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From Then and There to Here and Now

Michael Collins

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016,
18:00 to 20:00
Location: 
Lecture Theatre 2, Waterfront Building

The lecture starts at 18:00 with registration from 17:30

How and why 18th and 19th century artists created an increasing sense of realism in depicting landscape, and how this legacy can inform realism in contemporary landscape photography today, and what this means.

Michael's biography:-
 
Exhibitions
"Landscape and Industry", Janet Borden Gallery, New York 2014
"Reference Works", Library of Birmingham, Birmingham 2014
"Pictures from the Hoo Peninsula", Janet Borden Gallery, New York 2012
"Picturing the Potteries", The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent 2011
"Record Pictures", JAGR Projects, Philadelphia 2010
"Cityscapes of the City of London", Guildhall Art Gallery, London 2010
"London Cityscapes" (catalogue) Janet Borden Gallery, New York, USA 2009
"Birmingham Seen", Birmingham City Art Gallery 2009.
"Battersea Power Station" RIBA Gallery, London 2009
"London Cityscapes", City Hall, London 2009
"Stewartby Brickworks" BCA Gallery, Bedford 2008
"Landscape and Industry; Photography of the Potteries"

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent 2008
"The Long Look" BEAM, Wakefield 2008

Touring exhibition of contemporary record picture landscapes
"Record Pictures" Bridport Arts Centre 2007

Touring exhibition of contemporary record picture landscapes (with catalogue)

"Record Pictures" Sherborne House 2007
Touring exhibition of contemporary record picture landscapes (with catalogue)

"Record Pictures" CUBE, Manchester 2007
Touring exhibition of contemporary record picture landscapes (with catalogue)

"Birmingham Site Specific: Factories", Birmingham 2006 (with catalogue)
Site specific exhibition of 6 contemporary and 6 historic record picture photographs in a derelict factory.

"Record Pictures" Focal Point Gallery, Southend 2006
Touring exhibition of contemporary record picture landscapes (with catalogue)

"Record Pictures of St Pancras", German Gymnasium, London 2005.
Solo exhibition of four Record Picture landscapes made around St Pancras Station development 2003-5.
"Birmingham North Relief Road", Oriel Mostyn Open 2005. Featured pair Record Picture landscapes of M6 toll motorway under construction
"Land", ArtSway, Sway, Hants. 2002. Seascape No. 2 2000 taken from "Of Time & Place" series.
"Brief Encounter", Touring exhibition co-curated with Julian Germain.. Ffoto Gallery, Cardiff 1996. Catalogue. Exhibition of re-presented black and white prints from the Press Association archive.
"Family" . Touring exhibition co-curated with Paul Reas. Maidstone Art Gallery, 1994. Exhibition consisting of re-contextualised family photogrtaphs taken by the Boorman Family (originally commissioned as a Telegraph Magazine project)
"Family" . Touring exhibition co-curated with Paul Reas. Venues: Impressions Gallery, York 1993.
"Portraits by Gorillas". In "Who’s Looking at the Family?" Barbican Art Gallery 1994. Set of portraits of visitors to London Zoo taken by the gorillas (originally commissioned as a Telegraph Magazine project)
"Boorman Family Photographs" In "Who’s Looking at the Family?" Barbican Art Gallery 1994 (originally commissioned as a Telegraph Magazine project)

Public Art Commissions:
"Cityscapes of Birmingham" 2009. Commission by city of Birmingham to make cityscapes for exhibition
"Record Pictures Bedford". Commissioned by BCA Gallery to make a set of record picture photographs for exhibition.
"Record Pictures of the Potteries" Commissioned by the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to make record picture photographs of the area, and to research and re-present historic record pictures, for exhibition.
"Record `Pictures of Birmingham" 2005/6. Commissioned by Birmingham City Council to make Record Pictures of landscapes and buildings within the city for future exhibition.
"The Kingfisher Theatre Trail", Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield. 2003. Commissioned by The King’s Fund to make two triptychs of landscapes for the corridor leading to the Kingfisher Children’s Surgical Theae
Bursaries

Arts Council England 2009. Grant to fund production of cityscapes of East London
Arts Council England 2006. Grant to fund touring exhibition of "Record Pictures".
Arts Council England (South West) 2004. Grant to research and produce "Contemporary Record Pictures".
Arts Council England (London) 1993. Travel grant to visit museums and galleries in USA

Publications
Review, Photo World Magazine, China, March 2015
"Landscape and Industry" Guardian Review 27 December 2014
"Landscape and Industry" (Dewi Lewis Publishing) 2014. Monograph.
"Reference Works", Library of Birmingham 2014
"London Cityscapes". Catalogue. Janet Borden Gallery 2009
"London Cityscapes" Blueprint magazine May 2009
"London Cityscapes" London Evening Standard 6 May 2009.
"Stewartby Brickworks" review Source issue 56 2008
"Stewartby Brickworks" Guardian Guide 2 August 2008
"Battersea Power Station" portfolio published in Wallpaper June/July 2007
"Birmingham Site Specific: Factories" 2006. Catalogue of 6 colour and 6 black and white photographs from site specific exhibition in Birmingham.
"Longbridge" in Blueprint magazine November 2006
"Record Pictures" 2006. Catalogue from touring exhibition. 24pp with essay by Nicholas Alfrey.
"Record Pictures. Photographs from the Archives of the Institution of Civil Engineers". SteidlMACK 2004

Book of photographs re-presented from the ICE archive illustrating the genre of industrial Record Pictures 1860-1940 together with essay "Photography and Realism
"Record Pictures" review of above book in SOURCE Spring 2005
"Record Pictures" review of above book in Frieze January/February 2005
"Record Pictures: Birmingham North Relief Road 2004" in Le Monde "New British Photography" magazine 4 April 2004.
"Ruby" (portrait) Granta Diary 2004. Portrait of a Patterdale Terrier in Granta’s publication reviewing the history of photography
"Seascape. No. 2". 2000 In "Seeing and Writing", Bedford St Martin’s Press (Boston) 2002.
"I've Always Been A Fan" in ‘Granta’ No.78. Autumn 2002

Photographs featuring ordinary people with celebrities, published in conjunction with their letters describing the occasion and its significance.
"Seascapes". Set of six seascapes .2000.. In ‘Granta’ No.76. Winter 2001
"Brief Encounter" Viewpoint Gallery, 1995 Catalogue for touring exhibition. Introductory essay.

Selected Writings
"Into the Picture". Essay in "Landscape and Industry" (Dewi Lewis Publishing 2014)
"Photography and Realism". Essay in "Record Pictures. Photographs from the Archives of the Institution of Civil Engineers" SteidlMACk 2004
"The Reward of the Long Look". Review in The Daily Telegraph 31/5/03 on "Cruel and Tender" at Tate Modern.
"The Long Look" Tate Magazine Sept. 2002. Article discussing the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, their roots in nineteenth century Record Picture photography and its influence today.

Lectures
Denver Art Museum, 2014
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1993-2009
University of Wales, Newport 1993-2005
University of Sunderland 1993-2005
Great Yarmouth College 2005
Institution of Civil Engineers, London 2004
Harvard 2003
Manchester Metropolitan Archives 1999
Goldsmiths College, London 1998
Victoria & Albert Museum 1998
Massachusetts College of Art 1998
De Montfort University 1997-98
University of Plymouth (Exeter) 1993-97
University of Brighton 1996
California College of Arts & Crafts 1994 & 1996
Falmouth Art College 1997
London College of Printing 1994-96
Princeton 1993
Rochester Institute of Technology, New York 1993
Fotofeis, Edinburgh 1993
Farnham College 1992-95

 

Contributors

Michael Collins

 'South West across Stoke Saltings, 2012' Digital chromogenic print 152.5 x 122 cm