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EDITORS LETTER B+W147 FERUARY 2013
BLACK WHITEPHOTOGRAPHYThe bond between the man and the woman is tangible but understated. Ive had this print on my desk for months; I look at it every morning. I dont know the photographer, but I have been in email correspondence with him and we will be featuring his work later this year including this print which is part of a series. But today something happened. I realised that I had to possess this image, I had to take it home and look at it every day. I will never tire of it and it will, eventually, teach me something about portraiture. Its the picture that I would have liked to have taken. Its difficult to say why, maybe its
n my desk, as I write this, sits a print. This image is a formal portrait of an elderly couple. They sit side by side and look directly into camera. She is small and tubby, wearing a pale floral dress, black hat and shoes, and in her white-gloved hands she clutches a small black bag. Her arm is linked in his. He sits upright, hands firmly placed on his knees; he wears some kind of uniform and dark-rimmed spectacles. The floor is wooden and the backdrop appears to be a kind of creased brown paper. Light falls from one side.
something about the tenderness between the couple, or the relaxed formality of the setting. Or maybe its because I sense a story behind the image, a narrative of years of life lived courageously but with a sense of fun. Theres a sort of fearlessness about this couple. Falling in love with a picture doesnt happen very often, but when you do, you know it. I have a small collection of images all of which have been love at first sight. Some have been expensive, some not, but I love them equally. So, my next step is to email the photographer and talk finance. Wish me luck. Elizabeth Roberts, Editor [email protected]
Colin Ford CBEColin Ford was the first senior curator of photography at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 1972-82. He then became the founding head of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (now the National Media Museum), Bradford. After a decade there, he spent five years as director of the 10 national museums and galleries of Wales. He has written more than a dozen books and mounted many exhibitions, including Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century at Londons Royal Academy last year.
Eddie EphraumsEddie Ephraums is a photographer, photobook maker, publisher and mentor. His background is in traditional b&w and he has written a number of bestselling books on landscape photography and darkroom techniques, as well as founding the acclaimed AG magazine. He has produced books for some of the most well known British landscape photographers and he runs photobook and project-related workshops in London and Scotland.
Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson was a butcher, paint maker, and artist, before teaching himself photography. Based in London, he spends most of his time taking commissions for portraiture, and shooting landscapes and still lifes for his personal work. He laments the loss of his favourite films: Polaroid pos/neg (Type 55 and 665). His photographic heroes include Jacques Henri Lartigue, Diane Arbus and James Ravilious.
Susan BurnstineSusan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer, originally from Chicago but now based in Los Angeles. She is represented in galleries worldwide, and published in many different countries. Her first monograph, Within Shadows, earned numerous accolades, including the PX3 Prix De La Photographic Paris Gold Award for best Professional Fine Art Book of 2011.
COVER IMAGEThis months cover image is Hilltop Trees, Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan, 2003, by Michael Kenna
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Issue 147 February 2013
CONTENTSGET IN TOUCHBlack+White Photography GMC Publications Ltd, 86 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XN Tel 01273 477374 Email EDITOR Elizabeth Roberts at [email protected] DEPUTY EDITOR Mark Bentley at [email protected] ASSISTANT EDITOR Jemima Greaves at [email protected] www.facebook.com/ blackandwhitephotographymagazine twitter.com/BWPMag
8 A FRAGILE MIND
Jonathan Stead discusses his work with Jemima Greaves
Whats going on in the B&W world
20 AMERICAN CONNECTIONSusan Burnstine on a classic photographer in the making
26 LIVING PICTURES 16 IN THE FRAMEColin Ford on the work of influential Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
Your guide to the best photography exhibitions
NATIONAL 74 THE MEDIA MUSEUMColin Harding discusses the theme of death in early photography
18 34 THE ALLOTMENTEERSCharlie Hopkinson ventures into the wilderness with a 6x8 cameraNEW SERIES
ONE EXHIBITION NOT TO MISS
Legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams
78 A FORTNIGHT AT F/8Tim Clinch on a life-changing photograph that set him on the road
MANY WAYS OF SEEING
A 80 BUILDING CLASSIC LIBRARYOur 45th book finds its way on to the bookshelf
Eddie Ephraums new series on discovering your true photographic self
82 60-SECOND EXPOSUREBraving the elements with Alan Henriksen
THE ANSEL ADAMS PUBLISHING RIGHTS TRUST
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30 TIPS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS
How to harness the power of social network sites to promote your photography
22 READERS PICTURES 65 ASSIGNMENTGreat prizes to be won Leave your normal camera behind and take up our challenge of the month
53 DISCOVERING LIGHTROOMTim Clinch shows how to make a slide show the Lightroom way
Send your entries by 8 April to [email protected]
66 CAMERA TEST 68 70
HOME AND AWAY
The full frame Nikon D600 put to the test by Ross Hoddinott
84 SUBSCRIPTION OFFERHave B+W delivered to your door
Lee Frosts tips for planning a photography holiday
The newest kit available in the camera shops
Your chance to experiment with traditional printing techniques without using a darkroom
The best display calibration tools for your screen
85 NEXT MONTH 87 HOW TO SUBMIT 96 LAST FRAME
What were planning next
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A single image we love
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Presented by Wofgang Suschitzky, 2001. Scottish National Portrait Gallery
NEWSROOMNews from the b&w worldEdited by Mark [email protected]
High contrastHundreds of photographs from the vaults of the National Geographic Society were sold for nearly $3.8 million at auction. Records were set for several photographers, including Magnums Steve McCurry, whose photograph Afghan Girl sold for $178,900. magnumphotos.com Photographer Rankin has been presented with the very first new Leica S-System camera (numbered 0001). Rankins work was featured in a special Rankin issue of the Leica S magazine. leica.co.uk Tamara Beckwith, co-owner of the Little Black Gallery in London, is one of the new dealers on Channel 4s Four Rooms. The TV show sees members of the public enter the four rooms to sell a prized possession to the dealers. thelittleblackgallery.com A one day course on camera obscuras and pinhole photography is available to teachers. The course, run by Justin Quinnell, covers camera obscuras, pinhole photography, darkroom construction, non-chemical techniques, solargraphy and three month exposure cameras. Its at St Pauls Darkrooms in Bristol on 23 February. Price 125. pinholephotography.org Hailsham Photographic Society will present an audio-visual extravaganza at the Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, on 1-2 March. The show supports Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Tickets 5. Call 01323 845569. hailshamphotographicsociety. co.uk Congratulations to Ian Weston, who is the winner of our cover quote competition for issue 143 (November) and wins a years subscription to the magazine.
Prater Wheel, Vienna by Edith Tudor-Hart
Friends, lovers and spiesPortraits by Man Ray are among the highlights of the Scottish National Portrait Gallerys programme for 2013. The exhibition is the first major museum retrospective of the influential photographers portraits and features more than 100 works from his career in America and Paris. It will include portraits of lovers, friends and contemporaries, ranging from Lee Miller and Kiki de Montparnasse to Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Ernest Hemingway. The exhibition runs from 22 June to 8 September before travelling to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. Another exhibition, Edith Tudor-Hart: In the Shadow of Tyranny, looks at the work of the Viennese-born photographer who left Austria for Britain after being arrest