Some interesting Links

These sites are my personal favourites. Click the image/photograph to visit the website.


CHESTER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Membership of this club has been a constant stimulation and source of inspiration. Webmaster Den Fawcett has done an excellent job! Affiliated to the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union whose website can be visited by clicking here. Chester, itself a source of many of my photos, has its official site here.

E-PHOTOZINE
This excellent online photographic magazine is very good for getting feedback on one's photographs. Just upload them and wait for other viewers to comment on your picture. See Readers Portfolios, and scroll down to yours truly! Join, its free.

ANDREW SMITH GALLERY
See some examples of the best photography. Includes Magnum photographers (see below) and many others. 

MAGNUM PHOTOS INC
The world's greatest photography agency was founded in 1947 by the world's most talented photographers, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour (Chim), and George Rodger. Already distinguished for their documentary work, they set about to form a consortium that would protect their ownership of photographic negatives, give them editorial control over the use of their photographs, and free them from the tyranny of big magazine or agency editors who took advantage of reporters' time as well as their negatives. In short, for the first time in the history of photography, the Magnum agency provided its members with their own copyright. The benefits of this we all enjoy to this day.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
in-public.com was set up in 2000 to provide a home for street photographers. Their aim is to promote street photography, and to continue to explore its possibilities. All the photographers featured were invited to show their work because they have the ability to see the unusual in the everyday, and to capture the moment.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTORS CLUB OF GB
The Club has been in existence since 1977 and has an international membership interested in all aspects of photographic history and collecting. Its stated aim is "to promote the study and collection of historical photographic equipment and images".

TED'S PHOTOGRAPHICS
Ted's Photographics Internet Site was opened in late 1999. The site grew from his personal desire to study photography. It started life as a collection of review notes in electronic format and developed into a site he is pleased to share with you. The site only covers a few key areas of photography but he has plans to enhance the site and your comments and suggestions are welcome. Really excellent and well worth a visit!

 


AMAZONAS IMAGES (SEBESTIAO SALGADO Hon.FRPS)
Amazonas images, a Paris-based press agency, was created in 1994 by Lélia Wanick Salgado and Sebastião Salgado. Sebastião Salgado was starting a new long-term photographic project on population movements throughout the world. The scale of this endeavor made it necessary to establish a structure with a team to work on the production, coordination, development and distribution of this new body of work. While this specific project is over, Amazonas images continues to be the working base and production center for Sebastião Salgado's photographs. Amazonas images handles Sebastião Salgado's work exclusively, and is represented by photo and press agencies in several countries in Europe and North America.

W EUGENE SMITH
Probably my favourite and most inspirational photographer is W Eugene Smith whose Pittsburgh project took a year and resulted in seventeen thousand photographs, one of the most ambitious photographic essays, portraying the people and places of this city. Other 'projects' included Country Doctor, and Jazz Loft (see link on the left). Robert Frank said "I think that Gene Smith was the last American photographer who believed that his work was the message and he was the messenger to tell that it is true and that it will survive".


ALEC SOTH
Alec Soth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has received fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His photographs are in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Walker Art Center. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His first book, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004. Soth has photographed for The New York Times Magazine, Fortune and Newsweek. In 2004, he became a nominee of Magnum Photos. Alec was kind enough to comment on my photography and has exhibited at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.


OPEN EYE GALLERY, Liverpool

Open Eye Gallery is located at the heart of the Liverpool Waterfront, a short walk from the Liverpool One shopping centre and the Albert Dock. The gallery is part of the new Mann Island development, a complex of three black buildings that sit between the Strand, the Canning dock and the new Museum of Liverpool. Our entrance is on the ground floor, in a covered public courtyard which can be entered from the south side (facing the Museum of Liverpool) or the north side (facing Mann Island and the Liver Building).

 


EDWARD POVEY Artist & Sculptor
The subject of one of my photo shoots, and I thank him for giving me the opportunity to photograph him in his studio. Edward Povey is a British artist with a studio in Bangor, North Wales. He was born in London in 1951 the only son of a seaman, and showed artistic talent from an early age. In his teens he painted in Canada and the Middle East, and later became noted for his accomplished murals in Wales in the 1970’s. He painted in a Caribbean studio in the 80’s, until American art collectors brought his work to the U.S.A. Now he is represented by galleries in Wales, London, New Orleans, San Francisco, Carmel and California. Povey’s art is documented and discussed both in the British media and in a number of art publications, and his work now hangs in private and public collections internationally.


GERED MANKOWITZ
Gered Mankowitz is a photographer best known for his iconic portraits of rock stars, particularly in the 60s and 70s (left is Jimi Hendrix). I was fortunate to spend some time with him when I arranged for him to give a talk to Chester PS in March 2015. He exhibits widely, mainly through galleries, and has published several books. He told me he has around 5000 negatives of The Rolling Stones alone as he is currently working on his archive. He uses a Hasselblad, almost exclusively. Gered has recently (2016) been awarded an honorary FRPS.


BORGO PRETALE- a wonderful place to relax in Tuscany.
An ancient lost world where to discover hospitality of quality and taste the best of Italian gastronomic and oenological tradition. A Sojourn at Borgo Pretale is a journey through time as well as the history of this tiny hamlet surrounded by lush green and under the watchful eye of a fortified tower. The latter, today brought back to its ancient glory, hosts some of the hotel's rooms. The other are located in the surrounding buildings. Borgo Pretale is a corner of Haven, ideal for a holiday but also for business meetings.


PETER McCABE - a scouse Artist we met at Telfords Warehouse
"When I was a young boy my mother told me I was going to be a famous artist. That most artists are famous after they are dead fills me with great optimism; so before I die I would like to dedicate this website not to my mother (or my father), but to Anne Martin in Kirkby, who taught me how to colour-in dinosaurs when I was about three years old – it's all down to her".


PYROGRAPHY
A fascinating and little-known art form (one of my other websites!) where heated tools are used, often in conjunction with paint to produce a unique body of work. Pyrography is an old craft, traditionally used to decorate wooden tools and artefacts.

TRIUMPH GT6
My other passion is my classic car, which is a 1970 Triumph GT6.
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