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Posts Tagged ‘photography’

An interview with artist EJ Major

EJ Major’s book, ‘Love Is …’, is the culmination of thousands of postcards, hundreds of strangers and one very big question.

Written by Jessica Furseth



Each of the 7000 postcards sent out by EJ Major carries an image from the film ‘Last Tango In Paris’, possibly to act as inspiration to the recipients as they pondered the question printed on the back. Not that it is a question, really, it simply says: ‘love is…’, and the chosen film is actually pretty ambiguous on the subject. Still, 450 people answered the challenge, returning the card to Major complete with their own tuppence worth on the topic that is love. Now the result has been gathered in a limited edition book. We had a chat with the artist about the inspiration behind the project, and how she feels about the result.

What inspired this project? Was it the film, the idea of strangers working together, or something else?
The inspiration for a project is always a question or an uncertainty, a niggle over something, though often I’m not even sure what that niggle is until some time later. At the time of making this project I had become fixated on freezing films. I’d completed the piece ‘Try To Do Things We All Can Understand’ where I used images and text from key scenes of certain films to see if I could apply Barthes notion of the punctum to moving… read more

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University of Brighton Illustration Graduate Show 2011 Review: the Collagists

Beautiful illustrations that used a variety of collaged and photomontage techniques: from Jerome Caine Miller, Rosanna Webster, Anieszka Banks, Chihiro Kyozuka, Hyerim Lee, Zoe Austin and Jennifer Bailey.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by Rosanna Webster. So much to see at the very professionally laid out Brighton Graphic Design and Illustration Graduate Show at the Rochelle School a few weeks ago. There […]

Free Range at the Truman Brewery: Best of the Rest Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

The best photography at Free Range from Farnham Foto Flux, University of West London, Barking and Dagenham College, New College Swindon and Cleveland College of Art and Design. All in one hefty blog!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Chris Spackman’s Unstill Life. There was so much to see at the Free Range photography shows that I’ve decided to amalgamate the rest or I fear I will never get […]

University of Central Lancashire Ba Hons Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

UCLan is launching the first ever MA in Travel Photography - and on the strength of this showing from Christopher T. Finch, Lizzie Godfrey, Teresa Roberts and Richard Lewis Pryce it should be a bloomin' good course.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Photography by Christopher T. Finch. UCLan, University of Central Lancashire presented a very clear collection of experimental work in their stand alone space as part of Free Range at the […]

Swansea Metropolitan University Ba Hons Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Excellent work from Lowri Davies, Marie Helgesen, Pål Henrik Ekern and Irene Fearnside at Free Range, exploring a wide range of photographic techniques.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Photography by Lowri Davies. Swansea Metropolitan University had a very strong selection of exploratory photographic works on the walls at Free Range. Lowri Davies used a Lomo to create a […]

University College Falmouth Ba Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Fabulous work from Falmouth, where every student had a website. Yay! Particularly loved photographic projects by Josie Ainscough, Matthew Fessey, Kim Clarke and Aidan Rumble.

Written by Amelia Gregory

University College Falmouth took up the basement area at the Truman Brewery. Josie Ainscough was next to the entrance with four very strong images exploring how clothes create identity in […]

Edinburgh College of Art Ba Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Black, red and white were common elements in very different work from Kate Edwards and Claudine Quinn in the Six Hens and A Cock ECA Free Range exhibition.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Photography by Kate Edwards. Edinburgh College of Art titled their exhibition Six Hens and A Cock. I liked the bold graphic art of Kate Edwards, who showed four close up […]

Cambridge School of Art Cut Grass BA Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Some of the work from the Cambridge School of Art, part of Anglia Ruskin University. I particularly liked photography by Mary Humphrey, Mark Box and Jessica Gibbon, but there were loads of interesting ideas here.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The invigilators of the Cambridge School of Art show (part of Anglia Ruskin University) were very eager to deliver an explanation for the artwork on display and thrust a lovely […]

Amersham and Wycombe College BA Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Great work from Christine Leheup, Antonia Dolani and Will Aldersley at Free Range.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I liked the bold graphic logo for the Amersham and Wycombe College exhibition very much, curiously similar to a food label or vintage cigarette packet. The model in Christine Leheup‘s […]

Goldsmiths University: BA Fine Art & History of Art + BA Art Practice graduate shows 2011

Experimental and conceptual were keywords for Goldsmith University of London’s graduating classes in BA Fine Art & History of Art and BA Art Practice.

Written by Jessica Furseth

Ciarán Wood Three whole years to explore and learn is what you get with a Bachelor degree – the freedom to focus on the process of discovery. After having spent […]

University of Westminster: Photography Ba Hons Graduate Show 2011 Review

Outstanding work from University of Westminster students at Free Range - look out for names such as Beth Vieira, Tomas Hein, Ed Hannan, Zara Ilic and Aniela Michalec-Perriam.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Detail of photograph by Zara Ilic. University of Westminster had the lion’s share of the Free Range showspace last weekend, taking up the entirety of the huge hangar like space, […]

University Campus Suffolk: Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Fabulous photography from the Allsorts crew: anarchists as traditional figures of painting by R.G. Brown, interior portaits by James Roffe and up close and personal male nudes from Thomas Ford.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Detail of The Anatomy Lesson after Rembrandt by R.G.Brown. From University Campus Suffolk there was an intriguing selection of experimental photography in their Allsorts exhibition at Free Range. James Roffe‘s […]

Wiltshire College: Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Interesting installations from Laura Haskell, Kiri Nicholetts, Sharon Smith, Danielle McDonald and Laura Holmes. Lovely fashion portraiture photography by Liz Daziel.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Installation by Danielle McDonald. The most interesting part of the Wiltshire College Photography degree show was the clever installations that some of the students had put together. Laura Haskell had […]

Plymouth College of Art: Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Best photography from Plymouth at the Free Range shows: Jeremy Morris, Lisa Birch, Paul Critchley and Euan Barker.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Detail of photograph by Jeremy Morris. There were a few photographers whose work I really liked at Plymouth College of Art Photography degree show: Working together with Ba Fashion student […]

Nottingham Trent University: Photography Ba Hons Graduate Show 2011 Review

Lovely work from Jonathan Marsh, Gabrielle Brooks, Jodie Herbage, Lydia Anne Stott and Kat Borvinko. Plus, an interesting artists' dilemma...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Solitudo by Lydia Anne Stott. Nottingham Trent University had a huge range of styles on show at Free Range. I was most taken by Jonathan Marsh‘s large photograph Now Fades […]

City of Westminster College: Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Stunning work from City of Westminster College graduates Vikki Ellis, Harry Allington-Wood and Edward Shaw.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Vikki Ellis – Returns. Some of the very best work that I found in the whole Free Range photography exhibition came from Vikki Ellis at City of Westminster College. Vikki […]

Burton and South Derbyshire College: Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

The best work from the Subject to Change exhibition by Burton and South Derbyshire students at Free Range came from Stephanie Gilbert and Hipstamatic fan Georgina Woolford.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Reminiscing by Georgina Woolford. From Burton and South Derbyshire eleven photographers showed at Free Range as part of the Subject to Change exhibition. Georgina Woolford is clearly a lady after […]

UEL: Digital Arts and Visual Communication Graduate Show 2011 Review

Excellent work from Gosia Kaczmarczyk, Luke Gray and Sarah-Jane Evans on the Digital Arts and Visual Communication degree course at the University of East London.

Written by Amelia Gregory

There was some very strong work from Digital Arts and Visual Communication at the UEL graduate exhibition. Naturally I was drawn to the photographers, illustrators and print makers. Gosia Kaczmarczyk […]

Middlesex University: Ba Hons Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Gorgeous documentary photography of the Saharawis by Bernat Millet and young mothers seen as renaissance Madonnas by Pearl Rustean.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Young Mother as Madonna by Pearl Rustean. I whisked through the Middlesex University graduate shows at the Free Range Art and Design Show on Friday, stopping only when something really […]

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London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Emilio de la Morena (by Helen)

The audience perched on benches at the BFC tent on Tuesday afternoon, beheld a strong, feminine silhouette. in a demure palette; bar the bright and beautiful RED.

Written by Helen Martin

Emilio de la Morena LFW A/W 2011 Collection: Illustration by Faye West Apparently Emilio de la Morena has lengthened his silhouette. His pieces are now touching, or over the knee, […]