Robert Pledge, ever-delightful founder and president of Contact Press Images
, has mounted a show of contact sheets with the prints of the images that were selected from them. Seen all together, the show is incredibly moving and Robert followed up with a presentation of some 300 images he curated showing events from the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 through to September 11th, 2001. I had not seen Annie Leibovitz' images from the Tutsi massacre before.
It was a real treat to go through the show with Robert who, as you can see, has not lost a jot of enthusiasm in the 35 years he's been running Contact.
There's just so much good stuff going on here, including James Mollison's 'Where Children Sleep
'; an Abe Frajndlich
restrospective; sweet and delightful Bruce Davidson
's 'American Photographs'; a selection from Mary Ellen Mark
; Bjorn Opshal
is my new friend-to-take-the-piss-out-of who is a great photographer with no formal training; and a wonderful new discovery for me - Annelise Kirsebom
, an 82 year old woman who took up photography late in life but whose scenes might as well have been taken when she was in her 30s (and for whom I can't find a decent link.)
I'm completely blown away by Stuart Franklin
but I'll address that separately.
I love this idea of having the students create a pop-up gallery by wearing their best image on a T shirt.
Here's me having a sneaky fag with the inimitable (the word was invented for him) British attorney Rupert Grey. Since I always thought I might have been a lawyer if only I was inclined to study hard, I enjoy talking rights and cases with Rupert and this is the first time we've met face-to-face in the twenty years we've known each other.
We're not done yet and tonight we'll be treated to a conversation with Mary Ellen Mark. Tomorrow I have four hours of portfolio reviews and I can't count how many photographers have come up to me and told me how nervous they are. I don't know why...
Poor photos © Julie Grahame