For this project review Mark Aitken sent me a selection of 12 environmental portraits from his personal project in process, Sanctum Ephemeral. The word sanctum refers to a safe private place, a refuge, and in each of the photographs the subject is positioned in various poses—standing up, sitting on a chair or floor, lounging, lying on and getting out of bed. This creates a dynamic in which the relationship between the subject and the space of the room is highlighted through the different poses to suggest the sitters’ connection to the story of the room. However, the use of the Read More...

The National Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize call for entry has gone out and we’re here to help. For Photofusion members, we’re offering a 35% discount on print ready images, a 25% discount for non-members. To make this offer even more appealing, we’re extending the discount to all (print ready) prints ordered and paid for at the same time as your TW entry print – all you need to do is show us your TW registration confirmation email. If your print is exhibited, we’ll give you a credit of 50% of the price paid for the entry image Read More...

For my third Photofusion Members’ Project Review Katerina Kalogeraki sent selection of 10 photographs from her personal project, Family Portraits: Four Generations, focusing on families from countries “around Europe and one family from Singapore”. The work aims to look at family structures, cultural similarities and differences, and cross-cultural mixing over generations. The colour photographs are all environmental portraits taken in each of the family’s homes, indoors and outdoors. There is no easily discernible reason as to why two photographs have been shot outside the home and I wondered why. In looking at the images these two feel inconsistent with the Read More...

We need your help. After 25 years, we are gravely threatened by a combination of falling funding and rising rent. Please help us to move, survive, and carry on doing great work! Read More...

Peter Kennard in conversation with Kazuma Obara Free & exclusive to Photofusion Members Wednesday 30 March, 19:00 Peter Kennard is Britain’s most important political artist and a “living hero of pacifist photomontage … denouncing war for more than four decades” (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian). Inspiring many of today’s politically aware artists such as Mark Wallinger and Banksy, the Imperial War Museum in London is currently honouring his work with a major retrospective, “Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist” (until 30 May 2016). Peter will discuss aspects of his own career and lead a conversation with Kazuma Obara, whose exhibition “Silent Histories” Read More...

Miranda Gavin review the work of Holly McGlynn, whose work draws from lifestyle and fashion editorial spreads for women’s magazines and high-street fashion. Read More...

In an age of digital perfection and digital reproduction there are many artists who look backwards and sideways to create something new and different. Many look to historical and alternative photographic processes as an antidote to digital perfection, exchanging computer for darkroom, perfection for the unpredictable, machine made for hand made. Read More...

Miranda Gavin review ‘Gathered Leaves’ by US-based documentary photographer Alec Soth. Read More...

To coincide with the Skin & Blister exhibition, we have scheduled the following events: EXHIBITION EVENT Establishing & Sustaining Your Practice: The benefits of working collectively Speakers: Sophie Gerrard, Melanie King, Laura Solomons. Chaired by Anthony Luvera Thursday 25 February, 19:00 £5.00 (£3.50 Members) This event will present creative examples that highlight how working collectively can significantly support early career artists to establish their practice through providing mutual support, collaborating on projects, sharing ideas, feedback and contacts, co-curating exhibitions and, very practically, sharing space and resources. BOOK HERE MEMBERS’ EVENT Working Collectively: Then & Now Speakers: Sophie Davis, Esther Eichmann, Read More...

T S Eliot’s The Waste Land poetry and photography project Working in partnership with Evelyn Grace Academy and Brixton Learning Alliance Photofusion trained a team of 15 volunteer photographers to work with 180 year 8 students from Evelyn Grace Academy. Across 4 days, students worked with digital and polaroid cameras to make photographic interpretations of T S Eliot’s poem, The Wasteland. Waste Land inspired poems and photographs were later displayed at the school and 6 winners were selected to have their work shown in the Electric Lane gallery outside Photofusion. Read More...