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OCEAN BEACH

                                                    Photographs by Douglas Ljungkvist

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Ocean Beach is more than a topographic study of a 1940’s New Jersey beach resort. With his graphic, color sensitive, and vernacular photographic voice, Douglas Ljungkvist produced a body of work depicting a unique place in the American landscape with strong yet quiet subtexts of time, memory, and identity. Between 2009 and 2012, Ljungkvist had portrayed more than 60 cottages in Ocean Beach. He felt the project was ready to publish. Then Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore and destroyed cottages that Ljungkvist had recently photographed.

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Photographs copyright: Douglas Ljungkvist

Pubished by Kehrer Verlag, 2013

LORENZO VITTURI - DALSTON ANATOMY

                  Solo exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery

copyright: Lorenzo Vitturi

Dalston Anatomy is a visual ode to Dalston, as a unique place where different cultures merge together in a celebration of life, diversity and unstoppable energy. I felt compelled to capture this place at its rawest and most beautiful with all its flaws and smells before it too is transformed and disappears altogether, as time moves ever forward.

1 august — 19 october 2014

Instant Gratification

I love this yummy little analogue camera. It’s crammed with charm and easy to use. Photographs pop out the front - so much more magical than the mobile phone - and develop as you watch. It’s a delightful trip down memory lane for those of us who enjoyed the Polaroid.

The camera has a retro feel and is basic - this isn’t about perfection, rather the alchemy involved. You never quite know what you might get which all adds to the fun.

I would choose the Mini Neo Classic. It has a double exposure mode, better flash and can manage a pretty decent macro picture at 30cms. It’s extremely stylish and looks more serious than the plastic, pastel-coloured variety.

Be warned, they’re extremely addictive so stock up on plenty of film.

The Fuji Instax mini 90 retails for £139.00 and includes 20 shots in the box.

LORD SNOWDON GIVE AWAY

         SNOWDON GIVES 130 OF HIS MOST ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHS

             FROM HIS ARCHIVE TO NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

imageSnowdon in his room working on book layout, 1965

Coinciding with a new monograph published by Rizzoli, Snowdon: A Life in View(26 Sep 2014-21 Jun 2015), will highlight studio portraits from the 1950s to the 1990s, alongside selections from Private View Snowdon’s important 1965 examination of the British art world created in collaboration with art critic John Russell and Bryan Robertson, then director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

 Curated from a major gift to the Gallery in 2013, in close consultation with the photographer’s daughter Frances von Hofmannsthal, the display includes over 40 black-and-white portraits taken throughout his expansive and influential career.

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Vivian Maier was a camera toting nanny and obsessive taker of ‘selfies’. In this weeks Telegraph magazine, Tamsin Blanchard looks at the life of this  obsessive snapper and the recently discovered archive of her work.

Self-Portrait; October 18, 1953, New York, NY

Self-Portrait, 1955

1950s

Self-Portrait, 1971

©Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection

Finding Vivian Maier released in cinemas 18 July

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