Autumn Exhibition Reviews

Gregory Crewdson – Cathedral of the Pines @ The Photographers Gallery, LDN

Until 8th October 2017

A visual masterpiece. This exhibition is truly breathtaking, with a large collection of prints, taking over all the gallery spaces in The Photographers Gallery it is a must see. Showing for the first time, this exhibition contains images shot in his hometown of Becket, Massachusetts in the US. In classic Crewdson style, these images are cinematic, alluring and almost haunting. A large production envious by any director. Photographing the human form against vast landscapes, Crewdson engulfs us in a sense of human isolation, small figures thrust into natures arms but also expresses the intimacy that exists between humans. We are drawn into his images, the stories of these individuals, but left with suspense, we must finish these characters stories ourselves. I am and will always be in awe of Crewdsons creations.

You’ve only got a few days left to see this so don’t miss out!

Gregory Crewdson – Cathedral of the Pines

Martin Parr – Oxford @ The Weston Library, OXON

Until 22nd October 2017

Located in the lobby of the Weston library across from the famous Bodleian library, Martin Parr has set up shop. This exhibition is part of Photo:Oxford and displays photographs from Parr’s two year stint with unique access exploring the life and regimes of one of the worlds most prestigious universities.

Documenting a lifestyle of upper class cliches, Parr photographs a range of images, from portraits of workers at the university to annual events, such as ‘thrashing’ celebrating the end of exams unseen to the public eye. This is an eye opening experience into oxfords rich history. Although interesting to get a glimpse into this ‘lifestyle’ I can’t help but feel Parr has slightly painted the idea of this university and its inhabitants unfavourably, I just wonder if the students agree. However we can only use Parrs photographs for reference, and to give credit where due, Parr pulls you in to these ideals.

In the classic style, of Parr, bold, flashy images, it is an intriguing exhibition which immerses us in a place that we would not be allowed.

States of America @ Nottingham Contemporary 

Until 26th November 2017

Documentary photography in America during the 20th Century was one of the most popular of its time as it allowed us, as a viewer to know what was happening across the country and was used to promote change.

If you’re a fan of the great American photographers spanning the 20th century then this ones for you! With a plethora of images from a variety of household names, States of America follows the shifting landscape of the American society from the 60’s to the 90’s. With bright bold portraits from Eggleston to concise compositions from Shore, this exhibition is perfect for photography lovers or photography newbies.

Curated to show the social and political changes that occurred, the exhibition is split into all 4 of the galleries. Each housing a different theme – ‘Subject or Object’ / ‘A Changing Landscape’ / ‘Interiors and Private spaces ‘ which was my personal favourite and ‘Come Together.’ Each of these galleries contain different photographers, each who, although photographing during the same time frame, produced such distinct photographs that you instantly know who’s belong to who.

Whats quite interesting yet unnerving is a photograph from Gary Winogrand in 1969 photographing a protest for women’s rights. Although taken nearly 40 years ago, the photograph is still relevant in todays culture.

If you can’t beat a Friedlander or an Arbus photograph, make your way here!

Stephen Shore – Ginger Shore


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