A selection of recommended articles, news stories and photographs:
- Congratulations to The Photographers Gallery which re-opened this week after an 18 month period of redevelopment. The new gallery space and its inaugural exhibition Edward Burtynsky’s ‘Oil’, were discussed in many features including for the Financial Times and Telegraph.
- This week I paid a long overdue visit to Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, to view exhibition Magnum 62 in its final week. Chris Beetles has become one of my favourite London photography galleries, consistently staging important and thoughtfully curated exhibitions on photographers including Norman Parkinson (2010), Eve Arnold (2011) and Arnold Newman (2012). Magnum 62 presented a photograph from each of the prestigious agency’s 62 members, including Ian Berry, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martine Franck, Jim Goldberg, Josef Koudelka, Inge Morath and Chris Steele-Perkins. A gallery of images from the exhibition can be viewed here.
- Magnum photographers in the news this week included Danny Lyon, who established his reputation documenting the civil rights movement in the US. Lyon gave a rare interview with the Guardian, which also published a selection of some of his career defining images. John Vink published his Quest for Land project examining land issues in Cambodia exclusively on the iPad, and discussed this decision in an interview with the British Journal of Photography.
- Further recommended reading on photography publishing this week includes Francis Hodgson’s essay on the photobook market ‘Photobooks: The Sound of One Hand Clapping’ and the British Journal of Photography’s interview with Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self-Publish, Be Happy.
- Source Photographic Review published an important insight into the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme, and the photographic archives which this programme has funded. These include the Cameroonian studio of Jacques Touselle which is discussed in Source Photo’s full article here.
- Online art space and digital photography publication Flakphoto launched a great new initiative supporting the photographic community, a Kickstarter page highlighting visual arts projects.
- November 2012 will mark the centennial of the birth of photographer, filmmaker, writer and humanitarian Gordon Parks (1912-2006). From 1948-1970, Parks worked for LIFE magazine, producing many of his most important photo essays for the magazine, including on Harlem gangs, segregation in the South, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Black Panthers. Celebrations for Parks’s centennial have begun with a new retrospective at the International Center of Photography, New York; Gordon Parks: 100 Years.