December 2016

Last month my short article about Paris Photo was published in three photography blogs. Wobneb Magazine, edited by Cary Benbow in the USA, had the longer version and can be seen here. A slightly different version was published on photographer Elisabeth Blanchet’s blog, The Accidental Photographer and a shorter look at Paris Photo was published on UK photography blog, Fleur and Arbor, run by Jasmine Farram and Olivia Newstead.

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At the start of December, the SALON/16 exhibition opened at Photofusion in Brixton and I was pleased to have one of my Unseen Landscape photographs included in the show. I went to the opening which was incredibly busy and it was great to see all the work by other members of Photofusion. The show continues until 28 January 2017.

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I also recently heard that some photographs that I shot over the summer will be featured in a print magazine. I really admire the publication and the photography they have featured so far, so am looking forward to seeing this issue next year.

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November 2016

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Early in November, Plateform Magazine, an online photography publication from France edited by Laurence Guenoun, published their new issue which included 20 images from my Frame series – the first time a significant number of these have been published. I was happy to be featured – there was a lot of interesting work by international artists in this issue.

On 9 November I travelled to Paris to attend the Press View of Paris Photo at the Grand Palais. The viewing was from 5 – 9pm so I had time to see some other exhibitions before it started, including Todd Hido at La Galerie Particulière and Antoine Agata at Les Filles du Calvaire. It was the first time I had visited Paris Photo and I really enjoyed the experience.  It was a chance to discover some new galleries and find out about the artists that they represent. I am writing about it for a few blogs and will post links next month.

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On 15 November, the London Independent Photography annual exhibition opened at Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch and it finishes on Sunday 20 November.  The show was selected this year by Max Houghton (Senior Lecturer in Photography at London College of Communication), Melanie King (curator and founder of London Alternative Photography Collective), and Michelle Sank (Senior Lecturer in Photography at Falmouth University).  I have a couple of Unseen Landscapes in this show, which are also included in the exhibition publication. The private view was busy with work by 48 photographers. Fleur and Arbor’s Jasmine and Olivia came to the opening and wrote about it here.

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I have also had news that work has been selected for a show opening in December so will write about that next month.

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October 2016

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At the end of September I found out that my two photographs had made the final selection for the RWA Open Exhibition in Bristol and I went to the opening in early October.  It was a busy event and it was good to catch up with three of the artists who were also  Academician candidates last year.

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Shortly after, I was happy to find out that I had two photographs from the Unseen Landscape series selected for the London Independent Photography annual exhibition, which will take place during Photomonth at the Espacio Gallery, London. The show will run from 14 – 20 November.

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Two other photographic series/studies came to an end in early October. One had been created over a period of 7 weeks while I was frequently visiting West Sussex, and the other – the Sea Level series, which began at the end of last year – also came to an end. I am going to spend the next few months reading and researching a new project to begin in early 2017.

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September 2016

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At the end of last month Iain Sargeant from Another Place magazine asked to publish some of my work from Unseen Landscapes and it came out in early September. You can see it here. I love Iain’s photography and the work that he publishes so was very happy to be featured.

I am currently shortlisted for two exhibitions. The photographs I put forward are from different recent bodies of work – one which has never been shown before.

I have also just signed a contract with a French magazine who wish to publish some work and hopefully this will be within the next month or two. I’m excited about this because it will be the first time a selection of images from this series is published.

While my project is on hold, I have been continuing to photograph in Sussex and a couple of different themes have emerged. One is the sea level series which I have been adding to over the past month.

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Summer Sale

Every year I have a summer sale to help with autumn production costs and this year I’m offering 3 different prints for sale at 8×10 inches each. Small editions and small prices! The photographs are: Beach (2016); Riverbed Stories #26 (2014); and Black river (2015). Each photograph is printed on Canson Baryta paper, signed and numbered, each in an edition of 10 and for sale at £50 + postage. Prints comes with certificate. Contact me at mandy@mandywilliams.com if interested! Sale ends 31 August. Larger prints are available in smaller editions – prices on application.

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August 2016

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Last month some of my photographs from Unseen Landscapes made the longlist for the CHARLIE SMITH LONDON ANTHOLOGY 2016 prize. 40 of us were longlisted – it’s always highly competitive (last year there were 900 submissions) – so I was happy to have got that far, particularly as photography was not widely represented.  The judges were Philly Adams (Senior Director, Saatchi Gallery), Zavier Ellis (Director, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON), Stephanie Grose (Collector), Andrew Salgado (Artist) and Heike Strelow (Director, Galerie Heike Strelow). The exhibition is currently on at the gallery – well worth seeing.

Since mid July I have been photographing in different locations for the start of a new series. I am not posting any of these images yet, but while I have been pursuing this project I have also been adding to work that started when I was shooting the Frame video at the end of 2015/early 2016. I’ve added some of these images to my website.

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July 2016

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Just a quick post to share some photos from my exhibition, River Stories Unseen Landscapes, at Gallery 7 – Pie Factory, Margate.

The show ran from 17 – 22 June and was a great experience. The Pie Factory is in the centre of the old town, so on the radar for local people and visitors. I was surprised by the number of people who saw the show and had some wonderful conversations with local artists and friends, Londoners visiting Margate for the day and visitors from Europe. A lot of creative people are drawn to the area, not just for the Turner Contemporary. There are plenty of artist studios and interesting projects – I hope to get down again later this month.

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Travelling to Kent during the exhibition gave me time to develop some existing ideas. I have been planning a project for a while and this month will be able to shoot in different locations and see if the project can work. Time to move on!

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June 2016

Forthcoming exhibition, Margate June 2016

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May 2016

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Video capture, Riverbed Stories (c) Mandy Williams, 2015

Earlier this month I found out that my video, Riverbed Stories was shortlisted for the British Women’s Art award 2016 alongside work from 12 other artists. The video, produced in 2015, was the conclusion to a project I had worked on for a couple of years and been very absorted by, so to have it acknowledged this way is really nice.

In June I’ll be having a solo exhibition, River Stories, Unseen Landscapes, at Gallery 7 – Pie Factory, Margate. There will be colour work from the Riverbeds which has never been shown before, alongside some black and white photographs and video stills, and it will be the first time that images from the Unseen Landscapes series are exhibited. I’m looking forward to spending a week in Margate – seeing friends from the area, visiting exhibitions at the Turner and enjoying time by the sea.

At the end of this month I’ll be in a group exhibition, Scenes from the City: Urban Photography, at the Riverside Gallery, Richmond. Twenty two photographers are in the show, which runs from 28 May – 16 July.

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April 2016

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At the end of March #Photography Magazine’s new issue was published and I have four images from the Frozen series featured. The quarterly online and print magazine is curated by Genea Bailey and Daisy Ware Jarret and features a large selection of interesting photographic work – the current issue can be seen here.

Work from the same series was featured on Fleur & Arbor’s photography blog this month as Jasmine and Olivia invited me to write a guest post about the images. A larger selection from the series has also been featured on their platform.

At the end of March the spring issue of the London Independent Photography Magazine, fLIP, was published and I went along to the launch evening with some friends. Here’s one of my photographs from the Frame series in the magazine.

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I have been photographing a lot the last couple of months, trying out some new ideas. It’s been great to be out on location again – will see if these develop into a new project.

Also heard that I have some work going into a group exhibition in London next month which I’m looking forward to – more to follow.

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