In many ways, the same can be said when selecting artists to represent at the gallery. We're often asked how we choose our artists and what it is that we're looking for. Of course, there are many concerns that we address. That said, there has to be passion for what we see. The photographs need to speak to us.
Our most recent signing is no exception. In fact, we've been wanting to work with John Blakemore for awhile, and are delighted the timing is now right to do so.
Tulipomania II ©John Blakemore
I first met John in 1989, when I attended one of his artist talks. To say that I was mesmerized is an understatement. A few years later, I was very fortunate to be taught by him on the BA (Hons) Photographic Studies program at the University of Derby. The darkroom workshops with him were nothing short of magical. He taught me to print, to 'make' a photograph, to 'see'. We became friends.
It's a huge honor to work with all of our artists. But, there's no denying that it's pretty special for the student to represent the teacher! We look forward to re-introducing his artworks to the US market, to looking after his legacy and to sharing the passion that we have for his magical photographs.