Photography Down The Line is a weekly series of conversations between artists, photographers and the Director of Stills, a registered charity and centre for photography based in Edinburgh. Started during the time of the Coronavirus lockdown, this series aims to discuss, celebrate and share the ideas of artists at this challenging time.
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Rebecca Marr.
Rebecca Marr is a photographic artist born in the Highlands who lives in Orkney. She settled there after a residency over a decade ago with the Pier Arts Centre. Rebecca works across digital and analogue photography, often with the darkroom technique of photograms. Predominantly concerned with documenting the natural world, her work currently involves wild plants, sea, seaweed and clouds.
Rebecca teaches photography at Orkney UHI and has worked with the Gunnie Moberg Archive at Orkney Library & Archive. She has an ongoing collaboration with poet Valerie Gillies and has worked on several publications, most recently, Orcadia, with Mark Edmonds.
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Mhairi Law.
Mhairi Law is an award winning photographer living and working on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Using medium-format analogue photography, her creative practice is focused primarily on landscapes, reflecting social and environmental themes. Previous projects have looked at rural environments and explored how the past and present impact of humans have visually made their mark, drawing out stories of human character and cultural history through landscapes, as well as touching on lasting effects of human intervention. Her work has recently been exhibited at Trongate 103, Glasgow; Stills, Edinburgh; and An Lanntair Arts Centre on the Isle of Lewis. These displays featured her project, The Darkest Dawn, commissioned by An Lanntair Arts Centre.
In 2019, Law established Island Darkroom, a black & white photographic darkroom, exhibition and workshop space on the Isle of Lewis.
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Chloe Dewe Mathews. Chloe Dewe Mathews is a photographic artist based in St Leonards on Sea, England. Her work is internationally recognized and has been exhibited at Tate Modern, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, the New Yorker and Le Monde. Her awards include the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award, the Royal Photographic Society Vic Odden Award and the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Chloe’s first monograph, Shot at Dawn (Ivorypress) was published in 2014, and in 2018, she published In Search of Frankenstein (Kodoji Press) and Caspian: The Elements (Aperture / Peabody Press).
For more info: http://www.chloedewemathews.com @chloedewemathews (instagram)
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Thomas Whittle. Whittle’s practice encompasses photography, painting, drawing, publishing, organising and writing often bringing these mediums together. His work attempts to navigate the duality of definition, ambiguity of usefulness and diluted purpose of the quiet and unassuming two-dimensional image. The work investigates time within production as well as time suggested by materials and methods.
Recently, Whittle co-organised the exhibition IMAGE DRUM with artist Adam Shield at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019) and held the solo exhibition, I Against I: Part IIII, at Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh (2018). Whittle has curated the following exhibitions: Greetings, Mauve, Vienna (2019); These fingers read sideways, MONOMATIC, Edinburgh (2018) and RIFF, Baltic Project Space, Newcastle (2014). The twelfth edition of his ongoing project, Slide Night is due to be held at Stills in 2020. In 2016, Whittle founded Long Distance Press, a small publishing company, with artist Adam Shield. To date they have published 14 books. Recent publications include, Your Space is Only a Line, My Mate Bill Blake, and Camper Vans Deuce (all self-published) as well as Right On published by Foundation Press and Tessex? published by Image Text Ithaca Press. Whittle is founder of the curatorial project MONOMATIC, a roaming project space. He has exhibited work in Manchester, London, Worcester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Toronto, Munich, Dortmund, Vienna, Brussels, Los Angeles and Istanbul.
For more info: @thomasjwhittle (instagram)
This special episode is hosted by photographer, Kat Gollock, during the week in which she was due to exhibit a new body of work at Stills as part of the Projects 20 exhibition series. Gollock's guest is EA Hanks, a writer based in Los Angeles who graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts. Hanks has written for The Awl, Jezebel, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair and Time Magazine. She is currently at work on a book about a thing for a publisher.
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Robin Gillanders. Gillanders is former Reader in Photography at Edinburgh Napier University. He has several works in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, the V&A, London and National Portrait Gallery, London. Publications include Little Sparta, Portrait of a Garden (1998), The Photographic Portrait (2004), The Philosopher’s Garden (2004), Highland Journey: In the Spirit of Edwin Muir (2009), and A Lover’s Complaint (2016). Gillanders had a major retrospective at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh in 2017/18. He is co-edtor of Studies in Photography published by the Scottish Society for the History of Photography and is one of the organisers of The Jill Todd Photographic Award.
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to David James Grinly. Grinly is an artist from Alva, Scotland. His work regards the intersections of thought, image and belief, via the photographic. He lectures in critical studies, and works as a Research Associate & Tutor at Stills.
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Kat Gollock during the week in which she was due to launch a new body of work at Stills as part of the Projects 20 exhibition series. Gollock was recently awarded the Jill Todd Photographic Award Bursary 2019-20. She has been working as a photographer, predominantly of portraiture, events and live performance, since graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with 1st Class Honours in 2011. She teaches photography, is an exhibited photographic artist and is a published writer on the subject. Her creative work focuses predominantly on landscape where she often incorporates text to compliment and enhance the images. Her work is often made in response to her own experiences and the environment around her, drawing on experiences of growing up a in a rural area but, now, being hugely embedded in city culture. Gollock uses her practice as a way to try and understand where she's come from and where she's going and how that fits into the world around her.
For more info: www.katgollock.com
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to kennardphillipps (Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps). Since first collaborating in 2002 to produce art in response to the invasion of Iraq, kennardphillipps' work has evolved to confront power and war across the globe. They make work for the street, the gallery, the web, newspapers & magazines, and lead workshops that develop peoples’ skills and help them express their thoughts on what’s happening in the world through visual means. kennardphillipps make work as a critical tool that connects to international movements for social and political change. They see it as part of these movements confronting established political and economic systems; the visual arm of protest to be used by people as a part of their own activism, not just as pictures on the wall to contemplate. Their recent solo exhibitions include: Finnegans Woke, Rua Red, Dublin (2019); Storyboards for a Sicknote, Danielle Arnaud, London (2019); Americas Greatest Hits, Exile Gallery, Vienna (2018); May Not, Dadiani Fine Art, London (2017); Here Comes Everybody, Travelling Gallery, on tour, Scotland (2017); and Here Comes Everybody, Stills, Edinburgh (2015.) Since 2016, Flying Leaps have flyposted kennardphillipps posters throughout the UK.
For more info: www.kennardphillipps.com
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Flannery O'kafka. Based in Glasgow, O’kafka is a mostly lens-based artist engaging with themes of motherhood, religion, disability, comedy, resemblance, and suffering, often working within the medium of domestic snapshot photography. Having begun as a small-town scandal in the Summer of 1976, Flannery O'kafka was adopted and raised on the banks of the Ohio river. In January 2018, she traveled back to the American Midwest to trace the story of her conception--as Artist-in-residence at the Dubois County Museum. This ongoing project is titled Thin Blood / Thick Water. A selection was exhibited at Stills Centre for Photography in Edinburgh in July 2018. O'kafka graduated in 2018 from Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art and since then has exhibited in the UK and internationally as well as attending artist residencies at Project Ability and Hospitalfield House. Three of her images have been acquired by Edinburgh’s City Art Centre as a part of their Scottish Photography Collection.
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Christina Webber. Webber was born in Devon but now lives and works in Scotland, completing a First Class BA (Hons) in Photography & Film from Edinburgh Napier University in 2015. Webber loves pictures, words and their potential when put together; using photography as a reflective process to re-position perspective and explore shared experience. Recent achievements include showing work in the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival, the 2019 Scottish Portrait Awards, the careful cultivation of a love/hate relationship with the internet’s capacity for perpetual connectivity, and co-founding Fresh Focus: a peer-led critique group providing dedicated space for project discussion.
Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Morwenna Kearsley. Kearsley is a Glasgow-based artist working with and thinking about lens-based media and its effects on ways of seeing and being. Often through photographs, videos and writing, she considers the question: how are we changed by the images we consume? She graduated from Napier University’s Photography, Film & Imaging BA(Hons) course in 2007 and from The Glasgow School of Art’s Master of Fine Art programme in 2015, where she was awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship for Fine Art. She has participated in residencies and exhibitions nationally and internationally and has an upcoming solo show at the CCA’s Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow in August 2020.