I was off work this week on holiday so I decided to do a few projects/visits in relation to my course. I have not looked at my new course material yet, although I have had a letter from my tutor, Mr Taylor.
After enjoying the assignment with lighting I purchased a new Book which I have started to read, The Essential Lighting Manual for photographers by Chris Weston.
From what I have read so far , it will be an interesting book.
A further purchase was a book by John Ingledew, Photography. This is a guide to creative photography, and includes a section titled “So you want to be a photographer, which I am looking forward to reading.
I also decided that I would visit at least two exhibitions this week. After a little research, initially in Amateur Photographer then on the internet I chose the following exhibition to visit on tuesday. As with a lot of exhibitions it meant a trip to London.
The first one was A point of View , by a magnum photographer, Peter Marlow. It was at the Wapping Project at Bankside SE1.
Before I went I had a look at his website and did a little research on what makes a Magnum Photographer.
Mr Marlow has some excellent images on his website especially the black and white images of London’s East End in the 1980. A bold image of the Fred Olsen Terminal in West India Dock, leads your eye straight into the image to the crane in the back ground.
So after looking at his images and the website of the gallery I decided that it would make for an interesting day.
I also looked into the title he has as a Magnum Photographer, I had heard the term but I did not really know what they were.
Looking at their website they are a co-operative of photographers owned by members. There are four offices around the world including London. Magnum provides photographs to the press and other outlets around the world.
They maintain a library with over 500,000 images available online, most of the major world events have been covered.
Here is a link to their website.
I saw some excellent images at the exhibition, they really make you think, it’s not just how the images are taken but what the photographer is trying to tell you.