TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS

Of the Photobooks I purchased this year, these are my 10 favourite.

  • Highway Kind -  Justine Kurland
  • ZZYZX – Gregory Halpern
  • Intimate Distance - Todd Hido
  • Jazorina - Freya Najade
  • DTLFTSOTE - Mark Power
  • Cuba La Lucha - Carl De Keyzer
  • In Flagrante Two - Chris Killip
  • Tulip - Celine Marchbank
  • Badly Repaired CarsRonni Campana
  • Provisional ArrangementMartin Kollar

ONCA SHOW

 

Recently the MAP6 collective exhibited at the wonderful ONCA gallery in Brighton, as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe. The gallery has two beautiful spaces to work with, and using a variety of media including sound, we exhibited our Lithuanian Project. After an incredibly busy opening evening, we had thousands of visitors over the coming weeks. Thank you to everybody that came to see the work and meet us.

NEW BOOK

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I'm delighted to discover the beautiful new book by Philipp Ebeling called London Ends.

"Leaving behind the landmarks of the centre, London Ends takes the viewer on a journey to the places where the city ceases to be a city and becomes a series of amalgamated villages. Sleepy and yet full of life, the places where London ‘ends’ are the places that Ebeling has been drawn to with his camera for many years, culminating in a 250km circular walk to join them all together."

London Ends is published by Fishbar and costs £37. Images from the book are on display at Fishbar Gallery, 176 Dalston Lane, E8 1NG.

Image © Philipp Ebeling

INSTAGRAM JOURNEY

 

In May 2016, I walked for 3 months across France and Spain. During my walk I made a new series of photographs, and since my return I have been slowly piecing the work together. The series is almost ready, but in the meantime I am sharing images made with my mobile phone on an Instagram feed here.

PECKHAM SHOW

Earlier in the year, the MAP6 collective had the amazing opportunity to exhibit in London as part of the Peckham 24 Festival. We were give two huge abandoned houses, called the safe houses 1 & 2, to fill with work. The first building we used to exhibit our project "Home", and the second we used to show our new "Lithuanian Project".

ONCA EXHIBITION

map6_2016_photo_fringe_invite MAP6 are very excited to announce our upcoming exhibition at the ONCA gallery in Brighton.

The MAP6 Collective presents a body of work that explores the shifting concept of what defines modern Europe. It's been 60 years since the publication of Cartier Bresson's The Europeans – a seminal body of work that continues to shape the photographic world. Since that work was made, a further 24 countries have joined the European Union and a single currency has been born. However, today’s Europe, seems even more in flux: more diverse, more politically and economically complex and more destabilised.

With this in mind, the MAP6 collective journeyed to the country that is currently recognised as the ‘official' centre of Europe to meet some of the newest Europeans. Once a satellite of the USSR, Lithuania is a young republic caught in the process of recovering from 50 years of Soviet occupation. Over 6 days, 6 photographers set out to explore its transformation from Communism to capitalism, and how it’s adapting to its newfound Eurozone identity.

 

MAP6 IN PECKHAM

MAP6-PECKHAM24 Some more information regarding the forthcoming MAP6 exhibition at Peckham 24, part of the London Photo Festival. The exhibition PV is 19th May, and it continues on until the 22nd May. Hope you can join us ...

PECKHAM 24

12916893_1168141026560188_4212352485274912274_o MAP6 are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting as part of the Peckham 24 Festival – a new 24 hour festival of contemporary photography and video art during London Photo week in May. The festival brings together artists and art spaces, as well as a number of invited guests from the UK and Europe. In keeping with the area’s growing reputation as one of London’s most exciting contemporary art destinations, the selected exhibitions showcase a diverse range of practices from some of today’s cutting edge talent.

Peckham 24 starts at 6pm on Friday 20th May with a series of late Friday exhibition openings. More information can be found here.

PRAYER WALK

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A revival is under way worldwide. Pilgrim numbers are rising on the roads to Santiago de Compostela, the Hajj to Mecca and at the Kumbh Mela in India. People everywhere are stepping out of their lives into the unknown to go walking. It's a curious modern phenomenon, and one that virtually all of us can take part in. In this height of pilgrimage popularity, it is reassuring to see people taking to the road as a gesture of change, adventure, reverence and a good old lust for life. But we don't have to travel across the globe in order to join in and express ourselves through our feet. That is partly what drew me to this series of photographs from Birmingham photographer Stephen Filer.

Stephen lives in Handsworth, one of the most multicultural areas in Birmingham, which is one of England's most multicultural cites. A commercial photographer by trade, Stephen has been photographing Handsworth for almost half of his life. Photography for Stephen, allows him access into the more unreachable corners of his neighbourhood and offers him the opportunity to get to know his neighbours, community and in turn, himself. So recently, during Easter, he photographed a local gathering at the end of his road. His road has a church at the end of it, St Augustine’s, and on good Friday every year a procession set out along the streets of Handsworth to remember the crucifixion of Jesus. The congregation meet at St Augustine’s then gradually walk the route, passing by local businesses, and the surrounding community. Along the way the procession gains momentum, passers-by and onlookers merge with the group as they make their way on foot to the green at St Andrew’s Sports and Community Centre. After the procession reaches the final resting place of the cross, the story of the crucifixion is then told. At the end of the re-enactment, the gathering of people pause for group reflection and prayer, they embrace or shake hands, then disperse and continue on with their lives.

For me, whats fascinating about it all, is that for a brief period of time, walking had brought these strangers together. In one of the countries most racially charged hotspots, racial differences subside and people are drawn together through this simple act. Furthermore these photographs demonstrate that the most profound and touching moments can be found quite literally, at the end of your street.

You can see more of Stephen Filers work on his website here.

JUNCTION UPDATE

Paul-Walsh-Junction I have added some new images to my "Junction" series on my website. You can also see an exhibition of the work at the upcoming MAP6 show at the Hastings Arts Forum, which opens on March 21st. To see the work click here.

HOME EXHIBITION

MAP6-HOME exhibition I am delighted to announce that I will be exhibiting as part of the MAP6 Collective. We will be showing our HOME Project for the first time, which is a group project that examines the significance of Home.

21st March - 3rd April, Hastings Art Forum, Hastings.

Feel Free to come along!