Last Friday a few of us visited the Spirovieri Gallery, tucked away off Regent Street to see a solo exhibition by Ukrainian photographer, Boris Mikhailov. It’s a show of greeted by fifty years of experimentation and humour in portraits. Born in 1938, Mikhailov one of the world’s most influential photographers and now he lives and works in Berlin. Last year he exhibited at MOMA, NY and selection of his work is featured in ‘Photography: New Documentary Forms’ at Tate Modern until March 31st 2012.
This weekend, I checked out Alec Soth’s “Broken Manual,” a new photo exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery in Chelsea. The show features a series of haunting photographs, along with an installation piece, and documentary film, all about the lives of men living “off the grid.” Soth’s images of hermits that have escaped society to live solitary lives in the woods beautifully demonstrate the paranoia and complicated psyches of his subjects, many of which he found through Internet sites dedicated to hermitry. The show runs through March 11th in New York.
Last week while in Paris, I stumbled upon “Knock on Wood”, a lovely little exhibition of designs crafted in wood at Tools Galerie in the Marais. Nestled between a Maarten Baas Smoke Series bureau and Peter Marigold’s shelving system, I was thrilled to discover Swiss designer Boris Dennler’s “Wooden Heap” which poetically turns a rough hewn stack of wood planks into a beautifully crafted storage system. Also of note were intricate wall graphics by Ich and Kar and delicate experiments with wooden textiles by Elisa Strozyk. On view through March 10th, giving you plenty of time to “toucher du bois”!
Yesterday as spring hit London, I went to Columbia Road to pick up a wedding present for Ambra Medda from NOM. Along the same road is a charming store called Treacle. In addition to the traditional Victoria sponge cakes and jams, are original British ceramics, one-off furniture pieces all in a nostalgic interior. Look out for their 1963 Morris FG truck that goes on tour.
Yesterday I went to the V&A to see the new Photography Gallery. Key figures of photographic history from 1839 up to the 1960s are represented there, including Victorian portraits by Julia Margaret Cameron and significant works by Henri Cartier-Bresson. I really liked ‘The Brig’ by Gustave Le Grays, which was the first photograph to be regarded as fine art. The poignancy of the little ship alone against the vast expanse of sea and sky created a dramatic atmosphere. John Thomson’s Street Life in London showed some of the earliest examples of social documentary photography.
Written by Camron intern Harriet Merrick.