Week 7 was ending, so as part of my research into potential markets for my work. I went to the Here We Are” Photography Exhibition in Central in Hong Kong (Stanley et al., 2017) An exhibition of British photography – curated by Christopher Bailey, Lucy Kumara Moore, and Alasdair McLellan – in celebration of the September 2017 collection from Burberry.
This exhibition featured images from social and documentary photographers, Alasdair McLellan, Andy Sewell, Armet Francis, Bill Brandt, Brian Griffin, Charlie Phillips, Chris Steele-Perkins, Colin Jones, Colin O’Brien, Dafydd Jones, Daniel Meadows, Homer Sykes, Ian Berry, Ian Macdonald, Ian Tyas, Jane Bown, Janette Beckman, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Jo Spence, Karen Knorr, Ken Russell, Mark Power, Martin Parr, Olivier Richon, Peter Marlow, Roger Mayne, Stuart Franklin, Shirley Baker, Tessa Traeger, Tom Wood and Tony Ray-Jones.
Part of the theme of the exhibition was that most of these photos were of people in their real environment as opposed to staged studio work that’s typical of today’s photo shoots. As I looked around the Exhibition, some work stood out to me, such as the photograph below on a featured poster by Ken Russel, in your dreams. 1955. “Taken from the series ‘The Last of the Teddy Girls’, 14-year-old Jean Rayner in the exploratory stage of Teddy-ism. Behind Jean, to the left, is Ted Burton”.(Russell, 2017)
There was very much a sense of style in the image, and it captured the essence of the lifestyle and fashions of the day, but in a realistic setting with no props or special effects. This also was a very empowering image for women of the time, as was the iconic images of other women through the ages of fashion and music. This got me thinking about my work and perhaps my images of the lifestyles of Hong Kong barbers was an indication of the type of work I could produce commercially in the future.
I also was impressed by the picture taken by Brian Griffin below which was from the book named ” Brian Griffin Copyright 1978″.(Griffin, 2017) This book concept and idea came up while he was with his main collaborator Barney Bubbles the famous Graphic designer, who published works such as Reasons to be cheerful and was a big influence in the music industry of the 80’s Album covers with artists such as Elvis Costello. This picture captured the essence of the Yachtsman being almost toasted by the Cup, but the expression was almost like he was saying”do we have to do this?”
I also thought the image below by Shirley Baker (LEVY, 2017) capturing these 3 boys reminded me of some of the people I saw around me when I grew up as a boy in the mid 70’s those mixed patterned jumpers and the famous snake belts that kids commonly worn back in the 70’s. Shirley Barker is well known for her spirited spontaneous street photography (Baker, 2017)
This image below by Jone Bown (Dodd, 2017) was interesting as these three people stood on this raised deck with all the footwear on display, this type of picture could work well in a shoe department store without any reference to today’s styles almost as a reference to how things have changed so much in fashion.
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Dodd, L. (2017). Jane Bown’s photojournalism – in pictures. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/oct/17/jane-bowns-photojournalism-in-pictures [Accessed 23 Nov. 2017].
Griffin, B. (2017). Brian Griffin: Brian Griffin Copyright 1978. [online] Briangriffin.co.uk. Available at: http://www.briangriffin.co.uk/photography/projects/brian-griffin-copyright-1978 [Accessed 20 Nov. 2017].
Russell, K. (2017). 1955: IN YOUR DREAMS. [online] In Your Dreams. Available at: https://photographsbykenrussell.com/the-photographs/2017/9/4/dreams [Accessed 22 Nov. 2017].
Stanley, J., Team, H., Dike, J., Peng, M., Stanley, J., Team, H., Dike, J., Peng, M. and Team, H. (2017). Burberry Brings “Here We Are” Photography Exhibition to Hong Kong. [online] HYPEBEAST. Available at: https://hypebeast.com/2017/11/burberry-here-we-are-exhibition [Accessed 16 Nov. 2017].