Just what it says! Tomorrow at Streetlevel Photoworks Gallery in Glasgow there will be the launch event for a new print magazine about photography in Scotland called "SOLAS: New Photography in Scotland". SOLAS's Facebook page is here. The first issue feature "In the Land of Endless Expectations" and I'll be giving a short talk at the opening. If you're in Glasgow please do come along!
I am having a group exhibition Power to the Portrait! jointly with Sylwia Kowalczyk, Claudine Quinn, and Sejin Moon, at the Coburg House Gallery, 15 Coburg Street in Leith. The opening is this Thursday 16th August at 6pm until 8pm and the exhibition runs until 29th August. Please do come along to the preview and the exhibition!
I'm a little overawed to have been asked to give a guest lecture at the august Edinburgh College of Art this Tuesday, in the main lecture theatre, on the topic "Haggis and Vodka: working as a documentary photographer in Scotland and Russia." ECA nowadays is part of Edinburgh University. What an opportunity to talk 'at' a semi-captive audience about things that interest me! The plan is to tread a delicate line between keeping the audience awake but not actually have them stampeding for the doors. I'll be talking about my own work, but also about some business aspects of working as a photographer - negotiating with clients, running personal projects alongside earning a living, that kind of thing. I am looking forward to it!
Here's a copy of the poster:
I just couldn't resist putting my name in that list :) Roll up, roll up, the Westlicht Photographica print auction, based in Vienna, has just gone online, and they have a couple of my prints in it :) The bidding ends on 28th May.
It's an amazing feeling to be having prints offered in such august company - along with some lesser known names too (eg. me). Bids can be made online, so if you know anyone who has a few bob to spare please pass the link on, it's an easy way to invest in some amazing artworks.
Some other big names that sprang out were Terry Richardson, Horst P. Horst, and Elliot Erwitt. So even if you don't feel like acquiring a Crofts, there's plenty of other potential early Chrissie pressies to buy yourself.
I have begun distributing my photos through Anzenberger in Vienna, who will handle all distribution outside the UK. I'm really excited about it - I met Regina Anzenberger at Bratislava Photo Month, and she seems incredibly supportive. And at the moment the agency is featuring my images as the lead feature on the front page of their site.
I have an exhibition of Time Out on Holiday Street in London, at Woolfson and Tay, near the Design Museum in Bermondsey, opening this Tuesday 12th October, with kicking off with a talk at 7pm. Entrance to the talk is £5 (£3 for concessions), entrance to the exhibition the rest of the time is free. The exhibition will run until 7th November 2010. Hope to see you there!
A couple of weeks ago I headed down to Portobello beach with Bartosz Klaczkiewicz, who is a student of Media Studies at Napier University, to put together a 3 minute interview. Bart was amused by the idea that he had come to Scotland from Poland and had encountered me, a Scotsman with an unhealthy obsession with everything connected with Eastern Europe and Russia. I think Bart did a great job - I like the framing with its sense of space and the idea of the interview with me talking off into the distance rather than confronting the camera. The whole experience was very relaxing and a great day out. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjnFIdIEksI]
While we were down there I took a picture or two:
Two things to tell. First, it's my birthday today :) :) :) Second, I see my photo essay on the Lviv Ballet has appeared on The Economist's Intelligent Life magazine's website as a slideshow here. The series was published as a photo essay in the autumn print issue of the magazine.
Just a quick heads up that this month's issue of Practical Photography magazine has an article about my photography. The issue is a 'low light special', so the interview with me is about taking pictures in the fast-moving, dim interior backstage during the ballet. Here's a preview:-