On Monday 20th Feb I went to a Miniclick talk in Brighton on the subject of home. Photographer Daniel Castro Garcia and designer Thomas Saxby have published a book called Foreigner, and came to tell us how they went about it.
Daniel explained that after hearing about the deaths of over 1,000 migrants inside a week in two boat sinkings off Italy, he decided to act. He went there to take photographs, and later got sponsorship to visit the places he’d been reading about in the news.
Daniel said that the coverage in the mainstream media always seemed to show hoards of migrants – whereas what he was uncovering were individual stories. Daniel and Thomas took mobile numbers and have kept in touch, and revisited some of their subjects by text messages. If you look at page 4 here there’s a photo of Aly Gadiaga with sand slipping through his hands, This was a collaboration as Aly had been travelling for 8 years and was still not able to work. He’d left home with the intention of finding work so he could send money back to his family. He said he felt like his life was slipping away from him.
This was an amazing talk about an ongoing situation. There were about a hundred serious photographers in the audience including a photography lecturer from Sussex University and some of his students.
One question from the audience asked how they’d got on with self-funding the book through Kickstarter. The honest answer that they’d had to rely on friends and family for most of it.
The exhibition Foreigner opens in London on 16th March 2017 at TJ Boulting.
Tuesday morning I got a tweet from a friend to say that Jim Motram’s Small Town Inertia project was on Kickstarter trying to fund a book. I already knew the project, so I agreed to buy a copy. A bit later I got an email to say that the book had already exceeded it’s target in the first 12 hours!
Photographer J A Motram has spent a few years documenting the lives of those “living on the fringe of society” in his local area around Derham, Norfolk. This interview with Petapixel explains.
This is an excellent piece of work, as well as evidence as to how much publishing has changed. I’m looking forwards to getting my copy of the book.
Tuesday 28th of Feb 2017, another tweet told me about an exhibition of early photos of Jamaica in Irvington Place about 10 mins walk north of Liverpool Street Station. I highly recommend this one, and will revisit it myself.
The exhibition mostly comprises of prints from the 1890’s, but there are also some 31/4 square lantern slides as well as some stereo cards.
There are rural photos with titles such as: “Sugar Cane Cutters, as well as pictures of Kingston, for example “Jubilee Market”, and a very smart street scene from 1910 showing some new buildings fronting King Street, which contains horse drawn buggies as well as electric tram cars.
This exhibition is on at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. It’s open Tues – Sat until 22nd April.