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Mike Arlen at Gay Photographers Network

Mike Arlen in conversation with Peter Paul Hartnett at Gay Photographers Network, London

Mike Arlen is one of the rare surviving giants of English gay history of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. His features were an essential part of gay men’s photo magazines, the sort that were sold in a plain brown envelope because it was impossible to show the cover in public for fear of outing or provoking a homophobic attack. Mike Arlen is not his real name, it turns out Mike’s freedom as a photographer was based on his wide experience as a journalist and photographer for popular magazines for the female audience: She, Woman’s Own etc. Mike told us stories of his meetings with Bassey, Bowie, Elvis and many more. He conformed to the conventions of the time by never mentioning anything contentious in his showbiz reporting, so Rock Hudson was never stated to be gay until the end.

Read more: Is it Art? Mike Arlen at GPN

London GPN - February meet at the Camera Club in Kennington

London GPN - February meet at the Camera Club in Kennington
Another enjoyable evening with this group at the Camera Club in Kennington. Today’s topic for pictures to bring and share was “Textures”.

Dale Chihuly - Sapphire Star (2010) at Kew Gardens

Dale Chihuly - Sapphire Star (2010)

Dragon on the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens

Dale Chihuly’s glass artworks again grace Kew Gardens amidst the traditional sedate architecture and the newly-restored dragons on the Great Pagoda of 1762

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Jonathan Armour and Robert Taylor at Fugita in the Brompton Cemetery Chapel

Jonathan Armour and Robert Taylor presenting Fugita, their collaboration resulting in a series of large works on paper exploring the complex dynamic of living in a mature yearning body.

Fugita at the Brompton Cemetery Chapel

Fugita is the exhibition of the work of Jonathan Armour’s and Robert Taylor’s collaboration; these life-sized images of a “mature yearning body” are presented on large sheets of art paper hung around the pillars of the chapel of Brompton Cemetery.
Jon’s practice has often included images made by applying pigments to the body of his model, then transferring this to the media in various ways. His sessions with Robert sound to have been messy fun and this energy comes through in the images. The collaboration must have been a particular fun for Robert, an accomplished portrait photographer, to make such effective images without the apparatus of professional photography.

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RCA Show 2019

The artist Name Surname at the RCA Show 2019

The artist Name Surname at the RCA Show 2019

 Visiting the RCA Show 2019 and talking with some of the newly graduated artists. It’s been hard work but they seem to have a lot of fun along the way.

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