Portrait Salon

Jan Klos

The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London.

Jan Klos’s portrait of the people who work at The Nelson’s Head pub in Shoreditch, London (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2014 and comes from his series ‘The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London’. The work will be exhibited during Photomonth London at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club from 7th to 14th October.

Nelson's Head

‘East London is home to some of the oldest and best pubs in the world. Some are historic, steeped in tradition, while others put on popular gay nights or serve locally made beers. There are lots of them, and at the heart of what makes them worth visiting is their staff – the bar men and women who pull pints, keep locals entertained and often become like the closest of families.’

Pub on the Park

Pub on the Park, London Fields

Mahogany Bar (Wilton's Music Hall)

Wilton’s Music Hall, Shadwell

‘Inspired by the 18th century conversation piece and the traditional family portrait, photographer Jan Klos presents The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London, a new series of striking group portraits that introduce viewers to the colourful and dedicated teams behind some of East London’s much-loved drinking dens.’

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Star of Bethnal Green, Bethnal Green

The George Tavern, Stepney, October 2014 - "The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London" by Jan J Klos

The George Tavern, Stepney

‘Since 2008 one in five pubs in the UK have shut down in the face of a struggling economy, rising alcohol taxes and smoke-free policies. The Times labeled them an ‘Endangered British Species’ and East London has seen its share of public houses shut their doors for good. Some of them, including The Nelson’s Head and Joiner’s Arms feature in this exhibition. The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London serves to celebrate and raise a glass to East London’s public houses and the people in them, but it is also a timely record of what the area has lost in recent years.’

The George & Dragon

George and Dragon, Shoreditch

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak, Shoreditch

The opening night of Jan Klos’s exhibition at 6.30pm on 7th October will feature short video interviews with landlords on the importance of pub culture, the role pubs play in local communities and what the future might hold for them. Visit www.workersplaytime.net for more details.
Jan Klos is a Polish-born photographer. Specialising in portraiture and documentary, his work has featured in publications worldwide including Telegraph Magazine, Newsweek, Wallpaper*, Metropolitan and N Magazine. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at venues across the UK, including MAC Birmingham, Quad Derby, Lighthouse Wolverhampton, cueB Gallery London, Four Corners London, FUSE Bradford, Oriel Colwyn, Wales and Napier University in Edinburgh. He lives in London.

www.janklos.com

James O Jenkins

Second Chance Salon

 

We’re very pleased to be featured in this week’s Professional Photo Magazine which is out today. We spoke to Terry Hope about why Portrait Salon was set up and about some of the plans we have for Portrait Salon 2015.

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The magazine has also kindly offered a downloadable voucher for this issue (No.110) which is usually only available to featured photographers. All you need to do is print it out and take it to WHSmiths. Many thanks to Terry Hope and Roger Payne.

Lydia Goldblatt

Still Here

Lydia Goldblatt’s portrait (below) was selected for Portrait Salon in 2011 and is from her series Still Here, an intimate body of work about her parents. ‘Goldblatt’s series, Still Here (2010-2013), takes as its point of departure the family home, focusing on the transitional experience of the artist’s parents as they age. The work stems from a desire to address the inevitable changes wrought by her elderly father’s approaching death. Her image making combines close observations of the human form with still lives, portraits and abstract works resonant of planets and origins.’

Father, from the series Still Here

Father, from the series Still Here

‘Marked with tenderness, the work is far removed from the haste and public face of contemporary family self-representation. It offers instead a concentrated meditation on mortality, time, love and loss, in which corporeal scrutiny courts metaphysical wonder. Still Here explores the indefinable thresholds that mark out individual existence, and the subtle process of erasure that returns us to the state from which we emerge.’

Mother in the Garden, from the series Still Here

Mother in the Garden, from the series Still Here

After Image, from the series Still Here

After Image, from the series Still Here

‘While the work is about the artist’s family, it is equally a means to contemplate the nature of life and the invisible bonds of love.  It engages with the shifting nature of time, and the potential of photographs to open up the realm of experience via their poetic as well as indexical reality. In making work about a personal experience of mortality, Goldblatt explores the cyclical scope of existence that sees nature’s fingers unpick our fragile yet insistent efforts to build, construct and create.’

Mother, from the series Still Here

Mother, from the series Still Here

Spent Time, from the series Still Here

Spent Time, from the series Still Here

‘Photographing, for me, is a means of giving expression to both the internal and external processes that shape our experience of life. My work considers transitional human states and is tied to concepts of identity and belonging. These images are from a series about my parents, focussing on my elderly father’s mortality, and stemming from a desire to address the inevitable changes wrought by his approaching death.’

Untitled, from the series Still Here

Untitled, from the series Still Here

Threshold, from the series Still Here

Threshold, from the series Still Here

‘I am witnessing human fragility, the physical and psychological boundaries of a human essence. I am interested in the indefinable thresholds that mark out our individual existence, and in the subtle process of erasure that returns us to the state from which we emerge. While the work is about my family, it is also a means to contemplate the nature of life and the invisible bonds of love. It engages with the constantly shifting nature of time, and the potential of photographs to open up the realm of experience via their poetic as well as indexical reality. In making work about a personal experience of mortality, I am exploring the cyclical scope of existence that sees nature’s fingers unpick our fragile yet insistent efforts to build, construct and create.’

Wedding Ring, from the series Still Here

Wedding Ring, from the series Still Here

Window, from the series Still Here

Window, from the series Still Here

Lydia Goldblatt trained at the London College of Communications, receiving a Masters Degree in Photography with Distinction in 2006. She lives and works in London. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, with group and solo shows in the UK, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Greece, China and Malaysia.

Her series, Still Here, is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Felix Nussbaum Museum in Germany from November 2012 – January 2013. She has also exhibited recently at Galerie Huit during the Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival, the Hereford Photography Festival, the Daylight Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie and International Photography Awards.

Interviews and features of her work have been published in Photomonitor, Hotshoe, British Journal of Photography, PLUK, the Guardian, Sunday Times, Telegraph, and Wallpaper*, among others.
In 2010 she was nominated for the Sovereign European Art Prize, and in 2011 was awarded the Fundacion Botin Residency Award with Paul Graham. This year she is the recipient of the Magenta Flash Forward Award and International Jewish Artist of the Year award. Anne Braybon, curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, recently nominated her for the Vic Odden Award, recognising significant achievement by a young British photographer.

lydiagoldblatt.com
@lydiagoldblatt

James O Jenkins

Rory Lewis

The Northerners

Rory Lewis’s portrait of Sir Ian McKellen (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2014 and is from his work ’The Northerners’, a photographic series about well known faces from the North of England.

Sir Ian McKellen Rory Lewis Photographer

‘If I was to achieve my goal I needed to produce a body of work that was unequivocally what I wanted to do, and this would help me to attract the attention of magazine editors and photography agents. I decided that the best way to proceed would be to set myself a project, and being someone who was born and bred in the north of the country the idea of celebrating others who had their roots in this part of the world came to me’

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David Warner

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Paul Barber

Rory’s ‘Northerners’ is a collection of over 100 portraits featuring a cross section of Northern celebrities, sports personalities, actors, politicians and people encountered.

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Brian Cox

The Northerners toured the UK being exhibited at Calumet in Manchester, London, Bristol and Birmingham during 2014/15. Money raised from the exhibition was donated to UNICEF.

Rory Lewis is a portrait photographer based in Liverpool.

rorylewisphotography.com

Sarah Lee

Sidewalk America

Sarah Lee’s portrait, photographed on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles (below), was selected for Portrait Salon 2014 (Sarah’s portrait of Wallander actor Krister Henriksson was also included) and is part of a long term project with the writer, broadcaster and novelist Laura Barton about the urban American experience. It’s working title is ‘Sidewalk America – This Is Your Land’.

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Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

‘Sidewalk America: all these images are part of a wider project I’ve been working on where I’ve been walking the length of the main streets in five American Cities from dawn till dusk. I have no fixed rules other than I must keep moving forward.’

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Broadway, New York City

Copyright Sarah Lee - Broadway, New York City.

Broadway, New York City

‘Sunset Blvd in LA, Broadway [from the Staten Island ferry to 189th St], Pennsylvania Avenue in DC, 8th Street in Miami, and Woodward Avenue Detroit. My aim has been to observe the America that isn’t often commented upon the city from the sidewalk itself. A series of road trips fuelled only by shoe leather and caffeine, rather than by gasoline and horsepower.’

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Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC

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Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

‘I’ve found that the people I’ve met along the way have been surprisingly willing to chat and tell their stories and to let me take their portraits. I worked only using prime lenses and a manual camera, keeping them as color with the intention of trying to remain as honest to the subjects as I can be.’

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Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC

Copyright Sarah Lee - Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC. Brother Burnell, who moved to the city two months ago. He finds it unfriendly but is staying optimistic. He sells copies of The Final Call [the Nation of Islam's newspaper] and bottles of insence on the street.

Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC

‘I only photographed people and places as I encountered them without having any “control” over them or the environment. This was enormously liberating. I’m not American, but it’s a country that I love [my Mother is a citizen, I met my husband here] and that I keep coming back to trying to understand it more. This project has been part of that process.”

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Broadway, New York City

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Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC

You can hear Sarah Lee and Laura Barton discussing ‘Sidewalk America’ for The Guardian and Observer here.

Sarah Lee has been a contracted freelancer for The Guardian and Observer since 2000 and specialises in portraiture, features and the Arts but is interested in all photography that focuses on people, and our shared human experience. Her work has appeared in many publications and places including the cover of TIME magazine, Billboard, Rolling Stone, The Sunday Times, Intelligent Life and many others.

sarahmlee.com

Twitter: @SarahMLee47

James O Jenkins

Jenny Lewis

One Day Young

This year is Portrait Salon’s fifth birthday and in the run up to our events this year we’re going to be blogging about work by photographers who’ve been selected for Portrait Salon in the last four years. We want to highlight some of the background, stories and developments of portraits that have been selected for Portrait Salon, which began in 2011.

We’re starting with Jenny Lewis, whose portrait Liana and Archer (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2014. Photographer Jenny Lewis has devoted the last five years to photographing Hackney mothers and their newborn babies within 24 hours of their birth. Her aim was to pass on a powerful message that childbirth is a positive experience and nothing to be feared. The project has now been brought together in a new book, One Day Young, which is the latest addition to Hoxton Mini Press’s East London Photo Stories series.

‘It’s really quite simple — I wanted to tell a story about the strength and resilience of women post-childbirth that I feel goes largely unacknowledged in today’s world. To reassure women that childbirth is ok; yes it’s painful but it is a positive pain, one that has purpose and is just part of the journey, a rite of passage into motherhood. To make visible other emotions that are far more powerful: the joy, the overwhelming love and the triumphant victory every new mother feels. In my mind this is the supportive message we should be passing on to future generations rather than paralysing them with fear.’

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Liana and Archer

‘Very early on in the project I knew I wanted to concentrate on the first twenty-four hours, when a woman’s body is engulfed by hormones, to capture the unrelenting physicality of the moment, straight from the battlefield. Sweat still glistening on the mothers’ skin, the translucent umbilical cord, freshly severed, and wide-eyed wonder as the women come to terms with the magnitude of what they have achieved and survived.

I leafleted Hackney, the borough where I live to find my recruits. I was clear I did not want to cast people on looks, age, race or class — but to include all who responded. As the series developed over the past five years, the mantra of calm running through the images was impossible to ignore. I find the collection of images quite defiant and beautiful, challenging the expected vision of those first twenty-four hours, a pure celebration of what it means to be a mother.’

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Karla and River

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Leanh and Lachlan

‘The book contains 40 portraits of mother and child, selected for publication from over 150, which focus on the primitive and hormonal moment of love and protection. As Jenny Lewis says, “My aim was to capture the extraordinary bonding, warmth and strength between mother and infant. In fact the whole range of amazing emotions felt at that time, as the mothering instinct kicks in”.’

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Rebecca and Osiris

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Kim and Perseus

‘Jenny Lewis has worked as a portrait photographer for the last 15 years. Known internationally for moving with ease between celebrity photography on the covers of magazines such as The Times with the likes of Thandie Newton and Peter Blake to working with the Beastie Boys in New York. Jenny continues to work for her editorial clients but is spending more time on personal work such as the One Day Young series.’

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Jenny’s book is available via Hoxton Mini Press – an independent publisher making collectable art books about East London. Jenny is holding a pop-up exhibition at Boxpark on 5th March, details below.

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To see more of Jenny’s work visit jennylewis.net

@JennyLewisPhoto

James O Jenkins

SCOTLAND

The Portrait Salon touring exhibition opens at it’s fourth venue on Monday 23rd February, at Gallery D at Edinburgh Napier University. Please do spread the word – more details about the exhibition can be found below. The exhibition is in Scotland until the 7th May before travelling to Birmingham.

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TOURING EXHIBITION

We hope you’ll join us at 6.30pm on Thursday 6th November for the launch of Portrait Salon 2014 at Four Corners Gallery, London or at Sticky Mike’s, Brighton with Miniclick. The prints of the selected images will be on show and this year’s publication will be available. The exhibition will then tour the UK into 2015.

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