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Fortunately for me, and now for you, I landed at Jennifer Spelman's Photo Coleslaw blog yesterday and subsequently fell in love with Marvin and, clicking through to her website, the rest of The South series. As well as the images being lovely, I like the tone of her writing; it seems as if Jennifer's just starting her blog and I'm encouraging her to keep posting - we need fabulous content on the web so we've all got decent things to link to.

Marvin from Clarksdale, Mississippi © Jennifer Spelman



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Gina LeVay's 'Sandhogs' book is in the shops, and Gina's on the radio. Listen to her and one of the 'hogs discuss the massive New York water project going on 800+ feet beneath Manhattan that few of us are even aware of. Gina worked seriously hard to gain the confidence of the 'hogs with her persistence and professionalism, and the resulting images are vibrant and eye-opening, not how one might expect them to be so deep under ground.

Sandhogs © Gina LeVay

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Thatcher Keats is teaching an 8 week photography class at his gallery on Elizabeth Street in Soho, NY, starting on January 27th. According to the blurb "Issues of technical competence, aesthetic concerns, differing lives in photography, artistic deficiencies, as well as the issue of exploitation and empathy will be addressed through discourse, presentation, and critique sessions." Usually taught at ICP, you can take advantage of a more intimate class if you sign up now (and it'll cost less too). Guest artists will present their work, and Thatcher is a really interesting and talented character. Find out more.

Smoking Monk © Thatcher Keats

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I am bringing up the rear here as Stephen Mallon's Flight 1549 series has been blogged and blogged again, but it's almost a year since the event unfolded and there's an exhibition at Calumet in New York for the anniversary (reception January 15th). Steve was commissioned by the crane company to photograph the plane being salvaged, and posted a selection on his website. Fun and games ensued with Steve being hassled by the plane's insurance company and all the photo community yelling "free speech!". Ultimately, he was able to keep and publish much of this incredible and exclusive record. It's a chilling memory; Steve's work makes it haunting and beautiful.

Flight 1549 © Stephen Mallon



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British photographer Andrew Prentice is a recent graduate from City of Westminster College, London. His work has already been publicly exhibited - this photograph was selected for inclusion in 'Free Range', Europe's "largest graduate art and design show". There's a timelessness and Britishness to this image, I feel it could have been taken any year since the 60's.

Lido, 2008 © Andrew Prentice

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Frenchman Fred Noy has spent 11 of the last 18 years as a documentary photographer covering civil war in Africa and has been published in Le Monde, The Guardian, Vanity Fair and many more. Fred sent out an email update about his blog and I was drawn to both his photographs and the stories. Blog and website both worth a visit.

Chad © Frederic Noy

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Phillip Toledano's project "Days With My Father" is nothing but open, honest photography and feelings laid bare. Almost overwhelming but completely compelling, the project is a series of photographs of Phillip's elderly father who was suffering badly from a lack of short-term memory. Facing what many of us may have to, Phillip recorded some beautiful moments, some haunting, some funny. I'm touched that he could be so brave as to make this available to the public, and he himself is humbled; he's had over a million hits to the website and received hundreds of emails. There will be a book in 2010.

Thanks Phillip, you owe me and a million+ other people a box of tissues.

From "Days With My Father" © Phillip Toledano

pelosi_steve_pyke.jpgSteve Pyke, MBE, seems to be pretty much the busiest artist I know right now, so many others are hurting for work. That said, I doubt Steve's paused often on his 30+ year photographic journey. In the late 80's my agency syndicated his work and I remember lots of actors and musicians, but what I never knew till now is that he worked with Peter Greenaway on a couple of my favourite films, Drowning By Numbers and The Cook The Thief.

Steve: I've got the Hob Nobs, I'm just waiting for you to have a minute to put the kettle on.

Very current Pyke: On view through December 19th a small show at BLT, and his photographs illustrate a new book, 'Conversations on Ethics' published by OUP.

Nancy Pelosi, minutes before she heard the news she had made Speaker of the House, 2006 © Steve Pyke




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Armed with stacks of C prints for the archive back when we worked together (pre-digital) Jim McCarthy's photography always caught my eye for its vibrancy. Jim may be best known for his lively colour photos from New Orleans Jazz Fest, an event he's been covering since 1993 and which is now an impressive body of work, but he's generally a great gig shooter. Jim's signed up for representation with the Rex Features agency so congratulations and here's to resale, wherever it may be.

Tony Bennett, Jazz Fest 2009 © Jim McCarthy

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I'll say one thing for the Interweb, it's terribly handy for getting back in touch with people. My old mates at Shoot in London have been repping photographers and stylists for many years now and as I dropped the owner an email after too many years, I learned she's still working with Ray Burmiston. From All Saints to the Birthday Party, Spice Girls to Tenacious D, Ray has been photographing musicians since leaving his own band, the Passion Puppets, in the early 80s. Another entertaining music archive for your viewing pleasure and Ray also shoots fashion and portraits.

Kelly Osborne © Ray Burmiston

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