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Chungking Mansions - Johannes Rigal

Chungking Mansions – Johannes Rigal

As Gordon Matthews argues in his book ‘Ghetto at the Center of the World’, many stereotypes, negative images and a bad reputation surround Chungking Mansions in downtown Hong Kong. It has been described as the ‘sum of all fears for parents whose children go backpacking around Asia.’ At the same time it has been the...
Mick Frank wins Wellcome Images Award 2015

Mick Frank wins Wellcome Images Award 2015

Last night we were absolutely thrilled to hear that one of Gasket’s founders Mick Frank is the winner of the 2015 Wellcome Images Award. From the Wellcome Trust: ‘Our judges were unanimous in their decision, as James, Fergus and Sir Tim explain: “As far as standout images go, the image of the horse’s uterus with the...
Art on a Roundabout - Johannes Rigal

Art on a Roundabout – Johannes Rigal

Redesigning a local photographic sculpture in Mautern, Austria Mautern is a small town (3494 inhabitants) near Austria’s capital Vienna. Urban life and the art scene is majorly influenced by nearby Vienna and Krems. However, in Mautern itself there has been substantial effort to getting out of the shadow of these two cities by producing and...
Uncanny Landscapes

Uncanny Landscapes

The fields of photography and sociology seem to be enjoying a growing awareness of the ways in which they can both enrich and strengthen one other. This is typified by the wide range of events that are appearing within the academic and arts landscape, events which are bringing together practitioners from diverse backgrounds but with a shared...
Curation, exhibition and audience

Curation, exhibition and audience

Johannes Rigal questions curation, exhibition and audience and gives some insight into how Adrift was put together.   Question for an Exhibition Our exhibition Adrift will open on 9 October 2012. A photographic group exhibition raises questions that have to be addressed by curatorial theory and put into practice. These questions are diverse and manifold,...
Where did everybody go?

Where did everybody go?

*UPDATE 09/10/12* Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the panel discussion has been cancelled We’re very disappointed not to be able to bring you this event and we hope to re-schedule the presentation and discussion for a future date The post will remain below in the event that the discussion is re-scheduled   There is still an...
Crazy Photography

Crazy Photography

Recently, I was browsing rather aimlessly and half-motivated at the most through the books on display in a London museum. I was not quite sure what I was looking for until I found it. A small new publication called Crazy Photography by Dianne Routex. That photography could be “concerned”, “pure” or “art” is nothing new...
And What Else Do We Know by Him? A Response to 0.2964285

And What Else Do We Know by Him? A Response to 0.2964285

As Michael has shown us, the process of editing and sequencing photographic work is a process that’s at least as important to the actual shooting of images. But his example of Robert Frank’s The Americans is interesting for another reason: isn’t this the almost archetypical one-hit-wonder? Or put differently: what else do you know by...
0.2964285

0.2964285

As touched on in Johannes’ previous posts (Discovering/Uncovering the Magic and Difficulties and Successes), there is one part of the photographic process that is often forgotten or undervalued.  The exercise of picking out the images from a shoot which together create a coherent narrative in a photographic series is an ability every photographer must develop....
Photography, analogue & digital: issues of permanence

Photography, analogue & digital: issues of permanence

Alice Cannon Alice Cannon is a paper and photographic conservator working in Australia. She also runs pinknantucket press, publisher of “Materiality”, and can be found on Twitter at @pinknantucket.           Since its very beginnings, photography has been a difficult medium to preserve. The Journal of the Photographic Society, based in London...
Motive Photography

Motive Photography

One of my favourite design firms, BERG, recently posted a video on their blog showing some experiments they carried out to explore product imagery. The first of their experiments, Swiping Through Cinema, immediately reminded me of the cinemagraphs we covered previously, while Touching Through Glass reclaims some of the tactility lost with our current touch screen...
Form follows

Form follows

Buildings usually have a front door. At home, it’s the door you pose in front of with your new bike / puppy / degree / wife / baby / grandchild. In public buildings it’s the set of stairs on which politicians erect podiums, it’s the setting of countless wedding photos, of protests, celebrations, demonstrations and...