Random Acts of Patriotism #5 (at Prairieville, Louisiana)

Random Acts of Patriotism #5 (at Prairieville, Louisiana)

Saint Louis Cemetery No.2

(Notice the face in the road, it’s bizarre! voodoo?)

© Paul Alexander Knox

Saint Louis Cemetery No.2

(Notice the face in the road, it’s bizarre! voodoo?)

© Paul Alexander Knox

A young girl watches all of the craziness pass by her window on Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

© Paul Alexander Knox

A young girl watches all of the craziness pass by her window on Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

© Paul Alexander Knox
'Charles'
On our way to New Orleans we stopped to get gas and directions. Charles was a true gent, although he must drive like a maniac - the 2 hour journey he predicted took us 4! You can’t judge a book by its cover! (at Downtown Navasota, Tx.)

'Charles'
On our way to New Orleans we stopped to get gas and directions. Charles was a true gent, although he must drive like a maniac - the 2 hour journey he predicted took us 4! You can’t judge a book by its cover! (at Downtown Navasota, Tx.)

'Big Gulp' 
Pan-Handling on 6th Street, Austin, Texas.  (at 6th Street, Austin, TX)

'Big Gulp'
Pan-Handling on 6th Street, Austin, Texas. (at 6th Street, Austin, TX)

Low Clearance, Tucumcari, New Mexico.  (at Route 66)

Low Clearance, Tucumcari, New Mexico. (at Route 66)

Drive-Inn, The home of quality food, Tucumcari, New Mexico (at Route 66)

Drive-Inn, The home of quality food, Tucumcari, New Mexico (at Route 66)

Random Acts of Patriotism #1 (at Quanah, Texas)

Random Acts of Patriotism #1 (at Quanah, Texas)

We’ve made it to Tucumcari, New Mexico!  (at Route 66)

We’ve made it to Tucumcari, New Mexico! (at Route 66)

Side Gallery, Saturday 30 August, 2pm, Free, All Welcome

Mark Pearson, owner of Zen Foto Gallery (Tokyo)
introduces the work of Hiromi Tsuchida.

August 2014 sees the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

August 2015 will see the 70th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Side Gallery presents two exhibitions from the AmberSide Collection. One explores Tyneside production of the military technology that defined ‘the war to end all wars’, the other explores the personal impacts of the bomb that has defined the geo-political picture and shaped the conflicts since the end of WWII.


WAR WORK

The photographs in War Work date from Side Gallery’s engagement with the Save Our Scotswood Works campaign in the late 1970s. W.G. Armstrong founded his Elswick works in 1847 to make the hydraulic cranes he had invented. He developed the breech loading gun in 1854. He built and opened Newcastle’s Swing Bridge in 1876 so that naval ships could be fitted out with his guns, then opened his own Elswick shipyard in 1884. The exhibition brings together extraordinary images from the test firing of guns to the launch of ships for the navies of the world; from the visiting arms buyers of China and Japan to the communities of Elswick and Scotswood that were shaped around the trade.


HIROSHIMA

Hiromi Tsuchida

Carefully documenting artefacts held at Hiroshima’s Peace Museum, the great Japanese photographer Hiromi Tsuchida has created a series of icons through which the moment of the atomic bomb’s impact resonates. A couple of melted sake bottles, a watch, a Buddha, a girl’s school uniform, a wooden clog… the story of each image focusing you in on the individual lives caught in that moment. Hiroshima has been a major subject in the artist’s work, which is held by many of the world’s major museums. Working with Mark Pearson, the Newcastle-raised owner of Tokyo’s Zen Foto Gallery, Hiromi Tsuchida recently deposited this set of his Hiroshima photographs in the AmberSide Collection.

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 College 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 College 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.