Masters of Photography 2017

This October we will be exhibiting a survey of 30 masterpieces by leading photographers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The exhibition will contain rare and collectable prints by some of the world’s most influential photographers. Each photograph has been chosen for its significant role in the history of the medium. With a strong emphasis on the rarity and quality of the print, the exhibition consists of important images by artists from Gustave le Gray to Richard Learoyd.

Walk to Paradise Garden, 1946
William Eugene Smith (1918-1978)
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Pont Neuf, Circa 1934
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) (1899-1984)
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Estelle Lefebure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, Vogue U.S.A., Santa Monica, California, 1988
Peter Lindbergh (Born 1944)
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Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1954
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)
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Brigitte Bardot, 1959
Richard Avedon (1923-2004)
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Masters of Photography 2017
25th October – 16th November

more at Beetles and Huxley

Learning to see by Tom Dinning

Learning to see | A person history of photography (1947-2012)
Take some time to read the complete PDF … you’ll see !

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… What are you two looking at? my Old Man would ask.
Nothing much.
Are you teaching her to see?
I guess I am.

tomdinning040… Together we sat for an hour or so and watched. I don’t
remember everything I saw that day while sitting there in that small boat with my Old
Man but I do know I was there, in every sense of the word, with every sense of my
body, taking in what I could. Once again I was learning to see and it was so fulfilling
it was almost painful. I don’t remember if I had a tear in my eye but I should have.

tomdinning000… Everyone has a vision of the truth. We can all find it and photograph it as we see it.
When that is done, the beauty will be revealed. Finding your truth may be closer than
you think.

tomdinning030… Learning to see appears to be taken for granted. Yet
outside the speech centre of the brain, the visual cortex is the largest single area of
the brain dealing with function other than movement and sight is responsible  for
80% of sensory input and learning for a sighted person. For some strange reason we
expect it all to be working perfectly from the moment the child sees the light at the
end of the tunnel, so to speak. …

tomdinning050… If we learn to see as the child does, we open a new world to our vision and add to
our own experiences. We learn about people and places. We see the connections
and relationships. We share in  a world as no other generation has ever done before.
Don’t let the world pass you by. Stop for a while and ponder. Learn to see as others
do. …

tomdinning010… It was said of Ansell Adams that, after spending many hours in his darkroom,
processing the results of many days of photographing his beloved landscapes, he
would occasionally burst into the daylight holding a freshly exposed and still dripping
print and utter excitedly ‘I think I have got it’. …

tomdinning020… I remember seeing a documentary many years ago when a group  of journalists and
anthropologists ventured into the Highlands of New Guinea to find a group of
indigenous people who had never had contact with people outside their own village.
One of the photographers took a Polaroid image of a village member and showed
him the photograph. At first the villager was bemused. He had no idea who it was.
He then became terrified when it was explained it was an image of him because he
thought the photograph contained part of his ‘soul’. Slowly he realized the
significance of  what he held in his hand and he smiled deeply, shared the photograph
with his family. …

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This PDF is made available by Tom Dinning on the condition that it is  used freely to
teach others how to see.

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Did you see what I saw !?!