#46: Offline Journal Newsletter : 19 Jan '23
Kicking of 2023 in Wales...
Belated Happy New Year!
A very quick bit of important housekeeping news – over the last few Newsletters I’ve moaned about possible truncating of content due to limitations by some email providers. To get around this, I will now exclude current exhibition listings in Newsletters and move them to a permanent and updated Exhibitions page in the navigation bar accessible at the top of Newsletters viewed in a web browser, and via a new EXHIBITIONS button at the end of each Newsletter. Any news and reviews I have on photography EVENTS will continue to appear in Newsletters.
Much like late December when events and venues were slowing down for the Christmas and New Year holidays, January has been slow with regards to news and activities emerging for 2023.
See below for some news so far (and the menu link above or button at the bottom of this post for exhibitions listings I’m aware of in and bordering Wales)…
NEW HOME FOR FFOTO NEWPORT
There’s less than two weeks remaining to catch Martin Parr’s ‘SIGNS OF THE TIMES’ exhibition on the walls of Ffoto Newport before the gallery moves to a larger space nearby.
Their next exhibition (to be announced) will be the first on the walls of Ffoto Newport’s new home in a larger shop unit in Newport Arcade on High Street (opposite Tiny Rebel Bar).
Check the gallery website for latest opening days/times before visiting.
WHERE THE RED KITE FLIES - Amanda Jackson show
Photographer Amanda Jackson will unveil her 2-year project documenting the younger generation from the Lammas Ecovillage community in Pembrokeshire in a new exhibition at The Courtyard in Hereford from 17 February.
Featured on the cover and in an accompanying article in Offline Journal issue #009, Amanda augmented her preferred medium format medium with 5x4 film for her documentary photographs in Where the Red Kite flies and arranged participatory photo workshops for the young people featured in the new project.
PHOTOBOOKS & WALES
One of the fastest selling issues of Offline Journal was issue #005 which explored past and present photobooks published in and about Wales up to late 2020.
You can view the full article listing for the issue on its page on the Offline website. Although showing as ‘Sold Out’ on the back-issues section of the Offline Journal store, I found two pristine copies hiding in a box last week. If you’d be interested in a copy to complete your collection of Offline Journals, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send a reply with a special link to place an order. Cost is just £7.00 plus £2 P&P.
On the subject of photobooks from Wales…
I’d like to remind you (or make you aware) of two sources in Wales offering a fantastic selection of new and second-hand photobooks – including a few rare titles. Both offer easy online ordering and very competitive pricing for many of the popular titles available (and a few bargains for often hard to find rare titles). Give their websites a visit when you’re looking for some inspiration and retail therapy!…
Dan Wood is doing a great job offering a growing selection of carefully curated photobooks via his online Photobook Junkies store - and keep an eye on his very informative Junkies Instagram feed for book spreads from some of his own favourites, selected from Dan’s personal collection. 👌
Meanwhile in Machynlleth…
FFOTOGALERI Y GOFEB
Diane and Geoff, curators and owners of the very fine Ffotogaleri y Gofeb in Machynlleth have added a packed Shop section to their gallery website.
This selection of books includes titles from Wales many hard to find older and ‘masters’ books. Well worth an online rummage.
WALKING THE VALLEYS
A familiar face in the Newport photography community, American-born John Briggs along with Cardiff author Peter Finch will open an exhibition of 34 photographs from their recently published book 'Walking The Valleys' on 22 January.
Published by Seren, the new book describes, in words and pictures…
”…walks in 15 different Valleys towns and villages, paying homage to their industrial past and examining their post-industrial evolution in the 21st century”.
Opening event: Sunday, 22 January 2023 from 2-4 pm at Cwtsh Community and Arts Centre, 226 Stow Hill, Newport NP20 4HA.