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Alan Ainsworth
England
Photographer and writer
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Andrea Arnold’s new take on Wuthering Heights took this year’s Cannes Film Festival by storm. It’s only her third movie and follows Red Road, which won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2006 and Fish Tank which won the same prize in 2009. Quite a start to a film career. Wuthering... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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I believe that photography should be situated alongside general artistic practice - a part of it, informed by it and ultimately justified by its artistic merit. Encouraging photographers to look at their practice in this way is one of the reasons I write these reviews. A new exhibition at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Devil's Garden is located in a remote area of central Utah, about 15 miles from the town of Escalante. It is an area of weird rock formations, created by uneven weathering of rocks of different hardness so that small towers, hodoos and chimneys are the result. Surrounded by an arid... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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The Utah Museum of Fine Arts has an current exhibition of the remarkable photojournalism of David Burnett, spanning much of his 40 year plus career. I visited this exhibition on Sunday. David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than four decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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I visited the "Occupy Salt Lake City" camp last week. These anti- capitalist demonstrations, which started in and around Wall Street and have spread around the world, are interesting in the way in which they take on local concerns within the broad ambit of a grass roots protest movement aimed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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As part of a current exhibition on women artists, the Salt Lake City Arts Centre has included some fascinating images from The Crown, a recent series of photographic works by The Fourth Height. This project was made in collaboration with the established Swiss photographer Urs Bigler and is his first... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Here’s a photography exhibition in which you can wander round the images as you wish, in any order you like. Flit from one end of the room to the other without losing the thread. You don’t have to worry about theme or chronology. You needn’t bother about a curator anxious... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Oooh! Lovely! The sounds you hear when images like Charlie Waite’s briliiant image above are shown to an audience. People love this kind of picture and landscape photography is probably the most popular genre for amateur photographers. Professional landscape photography is also widely read and bought; practioners like Waite and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Capture the Moment
If you are near Tate Modern, take the opportunity to look at the powerful exhibition by Boris Mihailov. It covers just two walls of a small room but in other respects the number of images on one of the walls and the scope of the objective may lead to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Most serious photographers will have visited the Royal Academy’s recent exhibition “Eyewitness - Hungarian photography in the twentieth century” during its run. Like me, you probably went several times to see this incredible collection of over 200 images from some of the greatest photographers of the last century. In 1931,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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I've been photographing jazz musicians for about 10 years now. The results are on my website at www.jazzshot.com. When I started, I was very influenced by the classic mono jazz portraiture tradition and spent a long time studying the remarkable images which photographers like William Claxton, William Gottleib, Herman Leonard,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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All is not lost for anyone who might have missed the exhibition by the renowned American photographer at the gallery of Chris Beetles Fine Photographs in London. The exhibition has been extended until 15 October. A Magnum photographer since 1986, Steve McCurry has made his reputation with images from Afghanistan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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I was in Newcastle one evening recently looking for some street photography ideas. A man called Kevin, who lived on the streets, saw my camera and invited me to take photographs of him and his friends. He showed me where he slept and he and his friends told me a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Two works at the Matt Roberts Gallery in Bethnal Green have recently showcased the young photographer, E J Major. Born in Hong Kong, E J studied photography at Nottingham and graduated in Fine Art from Goldsmiths in 2009. E.J. was exhibited as part of the Salon Photography Prize 2011 and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Tate Modern is currently offering the opportunity to view over 40 of Diane Arbus’ black and white images spanning the period from the 1950s to the ‘70s. Containing some of her best known images, the collection is owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and is one of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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The final stage of this year's Tour of Britain was a 56 miles circuit: starting at Whitehall, along the Embankment to the Tower of London and back again, the riders did this loop twelve times, so there was plenty of opportunities to capture images. There were thousands of photographers along... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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My visit to the Sotteville street theatre festival in June was enhanced by the presence of Dr Susan Haedicke, who is an expert in this type of performance art and has written extensively on the subject. She introduced me to two actors from the Jeanne Simone Company, who are pictured... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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A delightful small exhibiton by the Turkish-born artist, photographer and print-maker Guler Ates is coming to a close at the Hoxton Art Gallery. By the time you read this, I fear it will be too late - but do look out for her work. Guler Ates, who was born and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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There is a strong tradition of street theatre in northern Europe and the annual festival each June in Sotteville-les-Rouen, a small town about 5 kms from Rouen, is one of the biggest in France. I went this year with my daughter Olivia and a few of her colleagues from University... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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I took this image just north of the English border as I was driving home from the Edinburgh Festival this year. It was a bright, clear evening and I pulled into a lay-by to capture the beautiful cloud formations and colour reflections in the calm sea. I knew that straight... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Just a couple more straightforward shots from the shingle beach at Dungeness. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Pylons are ugly things but sometimes make strong graphics. These two images were taken around Dungeness and rely on the strong shapes and lines created by the pylons and the cables against a setting sun. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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Images that try to say something or make a serious point need to be understated. Give the viewer too many pointers and the image become banal, however thoughtful the starting point might have been. A small tarraced house, sky dish, a union jack flying vaingloriously and a rather petty handwritten... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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I take a lot of pictures of people. The great thing about taking pictures of people is that there is an infinite range of approaches from straightforward protraits to character studies, caracatures, social commentary, people being sensible, foolish, at work, at leisure, gossiping and so on. I'd put this one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Capture the Moment
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This alley is just at the side of the Whitechapel art gallery. It was a colour file but I liked the mono version which seems to fit the grungy nature of the image. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Capture the Moment