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'Monochrome Delectus' - a group exhibition of black and white photography - 7th July

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Monochrome Delectus

The following photographers are exhibiting in the gallery during July with a group show of black and white work:
Landscape, portrait, abstract, digital enhancement and other techniques to feature.

Simon Ashmore
Lalo Borja
Chris Friel
Robert Goldstein
Neil Sloman
John Stoddart

The Private View will be on the Saturday 7th July - 5pm to 8pm.



Please read below for a snapshot of bio's, and click on the images to expand:

Simon Ashmore
Simon Ashmore
Simon Ashmore

I'm a visual artist using a range of photographic techniques - both traditional and digital - to create expressive, often abstract images.
I didn't start out this way. My photographic education equipped me to be a photojournalist, and I worked for many years as a documentary photographer in a traditional 'street' style. I still enjoy and admire such work, but I have found my artistic voice elsewhere.
I find inspiration from a wide range of sources, but as I write abstract impressionism is most obviously (and consciously) influencing my work. Studying the work and words of artists including Newman, Hoffman, Stamos and Rothko has encouraged me to move away from photography's traditional boundaries.
Go to Simon Ashmore for further information.

Lalo Borja
Lalo Borja
Lalo Borja

His photographs are much more than the factual representation of uneven periods spent in remote places; they exemplify the vocation of a photographer whose main concern has been to look at the world – sometimes with the lazy curiosity of a man without schedules, or else with the haste of a man aboard a fast train – who has stumbled across human beings, events, and incidental situations, as they present themselves at a chosen moment in time.
Borja’s images are unconnected only in their outward appearance. It is more aptly, the result of a search for those seemingly random samplings present in dreams – with their manifest aleatory contradictions – and not necessarily the structured walkabout that rules the conscious hunt for images; as when one visits a museum, not knowing of the surprises awaiting there to be discovered, but being instinctively ready to be astonished in the process.
In the end it is difficult not to feel an absence, as originated and as a consequence of these findings, where encounter and farewell merge into a single frame, whilst a photograph is only an attempt to transform todays reality – that flash of a ghost seen only a brief instant – into a possibility for tomorrow, where it can be seen and be reflected upon someone else’s pupil.
Go to Lalo Borja for further information.

Chris Friel
Chris Friel
Chris Friel

Chris Friel is a British photographer who has spent a long time trying to take a photograph that he likes.
His images have been exhibited at the South Bank centre, on the Santiago subway in Chile, and projected behind the London Sinfonietta in the Royal Festival Hall.
They have appeared in the Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone magazine and on a lot of album covers.
He has worked in 150 countries and would very much like to visit the remaining 46 before the next world war.
Go to Chris Friel for further information.

Robert Goldstein
Robert Goldstein
Robert Goldstein

Robert Goldstein attended the School of Visual Arts, NYC, USA 1978 – 1981. Leaving NYC in1984 he began a career in fashion photography and landed his first job with Italian Vogue, working with Manuela Pavesi on numerous fashion stories. Work with various other international fashion magazines followed.
Leaving Italy for London he changed direction from fashion to reportage. In 1991 he began freelancing and worked with Colin Jacobsen on the Saturday Supplement for the Independent Newspaper. In 1993-4 Goldstein worked with UK Unicef in South Sudan. Subsequently a show of his South Sudan photos, was exhibited at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK. A solo show at Smiths Gallery, London, followed. Alongside this work Goldstein photographed in the music industry, in theatre, in film and advertising, also working for various publications including GQ and Vanity Fair.
While continuing his commercial work he began teaching photography at Chalcot, BESD Schoolin Camden, inner city, London. (Behavioural, Emotional and Social Disorders). During this time Goldstein documented the everyday life of the school. An exhibition of his and the students photography was exhibited at the Cork St Gallery, West End, London.
Go to Robert Goldstein for further information.

Neil Sloman
Neil Sloman
Neil Sloman

Neil Sloman is based in Whitstable. He has specialized in portraiture and street photography as well as self-generated art-based projects. He uses both film and digital technologies and has a working darkroom at home from where he gives tuition. His background in studying and teaching Art History has informed much of his work. For his most recent project he projects art imagery from slide sources into a variety of domestic contexts producing alluring and sometimes humorous juxtapositions.
He has exhibited widely in this country and his work has been sold to collectors both here and abroad.
Go to Neil Sloman for further information.

John Stoddart
John Stoddart
John Stoddart

John Stoddart is best known for having taken scores of photographs of famous faces including Pierce Brosnan, Carla Bruni, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He was born in Liverpool and is a former Grenadier Guard. Based in Whitstable but often in London. Stoddart is self-taught and has been in the business for over 25 years. He has been lauded by Professional Photography Magazine as one of their top 100 Photography Heroes and by Master Photography as “the man with stars in his sights?” A raconteur in his field, Stoddart’s past and present clients have included EMI, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Vogue and Virgin. He has published four books of his works – It’s Nothing Personal (1997), Peep World (2004), Flags and Badgers (2014) and Liverpool, before the Exodus (2016).
Go to John Stoddart for further information.