James Luckett, Amanda Mason, Brian Henry, Haner Pamukçu, Yaniv Waissa, and Robin Cracknell are some of the photographers whose work will be appearing in the second volume of Finding Lost Time, a publication related to the ongoing photoblog that in 2010 led to a book and a series of exhibitions in England and Spain. This new volume will be handmade and available in 2013 in a very limited run.
Ten black and white/ monochrome images will feature in the book. There’s an open call for one of them. If you’d like to submit an image for consideration you can do so at the Finding Lost Time Flickr group, by emailing a jpeg no larger than 1000px on the biggest side to andrewdconroy[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk, or by tweeting it to @andrewdconroy.
Lenny Gottlieb’s sublime Lost and Found in America is a book that few of the amateur photographers featured could have imagined happening as they fumbled with their point-and-shoot instamatics in the autumn of 1968. Gottlieb worked at a processing lab in Boston and had the vision to rescue over 30,000 photographs that had been marked as ‘rejects, destined for the trash’ as Andrew Roth, who staged an exhibition of 500 images from Gottlieb’s collection, puts it.
The book is filled with the sort of sweetly intimate, technically clumsy fragments of home life that have come to define the family snapshot as a photographic genre; the collection’s impact heightened by the knowledge that the factory’s quality control staff, ‘making their choices about focus and exposure… carrying out their own personal censorship of the memories and moments of others’, had dismissed everything here as being unfit to be returned to their owners:
The book has an extra resonance in that the photographs are presented against the backdrop of the war raging in Vietnam and ‘the violence that flickered on our TV screens’. It’s an interesting, ambitious way of framing the collection, creating a stark contrast to the scenes depicted. Aesthetically, in the context of the current vogue for the retro-hip of expired film, toy cameras, light leaks, and chemical burns, a number of the collection’s photographs resonate with the sort of nostalgic, ethereal beauty that now comes as standard with iPhone camera apps.
As 21st century life becomes ever-more subject to photographic documentation it’s interesting to see how a previous generation responded to innovations in mass market photography, both in terms of how the elements within the frame were staged and arranged, and what was seen as being worthy of photographing- amongst the images of family celebrations and days basking in the early autumn sunshine are scenes of random everyday activity that, viewed without any contextual frame of reference, seem positively loopy to modern eyes. Gottlieb’s inspired sequencing of the images weaves a narrative thread that accentuates this, subtly and cleverly guiding the viewer through a unique collection, drawing parallels between the forces of global politics and details of everyday life.
Lost and Found in America is available through the peerless Dewi Lewis Publishing.
The second Finding Lost Time exhibition of 2011 has been confirmed to take place at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire. The show will be a slightly expanded version of the one that recently took place at the Botanic Gardens Museum in Southport, and will also include photographs by Rhiannon Adam and Neill Cockwill. Full details of all the photographers involved in the show and a downloadable exhibition catalogue are here.
The show starts on Weds 6th April, with a preview kicking things off on Tues 5th April from 4pm-6pm. All are welcome.
More information is on the Finding Lost Time Facebook page.
Saturday 29th Jan sees the start of Finding Lost Time, a 3-week group photography exhibition I’m curating that features work from all over the world. The show is taking place at the Botanic Gardens Musuem in Southport, a sepia-tinted venue that positively oozes atmosphere. Due to government cuts, this is very sadly very likely to be the last event to take place at the venue.
If you print out this invite you’ll be able to attend the private viewing of the show, which takes place on Saturday 29th between 12pm- 3pm. A number of photographers whose work appears in the exhibition will be in attendance.
We’re also very excited to be able to offer a series of very special, limited edition Finding Lost Time mounts, produced in collaboration with the photographers involved with the project, and The Print Space. If you click on this link you can find out more.