Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Favourites from Paradise Lost

Every week in honour of #PhaidonFriday I pick one of my favourite features from the Agenda.  Today, I'm delving into the archives and revisiting Paradise Lost by aerial photography's pioneer, Georg Gerster.

Between 1976 and 1978, Gerster was granted rare permission to record the landscapes and cities of Persia. The patterns and features that are formed, sometimes only momentarily, make some of the most amazing aerial photographs.  These are for fans of geologist turned photographer, Berhard Edmaier and his books Earthsong and Earth on Fire. has a gallery of photographs from the book Paradise Lost and there is also a video with Georg Gerster at the opening of his exhibition in March 2010.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Favourites from Art Basel, Miami Beach

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Color Aditivo (1975-2010) Sicardi Gallery, Houston

Every week in honour of #PhaidonFriday I pick my favourite feature from  The onset of winter this week has lead me to think of sunnier pastures and Miami seems to be a good place to land. 

The Miami branch of Art Basel is in town from the 2nd to 5th of December, so there's only this weekend to visit.  The Agenda has an Insider's Guide to the fair from Sara McCrory, Curator of Frieze Foundation.  

Galleries to watch would be 303 Gallery and Andrew Kreps in New York and Maisterravalbuena Galeria in Madrid. 

You can also check out highlights of what the attending galleries are showing and some of the other art events which are on at the same time including Art Asia, Red Dot Art Fair and Design Miami.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Just a few cards

Mark Weaver, Midcentury Holidays

If you are looking for Christmas cards this year, look no further than Just A Few Cards.  This collection of nine artists was chosen by Paul Octavious of and Shawn Kelly of after they discovered they had a shared opinion about the state of Christmas cards available to them.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Before, if there was a before at all...

Horizon's recent program What Happened Before the Big Bang? was was one of the most visually experimental and interesting programs I have seen for a while on television.  How is that? When all that were being interviewed were scientists about their calculations of predictions on the beginning of the universe.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Favourites from Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore, Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ, August 10, 1973, (1973)

Every week in honour of #PhaidonFriday I'm going to be picking my favourite features from  This week it's the master Photographer Stephen Shore.

I love the simplicity of his images, but when they are all seen together in books like American Surfaces you notice patterns and details, different and the same between each of the photos.  

Phaidon Agenda this week features Shore's exhibition in Berlin, so if you're in the area you should definitely go and see it at the Sprüth Magers Gallery.  It features  80 previously unpublished photographs from his series Uncommon Places.

You can see a selection of what's on display in the gallery and a deeper look into what to expect from the exhibition and Stephen Shore's photography on

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Direct action gets results?

Students gather in Trafalgar Square
The Guardian (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Today saw the second student protest in 2 weeks against the escalation of university tuition fees in the UK. It was hoped that todays event would be a peaceful one and that the scenes from the 10th November 2010 would not be repeated.  At this time, students are still on the streets and there are reports that the police kettle is still in action.  

Check BBC News and The Guardian for for full story as it happens.

Pictures from London and around the UK are quickly being put out through the news and online. 

Here's my selection of what's out now.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lanvin hearts H&M

Tomorrow (23 November 2010), H&M is due to release it's latest design collaboration collection. This time round it is the designs of one of the oldest French fashion houses, Lanvin who will be brought to the high street.  These collections are such limited runs, you are lucky if you get one of even the most low-key items, that the clothes seem to come second to the hype and PR trail that they leave behind them. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The politics of photography

David Cameron and Nick Clegg walk into Number 10 Downing St, 12 May 2010 (Andy Parsons)
This week saw the photographer Andy Parsons and web producer Nicky Woodhouse taken off the civil service payroll and returning to the conservative party's books after there was outrage that they were being paid for by the tax payer at this time of extreme spending cuts.  Whilst I appreciate that it is necessary that savings must be made, it is important that this time is recorded.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sight unseen.

St Pauls' new shopping destination, One New Change has recently unleashed the views from it's 6th floor roof terrace on Twitter with this beautiful set of photographs by Ian Gavan for Getty Images.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rankin, not just stills

Since Nelly Furtado and Timbaland released Say it Right it has been one of my all-time favourite music videos.  Each frame a considered image and a photograph in itself.  So to find out quite a while later that it was actually Rankin who had directed it was quite a surprise (I had an internship with his studio whilst I was at university so have been following his work).  Looking back at the video with this knowledge that he directed it, it is now obvious, the imagery is so clearly his.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Church of Ai Weiwei

It is almost excrutiating to watch the 15 minute film documenting the time and effort that went into making Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds now that the way they were intended to be experienced, the whole idea of the installation, is no longer possible.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Winners Announced: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Fergus Gill, The Frozen Moment
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2010

Fergus Gill is the Wildlife Photographer to watch.  Winner of this years Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year with The Frozen Moment, he is no newcomer to the competition, having won the junior overall prize last year and winning his age categories in 2004 and 2007.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Affordable and not so affordable Art

Eda Akaltun, Truth, Everybody's Talking (2009)

Thursday night was one for guest lists as two new galleries opened in Mayfair. Hauser & Wirth opened their third London Gallery on Saville Row with Louise Bourgeois's exhibition The Fabric Works and a new art buying experience in Lumas Gallery opened on Conduit Street.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chile's Trapped Miners are Freed from their Tomb.

Luis Urzúa, the last miner to be rescued, celebrated with President Sebastian Piñera of Chile.
Alex Ibanez/Chilean Presidential Press Office, via Associated Press

The Chilean Miners rescue is one of those rare news stories which are followed from the start, and end in the best possible outcome. All 33 miners, alive and released from their cold, damp prison, 700m underground.  It is also one of those which the images will become some of the iconic moments of this time.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Highlights from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009

András Mészáros, Raindrop refresher, Winner, Animal Behaviour

Incase you missed the 2009 Veolia Environment Photographer of the Year, these are some of my highlights of last years competition.  

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 Previews

This years Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year is to be announced on the 21st of October the day before the exhibition opens at the Natural History Museum, London.  From the previews, this years photographs look to be the most timely yet and with the BBC's One Show already screening the Junior Winner, I just can't wait for the exhibition to open.

Charlie McCarthy's World

Michigan based videographer, Charlie McCarthy, lives in a beautiful world.  The sun shines through leaves which rustle in the breeze, the sun sets with the most fascinating array of colours and even algae moves in a elegant way.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How it would be if a house was dreaming

Hamburg Kunstahalle has been transformed into a living piece of artwork, 555 KUBIK by projection artists Urbanscreen and Art Director, Daniel Rossa.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Frozen in that Small White Box

Jamie Livingston took a Polaroid everyday for nearly 20 years.  The images chart his life at Bard college in 1979 to travelling, uneventful days, world changing moments and eventually life changing moments.  In October 1997 events take a twist and the photographer is seen in hospital.  Shortly after the images end.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The New Photourbanism

An image of 'interrupted urban landscape' from Robert Polidori's book, Metropolis

An interesting commentary by photographer, David Cowlard, on the merging of print and digital media and how photographers and publishers are responding to architectural, technological and wider world news developments.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A cookbook not meant for cooking

IKEA have taken their minimalist chic to another level by producing a cookbook with no words.  Homemade is Best (Hembakat är Bäst) features ingredients and finished biscuits and cakes beautifully styled by Evelina Bratell and photographed by Carl Kleiner in collaboration with creative directors Staffan Lamm and Christoffer Persson, copywriter Fredrik Jansson and creative agency Forsman & Bodenfor.

There's something about snow

The snow and the sky in this image make it.  The light reflects off it leaving a crisp blue hue and the sense of calm after the storm.  I can imagine being right in that insulated atmosphere.

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