Autumn news

Returning to London this week after a happy holiday in Burgundy, thoughts return to plans and hopes for the months ahead. First however, a quick note on recent photography projects.

I’ve greatly enjoyed spending the last few months focusing on the work of 19th century photographer Herbert Watkins. Display Herbert Watkins: Characters and Caricatures which continues at the National Portrait Gallery until 17 November, showcases my new research on albumen prints from the important Watkins album; considers Watkins’s early experiments using caricature and photo-collage; and examines the photographer’s famous portraits of Charles Dickens within a wider context. Discover more on Watkins in my new blog post for the National Portrait Gallery here.

This year, Source Photographic Review kindly invited me to be a selector for the MA/MFA section of their annual online showcase for emerging photographic talent from photography courses across the UK and Ireland. Reviewing the diverse and impressive range of MA/MFA portfolios submitted was a wonderful and rewarding opportunity to discover and consider the work and concerns of this year’s postgraduates. My thoughts on selected photographers Ochi Reyes, Lewis Bush, Adriana Monsalve, Nathalie Joffre, and Sharon O’Neill are now online.

Last month after several online judging rounds, I spent a very enjoyable day debating and discussing entries submitted to this year’s Association of Photographers Open Awards. Out of nearly 1500 images, my fellow judges and I selected 61 images that make up the final 2013 AOP Open exhibition which will be shown at B3, The Old Truman Brewery, this Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October. You can now view the entire show online and choose the image you think is worthy of the Public Choice Award via the AOP Awards website. I hope you enjoy the exhibition!

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