Satellite Group Updates

LIP Putney December 2018 Meeting

John Kelly

Andrew Rapley

Alasdair Saunders

Andrew Wilson

Our stand

After a look at some photographs from the internet, we discussed our annual exhibition, which had just been held over the previous weekend – overall a huge success, lots of sales (with almost everyone selling something) and the new design for the stand working well (see photo). It was just a shame that we had some issues with The Exchange, the ramifications of which are still reverberating. Martin made a good suggestion, that the biog that were used within the show leaflet should be placed next to each exhibitor (for next time).
We then moved onto our theme for the month ‘sequence’. This is a little awkward to represent in the minutes, as in a lot of cases, several pictures need to be viewed, however, for brevity, we picked a few. Again, a great showing, however, going by the howls of delight present in the room at the time, John’s amazing picture was the stand out shot, well done!
 Our theme for next time is ‘texture’ and I look forward to seeing everyone. Andrew Wilson

Film and Darkroom Group January 2019 Meeting

In early November last year, an email from LIP’s membership secretary was sent out, asking if members were interested in a new special interest group to cover traditional film and darkroom based photography. The proposer, Ted Kinsey, followed up with a questionnaire, designed to gauge the particular areas of interest and availability of potential participants. His early enquiries were evidently entirely successful, and the first ever meeting of the LIP Film & Darkroom Group was held in Waterloo in the first week of January.

There were 18 members present and Ted began by asking each of us to introduce ourselves and briefly talk about our own photography, with the opportunity to pass round a few prints if we’d brought any. It was clear that the group already encompasses a broad range of practice and experience, from members just starting out in film photography having only worked digitally until now, to those who have many years’ continuous experience of traditional methods or who are perhaps returning to their favourite historical processes after a long break. Working approaches were also varied, ranging from those who relentlessly seek technical excellence and repeatability in their work, to those who are pushing experimentation and unpredictability in their pursuit of the ‘happy accident’. The interests mentioned included infra-red film, wet plate collodion, platinum printing, and solarisation, as well as the more conventional silver halide process.

Following a short tea-break, most of the rest of this first meeting was spent discussing the content for future gatherings. It was agreed that the core of next month’s meeting would be based around 4 volunteers spending around 20 minutes each showing and discussing their work in more depth.

Other ideas put forward included the possibility of hiring a darkroom for an extended session, pairing more experienced volunteers with starters in a sort of ‘buddy system’, and members with access to surplus darkroom equipment passing it on to those without.

There was clearly plenty more to talk about – some members touched on the demise of what had been their favourite films or printing papers and what the nearest current equivalents might be, and there were the beginnings of a discussion on just how much the appearance of the printed image can be influenced by the way the negatives are developed. We all agreed that a members’ online forum would be a useful way to extend these discussions, the format for this will be agreed at a future meeting. The next one is on Wednesday 6th February at 6.30pm. Roberto

LIP Greenwich December 2018 meeting

One day we might end the tradition of the December books session but not if they are all like this one. The idea is simple: bring a book or two, which have impressed you, informed you, influenced you in your photography. No need to keep to books directly about photography – someone mentioned Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise.
Anyway, here is the list:
Karel Plicka: Vltava (1965 – a study of the Czech river, its landscape and cities.)
David Granick: The East End in Colour 1960-1980 (2018 – for the archive and gentle colour)
Michael Collins: Pictures from the Hoo Peninsula (2015)
Home (2018 – a Fuji / Magnum project)
Roman Vishniak (2018 – accompanies current exhibition at Photographers Gallery)
Andre Kertesz (Getty 1994 – an introduction to his work)
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends (2017 – for the vividness of the painter’s colour)
Eve Arnold (1996 – Barbican exhibition leaflet)
Lee Miller (2007 – V&A exhibition leaflet)
Martin Parr (2004 – major retrospective)
Ernst Haas: Colour Correction (2016 – also for vividness of colour and composition)
Frida Kahlo / Tina Modotti (1982 Whitechapel exhibition catalogue)
Harry Gruyaert (2015 – again for vivid colour)
Out of Focus Photography (2012 – Saatchi catalogue of mainly experimental work)
And that was not all; one of us brought no books but two photos of his great-grandfather, one a modern print from an 1856 glass negative, the other a 1909 Autochrome.
Peter Luck

Central London Group December Meeting

The theme for this meeting had been ‘baroque’. Maybe it was viewed as a bit tough or maybe at this time of year people had other things on their minds, but only half a dozen of us showed work. That gave each a little more time to explain what they were doing and why, and be questioned, so it proved to be an interesting session.

Interpretations could be a bit loose (as always): self portraits in a distorting mirror at the Space-Shifters exhibition; very effective exercises in chiaroscuro; use of infra-red film for heightened intensity of the image; a selection of architectural images of the English and Iberian baroque (and taking in images of Catholic ritual pageantry); more images from Spain and Chile, moving into exercises in the effects of controlled camera movements; and ending with a b&w photo-essay on the high baroque church of St Paul in Deptford.
Peter Luck

Edith Tempelton

Teresa Levitt

Peter Luck

Kathryn and Roy Alkins

Jim Paterson

Steve Jones

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th January at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
We will kick off the year with a meeting devoted to our Own Projects – anything you are currently working on or planning. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

Central London Group November Meeting

Last month we shared and discussed books that have influenced us – mostly photography books but also some novels which motivated us in the making of particular photographs – eg. George Orwell’s 1984 inspired a series of photographs on the theme of surveillance. There was a wide selection of material on show which reflected the very personal choices and interests of our members, ranging from catalogues, magazines and a very moving funeral order of service to a variety of photography books in different formats.

There were several examples of vintage photography on show including Czech photographer Karel Plicka’s Vltava published in 1959 featuring monochrome photographs of the river Vltava; David Granick’s The East End in Colour documented some of the now long vanished streets and waterways of London’s East End from 1960 – 1980, all in the warm hues of Kodachrome film; a little known book of German autochromes from the early part of the 20th century – Die Welt in Farbe by Käthe Buchler – brought to life in vivid colour landscapes and people usually associated with black and white at that time; an original copy of Lilliput magazine from August 1942 featured Bill Brandt’s iconic images of wartime London by moonlight accompanied by an interesting essay; also of great interest to history of photography enthusiasts was an original catalogue from the famous 1955 MOMA exhibition The Family of Man; Thomas Sauvin’s Quanshen featured a selection of full-length portraits, some black & white and others hand-coloured, made in Chinese studios between the 1930s and the 1980s – artfully displayed in the form of a fan in a PVC box; Hong Kong Yesterday by Fan Ho, a look at life in the streets of Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s, beautifully photographed in black and white.

More contemporary books included Matthew Connor’s Fire in Cairo charting the revolutionary struggle in Egypt and featuring portraits, reportage and experimental fiction; Aesthetica Symposium – a beautiful book exploring the theme of the digital handmade, featuring many exquisite and innovative examples of the art. Altogether, it was a very interesting evening which inspired much discussion.
Ingrid Newton

Ingrid Newton

Janet Nabney

Peter Luck

Peter Luck

Jim Paterson

Alec Wylie

Teresa Levitt

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th December at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The subject will be ‘Baroque’
Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.