Sunday, 15 November 2009

19th Century Photography, Theprintspace and Tim Flach

Last week we had a day out in London. Which was absolutely brilliant. We met in victoria, much as usual, and decided to split in groups. I happened to choose the gropu being at Theprintspace at 2 PM so i had plenty of time before that to go and see some new work. I was supposed to go and see the T.W. Portrait Prize displayed at the National Gallery, but in the tube i had an epiphany. It wasn't really an epiphany, it was just a huge poster reading: "Points of View: Photography in the 19th Century"

I will say this: for anyone and everyone who is fond of film photography, that exhibition is a must. Everything i researched for my final work, E.S. Curtis, Duchenne, Talbot, Daguerre, they're all there. Duchenne's first edition book, huge prints from expeditions in Asia and amazing alternative process prints. Not to mention all the cameras, text and fun facts that are all over the place. (or .com - don't care)

We went there to chat with the guys doing digital C41 printing. They probably have the lowest prices on the market because they have very basic walkthroughs, that teach you how to resize your image so they won't have to pay anyone to do it for you. They also provide a large selection of papers, of which my personal favorite is most certainly the Kodak Metallic...

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Later on, in the evening, we had a talk from one of the photographers who managed to combine art with high end commercial: Tim Flach. See Tim knows people. He knows how people think, what they want and how they react to various things and he's learned to be a people person. He's images for SKY, BBC or any other commercial contract are just as cared for as his artist book Equus. We've been told that a second book is coming out soon and saw some unreleased images. He also told us about how, when he goes and shoots something, he documents very carefully about the topic. Say if he'll shoot a horse, he will research the breed, see what their strong points are, see what they're used for, and other useful information that only a connoisseur would be aware of, so that when he shoots, not only does he know exactly what he wants, but also he shows that he's interested. And he really is. I've rarely seen a man more interested in anything than Tim.