Oct 212010

A short and sweet post to show you the Anselm Kiefer banner made from Jack Lowe Studio’s high resolution scan for BALTIC.

The gallery’s banners are huge at over 20 metres across, with a viewing distance across the River Tyne of around 150 metres:

Anselm Kiefer banner at Balitc Centre for Contemporary Art

Anselm Kiefer banner at Balitc Centre for Contemporary Art

Always a treat to see work I’ve been involved in as I cycle around the fine city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Thank you to the guessing Twitterers – here’s the ‘teaser’ image again…

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Silhouette

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Silhouetted

Oct 192010

We’ve been planning it for a long time but, last week, Julian Calverley and I finally managed to coincide our diaries for a couple of days printing together.  The programme of making Edition Prints for Julian is now gently gaining momentum.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I have always been a big fan of Julian’s work – not only a fan of his photography but also his methodology.

Working with high resolution digital backs on beautiful Alpa cameras, the quality of his work is stunning – lending itself perfectly to Large Format Pigment Prints.

Julian Calverley Edition Prints

Skye 1

The incredible combination of HP’s DJz3200 and Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm sets the prints off beautifully – the icing on the cake of a great two days working with Julian.

Julian Calverley Edition Prints

Skye 2

If you haven’t caught up with Julian’s Blog yet, it really is worth spending a few moments looking through his impressive catalogue of work.

Julian Calverley Edition Prints


Julian Calverley examines a print at Jack Lowe Studio

Alpa Handheld 5x4 Camera

You surely wanted to see this? Julian's Alpa with custom wooden grips...

Oct 182010

Over the last month or so, I have been struck by the extraordinary success of one of Jack Lowe Studio’s long-standing clients, Colin Barker.

His large-scale solo exhibition of work, ‘Part of the Pack’ was on display throughout this summer within the unique setting of Lord and Lady Egremont’s family stables at Petworth House, as a behind-the-scenes portrayal of life with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt.

Work from Colin Barker's 'Part of the Pack'

Last Hound to Bed

Presented by the Arden & Anstruther Gallery, Petworth, this three year personal project forms a collection of over sixty black and white prints that create a link between the undulating, picturesque landscape of the South Downs and the gritty reality of day-to-day life for the huntsman at the kennels.

Laid out as if a narration of the hunting year, the images at the stables occupied the wet room, tack room (including tack) and seven boxes complete with straw and dung, so creating the perfect atmosphere.

Click here to see a panorama of the space.

Work from Colin Barker's 'Part of the Pack' Exhibition


Also within the stables were a series of large sepia horse portraits belonging to Lord Egremont that were produced in the 1920’s by the photographer Clarence Hayley. These were originally commissioned by Lord Leconfield of his hunters and are of stunning quality – they look to have been produced on a very large format camera.

Work from Colin Barker's 'Part of the Pack' Exhibition

Puppy Show Judges

Finally, some words from Colin on his background:

“Originally influenced by the photographers Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith, I was compelled upon leaving art college to spend many nights in the darkroom printing up my images of the disappearing street scenes of London, while working during the day as a photographic assistant.

My ‘spontaneous’ approach, learnt during that period, helped create a style that has enabled me to capture, I hope, some memorable images for this project. Moreover, it has enabled me to persevere time after time during the many disparate conditions that prevailed, in order to try and capture that unstaged ‘magic moment’.

Initially, with a limited knowledge of the workings of the Hunt, it was a steep learning curve for me: the Hunt’s unique vocabulary, dress codes and etiquette are steeped in history and tradition. Whilst earning the huntsman’s trust and striking up a camaraderie with him, I had to also learn the different areas of the countryside that we were visiting twice a week.

From the first moment I was introduced to the CL&C hounds, I was aware of their strong bond and almost overwhelmed by being amongst the pack. However overtime the hounds accepted me as another member of the hunt staff, enabling me to capture some very natural moments. Thus the title came into being as ‘Part of the Pack’.”

The collection is now on display at the Arden & Anstruther Gallery for Saturdays only until November 12th. Further images are viewable on the gallery web-site, however Colin is presently working on own his new web design.

Oct 182010

Friday evening saw me jetting off to Sunderland on the Tyne & Wear Metro.  Not to revisit my contributions to the newly refurbished Metro Station, but to catch the opening night of ‘Works of Revelation’ – the University’s MA show.

Congratulations to all the MA students.  It was a pleasure for Jack Lowe Studio to sponsor the show’s catalogue and to print three bodies of work for Sophie Ingleby, Pete Usher and Damien Wootten:

Work from Sophie Ingleby's MA show at Sunderland University

Sophie Ingleby

Work from Damien Wootten's MA show at Sunderland University

Damien Wootten

Work from Pete Usher's MA show at Sunderland University

Pete Usher

Oct 032010

Further to my previous post, whilst researching the processes and viability of producing Digital Negatives, I stumbled upon this video detailing the production of Elliott Erwitt’s current show at the Magnum Print Room.

If you have a couple of minutes, it’s worth viewing this clip just to see the great man signing the finished prints. Wonderful…

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