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This Damn Weather @ The Photographers Gallery

The prints are back home and as you can see they are not receiving nearly the same amount of attention as earlier…

More than 10.000 visitors saw the Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed exhibition at The Photographers Gallery in London in the two weeks it was shown.

The Photographers’ Gallery was the first independent gallery in Britain devoted to photography and today it is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.

I love the big rooms, natural light and the central location (right next to Oxford Circus) of the gallery. Furthermore they have a quite remarkable book, print and photo brick-a-brack shop in the basement with some real gems. I recently stumbled upon a book signing by Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 shortlist Rinko Kawauchi and acquired her book ‘ILLUMINANCE‘. Beautiful work!

It was a very strong group of photographers exhibited and genres going off in all directions. One of my favorites were Paula Gortázar’s ‘Common Space’ that ‘depicts the interiors of the European Parliament in
Brussels and Strasbourg, an institution which, despite being little understood
or liked by many citizens, is gaining a prominent role in legislating our
everyday European living circumstances.’ (From the website)

Another excellent piece of work was Nadège Mériau’s makro photography recreating cosmos. Wow!

My good friend and fellow photographer Steve Mepsted dropped by the gallery, snapped these two shots and later retold the whole scene to me…

Photo by Steve Mepsted

Photo by Steve Mepsted

‘There were a group of kids with their teacher and they were looking at the painted mural image and one boy was saying ‘I swear that’s Photoshop’. The teacher said they didn’t know as the artist wasn’t there. I was able to fill them in on details!! They were delighted and amazed at the image and the boy couldn’t believe it was a painting on such a scale – ‘Shows they’ve got power’ he said!’

Just amazing getting this kind of invaluable feedback!

This has been a great experience and I’m truly thankful that I’ve been a part of it. The staff at The Photographers Gallery have done a great job in pulling this together and especially curator Karen McQuaid for getting it all to run smoothly while having to deal with 22 photographers at the same time, not an easy job I would imagine!

I’m now in touch with a range of galleries, working on getting a solo show up and running while I’m preparing for the next leg of this story that includes a trip to Jordan in the near future. More on this next time.

Until then…

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FreshFaced+WildEyed

Proud to announce that I’m one of 22 selected in this years FreshFaced+WildEyed annual graduates exhibition.

My work from Syria will be showcased at The Photographers Gallery, (16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW), from the 15th to the 30th of September.

Here’s more about the judges and my fellow exhibitors (taken from the website):

“The Judges for 2012 are Bridget Coaker, Night Picture Editor, The Guardian and co-founder of Troika Editions; Anthony Luvera, artist, writer and lecturer, Karen Newman, Curator, Open Eye Gallery and Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery.

This year’s finalists are Brendan Baker & Daniel Evans, Alison Bettles, Anders Birger, David Birkin, Jonny Briggs, Emma Critchley, Helen Goodin, Paula Gortázar, Maria Gruzdeva, Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Gemma Marmalade, Marianne McGurk, Nadège Mériau, Vilma Pimenoff, Minna Pöllänen, Martin Seeds, Chloe Sells, Alison Stolwood, Elisavet Tamouridou, Helen Thompson, SeoYeoung Won”

See the whole story here: This Damn Weather

and please drop by the gallery!


Roskilde Festival 2012

Roskilde Festival was a blast! Plenty of great concerts, amazing people and drunken sunrises all around. This year I managed to leave my camera behind while I listened to some of the greats on today’s music scene. Instead I made sure to focus on the one most important thing on a festival. Your friends!

Instead of photographing the biggest names I went searching through the underbrush of modern music for the unique festival experience.

Here’s what I found…


Roskilde Festival

I’ve been commissioned to shoot at the Roskilde Festival again this year. I’ll be working with the news site Modkraft.dk on stories and series from the festival starting today.

Really looking forward to get some good shots of musicians and bands such as Jack White, The Gossip, Janelle Monáe, The Roots, Bruce Springsteen and some of the other 127 bands playing on this years festival.

As a warm-up for today’s grand opening I’ve put together a “best-of” last years festival. Follow me here and on Modkraft.dk for the next week and a day to get in knee deep with Danish festival culture!

Here we go…

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The Real Olympic Heroes

I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with the good people at London 2012 – The Inspire Program – to create a series of images showcasing some of the real people participating in the volunteer programs taking place all over London. These images goes on show at the iconic London City Hall designed by Norman Foster, an architect I feel a special connection to as he also designed the beautiful Elephant House in the Copenhagen zoo. One of my favorite places in the city. You can see a preview of the images below and if you are in London, drop by the city hall from mid-May to see the exhibition. It is of course free of charge.

Boxercise lunch class at Golden Lane

Veronica Franklin Gould, Chief Excutive London Arts Challenge 2012 – a Games-inspired drama workshop involving people with varying degrees of dementia.

Young people excercising at the world’s largest Parkour dedicated facility L.E.A.P, placed in Westminster.

Seeds ready to be sown in Hackney Downs.

Ab Phab Youth Club, for people with and without disabilities, playing Boules in Dagenham.

Georgia from the ‘People’s Record’ project showing her own original Olympic torch from the last London Olympics in 1948.

Mad about Meadows – local volunteers sowing seeds, creating an Olympic Park-inspired meadow in Hackney Downs park.