Cinema Nights in Hastings

Fantastic cinema night at the Electric Palace in Hastings Old Town on Sunday 12 October. In partnership with PhotoHastings, PARC screened Robin Christian's new short film 'From Robert's' and the acclaimed documentary 'Finding Vivian Maier' The event was sold out week ago, but a queue for the on -the- night tickets formed at around 6.15. Hopefully everyone who wanted to come got a seat. After the screening, Dr Sara Davidmann, Professor Angus Carlyle and Robin Christian led a q&a with the audience. The questions and views were insightful and raised many interesting questions about the way in which the Maier archive has been explored and promoted. A great night and thanks to everyone who braved the rain, especially our panel members, who travelled from London and Brighton to be with us.

Next up: Martin Parr's 'Turkey and Tinsel', on 11 December, 2014,  plus another showing of 'From Roberts', followed by a q&a with Martin, to be led by Dr Karen Shepherdson of Canterbury Christchurch University. Sold out for the main evening screening, but tickets available online for an extra screening at 5pm (there will be no q&a for this session). 14 tickets available on the door for the main 7.30 screening, with the q&a. Thanks to PhotoHastings and the Electric Palace for a really enjoyable collaboration.

Posted by Val Williams on 17th October 2014 at 12:00am

Afternoons with BA Photography

Val really enjoyed spending two afternoons with the 3rd year students on LCC's BA Photography course and gave a curator's talk about her exhibition Postcards from Robert's, which opened at PARCSpace on Wednesday evening. Interesting to discuss the ways in which we look at these images changes completely when they are enlarged. Though the photographs were commissioned by commercial companies for postcards, the photographers were highly professional (often emigres from Europe) and using top quality equipment. Although the photographers remain mostly anonymous, similarities can be found between these images and those made by the Country Life photographers for the Country Life picture books, published during the 1950s and 60s. The photographers who contributed to these publications are credited for their images.

After discussing Postcards from Robert's, the students visited all of PARC's different areas, including the archive room, where they saw parts of the Camerawork and John Wall archives. In the Quiet Room, they viewed Robin Christian's film about Robert's Rummage shop, made in the summer of 2014.

We look forward to working more with BA Photography, and are developing the idea of 24 hour internships, around the Val Williams photobook library, some of which is currently housed at PARC.

Posted by Val Williams on 17th October 2014 at 12:00am

Postcards from Roberts

The enlargements of a selection of the postcards from Robert's Rummage arrived at PARC last week. Printed at LCC by our amazing Reprographics workshop, they are startling. No longer small cards, picked out of the boxes at Robert Mucci's shop in Hastings, they have become photographs, finely composed in deep colour. On 12 October, Robin Christian's short film 'From Robert's' will be screened at the Electric Palace Cinema in Hastings, along with the full length documentary 'Finding Vivien Maier'. 'From Robert's' will also be shown throughout the exhibition 'Postcards from Robert's' which opens at PARCspace on 15 October as part of PARC's 'archivemania' season.

Posted by Val Williams on 9th October 2014 at 12:00am

Exciting Autumn: Black Country and Beyond

To Walsall on 3 October to attend the opening of Martin Parr's 'Black Country Stories' at the New Art Gallery. Martin Parr has been working in the West Midland with Multistory from 2010, producing photography and films about the people who live and work there. This exhibition is a reflection of Parr's work in and around Walsall. Martin's films are particularly touching- Turkey and Tinsel (which PARC is screening at the Electric Palace cinema in Hastings in December, as part of PhotoHastings) is a wonderful exploration of a pensioners' group pre- Christmas holiday in Weston Super Mare . The New Art Gallery is a great facility for Walsall, smart, uncompromising yet totally accessible.

After a wonderful after party, with curry and fagotts, a night in the Premier Inn, and then on to the Opening of 'Stories Through a Glass Plate', devised by PARC's Brigitte Lardinois and CSM PhD alumnus Matt Haycocks (both Lewes residents). Lewes High Stree is lit up by a series of lightboxes displayed in shop windows- magical. The project is proving to be hugely popular with residents and visitors. Highlight of the evening- a tour of the Reeves Studio ( whose archive this project is drawn from) and a sight of the archive room- hundreds of boxes of negatives spanning the work of three generations of photographers.

Posted by Val Williams on 9th October 2014 at 12:00am

PARC Autumn Newsletter 2014

PARC looks forward to presenting a busy programme this autumn- here is a selection. More exhibitions and events are in the pipeline and will be in our next newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you to events at UAL and at external venues. For our blog and archive visit http://www.photographyresearchcentre.co.uk or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Exhibitions

‘Closer’: Stuart Griffiths. Sussex Coast College, Hastings. September 20 to October 7, 2014. Curated by Val Williams for the Brighton Photo Fringe, the exhibition has toured to Brighton, London and Birmingham. Part of Photo Hastings, 2014.

‘Stories Seen through a Glass Plate’. High Street, Lewes. 4 October to 2 November 2014. Curated by Brigitte Lardinois and Matt Haycocks. Part of Brighton Photo Biennale, 2014. Lightbox installation in the main shopping street of Lewes from the Reeves Studio archive. Also associated exhibitions across Lewes.

‘Postcards from Robert’s’. PARcSpace. Room 224, London College of Communication. 15-21October, 2014. The second part of Val Williams’ ‘From Roberts’ series.

‘Single Saudi Women’: Wasma Mansour. PARcSpace. Room 224, London College of Communication. 9 September-10 October 2014.Artist’s talk and viewing 30 September between 16.30and 18.30. First opportunity to see Wasma’s practice- based work made as part of her PhD research at LCC. Wasmawas awarded her PhD in 2014.

Forthcoming Publications

‘Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual Culture and Mediated Memory’. Edited by Jennifer Good, Paul Lowe, Brigitte Lardinois and Val Williams. Papers from the ‘Considering Vietnam’ conference at the Imperial War Museum. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Queering Photography: Special issue of the Journal of Photography&Culture. Guest edited by Sara Davidmann, Elspeth Brown and Bruno Ceschel.

Films

‘From Robert’s’. A new film by Robin Christian about Robert’s Rummage shop in Hastings. Part of the ongoing ‘From Robert’s’ project.

Film Festival

In partnership with Photo Hastings at the Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings.

‘From Robert’s’and ‘Finding Vivian Maier’. 12 October, 2014. Followed by a panel discussion with Angus Carlyle, Sara Davidmann and Robin Christian.

‘Turkey and Tinsel’, a film byMartin Parr.11 December, 2014. Followed by Martin Parr in conversation with Karen Shepherdson.

Conferences

Paul Lowe at‘Which History for Photojournalism’ at the Jeu de Pomme, Paris. 18 October, 2014.

Val Williams and Robin Christian on the John Wall archiveat ‘Archives 2.0’. National Media Museum, Bradford. 25-26 November 2014.

Simon Robinson at ‘The Place of Photography’, University of Eichstaett, Germany. 5-6 December 2014.

Coming Up:

‘Moose on the Loose’: Biennale of Research, 2015; Sara Davidmann’s ‘Ken to be Destroyed’ tour; Green Month 2015;’ Daniel Meadows: Early Photographs’, Upper Street Gallery, LCC; ‘Tourism of War’: Paul Lowe and Simon Norfolk, exhibition and study day, PARcSpace/LCC. Simon Robinson: ‘Driving Thru Wasteland’. PARcSpace; Fieldstudy: ‘Single Saudi Women’ by Wasma Mansour; Fieldstudy: Wiebke Leister(PARC Researcher in Residence, 2014).

Posted by Val Williams on 24th September 2014 at 12:00am

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Fantastic cinema night at the Electric Palace in Hastings Old Town on Sunday 12 October. In partnership with PhotoHastings, PARC screened Robin Christian's new short film 'From Robert's' and the acclaimed documentary 'Finding Vivian Maier' The event was sold out week ago, but a queue for the on -the- night tickets formed at around 6.15. Hopefully everyone who wanted to come got a seat. After the screening, Dr Sara Davidmann, Professor Angus Carlyle and Robin Christian led a q&a with the audience. The questions and views were insightful and raised many interesting questions about the way in which the Maier archive has been explored and promoted. A great night and thanks to everyone who braved the rain, especially our panel members, who travelled from London and Brighton to be with us.

Next up: Martin Parr's 'Turkey and Tinsel', on 11 December, 2014,  plus another showing of 'From Roberts', followed by a q&a with Martin, to be led by Dr Karen Shepherdson of Canterbury Christchurch University. Sold out for the main evening screening, but tickets available online for an extra screening at 5pm (there will be no q&a for this session). 14 tickets available on the door for the main 7.30 screening, with the q&a. Thanks to PhotoHastings and the Electric Palace for a really enjoyable collaboration.

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Afternoons with BA Photography

23rd March 2017

Val really enjoyed spending two afternoons with the 3rd year students on LCC's BA Photography course and gave a curator's talk about her exhibition Postcards from Robert's, which opened at PARCSpace on Wednesday evening. Interesting to discuss the ways in which we look at these images changes completely when they are enlarged. Though the photographs were commissioned by commercial companies for postcards, the photographers were highly professional (often emigres from Europe) and using top quality equipment. Although the photographers remain mostly anonymous, similarities can be found between these images and those made by the Country Life photographers for the Country Life picture books, published during the 1950s and 60s. The photographers who contributed to these publications are credited for their images.

After discussing Postcards from Robert's, the students visited all of PARC's different areas, including the archive room, where they saw parts of the Camerawork and John Wall archives. In the Quiet Room, they viewed Robin Christian's film about Robert's Rummage shop, made in the summer of 2014.

We look forward to working more with BA Photography, and are developing the idea of 24 hour internships, around the Val Williams photobook library, some of which is currently housed at PARC.

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Postcards from Roberts

23rd March 2017

The enlargements of a selection of the postcards from Robert's Rummage arrived at PARC last week. Printed at LCC by our amazing Reprographics workshop, they are startling. No longer small cards, picked out of the boxes at Robert Mucci's shop in Hastings, they have become photographs, finely composed in deep colour. On 12 October, Robin Christian's short film 'From Robert's' will be screened at the Electric Palace Cinema in Hastings, along with the full length documentary 'Finding Vivien Maier'. 'From Robert's' will also be shown throughout the exhibition 'Postcards from Robert's' which opens at PARCspace on 15 October as part of PARC's 'archivemania' season.

Read More

Exciting Autumn: Black Country and Beyond

23rd March 2017

To Walsall on 3 October to attend the opening of Martin Parr's 'Black Country Stories' at the New Art Gallery. Martin Parr has been working in the West Midland with Multistory from 2010, producing photography and films about the people who live and work there. This exhibition is a reflection of Parr's work in and around Walsall. Martin's films are particularly touching- Turkey and Tinsel (which PARC is screening at the Electric Palace cinema in Hastings in December, as part of PhotoHastings) is a wonderful exploration of a pensioners' group pre- Christmas holiday in Weston Super Mare . The New Art Gallery is a great facility for Walsall, smart, uncompromising yet totally accessible.

After a wonderful after party, with curry and fagotts, a night in the Premier Inn, and then on to the Opening of 'Stories Through a Glass Plate', devised by PARC's Brigitte Lardinois and CSM PhD alumnus Matt Haycocks (both Lewes residents). Lewes High Stree is lit up by a series of lightboxes displayed in shop windows- magical. The project is proving to be hugely popular with residents and visitors. Highlight of the evening- a tour of the Reeves Studio ( whose archive this project is drawn from) and a sight of the archive room- hundreds of boxes of negatives spanning the work of three generations of photographers.

Read More

PARC Autumn Newsletter 2014

23rd March 2017

PARC looks forward to presenting a busy programme this autumn- here is a selection. More exhibitions and events are in the pipeline and will be in our next newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you to events at UAL and at external venues. For our blog and archive visit http://www.photographyresearchcentre.co.uk or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Exhibitions

‘Closer’: Stuart Griffiths. Sussex Coast College, Hastings. September 20 to October 7, 2014. Curated by Val Williams for the Brighton Photo Fringe, the exhibition has toured to Brighton, London and Birmingham. Part of Photo Hastings, 2014.

‘Stories Seen through a Glass Plate’. High Street, Lewes. 4 October to 2 November 2014. Curated by Brigitte Lardinois and Matt Haycocks. Part of Brighton Photo Biennale, 2014. Lightbox installation in the main shopping street of Lewes from the Reeves Studio archive. Also associated exhibitions across Lewes.

‘Postcards from Robert’s’. PARcSpace. Room 224, London College of Communication. 15-21October, 2014. The second part of Val Williams’ ‘From Roberts’ series.

‘Single Saudi Women’: Wasma Mansour. PARcSpace. Room 224, London College of Communication. 9 September-10 October 2014.Artist’s talk and viewing 30 September between 16.30and 18.30. First opportunity to see Wasma’s practice- based work made as part of her PhD research at LCC. Wasmawas awarded her PhD in 2014.

Forthcoming Publications

‘Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual Culture and Mediated Memory’. Edited by Jennifer Good, Paul Lowe, Brigitte Lardinois and Val Williams. Papers from the ‘Considering Vietnam’ conference at the Imperial War Museum. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Queering Photography: Special issue of the Journal of Photography&Culture. Guest edited by Sara Davidmann, Elspeth Brown and Bruno Ceschel.

Films

‘From Robert’s’. A new film by Robin Christian about Robert’s Rummage shop in Hastings. Part of the ongoing ‘From Robert’s’ project.

Film Festival

In partnership with Photo Hastings at the Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings.

‘From Robert’s’and ‘Finding Vivian Maier’. 12 October, 2014. Followed by a panel discussion with Angus Carlyle, Sara Davidmann and Robin Christian.

‘Turkey and Tinsel’, a film byMartin Parr.11 December, 2014. Followed by Martin Parr in conversation with Karen Shepherdson.

Conferences

Paul Lowe at‘Which History for Photojournalism’ at the Jeu de Pomme, Paris. 18 October, 2014.

Val Williams and Robin Christian on the John Wall archiveat ‘Archives 2.0’. National Media Museum, Bradford. 25-26 November 2014.

Simon Robinson at ‘The Place of Photography’, University of Eichstaett, Germany. 5-6 December 2014.

Coming Up:

‘Moose on the Loose’: Biennale of Research, 2015; Sara Davidmann’s ‘Ken to be Destroyed’ tour; Green Month 2015;’ Daniel Meadows: Early Photographs’, Upper Street Gallery, LCC; ‘Tourism of War’: Paul Lowe and Simon Norfolk, exhibition and study day, PARcSpace/LCC. Simon Robinson: ‘Driving Thru Wasteland’. PARcSpace; Fieldstudy: ‘Single Saudi Women’ by Wasma Mansour; Fieldstudy: Wiebke Leister(PARC Researcher in Residence, 2014).

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