Category: Photography

Disposable photographs

Toilet Paper is hardly an auspicious name for a photography magazine. Reflecting on the title of this new commercial and advertising magazine and the reasons why an editor would choose to imbue their publication with such clear derogatory connotations, I…

Thank you, Duckrabbit

Last year Duckrabbit did some training for OCA staff on producing photo slideshows and since that time I have been an avid reader of their blog. I missed this slideshow when it appeared on the Guardian website, but find it…

Photography competitions

Jon Levy draws the distinction between two very different types of competition in this video. The mentions of particular awards come thick and fast so here are some links: World Press Photo Inge Morath Award Amnesty Media Awards One World…

Is it photography, is it video?

I’m sure you will have correctly identified the above embedded media as a video; the control strip at the bottom of the frame provides an inequivocal clue. But I bet you will also have double checked that you clicked on…

It's complicated being artistic …

A recent piece in the magazine Frieze about the concerns contemporary artists have caught my attention, and made me wonder what preoccupies those OCA students who are striving to be better artists? The article contends that artists’ main preoccupations are…

Shooting the past

Bear with this video. If you can get past the introduction it is fascinating. The story of Vivian Maier is not going to reassure the family members of OCA students who are worried that photography can become an obsession, even…

A David, a Tom and two Jacobs

The holiday has given me plenty of time to think about one of my favourite musing topics at the moment – the relationship between art and documentary photography. On one level the distinction can be made very simply – documentary…

James Payne

Tutor Joe Fox got in touch with me to tell me about James Payne’s assignment three (Colour) for Art of Photography. Joe thought it was exceptional and I agree. James has taken the Gregory Crewdson’s Twilight series as the inspiration…