Thursday, 17 October 2013

Exhibitions | Magazines

You Are The Company In Which You Keep

Craig Ames, Ulf Aminde, Haley Austin, Natasha Caruana, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Melanie Friend, Gilbert & George, Julian Germain, Paul Graham, Chris Harrison, Nigel Henderson, Jeremy Hutchison, Yee I-Lann, Bob Jardine, James O Jenkins, Linder, Melanie Manchot, Daniel Meadows, Gustav Metzger, Tim Mitchell, Martin Parr, Reynold Reynolds, Patrick Jolley, Simon Roberts, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Daniele Sambo, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, Homer Sykes, Stuart Whipps.

This is an interesting looking show across 2 venues in Sunderland, the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery. "Many of the artists might be described as working in anthropological or ethnographic ways, observing how our experience of the world is mediated through the camera lens, and asking how far photographic images structure our imagination."

This show is part of a month long 'photography' event; The Social, Encountering Photography. Lots of other shows + talks and events etc going on from 18th October - 16th November, although the show in Sunderland Museum (where there are a series of synched Classroom Video Portraits on 4 large monitors) will continue until 23rd February.

6 Mois

6 Mois Magazine has recently published 16 pages of Classroom Portraits.


The latest issue of GUP Magazine features 12 pages from the No Olho da Rua Collective.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Guardian, October 3rd

The Guardian are running a short feature about this picture of Charlie from 'For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness' in tomorrow's edition. Or, to see it online click here.

Thursday, 26 September 2013


In 2010 in the UK, roughly one person got killed by a gunshot for each million of the population. In the US the equivalent figure was 32 people per million. Apparently, as many as 55 million households in the US own at least one gun.

Fear is doubtless one of the primary drivers in this particular arms race, but the 'right to bear arms' is enshrined in America's constitution and there can be little doubt that many Americans love their guns.

The latest issue of Useful Photography magazine features a large selection of portraits specifically produced for US gun enthusiasts to shoot at.

Perhaps these carefully choreographed images of terrorists, hijackers, armed robbers, psychopaths and other assorted crazies offer us a glimpse into the mindset of the National Rifle Association and their friends ("food, fellowship, fun and firearms") whose grand mission is "to preserve the 2nd Amendment and surround its' blessings with impenetrable protection in perpetuity".

Yet again, Useful Photography Magazine has collected a series of photographs that were produced with little or no artistic ambition and for a singular practical purpose and presents them in an alternative context, offering us new insights into the modern world.

963 Chung King Rd, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

Friday, 13 September 2013


As ever, I give plenty of advance notice about what's going on - NOT!! Apologies, but herewith news about a show that closes on Sunday and another event that is happening just over this weekend. If you can get to Prishtina in Kosovo, you have a bit more time!
Work from the Classroom Portraits series is showing in 2 group exhibitions and in a special event at the Ministry of Education in Paris:


Gallery Kunstbezirk Gustav-Siegle-Haus
Leonhardsplatz 28
16 August - 15 September


The National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina
13 September - 13 October 2014


The Ministry of Education in Paris is opening it's doors to the general public this weekend, 14th and 15th September and is exhibiting a selection of Classroom Portraits throughout the building.

Ministry of Education
110, rue de Grenelle, Paris 
14 - 15 September

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Classroom Portraits at In Camera Galerie, Paris

A selection of work from the Classroom Portraits series is being shown at In Camera Galerie, Paris, from February 14th (vernissage 6 - 9pm) until March 23rd.

21 rue Las Cases, 75007, Paris
Gallery opening hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 2 - 7pm, or by appointment.    /    /    +33(0)1 47 05 51 77

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Classroom Portraits Book Signing

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris.
Stand D39 (In Camera Gallery), 6pm, November 15th

Paris Photo 2012

Roads to Wigan Pier

Impressions Gallery, Bradford, until 5th January, 2013
Russell Boyce, Huw Davies, Julian Germain, Graham Hall, John Kemp, Tim Smith 

Impressions Gallery 

"In the summer of 1984, taking as their starting point George Orwell’s seminal 1937 publication The Road to Wigan Pier, a sociological investigation into the bleak living conditions of the working class in Yorkshire and Lancashire, six newly graduated students of photography were commissioned by Impressions to record and document social aspects of the North of England. Each worked independently and each took a personal viewpoint. These non-judgemental, yet sometimes shocking, photographs show us a way of life that was in terminal decline. This picture of Orwellian dystopia acts as an elegy of the northern urban landscape and its people, on the brink of irrevocable social and cultural change. Today, in-post industrial Britain, we are perhaps inclined to forget the recent past as many of the symbols of poverty and neglect have been replaced by regeneration." 

                                        © Julian Germain, 1984     

Big Meetings 

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, Northumberland, until December 23rd

Big Meetings is a new series of photographs and films by Julian Germain in response to the annual Durham Miners Gala, commissioned by Durham County Council.

Attended by up to 100,000 people, the Gala is one of the largest political gatherings in Europe. As well as photographing the main event: the parade, speeches and the banner blessings in the Cathedral, Germain has explored some of the deeper stories behind it.

He records the communities and landscapes of former pit villages such as Chopwell, Trimdon Grange and Ferryhill, showing the local residents as they prepare their banners for the Gala. He has visited band rooms, clubs and community centres to portray the brass bands in the places where they practice every week and he has also attended gatherings and meetings of some of the political or campaigning groups who use the Gala as a platform to promote their ideas.

The 2 synchronised video portraits feature a 77 year old man and a 9 year old boy performing the protest song and socialist anthem The Red Flag, encouraging us to consider the dramatic changes that have happened to industry, culture, society and politics during the last 3 generations.

The exhibition is about the significance of working class identity and cultural traditions and their ties to a set of political beliefs at a time when only fragments remain of the industries that framed them. While documenting both the spectacle and the spirit of the Gala, Germain is also implicitly asking questions about the nature of politics now, as capitalism appears to falter and socialist ideals are widely believed to have been marginalised by the rush to consumerism.

                                             © Julian Germain, 2012 / Stills from The Red Flag       


Sunday, 21 October 2012

Exhibition - The Beautiful Horizon

The Beautiful Horizon, the first UK exhibition of the work of the No Olho da Rua Collective, made up of approximately 75 young people living on the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Julian Germain, Patricia Azevedo and Murilo Godoy. The collective has been functioning on a sporadic basis since 1995.  The show is at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 6 October - 25 November. It features flyposters, newspapers, video portraits, flyers, exhibition prints and, most importantly, the first phase of the new project archive in the form of more than 125 boxed sets of enprints, enabling gallery visitors to explore the narratives in entire rolls of film. 

For more information and to download interview of Julian Germain, Patricia Azevedo and Murilo Godoy by Mark Sealey: 

For more information about the Brighton Photo Biennial:

Julian Germain Talk - Fabrica, Brighton. Monday 22nd October, 6.30 pm