✓✓ Read Receipts: No News is Bad news

Lee To Sang, Fotostudio, 1995

This past week has seen mixed weather and mixed news, with a new magazine shop opening in Stockport just as one of my favourite London premises announced it's shutting. With all the rain I haven't spent much time out and about, so I've had time to sit down and read more on the work of some of my favourite photographers.

  • In such a bitter-sweet moment, Raj doesn't have a solution to how this can be stopped for future instances, but he doesn't wish it upon anyone else, saying, I hope somebody realises, the landlord or anybody, that it is very hard to leave the place after such a long time. End of an era for london's most celebrated magazine shop on i-D. Opened in 1984 by Raj Patel, Wardour News became a Soho institution for its endless stock of fashion and art magazines. As with anything in London that appeals to people beyond tourists, children, developers, and infantile influencers, the shop will be shutting down due to rent increases.
  • After years of Manchester lacking a dedicated independent & small-press shop, Rare Mags is opening in Stockport. For years the Manchester's nearest dedicated magazine shop has been Village Books in Leeds—one of my favourite places, but it's not somewhere I could ever just drop in to. Hopefully Rare Mags will be the start of something big in Manchester. I couldn't make the launch party this last Friday, but I'll be visiting as soon as possible.
  • Already, by 1960, Garry Winogrand was taking pictures that didn't make any sense. Even now, we struggle to get a handle on them, but back then, before the pictures had altered the grammar of photography sufficiently to enable us to get to grips with them… Garry Winogrand's Photographs Contain Entire Novels on Literary Hub by Geoff Dyer. Winogrand's body of work was one of the first I came across following my introduction to the medium via Alexander Rodchenko. I'm sure there are more links between the two than first expected, each depicting the 'realism' of their moment through a new photographic language.
  • The photographs had a specific purpose: to satisfy the needs of the customer. And yet, Sang was deliberate, an artist about his arrangements. He designed the sets, directed his subjects, and retouched the photos to beautify his clients, but in doing so, captured the the humor, humility, and absurdity of the process too. Rediscovering the Studio Photographer Who Captivated Amsterdam's Art Scene in the 1990s on Hyperallergic. Millie Christie-Dervaux tells the story of Lee To Sung, a corner shop photographer who captured the art world of 1990s Amsterdam and who would get his pictures developed at the local supermarket as he couldn't afford a darkroom of his own.
  • On the one hand, my work is constantly evolving, but there are also interests that are continuous, such as borders—including country borders, but also the fabric of communities as a border with the outside world—and congregations of people spending time together, particularly outside of commercial spaces. Totality of Experience: Interview with Wolfgang Tillmans Part 1 & Part 2, in ArtAsiaPacific. Wolfgang Tillmans covers his recent work in Hong Kong, photos of the Solar Eclipse, his imagery for the Brexit posters, and his Freezer Still Life (2017)—perhaps one of my favourite of his works.
  • Photojournalist Abbas - a career in pictures on The Guardian. The Iranian photographer A. Abbas has died, known for his conflict photojournalism of the 1970s and onwards he was one of the Magnum photo agency's best workers. I'd first seen his images while researching during my BA, with his death I've found the time to take a closer look at his images, especially those of the Iranian revolution.