of Granada (Spain) in 2004. He has been working as a photographer since 2007. He has assisted in a number of photography workshops (Jose Manual Navia, Ricky Dávila, Oscar Molina, Matías Costa, Anders Petersen). In 2007 he received a scholarship from Fundación Santa María de Albarracín. He was selected in TRAFIC´s portfolios review in 2009 (Barcelona) with his work “... esta lluvia ligera”.

… esta lluvia ligera (This Light rain) These pictures represent the last three years. Their purpose is not completely clear, but I take them from the “peaceful tension” of everyday life.. I don´t intend this to be a diary or an attempt to document my own life, I am just taking them in the most daily manner, but I reiterate, my aim is not to create a diary but to tell a story. As time passes, the pictures and the editing is changing, therefore this will be a new edition for Instant coffees. Since the method of creating these photographs is not tied to any particular geographic or temporal marks, it seems logical to think that the editing should also not be framed in such terms. I can imagine the editing finishing when a feeling of finality takes me one of this days, however, until now , it continues...


brionY campell the dad project


© BRIONI CAMPELL


© BRIONI CAMPELL


© BRIONI CAMPELL


She received a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Grade-distinction) from London College of Communication in 2009. She has published her work in The Guardian (weekend magazine), The Independent, The Observer (music monthly), The Sunday Times Magazine and The Financial Times. Awards: Webby Awards–Peoples choice winner 2011 Magenta Foundation Flash Foward–winner 2010 Julia Margret Cameron Award – finalist, 2010 American Photographer 26 – chosen entrant, 2010 Artists Wanted, The Power of the Self – honorable mention, 2010 Triodos Bank, Social Enterprise Photo Award – winner, 2009

The Dad project This is the story of an ending without an ending. This is a work in progress and I hope it always will be. This is my attempt to say goodbye to my Dad with the help of my camera. Being a good daughter to my dying dad was tricky. I struggled to find the balance between dedication to his needs and distraction from my grief. At first the idea of introducing a camera into this already un-resolvable equation seemed unwise, but eventually I think it became the solution.

WEBSITE:

www.brionycampell.com


CESAR FAJARDO mIGRANTES: LIMA, LA GRAN PROVINCIA


© CESAR FAJARDO


© CESAR FAJARDO


© CESAR FAJARDO


Cesar Fajardo was born in Peru. He studied photography at the High School centre of the image in Peru between 2005 and 2008. His last exhibition was “Hacia una expropiación” in 2008 at the Graduates exhibition in Ojo Ajeno gallery in Lima. He has been working as Diario de Peru21 photojournalist for the last 3 years. Currently, he has received the Arles Scholarship to do a personal photography project.

Migrantes: Lima, La gran Provincia A wave of terror shook the country between 1980 and 1990. The communist party “ Sendero Luminoso” and the State ended the lives of approximately 70 thousand Peruvians. Provincial people were sadly the most affected. Entire families were compelled to leave their lands and find shelter in the capital, Lima. But they didn´t come alone, they brought with them their fears and habits but above all the desire to improve their lives. If they didn´t have a house, they would build one on the surrounding hills, if they didn´t get a job they would improvise a business on the streets. The city began to change completely. With time, their presence and their informality, they came to be part of our daily lives. It is not rare to find curtain vendors in the street, clothes stalls juxtaposed with modern buildings or even masked balls celebrating a patron saints day. Lima has become, since then, a blend of all the regions of Peru.

WEBSITE:

http://clickurbano.blogspot.com


DAVID DEL VAL YES, CLERGY


© DAVID DEL VAL


© DAVID DEL VAL


© DAVID DEL VAL


David del Val (Lleida, 1976) won the Lux de Oro award in 2005, given by the Asociación de Fotógrafos Profesionales de España (Association of Professional Photographers of Spain). His collections like Sí, Clero, a finalist in the Lux 2008 and Emergent’08 awards, are believed to be a critical and ironic vision of the world that worries him. This work has been shown in Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Tarragona, Lleida, etc. In 2009 the Hartmann Gallery of Barcelona exhibited the photographic series Cry, Crisis, within the collective exhibition Crisis, What Crisis? In 2010, a sample of his work as an emerging artist is displayed in the Foto Colectania Foundation (Barcelona). Additionally, the Pantumaca series was selected for an exhibition organized by the Museo del Traje (Madrid) and his work Human autotomy has been exhibited in the fundation of Institut d’Estudis Ilerdencs (Lleida) from February to April 2010. Tagomago Gallery recently acquired his work after displaying it in Valid Photo Gallery of Barcelona and is currently exhibiting his work in progress Common Spaces in Sala enArt of Lleida.

Yes, Clergy When faith is consumed Si, clero (Yes,clergy) is not an attack to Christians, it is a criticism to the church hierarchy that sells the faith as a consumer product. The images are a wake-up call to an increasingly corrupt institution, inconsistent and far from its origin that tries to maintain its power through fear, shouting: You must follow us or you will be damned!!


*(The title in Spanish sounds similar “Sí, quiero” (I do), two words you used to answer the question Do you want to marry me? That is a pun!) WEBSITE:

www.daviddelval.com


SIMON CARRUTHERS RICHARD CHIVERS ALEX CURRIE OLIVER PERROT HUMAN ENDEAVOUR


Š alex currie


Š alex currie


Š alex currie


Simon Carruthers Born in Hertfordshire and now based in London, Simon graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a First Class degree in Editorial Photography. In the same year he was selected for the This Working Life LCD/ Redeye Photography Award, and was later short listed for the Pavilion Commissions programme in 2008 and again for the BJP Project Assistance Award in 2009. Alongside staging exhibitions in London, Brighton and Liverpool, Simon’s work has featured in publications including Wallpaper*,The British Journal of Photography and CAN Magazine. WEBSITE:

www.simoncarruthers.org.uk

Richard Chivers Richard Chivers is a contemporary landscape photographer based in Brighton. Since graduating from the University of Brighton in 2006, Richard has been working on his own self initiated projects and commercial architectural assignments. He has received funding from the Arts Council England and the Geologists Association and exhibited his work across the South East of England and London. Richard has also been commissioned by the Photographers Gallery in London to teach key stage 3 children, to explore the environment through photography. WEBSITE:

www.rchivers.co.uk


Alex Currie UK based contemporary photographer Alex Currie graduated with a Photography BA from Brighton University in 2007. His photographic practice is concerned with exploring often overlooked urban and industrial environments, places that impact heavily upon the individual subconscious. It is within this construct that a greater understanding of the human psyche is sought, and how the implications of the modern world reflect upon our everyday being. Alex has exhibited widely across the South East of England, and has also spent time on location in France and The Netherlands. Having produced many successful shows and been awarded funding from the Arts Council, he is currently producing solo work while also collectively producing and curating new works for the 2010 Brighton Photo Biennial Fringe. WEBSITE:

www.alexcurrie.com

Oliver Perrott Oliver Perrott (born 1983, England) studied and gained a BA in Photography from Brighton University. Awarded Double Merit Winner at the Fujifilm Student Awards 2007, Oliver was also short listed for the Royal Photographic Society’s under 25s Gold Society Medal and Prize in 2008. Oliver’s work is concerned with the crossover between the natural and the man made, inspired by how we humans have shaped our world. Alongside shooting personal projects, Oliver shoots Architecture and Interiors for private and commercial clients throughout the UK. WEBSITE:

www.oliverperrott.com


Human endeavour Human Endeavour was conceived back in 2007 with the aim of bringing together like-minded photographers with a view to curating and enabling the set up and exhibition of new works around a central theme. The objective is to exhibit photographic work that is themed in conjunction with ideas of human activity and intervention that resonate with important topical issues of the day. As a collective, these images bring together new perspectives on the dialogue that occurs through our evolving relationship within the landscape we inhabit, and how this resonates upon the collective human psyche in wider society. WEBSITE:

www.humanendeavour.co.uk


JOSE DECONDE PLAYA (BEACH)


© JOSE DECONDE


© JOSE DECONDE


© JOSE DECONDE


Student of Documentary Photography at Blankpaper Photography School (Madrid, Spain). Workshops with Paolo Nozolino, Ricky Dávila and Ricardo Cases. Some prizes and mentions: Writer at Blog SanDisk (PhotoEspaña, November 2010). First Price Street Photography Rue Public (2010). 2nd prize at PhotoBlog “Otoño al aire libre”, (PhotoEspaña, 2010). 3rd prize Blog “La Noche en Blanco” (PhotoEspaña, Madrid 2009) 2nd prize Sport Photography at INEF (Politechnic University of Madrid). Exhibitions: Montsequi Gallery 2009 (Madrid, España). Projections: Imaginaria 2011 and Fotoaplauso (november 2010 and april 2011). Current work: He is actually developing his work regarding the concept of Neighborhood in Spain, and specifically in the city in which he was born, Madrid.

Playa (beach) Trying to follow the line created by Martin Parr, Deconde describes people that spend their holidays at Spanish beaches. This document shows in a natural (and funny) way how tourists love to rest in a way as passive as possible. It also makes one think about the need for disconnection of city people, who almost pretend to “die” in the sand under the sun. WEBSITE:

www.josedeconde.com


michele tagliaferri 8 months


© MICHELE TAGLIAFERRI


© MICHELE TAGLIAFERRI


© MICHELE TAGLIAFERRI


Born in Piombino (Italy) 1980. licensed in engineering, moves to spain in 2005, year in which he first approaches photography. In 2008 he enrolls in BlankPaper’s annual documentary photography class. In 2009 he quits his job in engineering to travel Latin America for almost a year, during which he produces all the photographs contained in 8 months. He currently lives and works in Madrid. Studies -Licensed in Computer Engineering, 2005. -Annual Documentary Photography course in BlankPaper School of Photography (Madrid). 2008/2009 Acknowledgements -10x15 Fanzine -Lleida, 2010 Prize and Private Space Award at Festival Emergent

8 Months “In the open sheet of paper, Kenny tells the story of a boy who, every morning, listens to the sound of a harmonica filling the walls of his house. Every morning it was a different song; the unpredictable variety made for a lousy alarm clock. When he did wake up, looking out the window he would see a bicycle travelling away, escaping. He was never able to distinguish the rider’s face, the bicycle’s wheels, brand or colour. That first gaze permanently held the impression of proximity, though the figure was always


too far, feet circling the ground, hand held up to the rider’s face, sound, music, and later only the sun, the sun and all those unbearable stains in the sky.� (Pablo Natale) With my images I attempt to find an escape or refuge from the ever-growing acceleration contained by modern society; an alternative way to go about my life. I am looking to generate a map composed of tiny marks, joined within them to draw another possible horizon for myself. I, as Kenny, still wonder if one day I’ll be able to see the man with the harmonica. WEBSITE:

www.micheletagliaferri.com


RACHEL WOLFE 90,000 MILES


© RACHEL WOLFE


© RACHEL WOLFE


© RACHEL WOLFE


Born 1984 in Dixon, Illinois (USA). I’m primarily motivated by this simple idea: find and create something beautiful and make it more meaningful. This is how I connect, work and interact with people, places and everything. Balance and place play key roles in my work. That which underlies or unifies beyond the frame is the narrative I look to construct and explore. Deep emotional and intuited energy I gain from places, spaces and people-the dreams and abstracted ideas I have-the physical and emotional seasons become symbols for balance in creating stories, ideals and meanings. I strive to represent unseen and tangible forces in my attempt to open myself to new worlds of possibility and make work that reflects and questions those discoveries.

90,000 miles The photographs in 90,000 Miles are the visual half of a nonlinear narrative. The book includes poetry and chronicles a specific window of time in my life. The story is familiar to many growing up during the twenty and twenty-first century transition, but unique as I literally led my life between two worlds, half in the country, half in the city and somewhere alongside the highway that would eventually bind the experiences that create the foundation of who I am still becoming.

WEBSITE:

www.rachelwolfe.com


SEBA KURTIS 700 MILES


© SEBA KURTIS


© SEBA KURTIS


© SEBA KURTIS


Seba Kurtis (Argentina, 1974) grew up in Buenos Aires under a violent and bloody dictatorship. He studied journalism and was a political activist. In 2001, Argentina fell under economical and political crisis, unemployment rocketed, banks restricted access to money and chaos developed in the streets. He left for Europe and remained in Spain as an illegal immigrant for over 5 years. This experience became the main inspiration for his work, an exploration of the dynamics behind irregular migration and the resultant impact on culture, society and the individual. Now he lives in the UK.

700 miles There are currently 45 million Hispanics working or living in the USA, of which 12 million are suspected illegal. The diluting of their race breeds insecurity in some American citizens, fearful of the face of America being changed. An anti-immigrant crusade has developed to prevent illegal aliens from crossing the southern border. In 2006 President Bush authorised the fencing of 700 miles of the US-Mexico border of the states of California, Texas and Arizona. This $2.2 billion project has been compared to the Berlin Wall. Patriotic Americans have given up their free time to become vigilantes, “Minutemen�, who secure the border themselves and report any infiltration to the border police from 24 hour video cameras in their own home.

WEBSITE:

www.sebakurtis.com


TOMAS HEIN ARCHAEOLOGY NOW


© TOMAS HEIN


© TOMAS HEIN


© TOMAS HEIN


Born in Buenos Aires, 1985 Based in London and available for commissions. Education 2008 - 2011 BA (Hons) Photographic Arts, University of Westminster, London Group Exhibitions + Upcoming 1 - 8 July - Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia 16 June - Free Range, Truman Brewery, London, UK Other Book producer, photographer and editor - State: Artists Catalogue - Cohort Now, Freies Museum Berlin - Germany, 2010 (download catalogue PDF). June - November 2010 - Student Ambassador at The Wallace Collection  - London, UK April 2010 - Curator of Genesis: Art for Haiti - London, UK

Archaeology Now It is the result of a recent eviction at Gerrard Rd. in Islington, London. Knowing nothing about the people who lived there, I managed to access the flat and photograph the items that were left behind, amongst them a collection of family photographs. The juxtaposition of the objects photographed suggests a narrative that allows the spectator to construct an identity of those who once inhabited the space at Gerrard Road.


Having never been in China, I personally can’t begin to understand their culture so my interest lied in the origin and history of this family that becomes explicit through the act of photographing. Moreover, cultural differences and generational differences begin to emerge.

WEBSITE:

www.tomashein.com


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