Tag: photography

August Sander and his Germans

November 23, 2019 0 Comments
August Sander and his Germans

The National Museum in Cardiff is currently showing a generous selection of the portraits of August Sander, possibly the best-known large series of photographs produced in the first half of the twentieth century.  It’s hard to explain how it feels to walk slowly along the gallery of figures Sander captured.  Admiration at the brilliance of […]

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Sophy Rickett’s missing women

November 17, 2019 0 Comments
Sophy Rickett’s missing women

At the centre of ‘The curious moaning of Kenfig Burrows’, Sophy Rickett’s collection of photographs in the Glynn Vivian Art Galley, is Cupid, a seventeenth century oil painting from the Gallery’s foundation collection.  It’s safe to say that this work hasn’t been seen by the public for many decades.  It’s attributed to an obscure Italian […]

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Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn, selenophotographer

October 29, 2019 0 Comments
Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn, selenophotographer

If you visit the Penllergare Valley Woods, as we did last week, you can’t leave without developing a strong respect for the estate’s chief creator, John Dillwyn Llewelyn.  Photographic pioneer, astronomer, botanist, orchid collector, landscapist, inventor – he used his wealth, leisure and connections, after inheriting the estate as a boy from his grandfather in […]

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Photo of a gate

February 11, 2018 0 Comments
Photo of a gate

On the wall almost opposite the foot of the bed, my home for a few days last week, was a thick frame containing a mounted colour photograph.  Since it was one of the few unnecessary objects in the room, and the only occupant of its wall, I found myself giving it my full attention several […]

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Sitting for Bernard

November 12, 2017 0 Comments
Sitting for Bernard

For over forty years, and with increased energy since 1990, Bernard Mitchell has been collecting people.  The people are artists and writers working in Wales, and his means of collecting them is the camera lens.  Many people have seen parts of his great project, the Wales Arts Archive, over the years.  In the 1990s the […]

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Boy in a window

October 15, 2017 2 Comments
Boy in a window

An old, long-abandoned factory in Swansea’s Strand.  It has two storeys, a stone wall at its base and a corrugated roof.  Below, the windows are boarded or blacked out.  Upstairs, where ragged glass hangs in the smashed panes, one window frame’s open.  At its base a round-faced young boy, with dark hair and jug ears, […]

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John Pawson’s visual inventory

October 10, 2015 1 Comment
John Pawson’s visual inventory

Most of the books I’ve bought over the years lie on a table, sometimes for months, read or unread, before they find their way to the shelf. But there’s one, bought on impulse three years ago, that has never left the table. Every few weeks I pick it up and work through some of its […]

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