George, an BP oil man takes a break in the shade. It’s ridiculously hot and he’s cycling (with the aid of oxygen in his bag) across town. #texas  (at Collage Station Tx)

George, an BP oil man takes a break in the shade. It’s ridiculously hot and he’s cycling (with the aid of oxygen in his bag) across town. #texas (at Collage Station Tx)

'Exit Only' 

My advice for foreigners using George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Detained for over 3 hours by immigration, and then just to top it off they marked my entry card for a full baggage search, just glad it wasn’t a full cavity search! Welcome to America.

© Paul Alexander Knox

'Exit Only'

My advice for foreigners using George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Detained for over 3 hours by immigration, and then just to top it off they marked my entry card for a full baggage search, just glad it wasn’t a full cavity search! Welcome to America.

© Paul Alexander Knox

Book Launch + Signing

In the Picture with Anastasia Taylor-Lind: Maidan – Portraits from the Black Square

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 7:00PM at The Frontline Club, London

When Anastasia Taylor-Lind arrived in central Kiev on 1 February 2014, Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) was under siege, surrounded by police loyal to the government. Rising tensions culminated in the worst day of violence on 20 February and the following day President Yanokovych fled Ukraine. In all, three months of protests resulted in 112 confirmed dead, and many more missing.

Taylor-Lind’s portraits have been uniformly shot against the black backdrop of her improvised studio, removing them from the context of the barricades just a few feet away. The ‘fighters’ are identified by their homemade body armour, and the ‘mourners’ by the bunches of flowers they have brought to pay their respects to the dead. Captured with an air of stillness and reflection, these photographs show the individuals involved in, and impacted by, the unrest.

Anastasia will be joined in conversation by Olivier Laurent, the editor of TIME’s LightBox.

Book Launch + Signing

In the Picture with Anastasia Taylor-Lind: Maidan – Portraits from the Black Square

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 7:00PM at The Frontline Club, London

When Anastasia Taylor-Lind arrived in central Kiev on 1 February 2014, Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) was under siege, surrounded by police loyal to the government. Rising tensions culminated in the worst day of violence on 20 February and the following day President Yanokovych fled Ukraine. In all, three months of protests resulted in 112 confirmed dead, and many more missing.

Taylor-Lind’s portraits have been uniformly shot against the black backdrop of her improvised studio, removing them from the context of the barricades just a few feet away. The ‘fighters’ are identified by their homemade body armour, and the ‘mourners’ by the bunches of flowers they have brought to pay their respects to the dead. Captured with an air of stillness and reflection, these photographs show the individuals involved in, and impacted by, the unrest.

Anastasia will be joined in conversation by Olivier Laurent, the editor of TIME’s LightBox.

On my way to Berwick to drop off the finished ‘Retraced’ book at the printers!

On my way to Berwick to drop off the finished ‘Retraced’ book at the printers!

Boom! More from the ringside of unlicensed boxing in the North East.

 © Paul Alexander Knox

Boom! More from the ringside of unlicensed boxing in the North East.

© Paul Alexander Knox

Where Ships Were Born

The Commercial Office - Photographs of the commercial Office of William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Pallion.

Image 1: 1928 (Photographer Unknown)
Image 2: 2007 © Paul Alexander Knox

Tyne & Wear Archives cares for tens of thousands of photographs in its shipbuilding collections, you can see more here.

You can also see more of my photographs here.

Amber secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment!

Newcastle upon Tyne based Amber Film & Photography Collective has received a grant of £1,1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its project, The AmberSide Collection: Access & Engagement, it was announced today. Securing a remarkable documentary film & photography collection, the three year programme of work includes:

• the capital redevelopment of Side Gallery on Newcastle’s Quayside, delivering full access, increased and enhanced exhibition spaces; a study centre with digital access to the collection and a library; improved work, exhibition development and conservation facilities;

• a major exhibition at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery opening in June 2015, while Side Gallery is closed, exploring the rich narrative of the collection;

• a programme of volunteer involvement that will help to digitise over 7,000 images, 2,000 minutes of film & video as well as audio tapes and documents;

• the redesign and rebuild of Amber-Online, delivering access to the digitised collection and the rich network of connections between the different films and photographic bodies of work;

• 18 projects working with the collection and the possibilities of documentary with primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, community groups and individuals - particularly in the communities whose histories have been captured in Amber / Side Gallery’s documentary works.

Founded by the filmmaker Murray Martin, the Amber collective came to the North East in 1969 ‘to collect documents of working class culture’. Collection accelerated after it opened Side Gallery in 1977. In 2011, the interlinked narrative of Amber’s films and the photography of collective member Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen was inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World UK register. An influential voice in British documentary photography, it was a key player in the Film Workshop movement of the 80s and early 90s.

Collective member Graeme Rigby, said: “This is a hugely important award for us. Amber has created a living archive over the past 45 years. This gives us the opportunity to work with the collection and let people know just how beautiful and extraordinary it is. And it sets us up for the next 45 years!”

Ivor Crowther, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “Documenting the lives of working class and marginalised communities in the North East over the last 40 years, the AmberSide collection is of significant local, national and international importance. HLF’s grant will not only conserve the historic building where the collection is housed, it will also drastically improve access and, by digitising the majority of items, create even more opportunities for people everywhere to learn about key moments in our history, including the decline of industry along the Tyne in the 70s, the redevelopment of Newcastle in Byker and images of Durham’s mining communities.” 

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Amber secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment!

Newcastle upon Tyne based Amber Film & Photography Collective has received a grant of £1,1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its project, The AmberSide Collection: Access & Engagement, it was announced today. Securing a remarkable documentary film & photography collection, the three year programme of work includes:

• the capital redevelopment of Side Gallery on Newcastle’s Quayside, delivering full access, increased and enhanced exhibition spaces; a study centre with digital access to the collection and a library; improved work, exhibition development and conservation facilities;

• a major exhibition at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery opening in June 2015, while Side Gallery is closed, exploring the rich narrative of the collection;

• a programme of volunteer involvement that will help to digitise over 7,000 images, 2,000 minutes of film & video as well as audio tapes and documents;

• the redesign and rebuild of Amber-Online, delivering access to the digitised collection and the rich network of connections between the different films and photographic bodies of work;

• 18 projects working with the collection and the possibilities of documentary with primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, community groups and individuals - particularly in the communities whose histories have been captured in Amber / Side Gallery’s documentary works.

Founded by the filmmaker Murray Martin, the Amber collective came to the North East in 1969 ‘to collect documents of working class culture’. Collection accelerated after it opened Side Gallery in 1977. In 2011, the interlinked narrative of Amber’s films and the photography of collective member Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen was inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World UK register. An influential voice in British documentary photography, it was a key player in the Film Workshop movement of the 80s and early 90s.

Collective member Graeme Rigby, said: “This is a hugely important award for us. Amber has created a living archive over the past 45 years. This gives us the opportunity to work with the collection and let people know just how beautiful and extraordinary it is. And it sets us up for the next 45 years!”

Ivor Crowther, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “Documenting the lives of working class and marginalised communities in the North East over the last 40 years, the AmberSide collection is of significant local, national and international importance. HLF’s grant will not only conserve the historic building where the collection is housed, it will also drastically improve access and, by digitising the majority of items, create even more opportunities for people everywhere to learn about key moments in our history, including the decline of industry along the Tyne in the 70s, the redevelopment of Newcastle in Byker and images of Durham’s mining communities.”

sidegallery

I’m having such a great time delivering workshops for @sidegallery (Amber/Side) to a Primary School in Wallsend. Last week we invited local residents to bring in old photos and share their stories.

I’m having such a great time delivering workshops for @sidegallery (Amber/Side) to a Primary School in Wallsend. Last week we invited local residents to bring in old photos and share their stories.

Boxing Shadows - unlicensed boxing in Middlesbrough. 

© Paul Alexander Knox

Boxing Shadows - unlicensed boxing in Middlesbrough.

© Paul Alexander Knox

NEPN Photographer Talk: Chris Harrison

26 June 2014

Join us for a talk by Jarrow-born photographer Chris Harrison at the Mining Institute, Newcastle on Thursday 26 June 2014. Chris will be speaking about his recent projects including ‘I Belong Jarrow’ (exhibited during The Social) and his Bradford Fellowship of 2013 and associated exhibition ‘Copper Horses’. 
The Talk starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by informal chat and refreshments in the Institute Library. 

This event is free, however booking is requested via Eventbrite HERE 
For more information about Chris Harrison’s projects and practice, visit: http://chrisharrison.no/

Image © Chris Harrison

NEPN Photographer Talk: Chris Harrison

26 June 2014

Join us for a talk by Jarrow-born photographer Chris Harrison at the Mining Institute, Newcastle on Thursday 26 June 2014. Chris will be speaking about his recent projects including ‘I Belong Jarrow’ (exhibited during The Social) and his Bradford Fellowship of 2013 and associated exhibition ‘Copper Horses’.

The Talk starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by informal chat and refreshments in the Institute Library.

This event is free, however booking is requested via Eventbrite HERE

For more information about Chris Harrison’s projects and practice, visit: http://chrisharrison.no/

Image © Chris Harrison

Seminar and Book Launch, Versatile Image: The Networked Photograph

1 July 2014, 4-7pm, The Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne

This seminar will explore the perceived current opportunities and challenges for photographers, curators and audiences of photography in the digital age with contributions from, visual storyteller and writer on photography David Campbell; photographic historian, writer and curator Alexandra Moschovi and Netherlands-based photographic artist Willem Popelier.

The event is scheduled in conjunction with the UK launch of the publication ‘The Versatile Image: Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet’, published by Leuven University Press and edited by Alexandra Moschovi, Carol McKay and Arabella Plouviez.

Following presentations and an invited Q&A in the Lecture Theatre, join us for refreshments to informally launch the publication in the Institute’s grand library.

This event is free, all welcome.  Booking in advance is kindly requested HERE

Seminar and Book Launch, Versatile Image: The Networked Photograph

1 July 2014, 4-7pm, The Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne

This seminar will explore the perceived current opportunities and challenges for photographers, curators and audiences of photography in the digital age with contributions from, visual storyteller and writer on photography David Campbell; photographic historian, writer and curator Alexandra Moschovi and Netherlands-based photographic artist Willem Popelier.

The event is scheduled in conjunction with the UK launch of the publication ‘The Versatile Image: Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet’, published by Leuven University Press and edited by Alexandra Moschovi, Carol McKay and Arabella Plouviez.

Following presentations and an invited Q&A in the Lecture Theatre, join us for refreshments to informally launch the publication in the Institute’s grand library.

This event is free, all welcome. Booking in advance is kindly requested HERE

Imagine | The Colourful Mr Eggleston (50 minute BBC documentary)

African immigrants scale a fence dividing Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla. Dozens of the several hundred who charged the fence were beaten back by the police. 

© Santi Palacios/Associated Press.

via www.lens.blogs.nytimes.com

African immigrants scale a fence dividing Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla. Dozens of the several hundred who charged the fence were beaten back by the police.

© Santi Palacios/Associated Press.

via www.lens.blogs.nytimes.com