Archive for March, 2011

Dr Karanka At Open Eye

Last night, Dr. Joni Karanka, from Third Floor Gallery was in Liverpool, speaking at the Redeye Network meeting held at Open Eye Gallery

His talk was on how to run an independent gallery, and he gave everyone present some great insight into how Third Floor Gallery was founded, and how they have managed to put on an absolutely top draw programme of exhibitions throughout 2010 despite receiving no Arts Council funding, and relying on small donations by visitors and supporters of the Gallery, with additional support from sponsors such as University of Wales, Newport

Joni is an excellent speaker, very relaxed and fun in his presentation, while still giving his audience a lot of information and food for thought. The event was well-attended and very well received, with drinks in The Dispensary afterwards, too. Let’s hope his inspiring talk prompts photographers in the North West to consider taking a lead from the great work done by Third Floor Gallery to further boost the wider programme of quality photographic events in the North West.

Joni, I raise my glass to you mate; job very well done. 🙂

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Happy Birthday to Dewi Lewis

Dewi Lewis turned 60 today. Wishing him the happiest of birthdays!

For those who don’t know,  Dewi is the founder and head of Dewi Lewis Publishing the photobook publisher.

Dewi also founded Cornerhouse in Manchester, in 1985. By 1987, he was publishing work through Cornerhouse. The first photobook published was John Davies’ A Green And Pleasant Land.

Between founding Cornerhouse and founding Dewi Lewis Publishing, Dewi has significantly and permanently changed the landscape for photographers working in Britain and in other countries. So, happy birthday dude, we all you owe a glass.

I was fortunate in meeting Dewi briefly at Format Festival Launch dinner. I was fighting him for Bruce’s attention over dinner, which isn’t the worst way to live, I guess. The photograph below was taken by John Maloof* at the end of dinner, and John Davies and Joni Karanka are in the background.

*All copyright pertaining to this image belongs solely to John Maloof. Image reproduced here with his written permission.

Edit: I stand corrected. March 26th was not Dewi’s brithday, it was just the day of his party. His birthday was earlier, on 10th March. Either way, belated birthday wishes, and thanks for all the fish. 😉

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First Post

This is, unsurprisingly, my first post on this blog. Well, we all have to have one, don’t we? Uh, first posts, that is. I’m not sure we all need blogs. Which is why I’ve been putting off creating one until now.

But life has got fairly busy, and I decided that having a place to put down my thoughts and observations, coupled with a little news would be A Good Thing. We’ll see.

I’m a photographer, based in the North West of England. I specialise in documentary and street photography. Aside from that, I’m also a general “fixer” which means doing a variety of different jobs in order to make things happen that wouldn’t otherwise happen.

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