Friday 22 October 2010

Kate Nolan

All images © Kate Nolan

Fresh from the submissions inbox is this quiet set of images from Kate Nolan, an Irish photographer based in Cardiff, Wales who recently graduated with a BA Hons in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport.

"Neither is an exploration into the hearts of the new generation of post-soviet Kaliningrad. Locked into dreams of a future that their homeland cannot fulfil they look afar. They are searching for their identity while trapped under the weight of history and isolation from both their motherland and the new Europe.

Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave, is wedged between Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea. It was once known as Konigsberg until WWII when the German population fled or were killed. The region was then handed over to the Russians who invited the rural and poor of Russia to rebuild the city.

The younger generation of this region is the first to have lived in these post-soviet times. The women I have been living with and sharing with have opened up their homes and minds to allow me an inside look into this link between place, identity and history."

Neither is a work in progress and Kate told 1000 Words that she will be heading back to Kaliningrad in a few weeks to continue with this project so best of luck to her. We look forward to seeing the finished article. It´s already shaping up to be a brilliant project.

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Salon Photo Prize-Call for Applications

We are delighted to share the following information with you on The Salon Photo Prize 2011, the inaugural photography exhibition produced by Matt Roberts Arts. It is expected that up to 100 photographers will be exhibited at its gallery space on Vyner Street,East London with one exhibitor winning the selectors' prize supported by 1000 Words Photography Magazine which will consist of £1000 and a solo exhibition in 2012.

This year's selection panel consists of:

Simon Baker, Curator of Photography, Tate
Stefanie Braun, Curator, The Photographers' Gallery
Tim Clark, Editor-in-chief, 1000 Words Photography Magazine
Charlotte Cotton, Creative Director, National Media Museum

The first Salon Photo Prize will take place from 4 February - 26 February 2011. The deadline for applications is: 5pm, Saturday 4 December, 2010.

All Salon Art Prize applicants must be registered as an Associate Members of Matt Roberts Arts. Annual membership costs £8 (GBP) for UK-based artists and £10 (GBP) for those based outside of the UK. As Matt Roberts Arts not-for-profit all membership contributions support its ongoing professional development services.

Did we mention that other benefits of becoming a member include: exclusive access to a members' only website directory; online lectures; an international gallery map; a prizes and awards calender PLUS weekly portfolio sessions and monthly group discussions that are held at Matt Roberts Arts gallery space? Have a look for yourself here. If you are a serious, career-orientated photographer then you really shouldn't pass on this unique opportunity.

You can pay using Paypal by making a payment to info(at)mattroberts(dot)org(dot)uk

Alternatively you can send a cheque, postal order or bankers draft (made out to Matt Roberts Arts) to the gallery address: Unit 1, 25 Vyner Street, London, E2 9DG

For further information please visit or email salonphotoprize(at)mattroberts(dot)org(dot)uk

Monday 11 October 2010

In Between by Guy Bourdin

We’ve got three copies of In Between by Guy Bourdin to give away, courtesy of our partners Steidl. Follow us on Twitter @1000wordsmag and retweet the announcement to enter. Offer ends 18 October.

Guy Bourdin
In Between

All images © The Estate of Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin’s vivid, narrative-infused work placed him at the vanguard of fashion photography for a career that spanned four decades. From his first provocative editorial feature in 1955, capturing haute couture alongside butchered cow heads, Guy Bourdin pushed the limits of fashion photography into foreign territory. In Between delves into that career, charting the course of his artistic development from the 1950s into the 1980s with over 200 exceptional images in black and white and color. This monograph reassembles many of the original editorial layouts as they were published in magazines such as French Vogue, British Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, offering a new and illuminating critical context in the process. Guy Bourdin tailored his compositions to the constraints of the printed page both conceptually and graphically, and the mirror motif so central in his work finds its formal counterpart in the doubleness of the magazine spread. Layout and design become powerful metaphors for the photographic medium, engaging the eye and with it, the mind. In Between was conceived and edited by Shelly Verthime, whose unflagging devotion and research have resulted in an unparalleled familiarity with the photographer’s oeuvre. It is the second publication in Steidldangin’s Guy Bourdin library. A Message For You, published in 2006, explored the author’s collaboration with model/muse Nicolle Meyer in the form of an exquisite, two-volume coffret. With In Between, Steidldangin offers a roll-up-your-sleeves guide to his visual vocabulary.

Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was born in Paris. His career as a fashion photographer spans over three decades. Today, his work is exhibited in the most prestigious museums, such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Jeu de Paume, and The National Museum of China.

In Between by Guy Bourdin
Book design by Shelly Verthime and Pascal Dangin
400 photographs, four colour and black and white process throughout
Edited by Shelly Verthime
272 pages
29.5 cm x 19.4 cm
ISBN: 978-3-86930-033-7
£50.00 €55.00 $58.00
Published by steidldangin
Publication date: November 2010

Thursday 7 October 2010

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Brighton Photo Biennial - Alec Soth talks to Martin Parr

In this brilliant podcast from Daylight Magazine, Martin Parr interviews acclaimed photographer Alec Soth. As part of the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010, Soth was commissioned by Photoworks to be included in the exhibition "Strange and Familiar." For his contribution to the show, Soth collaborated with his daughter, Carmen, to produced a project titled "Brighton Picture Hunt," for which the father-daughter team explored and photographed the towns of Brighton & Hove.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months you will be aware that Alec had some problems with his Visa and was denied permission to work in the UK. If you still don´t know what I´m talking its probably a good idea to have a read of this article in The Guardian to get up-to-speed. To put it simply, that he was barred from taking photographs is outrageous. Why are our border authorities curbing temporary visits by non-EU artists in this way? Thankfully Alec managed to sidestep this regulation in such a clever and inventive way. But then again, there are those that see this whole scenario in an entirely different light. Here is some food for thought from Foto 8 on Twitter:

@Foto8 Soth commission wasn't free. Did his daughter earn it? Not according to " the customs official", What happened to those public thousands?

@Foto8 Alex Soth Brighton tale smells bogus... 2 yrs jail, work permit, 7 yr old, vernacular photography. What says public funded BPB? Mr Parr??

@Foto8 How can picture of Brighton be vernacular if the indigenous photographer is not asked to shoot them.#bogusphotospeak

@Foto8 So apparently its ok to pay a seven year old child labourer in UK and not a commissioned artist? If no pay then customs law is rubbish.

@Foto8 Firstly why does Brighton need to be shot by Soth and secondly how does his daughter not break the same bogus law?

"Independent, outspoken, unfettered" reads the descriptor on their Twitter account profile. Good on them.

Wednesday 6 October 2010

1000 Words Photography Magazine #9

We are delighted to announce that the Autumn issue of 1000 Words “Transformation” is now online. To view it please go to

We start off this issue with Curator of photography at Tate Simon Baker’s review of Double Bind, an extraordinary installation of a new body of work from Leigh Ledare as seen at Les Rencontres d’Arles, France this summer. There is also an interview with Andrew Bruce, a recent graduate from the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, and an essay on another exciting talent to emerge from the UK in the last few years, Melinda Gibson. Louise Clements writes about Berlin-based photographer Isabelle Graeff, and The Telegraph’s Photography critic-cum-picture editor Lucy Davies offers her thoughts on The Flesh and The Spirit, the latest Sally Mann photobook which will be published by Aperture in November. Finally, 1000 Words Deputy editor Michael Grieve reviews Trevor Paglen’s first photographic monograph, Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes, also from Aperture.

In the books section, we cover Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids and Coming Up For Air by Stephen Gill. The range of photographers in this issue is eclectic and amazing. At a time when photography is becoming increasingly vapid and predictable, 1000 Words hopes to provide some precious insight in to the best work that is being produced today.

As always, thanks to all the artists, writers and advertisers, and we would like to express our deep gratitude to Santiago Taccetti of CCCH Creative Studio, Barcelona for his wonderful design work on the magazine.

Many thanks and best wishes,