Musings On Photography

Musing About Photographs, Photographers and The History of Photography

Photo History: Stanislaw Witkiewicz

Photo History: Stanislaw Witkiewicz

This is a little tardy compared to the swiftness with which I uploaded the other issues, but this piece sold really well at a photo auction in May and I wanted to talk a bit about the photographer because I didn’t know much about him. […]

The Ritual of Reading

The Ritual of Reading

Given that this will plug a gap between what came before and what comes next there’s no reason for it to be particularly intense or structured. I suppose it’s more a stream of consciousness than anything else and although I had the kernel of the […]

Photo History: The V&A, and  Roger Fenton and the Still Life

Photo History: The V&A, and Roger Fenton and the Still Life

Reading time: a comfortable 20 minutes or so, plus pauses, but I don’t know how fast you read… The V&A Bit So I took a trip to London to see a close friend last week. We met at the V&A and saw the Photography Centre […]

Photobook Talk: Pictures From the Surface of the Earth

Photobook Talk: Pictures From the Surface of the Earth

I bought Pictures From the Surface of the Earth following last year’s May Photo auctions. I was completely bowled over by this one print and when I was researching it I discovered that it had been published in a book. It’s nice to have photobooks […]

Photo History: Wedgwood Beyond the Porcelain

Photo History: Wedgwood Beyond the Porcelain

So. I just discovered that I share a birthday with a relatively major historical figure. I’m not talking about Che (born May 14th, not June, at least according to his mother). No. Imma talk ’bout Thomas Wedgwood. And before you go off on one, no […]

Photo History: May 12th

Photo History: May 12th

It occurred to me last week that since today is Mass Observation day I should probably coincide it with another issue. Fortunately, for the sake of this blog’s integrity, Mass Observation can be partially viewed through its contact with photography. This is mostly research I […]

Photo History: Feeling a Way Through Arbus

Photo History: Feeling a Way Through Arbus

So, having used the exhibition as a means by which to open up a conversation about Diane Arbus, I feel relatively comfortable in returning to talk about her words and some of her images because the first installment of this was becoming a little unwieldy […]

Photo History: In The Beginning, There Was Diane Arbus…

Photo History: In The Beginning, There Was Diane Arbus…

Last week I made a rare London excursion to visit a dear friend and view an exhibition together, which is our thing. More often than not it’s photography but we have been known to expand our minds with art, too, although it’s infrequent and we […]

Photo History: A Frenchman in Jerusalem

Photo History: A Frenchman in Jerusalem

This is a very obvious excuse to talk about a photographer whose work is quite close to my heart. I think I might yet find a way of finagling some theory into this post, so you’ll have to keep those eyes peeled until something inunderstandable […]