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Police across the UK are attempting to limit photography in public places under the auspices of the Terrorism Act. Watch how an amateur photographer who knows his rights is treated by his local coppers. 

The Police © Janette Beckman

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Coming next to ClampArt (opening February 25th) is a group show. The clue is in the title - "the exhibition addresses artists' fascination with natural history museums as seen by their depictions of museum displays, including dioramas and taxidermy, in addition to artists' interest in viewing animals through a pseudo-scientific lens" says Brian Clamp. The show includes Clamp staples Jill Greenberg, Blake Fitch and Amy Stein alongside Richard Barnes, Marisol Villaneuva and more.

This image by Ms Villaneuva is from "Uncaged: The Unnatural History of Caged Birds" a project wherein the artist "hope(s) to create a connection between the original wildness of birds, and the sense of freedom they evoke within those who view them."

© Marisol Villanueva, "Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Summit Rock, West Side between 81st and 85th Streets, New York," 2007, C-print (Edition of 7), 28 x 42 inches, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City

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It's making me incredibly happy to run this great shot of James Carville, one of my favourite political commentators, which I happened upon whilst browsing the ASMP website. Bill Bernstein is a New York photographer who's pretty well known for his long working relationship with Paul McCartney but there's much more than the Macca files - the body of work he did with the homeless at Bowery Mission is quite a world apart.

James Carville © Bill Bernstein

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It does get a bit tiresome waking up to blog spam every day and I'm surprised that it's often from sites just selling tires or spatulas. Then came Magic SEO. Everything about this company screams "unprofessional" from the very idea that they perform SEO by spamming the likes of me to the layout of their website. With a web guru as great as mine is, and a blog built accordingly, I wouldn't need their silly SEO, I'm hopeful my blog will show up in a search on Magic SEO down the road all by itself.

It's really the photo that made me make this post.

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Pyke_Alexander_McQueen.jpgSad news about the death of British national treasure and iconic bad boy of fashion Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen © Steve Pyke

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In April (forsooth, spring is right around the cold, wet corner) ArtJail (excellent name) will be showing Steve Pyke's autobiographical Acts of Memory series, in conjunction with the  paintings of André Petrov. The show, titled (appropriately enough) Petrov and Pyke opens at 'the amorphous border of Chinatown and the LES', aka 50 Eldridge, on April 9th. Of the project, Steve says "I make one every three years. So I have ten of them now. They are made of multi media containing everything from tissue to chinagraph and of course hundreds of images." I personally spy gorgeous dancer Michael Clark in a tutu, inducing my own memories of the 80s.

Acts of Memory III 1985-1987 © Steve Pyke

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McLallen_self.jpgI know Christopher mostly as a stills photographer, he's got a great variety of celebs and musicians in his portfolio, but he's also a film director - I enjoyed the 'Teaser' reel on his website. I'll let Christopher's own blurb tell you the rest.

Ève Salvail © Christopher McLallen





Karsh_Hepburn_Ferrer.jpgI found a print of this in the files. I've lost Audrey's hand in the scanning as it's a large print and I don't have time to Photoshop right now. They are so gorgeous together. I've been fortunate to  work with Sean Ferrer, their son, who runs the Audrey Hepburn Foundation, so I sent him a copy.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer, 1956 © Yousuf Karsh

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Page_Putland.jpgAs previously mentioned, Michael and I celebrate the anniversary of the sale of our agency this week, he's nearly finished the living room, why not celebrate with more Putland posts? Today's notable request was for Jimmy Page in his dragon suit, close-ups of the arms and back. I asked the guy if he wanted to buy a print, but he just wants to make a Jimmy Page costume so I sent him over to Corbis to scalp review their files instead of ours. Clearly this is not Jimmy in said suit but I like this look better.

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin © Michael Putland

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