Satellite Group Updates

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.

LIP Greenwich November 2018 meeting

Barry Cole

Norman Smith

Carol Kenna

Tony Othen

We might have approached the evening with some trepidation: no-one had booked a formal slot for presenting work. Nevertheless four did show and the presence of several new members sparked a fruitful discussion that started with introductions and took off into statements and questions about how we each approach photography.
 
The four were Barry Cole with a set of photos of the varying uses people have found for the Thames foreshore; Norman Smith with a set taking a somewhat sideways look at urban Egypt; the welcome return of Carol Kenna contemplating the interactions between people, buildings and interiors; and a new selection of images from Tony Othen’s social documentary work in 1970s England.
 
Finally we began to plan next year’s Greenwich Annuale. It will be held over the last two weeks of June and it was agreed that each participant should be able to show two images. The show is open to Greenwich LIP members and friends from other LIP groups. All other details still to be decided. Peter Luck

Central London Group October Meeting

The theme for our October meeting was “Off”. Although it had initially perplexed many of us when it was suggested, the theme elicited thoughtful and intriguing images. Amongst the ideas on display were going “off” as straightforward leave taking as shown in images of a house just before the owner went into a nursing home. There was also the idea of going off to explore other countries and we had a set of pictures of an intriguing local ceremony in Fes as well as pictures from a short trip to Belarus. There was also a consideration of modernist architecture and the buildings which then went off the original principles. Finally, there was a series of very expressive gig pictures whose exclusion from an exhibition had left the photographer “hacked off”.

Edith Templeton


Steve Jones


Frankie McAllister


Peter Luck


Janet Nabney


Alec Wyllie


Teresa Levitt


Simon Butcher


Edith Templeton

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 14th November at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. This month we will be looking at books that are influencing us. Please bring along any books (photography related or otherwise) that you wish to share.