Finding Vivian Maier

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It may would be fair to say that the recent resurgence in the interest and practice of street photography is in no small part due to the discovery in 2007 of a large quantity of unprocessed film left behind by the recently deceased Vivian Maier, a lady who worked as a nanny for most of her adult life. If you are not familiar with the story and have any interest in photography, then this film is a ‘must see’.
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Vivian Maier website

Jean Rondeau-Scarlatti


Great to hear the music of Dominico Scarlatti being championed by this young French harpischordist. Inspiring.

Book Highlight- Alvin Langdon Coburn

blogEntryTopperLong overdue book on Alvin Langdon Coburn is due for publication by Fundación Mapfre in April/May 2015.

“My aim in photography is always to convey a mood and not to impart local information. This is not an easy matter, for the camera if left to its own devices will simply impart local information to the exclusiveness of everything else.” - Alvin Langdon Coburn.

Glass Etudes


Composer Philip Glass along with pianists Maki Namekawa and Timo Andres come to these shores later this year to perform his complete Etudes. The venue is the NCH Dublin. Here is part of Etude No. 20

Lenscratch Exhibition

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Some lovely work to be seen here

My favourite books of the year-2014

blogEntryTopperPhoto above shows my top books for 2014. My book of the year goes to DONT JUST TELL THEM, SHOW THEM by Jesse Marlow.
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Jesse is an Australian photographer based in Melbourne. A documentary/street photographer, his early work was in black and white. Jesse decided around 2004 to switch to colour for his street work. This major shift has resulted in the publication of this latest book of his and is the result of a 10 year exploration in the medium. Published by M.33 it is a limited edition book of 1000 and can be purchased directly from Jesse’s website HERE

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The book has high production values, heavy paper stock is used and colour reproduction is rich and vibrant. Every picture is placed on the right-hand side. This is good as the images are meant to stand alone and not have a relationship with each other. I found this to be is an inspiring and rewarding book. I will let the images speak for themselves and to thank Jesse for letting me reproduce some here.
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Another marvellous book I got in 2014 was Jeff Jacobson’s THE LAST ROLL. This book project began in a low point in his life when he was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004. The chemotherapy used in treating it took it’s toll, confining him to the house for some time. But slowly as his health returned so did his mobility and he began to travel across America again with his camera. It was at this time that Kodak announced the discontinuation of Kodachrome, his beloved film of choice. Stockpiling his refrigerator with as much as he could buy, these would become his last film shots and, for all he knew, his last images. The book deals with the transience and fragility of life with the poetic eye of a former Magnum photographer. The photographs are printed on a lovely matt paper stock.
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This inexpensive book by David Gibson is just a treasure for anyone thinking of trying to do street photography. It is all about the spirit of the genre. The reader is introduced to twenty acclaimed contemporary street photographers, among them Bruce Gilden, Nils Jorgensen and Saul Leiter, and intersperses the profiles with twenty invaluable projects that deal with the practicalities of street photography and break down different approaches into clear concepts. Written with obvious love and enthusiasm, it should be on every students list of essential books that can really make a difference to the quality of their photography if studied and lessons acted upon.

Book Highlight-Small Things in Silence

blogEntryTopperSmall Things in Silence offers a perspective on twenty years in the career of one of Japan’s most important photographers, Maseo Yamamoto. It is great to have a book available that is somewhat affordable, under €60, for a change.


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