At the beginning of the 1995 football season, Hans van der Meer set out to take a series of football photographs that avoided the clichéd traditions of modern sports photography. In an attempt to record the game in its original form – a field, two goals and 22 players – he sought matches at the […]
During a recent trip to Budapest I came across a few old cars dating back to the days of communism. During this period, Hungarians had few choices when it came to car ownership, with Ladas, Trabants, Skodas and Fiats pretty much all you could get. The cars were very basic, pretty uninspiring and were incredibly […]
I came across Songbook a while back during a visit to the Village Bookstore in Leeds. This latest publication from Alec Soth, a photographer from Minneapolis examines life and communities in rural America. During the project, Soth assumed the role of community newspaper reporter and from 2012-2014 travelled state by state while working on his self-published […]
When it opened in 1788, Northallerton prison’s first inmates can have had little doubt as to society’s attitude towards them. Never mind that it was designed by John Carr – who also created Leeds’ grand Harewood House – this was the first custom built prison in the country and its purpose was clear in the […]
One of my favourite books of 2014. I was lucky enough to see the accompanying exhibition at Newcastle’s Side Gallery and was deeply moved with this extraodinary body of work. In 1989 Kai Wiedenhöfer photographed the fall of the Berlin Wall in his hometown. At the time, Wiedenhöfer, like many, believed this event would mark […]
German husband and wife team Bernd and Hilla Becher’s wonderful book Gasbehälter. The pair met as students in Dusseldorf in 1957 and began collaborating on photographing the disappearing German industrial landscape. Famous for their work on water towers, this book (published in 2002) looks at gasholders around Europe and is an absolute favourite of mine.
The brilliant Andy Stott with support by Rainer Veil at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley. Another thumping gig organised by the Golden Cabinet who are raising a few very respectful eyebrows in the electronica music scene.
Slides found at a car boot sale in York, UK. A real eclectic set of images taken during the 70’s and 80’s in Yorkshire and spanning about 20yrs.
Another great gig organised by Golden Cabinet in Shipley, Shit and Shine pounded out an amazing drum stomping set. It’s always a visual spectacle and a great atmosphere to take photos in. There’s also a Golden Cabinet promo video, it gives a good idea of how damn good the band is.
It was a real thrill to photograph and watch the opening stage of the Tour de France – known as le grand départ. I spent an amazing weekend in wonderful Reeth, a small village situated at the meeting point of the two most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales: Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, and about two thirds […]