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The truth about photography, that photographers don’t want you to know. Part 1: It’s Easy.

That’s right you read that correctly, it’s easy. Why do I say this, especially when I am a photographer, and why don’t other photographers want you to know this. Well let’s start with a little history. Photography, as many my age will remember, mid 20’s obviously, was once the realm of film and chemicals, disposableContinue reading “The truth about photography, that photographers don’t want you to know. Part 1: It’s Easy.”

What can a photograph tell us?

“illiteracy of the future will be ignorance of photography”(Moholy-Nagy:90) Moholy-Nagy, in his quote, echoed the sentiments of Vachel Lindsay’s “the acres of photographs in the Sunday newspapers make us into a hieroglyphic civilisation” (1916), and in these quotes the purpose of this essay is outlined. I intend, with the support of classical critical tools, toContinue reading “What can a photograph tell us?”

‘Philippa in Lockdown, Canterbury, Kent’ – Ranald Mackechnie

‘The pattern of life has changed: the house is tidier, delayed tasks have been completed, the car is idle, and as the chief gardener I’ve never been so happy or productive. The year of 2020 will never be forgotten.’ – Philippa In terms of execution, this photograph and it’s accompanying caption are excellent examples ofContinue reading “‘Philippa in Lockdown, Canterbury, Kent’ – Ranald Mackechnie”

‘I can’t breathe’ – Brunel Johnson, London

“The invisible ones are claiming their power back. The Black Lives Matter movement is the only opportunity for us to claim our rights to be seen, valued and heard, with intention to finally obtain equity for us to succeed” – Estelle (pictured) In this photograph we see the subject, Estelle, square on with direct eyeContinue reading “‘I can’t breathe’ – Brunel Johnson, London”

June Street, Salford – Martin Parr & Daniel Meadows (1973)

In 1973 student photographers, of Manchester Polytechnic, Martin Parr and Daniel Meadows set out to photograph the residents of June Street (please see footnotes for further on this) in Salford. This area of Ordsall had been earmarked for re-development which involved the eminent demolition of existing Victorian terraces and the relocation of their residents. TheContinue reading “June Street, Salford – Martin Parr & Daniel Meadows (1973)”


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Hi, I’m Harley. Welcome to my blog where I talk about photographic theory and review books which focus on that subject. I’m a professional portrait photographer and conceptual artist based in Manchester. If you like my writing check out my social media and website for my portfolio of images and projects.

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