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Monday, 12th Aug 2013
East London blog Spitalfields Life recently featured the work of Bob Mazzer, an Aldgate local who used his late-night commute as an opportunity to photograph the colourful scenarios he encountered on the city's underground.
The collection of photographs ranges from the everyday to the absurd, with Bob reflecting; “you don’t think you are starting a project, but one day you look back over your recent pictures and there are a dozen connected images, and you realise it is the beginning of a project – and then you fall in love with it.”
See the full set of images on Spitalfields Life here.
Thursday, 1st Aug 2013
We recently came across the work of photographer George Plemper, whose A Moment in Time series captures British youth culture in the late 70s and early 80s. The documentary project is largely set around the estates and community centres of Woolwich and Thamesmead, with the photographer shooting hundreds of portraits of the young people he encountered day to day.
Boy in Parka, Goudhurst, Kent, 1977
Sam Uba, Riverside School, Thamesmead, 1978
Gary and Justine, Woolwich Dockyard, 1981
Speaking of the project, George mentions that he wasn't originally sure what to do with the images, admitting that his "negatives and photographs sat mouldering in the back of my garage for 30 years before the wonders of the digital age allowed me to rescue them." The series has received a brilliant response on photo-sharing site flickr, as well as being mentioned on several blogs.
Thursday, 25th Jul 2013
Earlier this week, we took a visit to new exhibition More Than Fair at London's RCA, featuring the work of the late British artist and musician Ian Dury. A student of Pop Art icon Sir Peter Blake, Ian studied at Walthamstow School of Art before joining the prestigious Royal College in 1963. The exhibition has been curated by Ian’s daughter Jemima Dury, former confederate Kosmo Vinyl and the one time Stiff Records art director, Jules Balme.
Featuring a selection of artwork from 1961 to 1972, the colourful exhibition showcases Ian's immersion in pop culture, referencing celebrities, singers and showgirls. The artist developed a friendship with tutor Peter Blake, who was so confident in his student's work that he would pass over projects from time to time. More Than Fair was made possible thanks to donations from the RCA, Ian's former band The Blockheads, the general public and many more. The exhibition will run until 1st September 2013.