From newspaper to gallery wall.

From newspaper to gallery wall.

Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery has just launched an exhibition with a real difference.

Hanging on its walls are the photographs we have lived with over the years  – as we turn the pages of a newspaper or watch the evening news.

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Tiananmen Square, 1989.

Taken away from the print – and framed on a gallery wall – here are images – stark, uncomfortable, shocking and thought-provoking – that record man’s inhumanity to man. Each one a moment of frozen time – and many of events that changed history.

This is photo-journalism at its best. A collection of over 75 prints taking us through almost one hundred years of world events.

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Libya in flames.

For me – it was a chance to relive moments of events l remember as part of my life experience.

Things like Lee Harvey Oswold’s assassination, Don McCullin’s powerful shell-shocked Vietnam soldier,  the terrible tragedy of 9/11, burning oil-wells in the Iraqi desert and the collected faces of desperate boat people.

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The assassination of Lee Harvey Oswold – the man arrested after the murder of President John F Kennedy.

It is a must-see.

The collection is owned by The Incite Project. Photographer Harriet Logan and curator Tristan Lund have assembled one of the largest private collections of news and documentary photographs in the UK.

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One of the most graphic images of 9/11

This show focuses on iconic images and their power, profiling images that have changed public perception of world events. They have been selected from a collection that specialises in photojournalism and documentary photography.

We are used to seeing these images in the press, in transient form, generally accompanied by columns of text, but the Incite Project treats them as works of art.

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The core of the collection are the classics of 20th-century photojournalism that have become visual markers of a moment in time.

The collection is also motivated by a passion to support the photographers and artists currently making extraordinary, thought-provoking images about contemporary issues.

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Bath’s Mayor, Cllr Paul Crossley in conversation with acclaimed international photographer Don McCullin. Many of his amazing images are on display here.

Bath Newseum was able to speak to Tristan Lund – who is collection curator of the  Incite Project  – at last night’s preview.

Please be warned that this exhibition contains images of conflict which some visitors may find disturbing.

The exhibition runs until May 10th. £4.00 / concs. / under 21s and Discovery Card holders free. More information via https://www.victoriagal.org.uk/

History through a lens.

History through a lens.

A collection of iconic news photographs will go on display next month in a major new exhibition at  Bath’s  Victoria Art Gallery.

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

‘History through a Lens: Iconic Photographs from the Incite Project’ (25 February-10 May 2017), will feature more than 100 images that have changed public perception of world events.

The photographs have been selected from the Incite Project, a collection of issue-driven photographic prints motivated by current political and social concerns that are still within our power to correct. We are used to seeing these images in the press, accompanied by columns of text, but the Incite Project treats them as works of art.

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At the core of the collection are the classics of 20th-century photojournalism that have become visual markers of a moment in time – for example the assassination of JFK, a rare shot of the Normandy D-Day landing, Nelson Mandela in his cell on Robben Island, and the losses of life caused by 9:11 and overcrowded boats capsizing in the Mediterranean. 

Photographers represented include Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Don McCullin, Sebastiao Salgado and W. Eugene Smith.

The Incite Project is also motivated by a passion to support the photographers and artists currently making extraordinary images about contemporary issues. Thirty percent of the show consists of 21st-century prints, giving them and their makers a permanence they might otherwise lack.

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Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are proud to be working with the Incite Project to stage this remarkable and thought-provoking exhibition, which local residents will be able to see for free with a Discovery Card.”

Incite is based in the UK and was started in 2012 by former photojournalist Harriet Logan and her husband. The collection is curated by Tristan Lund, formerly of the Michael Hoppen Gallery.

Exhibition tickets cost £4 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and are free for children 

Lunchtime exhibition tours

Every Thursday, between 2 March to 27 April inclusive, 12.30-13.00, lunchtime exhibition tours will take place. They are free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.

Roving Reporters 

Saturdays 4, 11, 18 & 25 March, 12.00-15.00

Students from Bath Spa University’s BA Acting programme convey the human stories behind the images. Let yourself be transported back in time to revisit how those key moments felt.

 

Holburne’s latest purchase unveiled

Holburne’s latest purchase unveiled

Don McCullin and Charlotte Sorapure - wither side of her portrait.

Don McCullin and Charlotte Sorapure – either side of her portrait. Please click on images to enlarge.

Veteran war and landscape photographer Don McCullin CBE paid a special visit to Bath’s Holburne Museum today (Friday, March 13th) to witness the official unveiling of a portrait of himself.

It’s been painted by Charlotte Sorapure who was the 2012 winner of the Holburne Portrait Prize and who chose Don – who is celebrating his 80th Birthday this year – as her subject.

The portrait of Don McCullin

The portrait of Don McCullin

Her compelling portrait of him – and her own prize-winning self-portrait – are displayed in the Wirth Gallery alongside some of McCullin’s own melancholy landscape images and one of his iconic photographs from the Vietnam War.

The portrait of him is also the Holburne’s latest acquisition.

Charlotte with her husband - artist Saied Dai.

Charlotte with her husband – artist Saied Dai.

Charlotte – who arrived this morning in the company of her husband, the painter Saied Dai – lives and works near Bath.

She studied at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Art and Technology, graduating with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1991, and the Royal Academy of Arts, for the Post Graduate Diploma in Painting, 1995.

Since graduating, her work has been exhibited widely, including most recently at Messum’s Gallery, London; Mall Galleries, London; Holburne Museum and Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA; and the Royal West of England Academy.

Charlotte and Don greet each other.

Charlotte and Don greet each other.

Charlotte has won a number of awards for her work, including the Holburne Portrait Prize; Odin Painting Prize, Royal West of England Academy; Bill Patterson Memorial Award and Cecil Joseph Prize, New English Art Club; and the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant (twice awarded).

She is an elected member of the New English Art Club.

Please click on the video-link below to listen to her talk about painting the portrait of Don McCullin. Apologies for sound but very busy press reception going on just behind us!

 

 

 

 

Postcards of the mcCullin portrait are on sale in the Holburne shop.

Postcards of the McCullin portrait – and examples of Don McCullin’s work – are on sale in the Holburne Museum shop.

Postcard copies of the McCullin painting are on sale in the Holburne Museum shop.

The [photograph Don McCullin took of Charlotte - while painting his portrait.

The photograph Don McCullin took of Charlotte – while painting his portrait.

The exhibition featuring the portrait will run from Saturday, March 14th to Sunday the 7th of June.

It also includes a photograph Don McCullin took of Charlotte while she was working on his portrait.