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The Year of the Print Exhibition

A Review

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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The idea of a group exhibition where the exhibitors are selected by who has the incentive to put their hand in their pockets and the pictures selected by the same people initially struck me as a recipe for disaster. Without a curatorial control over such an exhibition the end result could have been a mashing together of holidays snaps and works of art; literal representations among ICM madness. So it was with some surprise that I entered the Mall Galleries on the day of the hanging that things seemed to be coming together well. It is a testament to the amateur photographer that nearly every exhibitor had something of interest on show and images that could be classed as 'snapshots' were in a small minority. One of the things that seems to have helped with this is that most people used the services of Fotospeed to print and frame their work. Even though Fotospeed offered a few options, the recommended black frames seem to have created a consistency when viewing the exhibition as a whole.


Fotospeed’s quality eye was also on the printing and between them and the clients who printed their own work (either on their own printers or through third parties) the results were almost universally good. After a preview of the preview we took a short wander around London to take in the sights (soon retreating to a local pub to escape the touron* hordes).

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  • Rennie

    I may be alone at being uneasy about the Touron comment. We tend to feel that we are travelers and not tourists and few of us would like to be described as Tourons. In a sarcastic vein perhaps visitors to Iceland are different from visitors to or inhabitants of London?

    • I didn’t intend the Tauron comment to mean every visitor or every tourist – just a sub class. There does seem to be a certain type of tourist that forgets to take their brain with them on holiday. The ones in Iceland in particular would stop on the middle of a single lane bridge to take some photos or pull out into traffic because they think that Icelandic roads don’t get any. The ones in London tended to be of the variety that decide to stop en-masse in the middle of a pavement to take photographs of each other – a kind of obliviousness to their surroundings seems typical.

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