Simon Taylor Journals: This section is a collection of thoughts, exhibition reviews, camera tests and general photographic articles.

Long Shot Close Up

Andreas Gursky – Imposing Images

Andreas Gursky’s large imposing images are either packed edge to edge with detail or minimised and deprived of anything distracting. The former Dusseldorf School student has a unique way of documenting a place.

Empire Through the Lens

Photography is so important to understanding colonialism.” Gus Casely-Hayford.

The power of the photography is amplified in this exhibition. My visit left me with sadness, disbelief and determination. The sadness is for the many black lives who suffered the years of slavery under the British Empires.

The foundations of Cinema

Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (Muybridge, E. 1878)

Eadweard Muybridge created a series of the photographic moving image, that arguably are the foundations of the cinematic image.

David Hockney

David Hockney – Tate Britain – 9 February – 29 May 2017

From the day I first saw the carefully crafted Polaroid portraits that David Hockney had created, I was inspired.

Photo London

Photo London 2017 – Somerset House – Thursday 18 May to Sunday 21 May

I visited Photo London for the first time this week. The festival is in its third year, with work-displayed museums, auction houses and galleries.

The Radical Eye – Tate Modern

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography From The Sir Elton John Collection
10 November – 7 May 2017

Elton John’s collection of photography is immense. Most are black and white portraits including Irvine Penns abstract images of Elton John himself.

The Psychic Lens

The Psychic Lens: Surrealism and the camera
Atlas Gallery – 24 November 2016 – 28th January 2017

Twelve photographs by Man Ray and two by Bill Brandt; well to me that’s an exhibition worth investigating.

Georgia O’Keefe – Tate Modern

Georgia O’Keefe – Tate Modern
6th July – 30th October 2016

I had been eagerly anticipated Georgia O’Keefe exhibition and I was not disappointed. This was a vast collection of work spanned across the whole of the artist’s career.

Leica Factory and Store Wetzlar

LEITZ PARK – 2016

I was fortunate enough to visit the new Leica Camera AG headquarters complex at the Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany earlier this year. The architecture is fascinating as it is based on the Leica lenses design.

Garry Winogrand

American photographer Garry Winogrand – 14 January 1928 – 19 March 1984

After a visit to New York in 2010, I found I had a greater understanding of Garry Winogrand ‘s approach to photography.

Photographing Adders (Vipera berus)

Adders will only use their venom as a last means of defence

The adder is not an aggressive snake, but is the only venomous snake native to Britain.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Manchester Art Gallery from 24 June to 30 October 2016.

Whilst on a visit to Manchester I saw the Vogue 100 exhibition, which I had missed when it was held at the National Portrait Gallery earlier this year.