Thursday, 15 March 2012

Magnum @ STILLS


Blushing, I acknowledge I did not know this photography gallery existed - yet it is seven minutes away by shanks' pony. Often have I been to a rival photography gallery, in the opposite direction, only to find its taste not to mine. I am open to 'expansion' but not to detonation! STILLS in Gosbell Street expands.


The Magnum Contact Sheet exhibition expands my thinking. Each contact sheet has a range of shots taken by a photographer, showing the ones that s/he thought of and discarded, and circling the one finally chosen. It is fascinating to work out not only that which worked, but also that which did not. The floor talk, by Fiona Rogers from Magnum (UK) was low-key, yet cut through much of the crap that surrounds this creative pursuit.

This is my contribution to the Signs Signs community.

26 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I would love to see that exhibit and hear the commentary you heard.

Carole M. said...

isn't that amazing; so close to home. Glad you found it and enjoyed it too. That is an interesting concept to exhibit the 'cast-offs' also

Lesley said...

One takes different photos when using film than digital,so it would be interesting to see what was rejected.

RedPat said...

I haven't seen a contact sheet in years!

EG CameraGirl said...

I am sure I would learn a lot by hearing the floor talk. Lucky you to have heard it!

Jim said...

Interesting.

Halcyon said...

I think it's always good to take a look at other people's work, even if we find that it's not to our taste. It's all about taking chances and expanding horizons. :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, fascinating. What photographers see when they look at their contact sheets. Ah, old technology, almost bygone days. Wonderful.
Glad you found out this place existed.
K

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love hearing about the creative process, how stories are written, how photographs are taken, selected, edited and such.

Dianne said...

I'm so glad you found it
looks like a wonderful place

Lachezar said...

I'd go to any photo gallery, problems is that there aren't any in Auckland except during the photography festival about June every year. So lucky you! I'm envious!

Genie said...

I bet she was very interesting, and I am sure you learned some things you did not know before. Gfeat post. genie

VioletSky said...

This sounds like an enlightening exhibit. Haven't seen any contact sheets in ages, but I think I still have a couple around tucked into my old photography books.

Kim, USA said...

Awesome photos.
Signs

Lindy MacDuff said...

Always a learning process. Lucky you to have been able to attend.

Chrissy Brand said...

Ho wonderful to find a new place ion your hometown that you didnt know of!

Re your q on Duke of York
Julie, I think Deb at "Ginnels, Gates and Ghosts" the daily York photo blog is best placed but yes, there were (and still is)real Dukes of York. And the nursery rhyme named after them means a futile attempt to do something.

Three main contenders are:
Richard, Duke of York (1411–1460), who was defeated at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460.

James II (1633–1701), formerly Duke of York , who in 1688 marched his troops to Salisbury Plain to resist the invasion from his son-in-law William of Orange, only to retreat and disperse them as his support began to evaporate.

The most common attribution is to Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763–1827)

Joan Elizabeth said...

B&W heaven I reckon.

Joe said...

It is great that you are so dedicated to your photography Julie.

BH INFO said...

I love hearing about the creative process. Looking so beautiful photograph. Sydney Plumbers

Breathtaking said...

What a treat to discover this photo
gallery,and to be able look at other photographers work in progress.You must have turned left
instead of right or visa vera on your outings!!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Everyone who shows here still works in film? That would be impressive. Clever name for the gallery.

Ann said...

I love the work of Magnum photographers. How long is this on for and where is it?

Julie said...

Ann: until March 24 at 36 Gosbell St, Paddington.

TheChieftess said...

Love the top shot...perfect in B&W!!!

TheChieftess said...

Oooops! My fav was the middle shot!!!

katherine said...

gorgeous photos they're very dreamy.