World Press Photo


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The World Press photo exhibition 2014 opens in the chq Building in Dublin on October 17th 2014 and will run until November 15th.

Every year following the World Press Photo Contest, the winning images go on tour. The exhibition is officially opened in Amsterdam and can be seen at venues around the globe as it tours to approximately 100 cities in 45 countries. The exhibition is a showcase for creativity in photojournalism and a platform for developments in the profession, part of World Press Photo's aim of encouraging and stimulating the work of press photographers around the world. The show also attracts a broader public and, because of the wide-ranging focus of the contest, forms an eyewitness record of world events from the previous year.
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Culture Night 2014


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Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 19th September 2014. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge. Culture Night happens because many people share a vision and enthusiasm for enjoying, celebrating and promoting creativity and culture.
The following list gives a taste of the wide range of people and institutions that make it happen across Ireland: the public, artists, performing groups, galleries, museums, sports clubs, libraries, arts centres, craft workers, studios and workshops, theatres, public spaces, broadcasters, schools, community groups, local authorities, Government Departments, state agencies and public bodies, transport companies, universities, shops and many more!

Wildlife Photography Exhibition


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Wildlife photographer of the Year exhibition which is organised by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC worldwide, is on show at the chq building in Dublin until the end of August. In Ireland for the first time in it’s 49 year history it is a must see for anyone interested in this area of photography. More details can be found here and here

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014 - Finalists' Portfolios from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Book Highlight - Revelations Wynn Bullock


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According to the press release, Wynn Bullock: Revelations offers the most comprehensive assessment of the photographer's extraordinary career in nearly forty years. Produced by the High Museum of Art in partnership with the Center for Creative Photography to accompany a traveling exhibition, this retrospective traces Bullock's evolution from his early experimental work of the 1940s, through the mysterious black-and-white imagery of the 1950s and the colour light abstractions of the 1960s, to his late metaphysical photographs of the 1970s. The book presents 110 images, including some from the Bullock estate that have never been published before. An essay by the High's Curator of Photography Brett Abbott explores the nuances of Bullock's approach to photography and its fascinating relationship to the history of science and philosophy. All I can say is that it is long overdue. For release in June 2014. Published by University of Texas Press. Get it while you can. UPDATE Publication put back until late July 2014.
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Bullock website

Dvorak - Serenade for wind, cello and doublebass Op.44


Michael Collins, London Winds and RNO play Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind. Such life enhancing music.

One Picture at a Time - Gunnar Smoliansky

blogEntryTopperIn 2012 I discovered the photography of the Finnish photographer, Pentti Sammallahti. Last year (2013) I had another lovely discovery, that of the Swedish photographer Gunnar Smoliansky. His first ever exhibition in the UK, at the age of 80, was held in the Michael Hopper Gallery in London and I subsequently read about it in Black and White Photography Magazine. Impressed by the photography in the magazine, I sought out his retrospective book One Picture at a Time published by Steidl in 2009.

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The book covers his entire career, at the time of publication, 1952-2008 and is one generous book containing as it does over 230 tritone printed plates.

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Smoliansky has said that he dislikes getting involved in projects preferring instead to take one picture at a time. A great title for the book, as the viewer is asked to experience the pictures one by one. There is no sequencing, images sit side by side independent of each other, strong, bold, enigmatic, playful, abstract, tender.

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As Gerry Badger says in his concise essay in the book, ‘Smolliansky is not making art but responding to life’

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At times one see’s the influence of photographers like Lee Friendlander, Aaron Siskind or even Andre Kertész. His compositional style is clean, precise, one might say classical.

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Smoliansky has said that ‘You need fresh eyes and not experience when you are about to take a photograph'

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The book also contains an essay by Marie Lundquist which is nicely spread out, a page at a time, throughout the book, encouraging one to read it as you encounter it.

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As to the production of this book I can have only the highest of praise. Printed on a nicely weighted warm paper stock, the tritone printing is up to Steidl’s high standards. About 30cm x 30cm, it comes in a cloth bound hard cover with dust jacket.

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At time of writing it seems difficult to get new but hopefully a second edition will come soon. This photographer deserves to be better known worldwide.

Gunnar Smoliansky’s website

The Decisive Moment Henri Cartier-Bresson

A classic photograph of the 20th Century

A date for your 2014 diary?

LUMIX festival for young photojournalism from Lumix Festival on Vimeo.


The 4th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism will be held from June 18th - June 22nd 2014 in Hanover Germany. Check out details here.