camera dreamer

"Photographs occupy a peculiar place in the human world, half way between the things we find and the things we make. They are ours and yet not ours, precious flakes of reality that have worked themselves loose which we gather up and store away."

Geoffrey Klempner  Metaphysics of the Photograph
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camera dreamer
Photograph by Geoffrey Klempner

street stalker
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surface effect
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space walk
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silver worlds
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chesterfield road
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sheffield lanes
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sheffield canals
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faces
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selfies
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candids
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prints at Saatchi Art
I am a philosopher interested in photography. Back in the early 1970s I worked for Chard Jenkins, the advertising photographer who discovered the James Bond star George Lazenby. I attended evening classes in photojournalism under the Jorge Lewinski at the London College of Printing (now London College of Communication). I worked briefly as a stringer for the Fleet Street agency Barratts Photo-Press, and photographed the film star Olivia de Havilland and Sonja Kristina of the rock band Curved Air. After gaining my doctorate in Philosophy in 1982, I continued my interest in photography. In 2007, I was invited to give a presentation at George Watson College, Edinburgh on Metaphysics of the Photograph. In 2016, my photo-series Sheffield Lanes was included in Bourn, at the Stryx Gallery, Birmingham. I continue to explore the interface between photographic image making and philosophy, and welcome dialogue with other philosophers interested in the medium of photography. [CV]


RECOMMENDED READING

Roland Barthes Camera Lucida Jonathan Cape 1982

Graham Clarke The Photograph Oxford University Press 1997

Helmut & Alison Gernsheim A Concise History of Photography Thames & Hudson 1965

Charles Harbutt Travelog 'Epilogue' MIT Press 1973

Janet Malcolm Diana and Nikon David R Godine 1980

Aaron Scharf Art and Photography Allen Lane, Penguin 1968

Susan Sontag On Photography Allen Lane 1977

John Szarkowski The Photographer's Eye Secker & Warburg 1980

Petr Tausk Photography in the 20th Century Focal Press 1980

Edward Weston Daybooks Volumes I and II Aperture 1961, 1973


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