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Traveller's Children in London Fields01

A black and white documentary photography book we bought on Saturday. Clerkenwell born photographer Colin O’Brien which is taking London photos since 1948, captured Irish travellers’ children in London fields in 1987. Photos of little ones with a grown up expression on their faces…

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The General01

Last Friday, our last night in Scotland, we went to Glasgow’s old City Hall, built in 1841, to watch two Buster Keaton silent films  accompanied by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on its UK Première.

First film was a Buster Keaton short comedy, One Week (1920) and the second one was a Keaton classic, The General (1926) inspired by American Civil War and the railways.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by American Timothy Brock who is also the composer of the musics, was brilliant.  The harmony of the music with films was perfect. Watching two classics of silent cinema with such a great music was a big pleasure.

After the concert, finding a nice place with a working kitchen at 23.00 in Merchant City, Exchange Square and having a relax dinner with couple of glasses of wine was the last nice little touch of the evening.

Oh, sorry, the last little touch of the night was taking these photos in front of an old train photo in our hotel, Grand Central Hotel which is an old train station hotel dating back to 1883 and designed by Scottish architect Robert Rowand Anderson.

Old train movie01 Aybige

Old train movie02 Kerim

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Another London01

Another good B&W photography book about London city life’s past. The book, contains photos taken during the period between 1930 and 1980 by 41 international photographers such as  Eve Arnold, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sergio Larrain, Marc Riboud.

Another London published by Tate in 2012, is a look from different angles to London’s city life through the lens of foreigner photographers.

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This morning, one of us made a big surprise to the other one and gave the most meaningful gift ever: Tatanka Ile (With Tatanka).  A black and white photo book full of the photos of our 20 years old cat son Tatanka which we lost in March. The book also contains cat poems written by poets from all around the world.

Tatanka was our taily son, our little black tiger, the pasha of our home. During twenty years, we grove up with him, we organised all our lives considering his comfort, we loved him more then anything.

Now we miss him, we miss him so much…

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Sebastiao Salgado01

We met with Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s works first time in 1993, in his Trabajadores (Workers) exhibition, in Madrid. It was the most impressive photography exhibition ever with his giant size, black and white, magnificent, breathtaking photos. This morning, after 20 years of Trabajadores exhibition, we went to the London Natural History Museum for the preview of Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis exhibition world premiere. And with one word: breathtaking (again).

For us Sebastião Salgado is one of the best photographers in the world (for one of us, is the best). It was a previlege and bliss to see his photos taken all around the world again, to see and listen him personally today and to bring home artist’s Genesis book signed by himself.

Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis exhibition is a must see for photographers and photography enthusiasts specially and is open from tomorrow until 8 September 2013 at the Natural History Museum.

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Economist and photographer Andy Prokh’s black&white photos of his 4 year old daughter Katherine and their cat Lilu.

Pure love!

Photos © Andy Prokh          Source: ntvmsnbc

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Norman Parkinson01

Today we made a photography exhibition hat-trick with some stops in between. First we visited Dorothy Bohm’s Sixties London exhibition in Proud Chelsea Gallery in King’s Road. Dorothy Bohm, born in 1924 in Konigsberg, came to Britain when she was fifteen and since then she is based in the United Kingdom. The exhibition consist of artist’s black and white photos taken in London in sixties and is open until 28 April 2013.

We don’t like much big chains and since two years we were talking about trying Pizza Express at least once while we live in London but we were choosing always other alternatives. Today, while we were in Chelsea, finally we tried Pizza Express in King’s Road, in a lovely Georgian building where also lived the ballet dancer Princess Seraphine Astafieva between 1916-34. Result: Nice thin pizza but with a poor quantity of topping, the Merlot we drank was good, the service and smiling faces were excellent.

Light from the Middle East01

After making happy the belly and stopped in Anthropologie for a quick shopping, we walked to the Victoria & Albert Museum to visit Light from the Middle East: New Photography exhibition. The exhibition consist of various Middle Eastern artist’s work from different countries, with different approaches and diffrent techniques and open until 7 April 2013 (only one more day!).

After visiting the exhibition we stopped for tea time in Victoria & Albert Museum’s lovely cafe with it’s amazing decoration. Then we jumped on a underground and headed to the last exhibition of the day, Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style in National Theatre. The exhibition is covering all aspects of British fashion photographer Norman Parkinson’s (1913-1990) works since thirties until his death and is open until 12 May 2013.

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Sergio Larrain-London01

London 1958-59 is a good documentary photography book about London life during these years through the lens of a foreigner photographer.

Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain (1931),  who is one of the members of MAGNUM agency and who visited London in 1958-59, documented a black and white portrait of this big city during his visit. The first UK edition of the book published in 1998 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson01

There are some photo exhibitions in London which we were thinking to visit since weeks and today was the day. We visited three of them in a row. First we walked to Somerset House to visit Cartier Bresson: A Question of Color photo exhibition. The exhibition is questioning the colour in the photography, with Henri Cartier-Bresson’s ten black & white photos never exhibited before in the UK and  colour photos of 14 international photographers. The photography lovers should not miss this exhibition. Exhibition is free and open until 27 January 2013 in Somerset House.

Paul Wenham-Clark01

After Cartier-Bresson exhibition, we went to Soho, to our favorite tea shop to buy some jasmin tea, then we walked to Trafalgar Square and visited Paul Wenham-Clark’s photo exhibition The Westway at The Gallery in the Crypt, in St. Martin in the Fields. It was our first exhibition visit in this gallery, we didn’t hear about him before either and we are glad to meet his works now. Paul Wenham-Clark’s documentary photos in this exhibition, show parts of lifes of the people who are living around A40 road. The exhibition is free and open until 28 February 2013 at The Gallery in the Crypt.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize01

The last photo exhibition of the day for us was The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery. We really loved some of them but generally, the photos choosed for the exhibion of the prize (except some frames) little bit dissapointed us. The exhibition’s ticket prize is £2 and is open until 17 February 2013.

After visited three exhibition we were feeling really hungry and popped-up in Chinatown Gerard Street for a chinese no limit buffet treat to our stomacs. Lofffly friday!

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