Stardust or Star Rust?

 

Spending a few days in Provence at the Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographic Festival and distributing a bundle of flyers for my Paris show!

The line-up is a bit too “Photographers Gallery” for me, but out of the 20+ exhibitions I certainly want to see Youngsoo Han, People in a Period of Discovery – b&w shots of the civilian aftermath of the Korean War in the 1950s; Lucien Clergue (a show of more than just his classy nudes); and someone with whom I’ve had dealings. Daile Kaplan. Daile is the Head of Photography at Swann Auction Galleries in New York, and she is showing her Pop Photographica collection – 3-dimensional objects (cushions, furniture, cups...) enhanced with photographic images. Sounds interesting?

One exhibition we will be giving a miss is the headline show, David Bailey's Stardust. I saw it at the NPG in London earlier this year; and though his 60s cut-to-white-background portraits were just brilliant, everything after that was extremely average (and in some cases, poor). For the NPG this was a massive exhibition, taking up the complete ground floor. A shame they couldn’t have just given Bailey one room and used the rest to show the work of other iconic 60s portrait photographers as a comparison.