Category: Photography

JH Engström on becoming a photographer

In the first of the videos we have taken from the National Media Museum’s ‘In Conversation’ JH Engström talks about his early career. Interestingly, he doesn’t start with the ‘how’ of becoming a professional photographer, but the ‘why’. The ‘Anders’…

Soft

Once again I am grateful to tutor Joe Fox for drawing my attention to a fabulous student image. ‘Soft’ by Donghai Yan comes from his first assignment in the Art of Photography course, and I asked him how he came…

Two more photography study visits

Friday next week, ie 15 April, sees the opportunity to join Jose Navarro in a study visit to this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize Exhibition and to the exhibition of London Street Photography at the Museum of London. It is…

Goldberg surely?

This year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is an interesting challenge in comparing work from the wide range of approaches which constitute contemporary photography. Sontag, among others, pointed out that common parlance has it that photographers take photographs and artists make…

A Northern challenge

Ben Robinson has been the first OCA student to contribute to an exciting new joint venture between the OCA and The Big Issue in the North.  A photograph of his friend Gibson, a singer-songwriter based in Sheffield, was selected for…

Ready to be immersed?

It is not immediately obvious why this video is different to many video news reports coming out of Libya. But watch a little longer. The video is, in fact, a promotional trailer for a company Condition ONE, who describe themselves…

Blog of the week: Shelly Holland

Blog of the week goes to photography student Shelly Holland for her careful reflection on her neighbourhood images. Of the image above she says: “In this photograph the old woman, wearing a blue coat that contrasts with her pink umbrella,…

A fresh look at the Renaissance…

Art historians, painters and photographers alike should take a peek at the Swiss/Italian photographer Christian Tagliavini’s visionary Renaissance series ‘1503’. Inspired by a desire to fuse the work of the painters Agnolo di Cosimo (Il Bronzino) and Modigliani, the project…

American Power triumphs…

So Mitch Epstein has won the Prix Pictet with his epic work American Power. While it would be churlish to begrudge Mitch the prize for such an impressive body of large format fine art photography, I am disappointed that the…