BBC Four photography season

BBC Four’s Photography Season kicks off tonight with the start of a 3 part series called ‘Britain in Focus: A Photographic History‘.

Eamonn McCabe celebrates Britain’s greatest photographers, sees how science allowed their art to develop, and explores how they have captured our changing lives and country.

Throughout this three-part documentary series, Eamonn sees how the art form has developed, examining some of the unforgettable images from pioneers of British photography, including Julia Margaret Cameron, Fay Godwin, Cecil Beaton, Christina Broom, John Bulmer and Vanley Burke. From the first ‘big bangs’ of photographic development and early technology, through to the impact that captured images had on the development of journalism, photography emerged as both an art form and a tool for reflecting and recording the world around us.

Next up, we have ‘The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun‘ Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings to discover the story of an unsung hero of British photography – Harry Burton, the man whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation in the 1920s.

What Do Artists Do All Day? Photographer Dougie Wallace’s eye-catching images capture life on the streets of Knightsbridge and Chelsea in all its blinged-up glory – from women dripping in diamonds and designer shopping bags, to men cruising around in gold-plated Lamborghinis.

This film follows Wallace as he finishes Harrodsburg, an acclaimed photography series documenting the super-rich in one of the UK’s most wealthy and exclusive postcodes.

‘Smile! The Nation’s Family Album’ From the first family holidays captured on Kodachrome to fond memories of waiting for the prints to arrive, from the father who photographed his son every day to a couple’s touching love affair chronicled in pictures, the film offers a revealing portrait how of we have documented our changing lives.

‘On Camera: Photographers at the BBC’  this programme reveals the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers of the last 60 years. From Norman Parkinson to David Bailey, Eve Arnold to Jane Bown, Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Parr, for decades the BBC has drawn our attention to the creators of what has become the most ubiquitous contemporary art form. Pioneering BBC programmes like Arena, Monitor and Omnibus have given unique insights into the careers of photographies leading practitioners. Through a selection of fascinating clips, this programme brings into focus the key genres – fashion, portraiture, documentary and landscape – and the characters behind the camera who have helped defined them.

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Exist To Resist: Activism, History and Having It..

Matthew Smith (Mattko) has decided it’s time he did a photo book, one of which that highlights the social history of the UK, through very turbulent times, coming out of Thatcher’s Concervatitive era to that of John Major’s Concervatitive Government, Mayday 1997 saw a change a General Election, a new Prime Minister – Tony Blair a Labour Government…

Exist to Resist is a social history book of born out of a love for UK’s rave, sound system, and festival culture. It is a photographic celebration of community gathering and grass roots democratic activism in images made between 1989 and 1997.

Mattko Kickstarter Film from Mattko on Vimeo.

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After over a decade and a half of Conservative government a great culture of resistance and opposition had arisen and become embedded within British society. Acid house and rave served as the musical soundtrack that united all of those disparate sub-cultural tribes in one mission; to gather, dance and celebrate together for free.

I grew up through the 1980’s and 90’s, time’s were tough for people, the country was in a recession in both decades, high unemployment, but the one thing we did have, were Free Parties and Raves, a huge shift in the music scene, a change in fashion, people’s attitudes, this is what Matthew Smith has captured in his book, the elements of activism, music and gatherings.

Life now is all about Social Media, the Internet, Smart Phones, CCTV Camera’s, constantly being watched by the Government, tracked where ever you go… We have less FREEDOM!

Please go and support Matt’s Kickstarter, I have 🙂

Multi Expo’s

These’s Multi Exposures are all done ‘in camera’ and taken on film. Film is my medium of choice, for a few reason’s, waiting for the film to be developed, looking at the prints, not knowing what to expect… Here are a few of my fav images, that I have taken over the past 10 years.

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Tangent Books – Beezer Exhibition

Tangent Books has an exhibition at the Boca Bar in Bristol, featuring the photography of Beezer, who documented the changing music scene in Bristol, the sound system of the Wild Bunch, who later became Massive Attack, feature heavily in the exhibition and book, titled ‘Wild Days‘.

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The exhibition runs until the 20th March, Boca Bar, can be found at the Paint Works.

Opening time’s are:

Mondays-Thursdays: 10.00am-11pm;
Fridays-Saturdays: 10.00am-1am (no entry after midnight);
Sundays: 10.00am-10.30pm.

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Birnbeck Pier

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Birnbeck Pier is unique in that it is the only pier in the UK joining the mainland to an island. The Pier is Grade II* listed and is on the Heritage at Risk register.

The pier was designed by Eugenius Birch and opened on 5 June 1867, this year will be the 150 Anniversary, celebrations will be taking place over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June, at Pier View, Weston-Super-Mare (Map).

The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust has long campaigned for a revival of the Birnbeck area since 2004 it has actively worked towards achieving its aim.

Preserving for the benefit of the people of Weston-super-Mare, and the Nation, the natural, historical, architectural and constructional heritage of Birnbeck Pier and Island, together with associated buildings and structures, and the land and buildings adjacent and above the shoreline

If you would like to support, volunteer or help in some other way, please contact the Trust using this email volunteer@birnbeckregenerationtrust.org.uk or visit here for more information.

This image is looking back towards Pier View, on the mainland, from the edge of the main jetty (Pier, which is Grade II* Listed), on Birnbeck Island, you can clearly see, how dangerous the jetty is, due to rotting, warped weathered planks on the walkway.

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To see more of my Monochrome images, on my website, click here and to see more images from myself and other select photographers, please click here, for the Trust’s media section.