A new exhibition showcasing contemporary South African photography open at the V & A in London. Work by 17 established photographers including David Goldblatt and Zwelethu Mthethwa looking in particular at photography in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Closes 17th July
Interview of three emblematic figures of the graffiti culture. Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, and Blade a pioneer and king of graffiti in the 70′s-80′s. An exhibition tracing the development of Street Art will be at the Museum of Contemporary Art until 8 August. http:www://moca.org
Uzo Oleh has been humbly putting in work over the last few years, he’s travelled the globe shooting models, celebrities and ordinary folk, with the same vigour and energy. His style is thoughtul clean, and sharp, but full of emotion. You could stare at his creations for hours. Plus, he’s also one of the nicest blokes you’d ever meet. Visit UzoOleh.com to see more
Some days I love what the internet can do. Today the National Archive made accessible thousands of photographson flickr which from the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives in Kew, uploaded as part of the Africa Through a Lens project. There are some amazing images taken from all over Africa as far as 1920′s. Above Kwame Nkrumah at a telephone exchange in Ghana. If you can identify people in any of the photographs, the National Archive are keen that you get in touch.
One of the single biggest influences on me as an artist and designer was Henry Chalfant. As a photographer and film-maker he has been documenting hiphop culture for over 3 decades. Alongside Tony Silver and Martha ‘Marty’ Cooper their PBS produced Style wars and subsequent books Subway Art and Spray Can Art, captured a time when hiphop or ‘rockin’ as it was back then was in it’s infancy. Dondi, Lee, Seen, Kase, Lady Pink, Blade, Duster and Lizzie and so many writers had their work immortalised long after the MTA cleaned the trains in the late 80s. I must have watched Style wars hundred of time on a worn out VHS when it came on Channel 4. Subway Art was reported the most stolen book in Britain’s book shops. After many years Henry has extensive archive online in his Big Subway Archive, documenting graffiti from all over the world.