The alternative Art Show – Truman’s Brewery – East London – October 2013 and Jan 2014

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Exhibitions and talks, Styles, Summaries and Pre-Work, Supporting Activities

This is similar to the Frieze but for smaller galleries and slightly smaller price tags. The works are not as contemporary as they were in the Frieze, and they often have discussion sessions on art taking place throughout the day. On the day I went, there was a session on photography so I was able to see both the art and get some photographic insight.

The session I saw was entitled ‘control of the frame’ which explored 4 different photographers work and discussed the power, representation and identity in a photograph. The subject matters included:-
Daniel-who looked at how people with scars and disfigurements wanted to be photographed.
Fiona – who looked at public and private art and how this applied to her Downs Syndrome child.
Ryan – who discussed homelessness and how he charted his progress from the streets with photographs
Laura – who looked at the online/offline boundaries by manipulating photos taken by the creators of Photoshop and then republishing them and then dealing with the copyright issues.
These were great sessions to explore both style and subject matters as well as their translation into photographs.

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At a practical level, a good photograph is more about being in the right place at the right time and knowing what to take then the type of camera, skill and technique. My ambition is to show how anyone with a camera can produce great photographs when they visit London.

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