Photography and Awareness

Last year, (2014), Michael Eldridge, Colin Tracy and I exhibited a series of photographs at the Marmaris Municipal Gallery and Art House. The combination of our work seemed to be well received, and gratifying words were written in the press. Our Exhibition was titled ‘Awareness’. My photographs initially evolved from an earlier expression shared with Michael, […]

For Grown Up Photographers Only

Photography has come a long way since Nicéphore Niépce made the first photogravure etching in 1822 and thus created an industry. When I last visited his birthplace and museum in Chalon-sur-Saône nearly forty years ago it was possible to take a sheet of sensitised paper from a drawer, and develop it into a replica of that […]

Leveson Inquiry: After Desmond It’s Time For Hislop!

If you’re in any way interested in the British press, publishing, or the ethics of journalism this Tuesday promises a treat at the Leveson Inquiry. Ian Hislop, Editor of the Satirical Magazine ‘Private Eye’ is called to give evidence. In pure entertainment value he will have to work hard to upstage one of last week’s […]

Publication Today, Is It Unlike: ‘Helmut Newton’s Illustrated’?

In 1987 Helmut Newton, the porno-chic photographer, embarked upon what he considered to be his ultimate folly. I’m unsure that June, his wife, would agree, but that’s not what this article is about. No, Newton’s self-confessed folly was in creating his own magazine. He called it Helmut Newton’s illustrated. The first edition was themed: ‘Sex […]

There’ll be no *!!*&@!! Christmas this year!

Christmas will never be the same for a Cardiff based family who way back in the late 1960s were visited by a voluptuous social-work student. A young mother who had been labelled as ‘inadequate’ and diagnosed as suffering with chronic depression was referred to The Family Institute in Cardiff for brief psychotherapy. Treatment with drugs, […]

‘Zuckerberg’: A Contemporary Fairytale?

When I wandered into our local video store last week in search of ‘Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale’, for you know who aged 8 years, I found myself instead  asking ‘Have you got Facebook?’ The shopkeeper, who knows our penchant for the queen of fairies and all things pink and shiny was not taken aback. After […]

Still At War With The Obvious?

Richard Marley, the legal owner, until 1987, of the of the Black Bear Commune, Siskiyou County, California that was founded in 1968, said before he died that ‘Life is like launching a boat into a smooth lake and sailing it to the centre, where it sinks.” He also said that had he known he was […]