July 2014

Photo, book, name!

Popped into Aperture today to have another look at the summer open.

As well as prints on the wall there is now a table with books by the photographers and I spotted my name at the entrance! Here’s a small video so you can take a look at the space. You’ll have to visit to see the photos up close and to handle the books though!

(Aperture, W27th between 10/11 Ave, NYC)

Click here for the video Aperture-TanyaAhmed


Aperture video

July 25, 2014

You can meet a couple of the photographers at the Aperture Summer Open (on until Aug 14) in this video. (Click on ‘meet the photographers)

At 1.48, when Elizabeth talks about her photograph of Prospect Park you can clearly see my photograph. It’s square, black and white, of twins and their older brother on East 100th Street!



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Can you see any reason why security said I was not allowed to take a photograph here? Me neither and oh well too late!


On now and almost on…

The private view for [( 6 )} : Personal Explorations in Photography has taken place and in the next few days I hope to share some photographs and links as people talk about the experience. This is only the beginning though as the exhibition runs until August 1st so still plenty of time to go and visit both the work and on specific days some of the photographers who will be hanging out in the galleries at Bank Street Arts. You can keep an eye on things over on twitter using the hashtag #6scapes

Back here in New York Aperture is gearing up for its 1st Annual Summer Open exhibition which is due to open on Thursday July 17th, a week from now.

860 photographers submitted work and 96 photographers’ had their photographs selected. Each photographer is to be represented by one single print on the wall of the Aperture gallery (including mine) A chosen third of those photographers will also have ten of their images projected. (not me!)

You can read about the selection chosen by Chris Boot the Executive Director of Aperture  here


and see the opening reception info here





Throwback Thursday… on a Tuesday!

July 08, 2014

With the much anticipated opening of [( 6 )] : Personal Explorations in Photography at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield on WEDNESDAY 9th JULY (Yes, this Wednesday) I had a look back at my last 2 exhibitions in this marvelous space.

Two years ago I took over three of the galleries and a window with photographs from my East 100th Street project. This time I’ll have only one of those same galleries but still I hope it will be an impactful experience. Then I had black and white photographs plus two videos, one in black and white, the other, the Marathon, in color. This time, I just have photographs and all of them are color, one fairly muted and the other quite lurid. I’m seeking collaboration with the audience too this time, and as I am exhibiting with five other photographers, Dewald Botha, Keith Greenough, Nigel Haworth, Pete Mansell and Rob™, it promises to be a very different viewing experience. it’ll be interesting to see how the audience moves around the different genres in each gallery. Whether they feel the connection between the works or see each photographer purely in their own right.

Take a look back – installation photographs and videos of the photographs for I Call This Place Home and Shades of New York at the terrific Bank Street Arts.

Then from Wednesday we move on to the new…



A busy day for [( 6 )]

Today the [( 6 )] team descended on Bank Street Arts in Sheffield to hang five galleries of work ready for Wednesday’s opening night and Private View.

I don’t want to spoil it for you by revealing the galleries in all their finished glory, but as a sneak peek here is Nigel measuring for ‘Walking the Gamut’.

Great job hanging lads and lasses! Photo © Rob™



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This week’s photograph is from 57th street between Fifth and Madison. I was sitting with a friend in the open-to-the-public interior courtyard of a Trump building.

As with many things in New York City, once you stop moving you start noticing. Accompanied by the chirps of birds flying between the indoor, covered trees, sparrows, as it turned out, I looked towards one of the entrances.

Looking east towards Madison Avenue I noticed a visual confusion. The walls and ceiling so shiny that the street view was inverted and reflected inside the courtyard space.

I’m still transfixed!


7 days to go…

Only a week to go until the exhibition [( 6 )]  opens at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield.


Originally scheduled to open with the private view on 9th July (let me know if you didn’t get your invite) and due to end on the 19, [( 6 )] has, even before it opens, been extended to run until August 1st. So no excuses about not being able to come because it’s on during school time!

As the six of us; Dewald, Keith, Nigel, Pete, Rob™ and myself make our final preparations, Elizabeth Underwood our intrepid publicist asked us for a quote to sum up our collective works.

Rob™ came through with the most amazing description of  our journey together as photographers.

“Being 9000 miles apart could have been a logistical nightmare, but after years of communicating with one another electronically, the time difference proved to be the only real issue. What we’ve tried to do is to cross those borders of time and space to create something coherent yet oppositional – tranquillity and chaos, disability and athleticism, near and far, being lost and found. Personal explorations, bound together using a common visual language.” Rob™ 2014

Before it becomes all about seeing the work, I’d just like to give a shout out to

Dewald, Keith, Nigel, Pete and Rob™ for accompanying me on this journey. Thanks go to Elizabeth Underwood our intrepid publicist for her utmost patience and hard work. Dealing with 6 photographers at once, even as a collective, calls for a high level of calm and diplomacy, attributes that stand out in Elizabeth.

Thanks also to OCA, the entity that initially brought us together and that continues to support us. So much more than an organization, a collective of the most available, caring  people. OCA is sponsoring the private View and they do a good bash, so I hope you will take advantage of their generosity!

Finally grateful thanks to Business Vector and Paul Graham Image Specialists for their sponsorship of [( 6 )]. Check out the links below, maybe they are just the people you are looking for for your next business or photographic project.

For more information check out the exhibition website for dates, directions and bios:


We’ll be using the hastag #6scapes during the exhibition and we hope you’ll use it to let  us know your experience at the exhibition.

7 days to go…


OCA- Open College of the Arts http://www.oca-uk.com


Elizabeth Underwood, Underwood Works https://twitter.com/UnderwoodWorks


Business Vector www.businessvector.com



Paul Graham Image Specialists www.paulgrahamltd.com