Pondering on the past and present during this awful time, I pulled together some old images and added some current ones.
Click on the link below…
or download the PDF (view it as – page display – two page view)
Recently took a few photos and now they’re up – as a mural!
Check out the link and watch the video…
1st Avenue at 78th Street, NYC from now until it lasts!
“Art is not about objects of high monetary exchange. It’s about reasserting our firsthand experience in present time” (Antony Gormley)
One of mine included in the gallery show
November 1st – 20th
Black Box Gallery,
811 East Burnside St. #212 Portland, Oregon 97214
You can find it here too, if you can’t get to Oregon!
The exhibition is on!
Villa Wieser, Herxheim, Germany
now until the 25th November 2018
Alison South, Emma Delpech, Ines Gonzalez Cordero, Mathew Aldred, Monika Bruckner, Mwamba Mulangala, RobTM, Susan Miller, Tanya Ahmed
If you can’t make it to Herxheim, then here’s a bit of an explanation and if you click the link there’s a digital view of the work I am showing there:
“Every photograph is a certificate of presence” (Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida). A physical
connection of photographer to subject. Within Tanya Ahmed’s 4 volumes of ‘Connected’
photographs Tanya looks into the further reaches of photography and how it connects
photographer, subject and audience.
A Circumnavigation of Manhattan in 5 Parts
42 miles – 42 photographs
Tanya Ahmed & Amy Bradley
Feet to earth, a photographic partnership pacing out the perimeter of Manhattan
Using both cell phones and cameras Tanya and Amy connect physically and
photographically to the accessible edge of Manhattan in a 42 mile photowalk
culminating in 42 photographs that explore both place, the comparison of individual
visual interest and partnership in representation. Connected ⅰ
Reading – Film camera
New York City – Computer (skype)
Across time and place through technology spanning 3 decades and 2 continents
Thirty years ago the connection between subject and photographer was undeniably intimate as
both occupied the same physical, private space. Today although Tanya and these subjects
have remained connected over 30 years, their space is more often than not a digital one.
As the technology has changed relationships that may have lost their physical intimacy due to
geographical distance have continued through digital access. A visual and audio intimacy. Not
maybe as satisfying personally, visually or physically but a connection when the geography
won’t permit one otherwise. Connected ⅱ
Ines Gonzalez Cordero
Looking at the work popping into her instagram feed, Tanya began to see elements in her
fellow photographer and artist friends’ work that reminded her of specific archived images of
So what makes the personal connection and the visual connections merge? Is it the
environment, education, culture, the same personal likes, do we influence each other?
Whatever it is we are connected through our gaze. Connected ⅲ
of the exhibition
Reading : A Start & a Return
A Homecoming 30 years in The Making
Blakes Lock, Reading, UK
The exhibition was of work from 5 photographers who knew each other for 30 years and
showed work from the beginning of that time and current work. Returning to the place of their
original meeting the exhibition became a venue for extended talk with visitors of the passing of
in relation to the geographical area and photography itself. Visitors were encourage to talk and
also to add photographs of the area to the exhibition. The visitors Tanya spent a significant
time talking with during the exhibition also became the subject of a concurrent project House
Guests. Photographs produced an audience, who became photographs for a new audience. Connected ⅳ
16 new slideshow videos are now up on my website – We are Connected. But first, allow me to tell you how they came about…
Over the last few years I’ve been thinking about both my archive and how the audience interacts with photography and have had several exhibitions exploring these themes.
In 2015, I, along with 5 other photographers who had attended Berkshire College of Art and Design, held an exhibition at Turbine House, Reading. We presented photographs from 30 years previously and contrasted it with new work. I also took new photographs of the area during community photo walks I organized and at the close of the exhibition we also exhibited the photographs taken by the exhibition visitors.
In 2016, with a different set of photographers, the photographic collective I belong to, [( 6 )], decided to connect with each other and with place. We met in Oxford, UK, for a weekend of photography. I went with the idea of waiting to see what aspects of Oxford would draw me upon arrival. Our photographs were then displayed at the Riverside Gallery in Oxford, Nova Scotia, Canada. Whilst there I briefly photographed Oxford, Nova Scotia too.
In 2017, finishing an MA in fine Art, I needed to choose what work I would share for the final exhibition at the Civic in Barnsley, UK, whilst acknowledging it was important to me that the audience would be engaged in the work.
With this exhibition I wanted to take audience participation to a new level and so chose to not hang any of my photographs. Instead I presented boxes containing 16 photo projects from the last three years. These photographs were made in response to reflecting on my existing archive and the continuation of adding to it. A circular route revisiting old haunts, exploring current routes and encountering new places. One journey, ending with this archive, the corroboration of my connection to place.
Gallery visitors walked into a room that contained a table (with a book to write in), a wall with metal strips and magnets and a window where the portfolio boxes were stored across 8 shelves. They were invited to delve into the archive. Handle the photographs. Feel my process unfold and their route through it. Find their visual or personal associations, by shuffling the prints in their boxes, laying them on the table or the floor, mixing one project with another. They completed the journey by curating and hanging the final exhibition as they wanted it. A collaboration between us if you will, connecting through the journey to the final destination.
The visitors shared their process and results with me and other gallery visitors and through writing about their experience and choices and finally photographing their exhibition. Some of these photographs are featured on my instagram page
link to Instagram (scroll to the bottom and work up!)
You can see some of the work and contact details for the other artists in the Exhibition catalogue
These photographs show the gallery space (sans people), visitors sorting through photographs on the table and hanging them on the wall (with the magnets) – more over on instagram, including some of the final curated exhibitions.
The sixteen videos of the photographs in each of the 16 boxes can be seen H E R E
I’d get a drink and a biscuit before you start if you want to see them all!
Thanks for your interest. I’m working on something new for an exhibition coming up in Germany in October so stay tuned for that!
Absolutely delighted that for the second year
my work has been chosen in the Urban Photo Fest Open.
Last year I had two images screened at the Tate Modern, London.
This year I have one at the Tate Britain, London!
You can see all the chosen images on Friday November 10th
after a talk by Photographer Roger Ballen there’ll be a drinks thing!
It’s been 3 years!
I’ve been working on an MA in Fine Arts with the Open College of the Arts in the UK and next week is the final exhibition. Being part time over three years meant that it’s been impossible to anticipate where I would be at the end of it and it has been a journey that’s for sure.
I have met all of the cohort online, there’s 10 of us, from 6 countries and we’ve met via google hangout, sometimes several times a month over the years, but we’ve never all been on one continent together…
That’ll change next week though when we hang the exhibition! Finally we will be connected physically too – the journey has a destination and it’s Barnsley!
We Are Connected – will be at the Civic in Barnsley, UK
The private view will be on Wednesday 14th June at 6.30pm – want to come? Just let me know!
I’ll be at the gallery also on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th, please stop by and say hello!
So what’s the exhibition about? Who are the 10 artists?
For more information check out our catalogue
It’s going to be amazing, join us on this journey if you can.
and most importantly
I’m going to be posting on instagram as part of the exhibition!
so please follow me now!
To connect with the other artists and for an ongoing overview of the exhibition check out:
Hope to see you there!