Photo London 2019

I’m a lucky woman and my other half is arguably playing a major role in this. In May, for instance, his job took him to London and I had the chance to tag along. There is always loads of photography related stuff going on there and it’s a wonderful city, especially when someone else pays the price of your stay. Also, his work trip coincided with Photo London.

While I strongly dislike this sort of pretentious, money-craving fairs, wherever they happen to be, I was sure to find a few satellite events that are worth a visit. In the end, however, I was asked to write about the happening itself for Fotóművészet and also scored a free VIP ticket, so I did participate. Not that my free ride makes my conscience clear; there are many issues with such festivals: their elitism, their occasionally questionable finances, and so on. (If you are interested in the latter one, do go for Lewis Bush‘s 8-minute-read on Disphotic.)

Thus, in spite of my usually overpowering moral compass, I freeloaded around and saw all of it. In about 6 hours, I passed through 100+ exhibitors and tried to absorb as much as humanly possible. At the end of the day, my super-saturated mind felt like a numb torso after Christmas. All in all, there is a lot of bullshit going on in the domain. When it comes to contemporary creations, most of them appear to be pointless to me, aiming for some sort of beauty–and nothing more. That being subjective and fleeting, I’m becoming more judgemental of the practice day by day. Photography’s commercialization is nothing new though, so I will keep my mouth and focus on the good stuff.

On the positive side, Photo London did their best to elevate women out of their banishment from the art world: about 40% of the exhibited artists were female.* Marina Black‘s dark and beautifully represented fine art prints definitely made an impression on me, just to mention one of the talents.

I have also become a fan of Tom Wood’s bubble-pricking skills masterfully depicting what it’s like to be a human.

Tom Wood, Between Birkenhead and Wallasey Liverpool © galerie Sit Down

And here come my absolute favourites, Aho & Soldan, naturally including the wonderful Claire Aho as well. Brilliant stuff from Finland–also those that do not include any shapely butt.

Aho & Soldan, 1930s


Claire Aho, 1961

* Their Master of Photography Award went to a man again, Stephen Shore, but one step at a time, I guess. (The one and only female awarded with this very award in its short history was Taryn Simon in 2017.)


Expired photographic paper meets post-its and a few days of sunlight


On my affair with UNSEEN Amsterdam

I should have been blogging day and night the last week as UNSEEN Amsterdam was on fire and I was there to make sure I get close enough. (Well. I am always there, all day every day as a devoted volunteer, ready to serve, ever since the very first festival back in 2012.)

Since it is sort of late to come up with a long and meaningful post I will simply let you know who and what was my favourite. You all are dying to know, after all.

Whoever missed the somewhat hidden Amsterdam Diorama by Sohei Nishino should start Googling it like crazy. It’s one jaw-dropping master piece. (Despite the fact that it’s made of 1000 smaller prints.) If I had the money I would buy the whole thing along with a canal house with a wall big enough for that gorgeous, captivating, inspiring work of art. It was really, really hard to walk away.


Stina Gromark and Louise Naunton’s Human Printer was something I didn’t find very interesting – until the moment I started to help them. I love the concept! And I am the happiest person ever that I was given the chance to work on their biggest piece so far.

My favourite gallery remains M97 from Shanghai with their bold, experimental imagery. If there is only one UNSEEN artist you are willing to check out make it Wang Ningde. Impressive stuff.

It is pretty hard to tell you which photographer’s work I liked the most. 53 galleries… 53 GALLERIES!!! Not to mention the side projects. Nevertheless, Michael Wolf’s series taken in Paris was the first one that made me stop and stand still for long, long minutes. That’s a good enough reason to mention him here, isn’t it?

[Paris Tree Shadows no. 4 by Michael Wolf, 2014]

It was another wonderful week full of stirring vibes. New friends, lovely summer weather, talented artists everywhere. Volunteering at UNSEEN is a highlight of the year. See you there again in about 357 days.

Weekly This and That – W31

Some articles from last week that I think you should take a look at:

Weekly This and That – W30

And here it comes, the list of articles not to miss:

  • Jörg M. Colberg’s Forms and Functions of Photobooks (Part 2) is ready for all the ones dreaming about creating their own photobook(s).
  • The winners of Pride Photo Award 2014. It really was a wonderful thing to be there with the jury.

Not new but an evergreen:

  • Kenneth Jarecke’s superb interview with Karen Mullarkey. Thank goodness there is a 2nd part, right here.

A project to watch:

  • Modern Day Slavery“A project of the NOOR Foundation intended to emphasize the urgency and visually address the issues at stake concerning slavery in our world today.”

Excerpts from a great interview – with one of the most inspiring women: Karen Mullarkey

I had learned early that you show no fear. You just took it.


When you and your camera are one and you’re connected into your third eye. That’s when magic happens.


Great photographers are like children. They’re always curious. They don’t want to grow up, on a certain level. They want to keep that childlike curiosity. That’s another gift great photographers have.


You don’t learn from your successes. You learn from your errors because you don’t want to do them again.


You don’t always get to make the photograph of the idea you had at the moment, but if you’re creative it stays with you in the third eye. You do it over and over again until you get it right. It is your visual unconscious.


When you’re being challenged to be better than you think you are, that’s why I say fear is a great motivator. When you’re scared that you’re not going to pull it off, the adrenalin kicks in. If you’re gifted, that adrenalin makes the third eye open  up that much wider.


If I gave out a lot, trust me. I got just as much back.

Credits to J+M Creative Group. Also, you better read the whole thing.

Weekly This and That – W27-28

Some articles from the last two weeks you shouldn’t miss:

And last but not least, the workshop I wish I had 900 Euro for:

Weekly This and That – W25-26

I have been on holidays, therefore the silence. I am back now, having time again, and I also have LOADS of new pictures, some of them will be shared soon. And the list of articles/news that shouldn’t be missed is here below:

These are not from the last couple of weeks but the more important:

Ami Vitale

My advice to photographers is simple.

It’s all about sheer, hard work. This cannot be overemphasized. You must have the eye, the drive, intellect, ethics and maturity but willing to invest every bit of your life and soul to this.

Weekly This and That – W23-24

Last week I skipped the regular weekly post – shame on me. Here it comes now, the list of stuff that really is worth to be checked out, discovered in the past two weeks: