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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June 2014 Meeting

 

River Soča, Slovenia 08/13, Toby Deveson.

River Soča, Slovenia 08/13, Toby Deveson.

Nocturne, Mike Crawford, 2014, Lith

Nocturne, Mike Crawford, 2014, Lith

 

On Tuesday 3rd June 2014 at 6.30pm, London Alternative Photography Collective will be meeting at Doomed Gallery Dalston

TALKS BY

MIKE CRAWFORD

Mike Crawford will present a talk on his series, Nocturnes, which explores the city in twilight. Much of the work is abstract and multilayered, using reflections and shadows to suggest stories within a story. Other images are purposely diffused, unwanted detail subdued to leave shape and form.

Shot in a variety of locations on 35mm, the work is unified by the lith process. Printed on discontinued and outdated paper, the contrast and colour of the photographs are intensified and the texture and grain enhanced. Mike’s talk will consider the influences behind the work, his use of lith printing for this particular series as well as a historical review on the process.

‘The longer I linger over the prints, the more intrigued I am by them. I almost feel as though I’m looking at stills from a strange and mysterious film – a kind of Edward Hopper existence in the night-time city where life is caught in the reflection of a rain-spattered window or through a shady doorway. It’s enticing and strange and not without it’s moments of darkness.’
Elizabeth Roberts, Black and White Magazine

Mike Crawford is a photographer and specialist photographic printer based in London. He has printed for many leading photographers, working on numerous exhibitions and publications. In addition, he has held several exhibitions of his own photography, primarily working in urban landscape and portraiture. Mike is an Ilford Photo Master Printer and has taught at several Universities and Institutes and is the author of four technical photographic books and numerous articles for various photographic magazines.



TOBY DEVESON
TOBY DEVESON IN CONVERSATION WITH FRASER MILES, SILVERPRINT

Toby has been taking black and white photographs since 1989, always using an old Nikkormat and the same 24mm lens he ‘borrowed’ from his father over twenty years ago.
Whether he is photographing landscapes or people, Toby approaches his work in the same way, moving through his environment surprisingly quickly. Always watching and absorbing, constantly experimenting with framing and composition.
Toby has exhibited extensively, most recently at The Strand Gallery in central London in May & June 2012. 
Toby is currently exhibiting “West of the Sun” at Silverprint.