Great month for Photography and art with the biennial and Photo fringe in Brighton.
The venues are all over the town with some great British social documentary photography to headline the show.
Real Britain 1974: Co-Optic and Documentary Photography
“By 1974, documentary realism had a special prominence in English television, film and photography. The Co-Optic Group laid claim to combine the new ‘independent photography’ inspired by US examples, with the style and forms of 60’s photo-journalism.
The Co-Optic group included then emerging practitioners Martin Parr, Daniel Meadows, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Nick Hedges, Fay Godwin, Paul Hill, Ron McCormick and Gerry Badger, driven by the organisational skills of fellow photographer and entrepreneur, Stephen Weiss.”
University of Brighton
6 Dorset Place
In the old fruit market now Circus street there is a range of documentary photography along with collaborations and collectives – events based here have film screenings too.
The excellent tale of two cities is here – A Return to Elsewhere by Kalpesh Lathigra and Thabiso Sekgala – a collaboration between Brighton, South Africa and India.
Also in Lewes – Stories Seen Through A Glass Plate
“The Reeves Studio in Lewes, Sussex, is believed to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world. It has been run by the same family on the same premises since 1855 when Edward Reeves took his first studio portrait. Today his great-great-grandson runs the operation and looks after the 200,000 archive images, half of which are glass plate negatives.”
Looking for ward to this myself – A performance lecture from REEF creator Simon Faithfull telling stories of scientific curiosities, myths and legends of the deep and the strange politics of the ocean floor. Using live footage relayed from the wreck of the Brioney Victoria sitting on the seabed off the coast of Portland, UK.