London Alternative Photography Collective’s 1st Birthday!

The London Alternative Photography Collective has now been running for one whole year!

If you don’t know what the London Alternative Photography Collective is… we run talks every First Tuesday at Doomed Gallery, Dalston – a lens based gallery on Ridley Road.
We’ve recently moved from The Double Negative Darkroom in Hackney – a brilliant darkroom for alternative processes but unfortunately we had to move due to our growing following!

Over the past twelve months, we’ve had photo-historians such as Gavin Maitland, fine printers such as Mike Crawford, Toby Deveson and Peter Moseley,  experimental alchemists such as Constanza Martinez and Sarah Evan Jones and even artists working between the boundaries of digital and analogue such as Adam Brown and David Blackmore. The film maker David Leister gave us a screening of his unique photogram-inspired 16mm films and we even hosted an exhibition at The Double Negative Darkroom called Light Play featuring artists Sam White, Douglas Nicolson, Scarlett Pimlott-Brown and Crazy G Linc, the camera meddler!

In April 2014, the London Alternative Photography Collective collaborated with Doomed Gallery and The Double Negative Darkroom to create London Pinhole Festival, a weekend long event dedicated solely to the wonder of pinhole photography. There was a curated exhibition, a party, a large format portait tent on Ridley Road Market where passers-by could be photographed, a coffee tin pinhole camera workshop and a flashmob of simultaneous pinhole exposures. It has truly been an amazing year of community building, of innovation and blatant, bare-faced nerdiness! Consequently we have decided to celebrate this with a birthday party and exhibition of the past speakers from our very first year.

The confirmed exhibiting artists are…

CONSTANZA ISAZA 
JENNIFER BROOKES
SAM WHITE 
TOBY DEVESON
SEBNEM UGURAL
SHIELA MCKINNEY
MIKE CRAWFORD 
MARK INGHAM 
ANTHONY CARR 
ADAM BROWN 
BRUNO FREITAS DE OLIVEIRA
DOUGLAS NICOLSON 
TIMOTHY BENNETT
TINA ROWE
MATT MARTIN

The exhibition opens at 7pm on Thursday 24th of July 2014  with a performance from Adam Brown, demonstrating how a vinyl record can be translated visually. There will also be birthday cake!

If you can’t make the private view, the exhibition will continue daily from 25-27 July 2014 12pm – 6pm.

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London Alternative Photography Collective, July 2014 Meeting

On Tuesday 1st July at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at Doomed Gallery Dalston.
TALKS BY

SOPHY RICKETT 

Observation 123, 1997/2013, Sophy Rickett.

Observation 123, 1997/2013, Sophy Rickett.

Sophy Rickett is a visual artist working with photography, video installation and text. Often working at night, much of her recent work has explored moments where the encounter between people and nature evokes a profound sense of loss. Her latest project, Objects in the Field, currently on show at Baltic 39 in Newcastle, the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford and the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, explores ideas around obsolescence and appropriation through the legacy of some astrophysical research conducted in the 1980s.

Her work has been exhibited widely; solo exhibitions include Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Chateau de Lichtenberg, Alsace; Arnolfini, Bristol; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Ffotogallery Cardiff. Her work is included in the public collections of the Pompidou in Paris, the Musee des Beaux Art, Nantes, the FRAC, Alsace, the Federal Reserve in Washington and the Government Art Collection in London to name a few.

PETER MOSELEY 

Peter Moseley, Photogravure

Peter Moseley, Photogravure

Peter has a particular interest in the photographic process of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, he works from a studio in Kingston-upon-Thames specialising in intaglio printed photogravures.
Following retirement from a career in educational management, his long interest in photography was extended by a MA in Printmaking & Professional Practice (Brighton). He is currently undertaking a PhD project at the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England in Bristol, investigating aspects of the image surface texturality and tonality of early photomechanical printing processes.
Peter has had prints selected for exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and two solo shows of portraiture – ‘Take Five’ (2005) and ‘Volte Face’ (2010). Last year he exhibited a selection of prints at Impact 8, Dundee and a show of his photogravures is scheduled to be shown at Silverprint this October.

Peter will show a small selection of gravures from his series “time of my life” . He writes that he is not, in general, enamoured of machine produced full-colour photographic prints finding their clinical surfaces, particularly as presented behind glass, too plastic, too clean. They can seem to reflect rather than absorb and respond to the gaze. Their materiality rarely forms part of any artistic conversation. The ‘product’, of itself, appears disinterested; contributing reportage not engagement.
The ‘time of my life’ series explores aspects of the textural and tonal characteristics of the gravure printmaking process. Print surface and texture are central to this project, complementing the choice of mainly mature and older subjects. Their skin, their faces and their bodies offering a generosity of texture and interpretation and providing opportunity for the exploration of affectively nuanced printmaking.
Peter says that he seeks to avoid objectified representation and that he aims to incorporate and foreground the agency and self-awareness of his sitters, acknowledging their participation in the construction of their portraits and the presentation of their bodies. By avoiding cues of socioeconomic placement, he offers space for the emergence of the viewers’ engagement, unconstrained by badges of identity, class, status or authority. His sitters are presented anonymously, without prop, social cue or smile. Their intimacy of exposure independently and individually asserts their physicality, persona and participation – the antithesis of snapped spontaneity. His prints, he says, aim to offer the presence of subjects who, with dignity, offer intimate and voyeuristic access to their embodied selves.’
Peter’s research
Peter is researching aspects of the texture and materiality of nineteenth century printing processes and would appreciate the help of LAPC members at the meeting. He would like to circulate for inspection a number of test images and invite people to contribute words, terms and phrases that are descriptive of their texture, appearance and materiality. Peter is working on the collection/recording of the lexicon or vocabularies that people use when describing or responding to the physicality rather than the content of photographic prints, particularly alt-process prints, and would appreciate your help. He thinks this would take about ten minutes of your time.

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London Alternative Photography Collective, May Meeting

On Tuesday 6th May at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at Doomed Gallery Dalston, 65 – 67 Ridley Road, E8 2NP.

TALKS & EXHIBITION OF WORKS FROM:

DR MARK INGHAM

Mark Ingham, 120 Days of Staggering and Stammering

Mark Ingham, 120 Days of Staggering and Stammering

Ingham makes site-specific art installations that in practice and theory explore ideas of autobiographical memory and its relationships with photographic images. ‘120 Days and Nights of Staggering and Stammering’ is an installation made up of multiple SLR cameras modified to create photographic projectors. The projected photographic images are an exploration into experiences of remembering and forgetting. Mark has completed an AHRC funded practice-led PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2005. Mark studied BA Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art and Design and then went to the Slade School of Fine Art for his postgraduate studies. Mark was then awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. Mark is currently Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator in the Spatial Communication/CTS programme at LCC.

ANTHONY CARR

Anthony Carr, Fall Back, Spring Forward, Camera 11, 2013

Anthony Carr, Fall Back, Spring Forward, Camera 11, 2013

Anthony Carr
Fall Back, Spring Forward, Camera 11 2013
23cm x 31cm (print size)

Fall Back, Spring Forward is a recent test project undertaken at the gardens of Burghley House, Lincolnshire, studying the moon’s path as it crosses the nocturnal sky using experimental makeshift time-lapse cameras. This particular pinhole photograph represents 1175 hours of exposure over a 4 1/2 month period. The moon is seen rising from the east and reflected in the estate’s large lake.

Read Anthony’s London Pinhole Festival interview here.


Anthony Carr is an artist and photographer whose current practice is predominantly focused on lo-fi photographic processes. He creates images using various methods of primitive production, from the assembling of homemade pinhole cameras to the constructing of room-sized camera obscuras. 

Often demanding extremely long exposure times, the pinhole photographs can have a typical exposure lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months. He is fascinated by the marks and subtleties that manifest over time, with only the trace of human activity seen for instance in the routine shifting of furniture or the repeated laying of a table. 

Carr’s documentary approach is heavily influenced by our surveillance culture and he has always been fascinated by the elevated viewpoint of CCTV cameras and the quality of images they produce. From their distinct position surveillance cameras are able to silently and constantly observe. This continuous watching without blinking relates directly to his own work and while everything is recorded, virtually nothing but a hint of this is seen in the work. Months mirror moments. 

Carr’s recent projects have captured interiors, exteriors and landscapes from grandiose English houses in Great Windsor Park (24,7,17) and Burghley estate (A Burghley Season) to the forgotten landscape of Milton Keynes’ city centre park (The Forgotten Quarter: An Obscured Camera Production) and the nocturnal cityscape of Derby (A Month of Nights, Derby). Anthony Carr lives and works in London.

ABOUT LONDON ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE

The London Alternative Photography Collective aims to provide a forum for anyone interested in alternative photography ideas and processes.

Accessibility and experimentation is at the heart of LAPC. We provide monthly artist talks, opportunities to exhibit works and will organise special events such as: photo walks, demonstrations and workshops.

We encourage everyone from amateur, emerging and established photographers to get involved! If you would like to learn a particular process, please do get in touch, as we are in touch with many specialists who may be able to help you.

On April 25-27th April 2014, London Alternative Photography Collective,Doomed Gallery Dalston and Double Negative Darkroom are collaborating to bring you London Pinhole Festival.

ABOUT DOOMED GALLERY

Doomed Gallery support emerging and established artists who exploit photography within their practice. Doomed regularly work with; Space is AcePROWL HOUSEThe Photocopy club and many more.

If you would like to curate an exhibition at Doomed, please contact: Matt@DoomedGallery.com, Ken@DoomedGallery.com

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SHEILA MCKINNEY

Pinhole // London Alternative Photography Collective, April Meeting

On Wednesday 2nd April at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at The Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney.

This month’s talk is themed on pinhole photography, to promote Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on April 27. Please bring along your pinhole photography prints and DIY Pinhole Cameras along for show and tell!

We are also hosting LONDON PINHOLE FESTIVAL at Doomed on 25-27 April, so please see the website for further details and submission deadlines.

This is the last time we will be meeting at Double Negative, as LAPC talks will be moved to Doomed Gallery, Dalston starting in May 2014.

The move is due to practical reasons, and we will continue to work with Double Negative on many projects in the future. We will be providing refreshments, and an opportunity to chat about alternative photography processes. There will be talks from;

SEBNEM UGURAL
Sebnem’s recent feature in The Telegraph, March 2014.

Ugural's photography studio-cum-bedroom in Hackney, London (Sebnem Ugural)

Ugural’s photography studio-cum-bedroom in Hackney, London (Sebnem Ugural)

“Sebnem Ugural was born and raised in Turkey. She studied political science and moved to the UK for her MA in Human Rights. She started taking photographs in 1998 with an analogue camera and has been working as a freelance photographer since 2006 in different fields. Pinhole photography tempted her couple of years ago. She mostly takes self portraits with her home made pinhole cameras. She will be teaching pinhole photography to socially disadvantaged children for the project run by IMECE and awarded by BBC Children in Need. She occasionally runs workshops.”

TIM BENNETT

Timothy Bennett - Broadstairs (North)

Timothy Bennett – Broadstairs (North)

Tim has been working at the forefront of London’s fine art and fashion photographic industry for over 15 years as a printer and retoucher. He has worked with many of the world’s major photographers and galleries. He started out doing an apprenticeship as a c-type hand printer before teaching himself Photoshop as the industry went digital and moving into retouching and digital c-type printing. Outside of his day job Tim is very interested in exploring the relationship between analogue and digital processes and how the combination of both can result new forms of both photography and printing. 

SHEILA MCKINNEY

SHEILA MCKINNEY

SHEILA MCKINNEY

“My home is London, England but for the last several years my husbands job has taken us to Houston, Texas and now St John’s, Newfoundland. This has taken me on a journey from teacher, wife, mother to photographer. Houston gave me Glassell School of Art with it’s darkroom, amazing teachers and a wonderful supportive group of fellow students. During this time I really grew to love film, there is nothing more magical than seeing your image appear in the developer! I have a variety of cameras 35mm, medium format, 4×5 (yet to be used), plastic and pinhole. I use B&W film, which I process myself, but also experiment with a variety of color films. The move to St John’s took away the darkroom but brought me an iPhone and a new creative outlet. I now spend more time in the UK where I am part of London Alternative Photography Collective and eventually hope to get back in the darkroom again. Whilst in Houston some of my portrait work was included in Foto Fest 2012 exhibitions and the annual student show at Glassell School of Art, summer 2012. More recently one of my iPhone images received an Honorable Mention in The Fine Art Category at the 3rd annual Mobile Photography Awards. I began my ‘pinhole experiments’ when I was still living in Texas and as a lover of plastic cameras it seemed only natural to use Holga’s. Last year I returned to it again when I participated in World Wide Pinhole Photography Day, 28 April 2013. By chance I happened to be in Twillingate, Newfoundland and took the opportunity to photograph one of the first icebergs of the season. I love the timeless quality of pinhole images as well as the way the seem to capture the light. It is a process which certainly requires me to slow down and is a good counterbalance to my iPhoneography. The more I have been experimenting with pinhole the more I realize this is the medium I want to use to capture Newfoundland, this ‘marvelous, terrible place’ which is unique and unpredictable.”

About London Alternative Photography Collective

The London Alternative Photography Collective aims to bring together artists and photographers around London who wish to share alternative photography ideas and processes. The group meet at the Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney, E5 0JE. We provide artists talks, discussions about Alternative Photography Processes, demonstrations and opportunities to collaborate. Anyone interested in Alternative Photography is welcome to join.

About Double Negative Darkroom

Double Negative Darkroom Is a budding, London independent photographic community and lab. Fast becoming a European centre for Alternative photographic process and Silver gelatin teaching and learning. As Double Negative provides free refreshments at the London Alternative Photography Collective, we would ask that you bring a £3 donation (£2 to darkroom members) to the event.

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GLITCH, Doomed Gallery, 14th December 2013

GLITCH
Saturday 14th December 2013, 7pm doors.
Doomed Gallery, 65 – 67 Ridley Road, Dalston, London.
An exhibition curated by Melanie King.
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We currently inhabit an innovative technological era which strives for small and discreet technology, a complex nano world in which very few can meddle. We carry around fragile gadgets which contain our entire life, and become debilitated when they inevitably break and can only be fixed by manufacturers or individual businesses demanding a large fee.

Glitch is an exhibition which celebrates analogue technology of the Twentieth Century, a golden era when most of us understood how things worked and could fix things ourselves. In this exhibition, artists have taught themselves the rules of how something works and then deliberately misused the technology to create artwork that is beautiful and unique.

Exhibiting and Performing Artist Adam Brown describes his work as;

“Noisy, glitchy and fun, …an art project which explores ideas of permanence, memory and technology, yelling ‘to hell with progress!’”

Daniela de Paulis 
Moon Relay
Images have been bounced off of the Moon, using the Dwingeloo Telescope in The Netherlands.

Daniela de Paulis

Dario Villaneuva
Data Visualization

Dario Villaneuva

David Blackmore
Liquid Crystal Displays

David Blackmore

Adam Brown
Single Cell Camera

Adam Brown

Sam Battle
Homemade Modular Synth

Sam Battle

Carl Guyenette
Interactive Kinect Projections

Carl Guyenette

Antonio Roberts
Audio files >Pure Data > Binary Data

Antonio Roberts

Alexander Gilmour
Corrupted .JPEGS

Alexander Gilmour

Lizz Brady

Lizz Brady

Blue Tapes
Analogue Record Label using analogue photographs as artwork;

Blue Tapes

PERFORMANCES FROM;

Lisa Luxx of Prowl

Prowl

Adam Brown’s Concentricism

Adam Brown

Fractal Skulls of BlueTapes.co.uk

Fractal Skulls

DJ set by Dario Villaneuva until late.

London Alternative Photography Collective, December Meeting

On Wednesday 4th December at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at The Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney.
We will be providing refreshments, and an opportunity to chat about alternative photography processes.
There will be talks from;

SARAH LESLIE

Sarah Leslie, Hundred Years Gallery

Sarah Leslie, Hundred Years Gallery

http://sarahleslie.co.uk
Originally from Melbourne, Australia Sarah is a photomedia artist concentrating in alternate and antique process, ‘plastic’ photography, and image re-appropriation. Sarah is also a curator with a specialisation in film, animation, and the moving image.
Sarah also has a background in Art History and critical theory, with interests concerning aesthetic theory in relation to the role and function of ugliness in art, and representations of the Renaissance body.

KEN FLAHERTY
http://doomedgallery.wordpress.com 

Marc Vallee Zine Launch, Doomed Gallery

Marc Vallee Zine Launch, Doomed Gallery

Owner and Curator at Doomed Gallery Dalston, a gallery which is committed to creating a platform for photographers, working in experimental ways.
LAPC Founder Melanie is also curating GLITCH at Doomed, a show which celebrates analogue in a world of nanoscale technology.

GEORGE 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83675368@N02
George makes crazy hybrid analogue cameras which give unique, experimental effects to 35mm film.

About London Alternative Photography Collective
The London Alternative Photography Collective aims to bring together artists and photographers around London who wish to share alternative photography ideas and processes.
The group will meet at the Double Negative Darkroom at 178A Glyn Road in Hackney, E5 0JE.
We provide artists talks, discussions about Alternative Photography Processes, demonstrations and opportunities to collaborate.
Anyone interested in Alternative Photography is welcome to join.

About Double Negative Darkroom
Double Negative Darkroom Is a budding, London independent photographic community and lab. Fast becoming a European centre for Alternative photographic process and Silver gelatin teaching and learning.

As Double Negative provides free refreshments at the London Alternative Photography Collective, we would ask that you bring a £3 donation (£2 to darkroom members) to the event.
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