This week in Picbod sees British photographer Steve Pyke MBE talking to picbod from his New York studio. This week’s theme is Mortality and it takes us on a journey through several of Steve’s long term project including the portraits series of his children, the tools and roadkill still-lives. The interview includes a reading by Timothy O’Grady from his book “Divine Magnetic Lands” which describes Steve at work. The book is also reviewed here by Sean O’Hagan for the Guardian.
. . . → Read More: Photographer Steve Pyke on family, friends and the art of roadkill still-life
This week in picbod, New York photographer Gary Schneider invites us into his studio to talk through the microscopic “Genetic self-portrait” series and his stunning ‘painted with light’ Nudes. All of the work mentioned here can be found over on Gary’s website, but if you missed the first interview then make sure you head back in time to week 4 where you can catch up on Gary talking nude.
. . . → Read More: Gary Schneider in conversation Part 2
CU Photography graduate Ross Rawlings talks here with students on the open class #picbod run at CU Photography about his intimate photography.
Rawlings vigorously documents both his own life and that of his relationships and speaks openly and honestly about his approach to image making and why he turns the camera on himself and those closest to him.
. . . → Read More: Ross Rawlings in Conversation with #picbod
We’ll be listening to this in class today and speaking to Peter live afterwards, please tweet any questions using the #picbod tag.
. . . → Read More: World Press Photographer Peter Dench takes #picbod on a tour of his work.
Thanks to Grant Scott of Hungry Eye Magazine for this guest talk, and also for providing this week’s task (“The White Shirt”) which can be found below the lecture.
Last week’s guest task was set by HUNGRY EYE Magazine
Take a white shirt, it can be any form of white shirt. It can be a £1000 Prada white shirt or a £1 t-shirt, the emphasis is on pairing the process down to it’s ‘bare-bones’.
Your direction then is to make a series of images using a white shirt and a body, exploring the relationship between the two and consider shape, form, texture and light. Consider the environmental context , what does that say about your shirt and subject? Does it reveal a fragility, a nervousness, a confidence, perhaps a dissonance?
Please make your images posting on your site or flickr, tagging them ‘picbod’ and link to the work on the Facebook page. If you talk about the project on Twitter then use the hashtag #picbod
Entries close at Midnight on February 29th 2012.
The judges decision will . . . → Read More: Guest Lecture: Grant Scott of Hungry Eye Magazine
Pete Brook came in to #picbod today and let us into his critical and creative process. He gave us the the bare bones of a theme (see the prep reading) that he was mulling over for a series of blog posts and then picked over it in seminar and discussion. You can see one of the posts that develop these themes over on his blog this morning.
. . . → Read More: Pete Brook: Prison Photography and Self Representation
Today’s session comes at the end of a week where our students have been considering the theme of “Nude and Naked“. We’ll be following this up today in class but we’ll be framing our discussions with the following two interviews, one with Gary Schneider and one with Graham Macindoe.
As we listen we’ll be tweeting our notes (hashtagged #picbod) to pick out common threads and inform our discussions afterward. Please tweet your thoughts and notes and join the conversation, wherever and whenever you catch-up.
. . . → Read More: Photographers Gary Schneider and Graham Macindoe in conversation with Jonathan Worth
Huge #picbod thanks go to Elinor Carucci for answering some of our questions, and those put forward by students on Twitter and Facebook.
Elinor answers questions on her intimate practice, how she has applied her skills to editorial work, and among other topics, talks us through her latest body of work.
If you have any further questions, pop them in the comments section below and we will put them to Elinor this . . . → Read More: Elinor Carucci in conversation with #picbod
Image: Matt Johnston
#picbod’s Matt Johnston met with documentary filmmaker Adam Hopkins recently to add some real world experience to the ‘negotiation’ theme and task we have been exploring this week. As an established practitioner Adam Hopkins has produced films including ‘Wild Things’, ‘Alice and Her Six Dads’, Neighbourhood Watched’ and ‘Trawlermen’ for the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic among others. These projects consistently involve Adam stepping into unknown situations and meeting his subjects under differing circumstances, he must also ensure he tells both an accurate and compelling story often from only brief meetings.
In class we will be first watching Adam’s production ‘Wild Things’ produced for Channel 4, before listening to the interview and viewing his 5 top tips video.
As well as dropping by Adam’s blog you can also follow him on twitter here.
(This can only be viewed in UK – we are working on a solution)
Adam Hopkins in Conversation With Matt Johnston:
Adam Hopkins: 5 Top Tips . . . → Read More: Documentary Filmmaker Adam Hopkins on ‘Negotiation’