Halloween Special: Times of Epidemics

A plague doctor was a medicine worker who treated victims of the black death, the Justinian and bubonic varieties. They were hired directly by towns where outbreaks of disease were particularly pernicious. Since city coffers were covering their salaries, they treated everyone: both the wealthy and the poor. However, some plague doctors were known for…

This Is the End

Taking one for the team to the max, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft deliberately crash landed on the surface of Saturn on 15 September 2017, after nearly twenty years in space. For the past seven, it had been preoccupied with observing and stealthily photographing the ringed gas giant planet. This pre-destined suicide mission served to give us…

Reproduction Value

The invention of the printing press and its younger sibling the camera rocked art forever by allowing all its forms to be heavily reproduced very quickly. The printing press gave way for mass media and illustrated books, manifestoes, sheet music and political cartoons among other popular ephemera to become widely available to the public. The…

Timeless Tudors

Pastime with good company I love and shall, until I die. Grudge who list, but none deny! So God be pleased, thus live will I. – King Henry VIII of England  If anyone ever took pleasure in actively curating a pretty collection of companions and living as they alone pleased, it was England’s second Tudor…

Raising The Roof

London based photographer Ben Hopper has been working on ‘Dancers on Rooftops’ since 2012, inviting all kinds of dancers to perform on the industrial roofs of buildings in Hackney Wick. The resulting images combine the grace and elegance of his models against a harsh urban vista. Here is a small selection of some of the…

Louis Amore

Back in the distant days of camera film, it was experimenting with his sister’s Pentax and the school dark room that kick-started Louis Amore’s interest in photography. While he is now adjusted to a 35mm DSLR, he sees himself as a traditionalist at heart, and, a self confessed “sharpness freak”. Art & Music caught up…

Dara Scully

Much of the inspiration for Dara Scully’s photography comes from mixing her loves of nature, fantasy and folklore. Her models become goddesses in silent woodland settings, where they blend into their surroundings. your branches/my bones is taken from a series of the same name which features Scully as both muse and photographer. These are rich,…

Sarah Baker: A Muse of Power

When I meet Sarah Baker at St Pancras train station, I am conscious that I keep looking at her face for longer than socially acceptable amounts of time; I apologise but keep doing it; she’s fine about it, which makes me think she must get that a lot. I could hear myself saying really stupid…

The Image Has Cracked

Born in 1953 within the sound of Bow Bells, but raised in the wheat belt of Western Australia, Bleddyn Butcher is one of the prime rock photographers of recent times; emerging in the 1980s, he is responsible for key images of artists such as Nick Cave, The Go-Betweens, The Triffids, The Moodists and even the…