As I was on a late shift today I decided to visit the Whitechapel Gallery to see images produced by Paul Graham.
I saw an advert for the event in Professional Photographer Magazine so I decided to check it out. I did a little research on the internet as I travelled on the train and I have to say there were rather mixed reviews.
One guy on the BBC News web site said
20TH APRIL 2011 – 12:48
I think if you gave any urban child a camera and said take me some photos in the surrounding area this is what you would get back. The only picture of merit is the cafe/bus. The rest are dreary “snapshots” that I could likely find tucked away in my parents attic.”
Whilst another man said
20TH APRIL 2011 – 12:37
While I doubt anybody could say this is great photography, what is useful to note is the comment “Graham uses the camera to expose the things we overlook. “
So having read the reviews I was rather looking forward to my visit.
There were pictures from the USA and the UK including a number of street images, which I found very interesting.
He is a self-taught photographer and I gained a lot from looking at his images, many of they were just groups of people in waiting rooms.
I was a very interesting morning then I was off to work.
My only regret was that I did not take my camera with me. I saw some interesting sights in the East end of London