Thursday, 14 August 2014

New Magazines

We've been feeling a little flush in the library, and have managed to subscribe to some new magazines (actually, we've had a little money from various titles ceasing publication).

New subscriptions

Colors [Photography / Fashion]
Critical Studies in Television [Film and Television]  - online only (actually a journal)
London Review of Books [General] 
Printed pages [General - art and design]
Selvedge  [Textiles]
Tank Magazine [General - art and culture]
Tate etc [General - art]
V magazine [Fashion]

At the present time, Kilimanjaro, seems to have gone quiet (in fact the last issue came out at the end of 2011, but they assure me it is just resting rather than dead).  If we see a new edition, we'll get it on a one-off basis.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The Animator's Survival Kit - now in stock

We now have two copies of the Richard Williams' Animator's Survival Kit DVD-set in stock in the library.  The set comprises 16 DVDs, covering the following:

Disc 1. Starting right -- Disc 2. Timing and spacing -- Disc 3. Working methods -- Disc 4. More timing, more spacing -- Disc 5. Building walks -- Disc 6. Flexibility in a walk -- Disc 7. Sneaks, runs, and animal action -- Disc 8. Flexibility -- Disc 9. Overlapping action and weight -- Disc 10. Takes -- Disc 11. Vibrates -- Disc 12. Anticipation and accents -- Disc 13. Dialogue 1. -- Disc 14. Dialogue 2. -- Disc 15. Directing and performance -- Disc 16. Putting it all together.

Find out more about the DVDs at the Animator's Survival Kit website. 

Greatest documentaries of all time

Sight and Sound's poll can be found here: the greatest documentaries of all time

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Interpreting Vivian Maier

With John Maloof's documentary 'Finding Vivian Maier' currently in the cinemas, you might be interested to know that the BBC broadcast their own documentary on the nanny/photographer last year and it is available on Box of Broadcasts: Vivian Maier - Who Took Nanny's Pictures?.  The trailer is above.

I watched both yesterday, and it is interesting to note the differences.

Maloof chose not to appear in the BBC's documentary because he was making his own film. Instead, they interview Ron Slattery, who owns about 2000 prints and negatives, and who is not in Maloof's film, and Jeff Goldstein, who is also not in the Maloof film, and who bought his collection from Randy Prow - one of three primary buyers, who bought the collection when Maier’s possessions came up for sale.

While the Maloof documentary focuses on his own central role in bringing the photographer’s work to light, the BBC show highlights the other actors - taking a closer look at what was bought by whom, and for how much, and when. We hear, for example, from auctioneer Roger Gunderson, who bought the contents of her lockers for $250 dollars - bidding from the door of the lockers for the contents, in a sort of lucky dip. We also hear from Ron Slattery, who seems to suggest that Maloof only began to understand the significance of his find, when contacted by Allan Sekula. And we hear from Jeff Goldstein, who describes how he is happy that his own purchases was ‘at one remove from all that stuff’ (by which he means the first few auctions).

By far the most authoritative voice in both documentaries is Joel Meyerowitz, who attests to Maier’s strength as a photographer, but also (in the BBC documentary anyway) to his concern that, “we’re only seeing pictures that the people who bought the suitcases decided to edit, and what sort of editors are they?” That, I imagine, is going to remain a pertinent question, as more of this intriguing photographer’s work comes to light.

Vivian Maier - who took nanny’s pictures? is repeated next Tuesday on BBC1 at 11:05PM and is available on Box of Broadcasts.

Further Reading

Paul Gallagher & Rob Hastings, The Vivian Maier “Discovery” Is More Complicated Than We Thought, The Independent, Friday 18 July 2014

Thames & Hudson - Autumn titles

Thames & Hudson are the publisher of many fine books in the visual arts, and we have many of their previous titles relating to photography.  Their forthcoming titles for the Autumn include four glossy surveys, and some interesting reprints.  The surveys include one title on landscape photography, one on emerging fashion photographers, one on photographers' sketchbooks, and one on key 'photoshows.' 

Thames & Hudson are based in London, and have a shop opposite the Royal Academy on Picadilly.