Exhibition News: Arrangements in Black and Grey: Black and White Photography in the 21st century
Soon after I returned from Mobile Photo Paris, in November of last year, I was contacted by Roger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey In Wiltshire. Roger had seen one of my Versailles series featured on the New York Times Lens blog and was interested to know how iPhone photographs looked when printed. Prior to Mobile Photo Paris, some of my work had been printed and exhibited by others in the US and Europe, most notably by Daria Polichetti for the 2012 LA Mobile Festival. Daria is renowned and respected for her print expertise and I trust her implicitly, but in an ideal world, I prefer to be more “hands on”. After exploring a number of local digital printing options, I’d become disheartened. Digital artists work with light and I had not completely realised the vital role that back light plays in my images, until I saw them off-screen. This led me to reflect upon whether my photographs should be printed at all, or whether it might be better to exhibit them on a screen or as projections on walls. The prospect of exhibiting my work in a print exhibition at the Bastille Design Centre in Paris, forced me to reconsider. My friend Celia Wickham, director of Contemporary Art Holdings and the Wet Paint Gallery in Cirencester, herself an accomplished artist and print maker, put me in touch with her printer, Allan Snaith, who runs his business, UIS Arts, from out of an old Stables, just outside Colchester. Allan is a Master Printer and member of the Guild of Fine Art Printers. Not only is he a joy to work with, he is the only printer that I have found whose prints look exactly as they do on my iPhone, iPad and computer screens.
So I was able to tell Roger Watson that, in my personal opinion, my iPhone photographs looked very good indeed when printed. To my delight, he agreed with me and selected six prints for inclusion in an exhibition of Black and White photography that he was in the process of curating. Arrangements in Black and Grey: Black and White Photography in the 21st Century opened in April and features the work of six British photographic artists who work in black and white: Deborah Parkin, Katie Cooke, Mark Voce, Anthony Jones, Trevor Ashby and myself. The exhibition invites visitors to consider whether black and white photography has relevance in the 21st century. Lacock Abbey was the home of British photography pioneer William Fox Talbot and has been described as Photography Ground Zero. I’m proud to be the first ever mobile photographer to have my work exhibited there, to see photographs shot in Hipstamatic and Lomora, hanging alongside stunning images captured with Polaroid, pinhole, digital and film, printed in traditional silver gelatin, as well as inkjet technology.
Arrangements in Black and Grey runs at the Fox Talbot Museum until October 22nd 2013, so you can still catch it, if you’re quick!