Yahoo groups, blogger and Flickr provide the tools by which the group will share photographs and discuss photography. Meet-ups are encouraged e.g. an evening in a local pub to discuss photography over a pint and a bite or a photography trip to London or elsewhere. Group activities include setting members photographic challenges and assignments.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Has high tech killed pro photography?

From the BBC

"There seem to be cameras in everything nowadays: phones, iPads, computers, even young children's toys.
And if you want to tidy it up or create some special effect, you can do that too with the software that's around, such as Instagram which has just been bought by Facebook for $1bn.
So where does this all leave the professional photographer?
Eamonn McCabe, a portrait photographer, said that everyone is a photographer but "there will always be room for the professional, maybe not so many of us."
Technology writer Aleks Krotoski, said that while there is undoubtedly a place for professional photographers, "all content creation is experiencing an upheaval because of the web".
Eamonn McCabe said "we are all getting very lazy" when it comes to taking photographs but cameras on mobile phones were invaluable for sourcing photographs during an event such as the 7/7 bombings."

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Maurice Broomfield - Photographs of industry

Highly recommend 

Maurice Broomfield left school at 15 to work in a factory and spent his evenings as a student in the Derby College of Art. Inspired by the drama of industry, he endeavoured to convey this atmosphere with photographs and sketches, bringing an insight to those who would never experience such things. In relation to his work, Maurice Broomfield comments: "I enjoy photographing people at work, and the many experiences whilst doing this have enriched my life. To be living on this planet, is to me, the greatest gift possible."

A Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maurice Broomfield has had many exhibitions in Europe. His work was exhibited in Paul Smith's Floral Street Gallery in June 2000. The designer, Sir Paul Smith, comments: "Maurice Broomfield's photography captures the real heart of what was a booming but harsh time for the UK. Finding inspiration and creativity in gritty surroundings of every day work is inspiring in itself."

Website and gallery UK. Finding inspiration and creativity in gritty surroundings of every day work is inspiring in itself."

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Snapshots of Jewish life in the UK

From the BBC a great example of photojournalism

What does it mean to be a British Jew in the 21st Century? From family life at home, to services at the synagogue - award-winning photographer, Judah Passow, set out to record the rich diversity of contemporary Jewish life across the country.

His black and white photographs are now on display at the Jewish Museum in north London. Here, Judah tells the stories behind some of the images.

Documentary Photography Course at the Jewish Museum

Date: Sunday 15 April 2012 to Tuesday 5 June 2012
Time: 2-5pm
Price: £150 including free entry to the galleries
Are you an aspiring photographer? Working on a portfolio or just taking pictures for fun? Join us for a four-week photography course and create professional shots inspired by Judah Passow’s exhibition No Place Like home.
Learn how to discover fascinating subjects, find great angles, create interesting compositions and edit your images. Led by published photographer and tutor Kevin Biderman, including a master class withNo Place Like Home photographer Judah Passow.
Sundays 15, 22, 29 April and 6 May
Bring your own camera. All levels welcome.
Places limited - booking required.
Box Office: 020 7284 7384 / 

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Photo Democracy

Launching spring 2012

Just as there are many people out there trying to find something beautiful for their walls, so there are many extremely talented photographers looking for a decent, professional outlet for their work. We know that it is incredibly hard to find galleries to exhibit your photographs - there just aren't enough. We also know that it is very hard to sell prints yourself, even harder to find a talented and experienced team to do it for you.

Photo Democracy was set up to help talented photographers circumnavigate the traditional art world, introducing them to collectors and getting their work onto walls.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Royal Photographic Society Licentiateship Handbook

RPS publishes latest version of the Licentiateship Handbook issue 5 March 2012

This Handbook, in conjunction with the Licentiateship PowerPoint Presentation has been produced to help you work towards a successful application for the Licentiateship. 

The Royal Photographic Society Distinctions are recognised as the most prestigious in the photographic world. There are three levels, the first being the Licentiateship followed by the Associateship and then the Fellowship. Although it is possible to apply directly for the Associateship most people start with the Licentiateship and work their way up through the levels and this is recommended for the majority of applicants unless you are an advanced and very experienced photographer.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

World Photo London

The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibitions and World Photo London
27th April - 20th May
Somerset House

Marking the 5th Anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards, the beautifully curated winners' exhibitions will be on show inside the Embankment Galleries. In this vast photographic exhibition, you will find some of the best contemporary images taken by photographers from across the globe. Mixed media installations will include traditional print, video, moving image and 3D, with subjects spanning all genres, including fine art, fashion, portraiture, sport and photojournalism.
Alongside the exhibition in Somerset House, World Photo London (27th - 29th April) is returning for its annual weekend of exciting events. The programme incorporates events for anyone who enjoys photography, whether a culture buff or a practicing enthusiast, including; City Project Workshops, Business of Photography Seminar,Blurb Drop-In WorkshopsCritique Sessions and Winners Tours.
Many events are FREE and students receive 20% discount on most ticketed events.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Detroit in ruins

The Guardian has an interesting article and pictures about Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city. 



The images are superb examples of post industrial USA  and  they give a real feel for the impact of the financial crisis, the resulting landscape is straight out of World War Two.

Devoid of people and hope.