Resources

Archive

OK, so I've to pull something together for an archive that I find interesting... there's a number I dip into occasionally, for different reasons, some I've not dipped into for a little while, some I just follow via Feedly or whatever. They're all pretty much centred around photography but there are a few crossovers, especially into visual culture. Is there anything I follow more than the others? I'm not so sure there is - I simply dip in when I need to. As I'm writing this, I'm not 100% sure which I will actually choose for my presentation, but in going through this process of writing and reviewing a few of my favourites, hopefully I will come to a decision! So, where to start?

Aperture Foundation
The Aperture Foundation in New York (originally San Fransisco) has been going for a while now, since 1952 according to the website, although of course this wasn't as an online resource, but as a "serious" quarterly journal on creative photography. I've subscribed to the magazine on and off over the years although to be fair, I don't often get the chance to read it in any depth at the moment (I really do need to improve my schedule to allow for these things). The website itself now has a number of interesting elements, video interviews with photographic artists, reviews, bits from the magazine and whatnot on their blog. It's a reputable journal, both online and in magazine form, with plenty of stuff in the archive although it isn't all-encompassing by any stretch of the imagination.

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Screen grab of Aperture website (Source: http://www.aperture.org/blog/)
Aperture Foundation - http://www.aperture.org

 
Tate Shots
Tate Shots is part of the Tate museum online offering featuring videos of interviews with artists, exhibitions and the like. There's quite a number on there (178 as of today), are generally around 5 minutes long (more or less) and give a brief and interesting insight into whatever the subject is, which will probably be something to do with what's happening at the museum at the time. A lot of this is not photography based, so it's a way for me to become involved with other media without getting too in depth - I don't always have the time to look at sculpture or painting, etc. Alongside these Tate Shots, there's also loads of other stuff on the Blogs and Channel section of the site, but it's generally the videos I head on over for - less reading sometimes means a quicker dose of information (media, media, media!!!)

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Screen grab of The Tate website (Source: http://www.tate.org.uk)
The Tate - http://www.tate.org.uk

 
 
American Suburb X
Doug Rickard's American Suburb X (ASX) is an interesting resource that has a reasonable collection of stuff (videos, interviews and galleries, etc.) about Japanese photography, something I can obsess about from time to time, and plenty of non-Japanese photography too. It also includes some of the perhaps edgier subjects that can sometimes be missed by others (although, it would seem that this is less and less the case as the years roll by), and photographers that perhaps polarise opinions more than others; I'm thinking maybe Nobuyoshi Araki, Dash Snow and Diane Arbus here, as opposed to, I don't know, Mario Testing or John Davies. There will be others too, American photographers who don't really polarise opinion (although maybe I'm just looking from the inside of the art - what is the layman view on Stephen Shore or William Eggleston?).

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Screen grab from ASX (Source: http://www.americansuburbx.com)
American Suburb X - http://www.americansuburbx.com

 
One Year of Books
Actually, before I start to write about this collection, I know it won't be one I choose to feature in the presentation; there's no depth to the content, no text, no insight, nothing really. Just photographs of photobooks from the collection of another collector in Paris. It's simply something I follow as it gives a few images from the books, many of which I might not necessarily know about... I'll leave this one at that.

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Screen grab from One Year of Books (Source: http://oneyearofbooks.tumblr.com)
One Year of Books - http://oneyearofbooks.tumblr.com

 
Visual Culture Blog
Marco Bohr is a lecturer in visual communication at Loughborough University and wrote his PhD thesis on Japanese photography, so as might be imagined I'm interested in what he has to say. In looking at the blog again, I've just realised its been a while since I checked in on there and there's a lot of new stuff I haven't read. As might be expected, the posts are well written and insightful, but rather than tell you what to think, they tend to lead a course of thought, or at least that's how I read them. They highlight visual memes that appear throughout a range of work, notably photography (including adverts) and film but covering a range of subjects such as gender, politics and consumerism. I really do need to find more time for this resource...

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Screen grab from the Visual Culture Blog (Source: http://visualcultureblog.com)
Visual Culture Blog - http://visualcultureblog.com

 

There's a number of others that I look at too, including:

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1000 Word Photography (Source: http://www.1000wordsmag.com)


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Hotshoe International (Source: http://www.hotshoeinternational.com)


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British Journal of Photography (Source: http://www.bjp-online.com)

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