August 18, 2021
Kim Guiline (1936–2021)
We remember the life and legacy of celebrated Korean artist Kim Guiline, who passed away on August 12, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Kim Guiline graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies with a degree in French in 1960. After moving to France, Kim studied art history at Dijon University and graduated from Ecole Nationale des Beaus-Arts in Paris. He is widely recognized as one of the foundational members of the Dansaekhwa movement that emerged in South Korea during the 1970s. Throughout his 50 year career as an artist, Kim consistently pursued the idea of flatness. While he showed a tendency to objectify pure black and white flat paintings in the 70s, Kim improved flat monochrome works which consist of small squares and egg-shaped dots as basic units within rectangular canvas in the 80s. Reaching the 1990s, Kim used bright primary colors to present works that affirmed the dualistic relationship.
As a whole, Kim Guiline’s practice can be identified by his dedication to the medium of oil paint and the accentuation of color and flatness across all periods of his work. To achieve a matte surface, the artist perfected a technique of using newspaper to absorb the excess oils from the paint. Equally unique was his treatment of layering individual colors on the canvas, rather than pre-mixing his pigments. The accumulation of these layers, upwards of 30 in a single painting, is what achieves the intensity and depth of color that reverberates in his paintings, despite the restrictive palette.
In 2017, Lehmann Maupin hosted the artist's first solo exhibition in the United States. The presentation featured a survey of work that included rarely shown paintings from the 1960s, his well-known black and white paintings from the 1970s, and bright monochrome paintings from the 1980s–2000s.
“I view my paintings as windows of my soul, that longs for a kind of purity” - Kim in The Asian Art Newspaper
리만머핀은 지난 8월 12일 향년 85세를 일기로 별세한 한국의 대표적인 추상화가 김기린의 삶과 그가 남긴 유산을 추모하고자 한다. 유족으로는 아내와 두 자녀가 있다. 고(故) 김기린은 1960년 한국외국어대학교 불어불문학과를 졸업한 후, 프랑스로 건너가 1965년 디종대학교((Dijon University)에서 미술사를 공부하였고, 국립고등미술학교(École and Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris)에서 수학하였다.
1970년대 한국에서 태동한 단색화 운동의 초기 멤버 중 한 명으로 널리 알려진 작가는 30 여년의 작업 기간 내내 평면성의 개념을 꾸준히 탐구하였다. 그의 1970년대 작품이 흑백의 평면 회화를 객관화하는 경향을 보였다면, 1980년대 작가는 작은 정사각형과 달걀 모양의 점으로 이루어진 단색의 유닛을 캔버스를 구성하는 기본 단위로 발전시켰고, 1990년대에 이르러 밝은 원색을 사용하여 이중적 관계를 확인하는 작업을 제시했다.
고(故) 김기린의 작업은 유채라는 작업 매체에 대한 작가의 헌신과 그 모든 기간에 걸쳐 이루어낸 색채와 평면성의 강조로 정의될 수 있다. 무광의 표면 처리를 위해 그는 신문지를 사용하여 페인트에서 나온 오일을 흡수하는 기술을 완성했다. 마찬가지로, 안료를 미리 혼합하지 않고 캔버스에 개별 색상을 겹겹이 얹어 처리하는 것도 그만의 독특한 기술이다. 제한적인 색의 사용에도 불구하고 하나의 회화에 서른 겹 이상의 층위가 쌓이는 이러한 축적은 작가의 그림에 울려 퍼지는 색채의 강렬함과 깊이의 달성을 가능하게 한다.
2017년 리만머핀 뉴욕에서 마련한 김기린의 전시는 미국 첫 개인전이었다. 이 전시는 거의 공개된 바 없는 1960년대 회화를 비롯하여 그의 잘 알려진 1970년대 흑백 회화 및 1980년대부터 2000년대까지 제작된 밝은 색조의 모노크롬 회화를 소개하며 김기린의 작업을 포괄적으로 선보였다.
나의 그림은 일종의 순수를 갈망하는 내 영혼의 창이다.
Lehmann Maupin New York, 2017. Photo by Elisabeth Bernstein
August 10, 2021
Tolarno Galleries announces the representation of Kieren Karritpul (b. 1994), a Ngen'giwumirri artist who lives in the small community of Nauiyu (Daly River) south west of Darwin. He lives in a community of artists including his mother Patricia McTaggart Marrfurra AM, aunties and cousins.
A 2021 Ramsay Art Prize finalist, Karritpul won the inaugural Youth Award at the 2014 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. In 2020 he won the National Indigenous Fashion Award for Textile Design, resulting in a collaboration with Country Road Homewares. The judges congratulated Kieren "on his ability to tell stories through his textiles and bring about a truly emotional experience". Additionally, they commended Kieren’s use of movement and truly breathtaking colours.
As a Ngen'giwumirri man, Karritpul is not permitted to weave, instead he paints magnified views of woven objects and fibres. Weaving Myself: the Landscape and the Land, currently on view at Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the Ramsay Art Prize 2021 exhibition, was painted using two brushes, one made with his own hair. He uses the weaving process as a visual metaphor for land and landscape. This painting is a magnified view of the woven surface that stands for the breathing lands of his Country. Karritpul feels he was born woven into the land. Using repetition and line he creates a surface that moves like human breath.
Born into a family of artists, he announced to his family at 5 years of age, as he sat with them drawing and painting, that he would also be an artist. When Karritpul paints and draws, it appears his arm, hand and the brush or pencil are all interconnected. It is both compelling and mesmerising to watch as he seamlessly moves the brush to paint his world.
Karritpul works across painting, printmaking, fabric design and ceramics. When making art, he disappears into his own imaginary world where he reimagines totems and dreamings. This is a world where he can reconnect with his ancestors. He works on the floor so the ancestors above can watch and guide his progress.
Karritpul's work is in several major collections including National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum of Applied Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney and Artbank. He is the youngest Director ever appointed to the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA).
A young leader in his community, Karritpul is on the land hunting and fishing for bush tucker every day, carefully watching and listening to the breathing earth: the trees, the wind, the stars and the water holes. These daily excursions feed his soul and his artwork. He continues his promise to his mother and ancestors each day: to tell, reinterpret and visualise his landscape and culture to the world, through art.
Tolarno Galleries will present a Kieren Karritpul solo exhibition in 2022.
August 3, 2021
One of Germany’s leading art world figures, Block has worked as an independent curator for over fifty years. His established career includes holding the positions of director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, and curator for numerous international biennials, including Belgrade October Salon (2006), Gwangju (2000), Istanbul (1995) and Sydney (1990). In 2008 he co-founded the Kunsthalle 44 Møen in Denmark and continues to operate as its artistic director.
Working alongside Block, Nico Anklam will act as associate curator for RIBOCA3. Anklam was recently appointed as director of the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen and Recklingausen’s museums in Germany and has previously curated at Block’s Kunsthal 44 Møen. Nico Anklam will also develop the public programme for RIBOCA3.
The third edition of RIBOCA will run from 15 July to 2 October 2022 in Riga, Latvia.
August 2, 2021
The new 5,000 square foot space, on the second floor of the historic 52 Walker Street building and adjacent to James Cohan’s 48 Walker Street location, will open on 7 October 2021, with a solo exhibition of work by Gauri Gill. The space is being designed by longtime gallery collaborator HS2 Architects.
“Opening a neighboring space allows us to present concurrent exhibitions that resonate. In October we will present the first U.S. solo gallery shows for two international superstars, reflecting the international breadth of our program: photographer Gauri Gill, and multimedia artist and activist Emeka Ogboh. Looking forward, we will present the gallery’s first solo show with New York-based artist Christopher Myers, featuring his new tapestry works at 52 Walker, and will present new ceramic sculptures by another New York artist, Kathy Butterly, at 48 Walker. Both artists use craft media to explore contemporary concepts of narrative and form," said Jane Cohan in a statement.
July 29, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phillip King, one of the most ground-breaking British artists of the last 70 years.
Phillip died peacefully with his wife Judy at his side.
We were blessed to have worked with Phillip in the last eight years of his life, during which time he re-taught us that art and sculpture-making should know no rules or limitations. His curiosity, joy, and sparkle were boundless and contagious, and we will miss him dearly.
Phillip was born in Tunis in 1934 to a French mother and English father. In 1945 he moved to London and went on to study modern languages at the University of Cambridge. He eventually enrolled at St Martin’s School of Art where he met Anthony Caro and the New Generation group of artists, who would go on to completely revolutionise sculpture from the 1960s onwards.
A real free-spirit and risk-taker, Phillip worked tirelessly throughout his life experimenting with materials, forms and colours, seldom repeating himself, as he moved from periods of working in steel, ceramic, polyurethane, found objects as well as bronze and stone. He would rarely make preparatory drawings, rather referring to shapes and colours that would appear to him in dreams. He was a modest man, entirely committed to his rigorous exploration, rarely missing a day in the studio right up to the end of his life.
Phillip loved to be surrounded by younger artists and loved to teach, taking up professorships in the UK, Europe and the US. In 1967 he was appointed a trustee of Tate, and from 1999 to 2004 he was President of the Royal Academy of Arts.
His works are installed in public spaces around the world, from Australia and Japan to Scandinavia, China and the US, and are represented in some of the most important museum collections including Tate, Pompidou and MoMA. His final major public project, La Ronde de Rennes, will be unveiled later this year in the French city of Rennes.
Photo: Judy Corbalis King
July 28, 2021
Zoe Diao, a Chinese scholar and curator currently based in New York, has been awarded the six-month Fellowship, which begins on 20 September 2021. Selected from a high quality shortlist following an Open Call, Zoe Diao will focus on two related projects – conducting research on art dealers in the 1970s who supported the development of artists way beyond any commercial remit and contributing to the delivery of a major exhibition about modern and contemporary artists' studios across the world.
The Asymmetry Curatorial Fellowship at Whitechapel Gallery is offered to one mid-career curator who identifies with Greater Chinese culture and heritage (including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), based in the region or internationally. The programme provides the curator with a unique opportunity to gain training, skills, and experience in the curatorial workings of Whitechapel Gallery, which has a strong track record of providing training for curators, including through its new MA Curating Art and Public Programmes with London South Bank University.
Asymmetry is an independent non-profit foundation dedicated to nurturing curatorial practices and the development of cultural knowledge in and about Asia through global exchange. The Curatorial Fellowships place curators in pioneering European institutions, sharpening their skills and expanding their networks, whilst enabling the institutions to gain from the Fellow’s specific expertise and perspective on Chinese and East Asian contemporary art. By facilitating international opportunities for curators and academics from this region, Asymmetry seeks to integrate Chinese and East Asian contemporary art and curatorial practice into a wider art world discourse.
July 22, 2021
Kat Lyons’ (b. 1991, Louisville, Kentucky) practice explores the complexities of earthly life to question the limitations of human categorisation and understanding. Her compositions aim to transcend anthropocentric realities as a way of welcoming the natural world into our sphere of moral concern. Presenting her subjects across various planes of existence, Lyons challenges normative frameworks of perception. Her theatrical vignettes of animals and insects are wrought with an eeriness that is indicative of the anxiety and grief materialised amongst non-humans living in the Anthropocene.
Lyons is currently focusing on a series which is reflective of her time spent living and working on a small livestock farm, where she explores the ritualism of production and labour of both the human and non-human inhabitants.
“Painting provides time to reflect on the ways I have been conditioned to relate to the non-human subjects of the work. How, instead, do I understand who they are based on my own terms and experiences, outside of the preconceptions I have been taught to hold? How might this reconsidering bring a starker awareness of my own distorted expectations and limitations in understanding? Maintaining a position of unknowing is essential in the work.”
An exhibition of Lyons’ new body of work will be presented at Pilar Corrias Savile Row from 8 December 2021 - 15 January 2022.
Photo: Adam Reich
July 19, 2021
Born in Hull in the North of England into a working-class family, Richie Culver was not exposed to art growing up and left school with no qualifications to work in a factory making caravans. His practice encompasses diverse elements that range from painting, sculpture and photography to digital performance. Within this, Culver’s work is largely biographical wrestling with aspects of contemporary masculinity, the class system and the digital lens through which we live our lives.
A large proportion of Culver’s practice lies in his antagonistic relationship with technology, the ultimate impermanence of social media and the effects upon human interaction, linguistics alongside personal and cultural memory. In this regard, much of the material for Culver’s works are formed from images collected on his phone including mundane mobile photography, google translate and notes apps screenshots containing excerpts of conversations, phrases and information.These screenshots are then blown up and printed on canvas, ultimately forming a visual record of an inner monologue that is fractured and at times disconnected. For example, short phrases translated into different languages and obscured by overpainting creates a visual metaphor for the quick ease at which these digital innovations create a superficial human connection that is ultimately alienated from true apperception.
This tone of alienation also bleeds into other thematic elements in Culver’s practice including the interrogation of masculinity. Motifs including fatherhood, love, sex, rejection and abandonment combine to project a brutal honestly about the vulnerability of male emotions. Although often done with humour, these elements have an unnerving sincerity that forces us to engage in a more nuanced perspective on contemporary masculinity.
July 15, 2021
Born in Paris on September 6, 1944, to a Ukrainian Jewish father and a Corsican mother, Christian Boltanski was a photographer, painter, sculptor, and installation artist whose work dealt with the concepts of loss, memory, childhood, and death, often functioning as memorials or shrines to collective cultural rituals and events.
At the age of twelve, Boltanski began fabricating sculptures from plasticine and creating large-format figurative paintings centering around macabre themes. His earliest works directly referenced his childhood, often featuring idealised families in fantastical settings, blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction. In the 1960s he began to develop a “personal ethnology” marked, among others, by the influence of anthropologist and ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss and by curator and art historian Harald Szeemann. At the same time, drawing on museology, Boltanski exhibited inventories of items of anonymous owners. In the 1980s, he began making altarlike works incorporating boxes he had constructed, as well as light and photographs of Jewish schoolchildren taken in the early 1930s.
Boltanski was recognized with several awards over his lifetime, including the Praemium Imperiale Award (2006) and the Kaiser Ring Award (2001). He participated in Documenta (1977 and 1972) and numerous Venice Biennales (2011, 1995, 1993, 1980, and 1975).
July 14, 2021
Feldman’s first exhibition with the gallery will open in New York on 10 September 2021. Feldman is also creating a new painting for Galerie Eva Presenhuber’s Art Basel presentation this September.
I first saw a painting by Amy Feldman in 2015 when she was part of the exhibition 'New York Painting' at Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany. The exhibition explored the renaissance painting was experiencing at the time through the works of 11 New York-based artists. Amy’s paintings spoke to me through their curious forms and quiet power, and I began to follow her work. I am thrilled that we are now working together and that we will be able to share her newest paintings with the gallery's audience in New York and Basel in just a few months. — Eva Presenhuber
Amy Feldman (b. 1981) lives and works in New York, NY, US. Feldman is recognized for her iconic painting language and commitment to large-scale gray-on-gray abstractions. Feldman’s investigation in the color gray highlights the significance and potential that can be found in neutrality—how something can appear neutral but is, in fact, charged with great power of expression. Feldman typically works in series, presenting distilled iterations of unique forms, which relate to how images and signs are quickly interpreted, remembered, and misremembered. Her paintings offer a vivid conversation between the physical and formal language of abstraction in their acute reference to the body and the mortal coil within the simplification of said forms.
July 13, 2021
After a two-year conservation project, the gallery’s new art center opens on July 19th with an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Mark Bradford.
The 1,500 sqm art center will also feature an outdoor sculpture trail with works by Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Franz West and others, in dialogue with Isla del Rey’s wildlife and the garden designed by influential landscape designer Piet Oudolf.
“Our dream has been to place powerful contemporary art like his within this very special context. Isla del Rey is an extraordinary place of wild nature, beautiful light and sea, with a fascinating history” - Manuela Wirth
July 12, 2021
The gallery will be moving from its current 456 West 18th Street location, more than doubling its footprint with a new ground-floor space at 520 West 25th Street in New York.
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, founded in 1994, first opened on Wooster Street in the Soho area of New York City. The gallery has continued to develop its program around a group of contemporary artists who are renowned internationally, including Yael Bartana, Walead Beshty, Ross Bleckner, Simon Denny, Keith Edmier, Thomas Eggerer, Derek Fordjour, Wade Guyton, Stefanie Heinze, Georg Herold, Asger Jorn, Sean Landers, Maria Lassnig, Allan McCollum, Adam McEwen, Rodney McMillian, Sarah Morris, Jorge Pardo, Joyce Pensato, Seth Price, Stephen Prina, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Willem de Rooij, Pieter Schoolwerth, John Stezaker, Nicola Tyson, Corinne Wasmuht, Heimo Zobernig, among others.
July 9, 2021
James Lingwood and Michael Morris, who have been the renowned art commissioning body’s Co-Directors for 30 years have announced that they are to step down in 2022.
The organisation - which has produced over 125 projects including such notable works as Rachel Whiteread’s House, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 4, Michael Landy’s Breakdown, Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave, Gregor Schneider’s Die Familie Schneider, Francis Alÿs’s Seven Walks and Roger Hiorns’s Seizure - will begin the recruitment of a new Director immediately.
Lingwood and Morris said: “It’s been a rollercoaster ride, without always knowing when the track is about to loop. Working like this demands great faith from artists, angels, our staff and board, funders, and friends too. Without their belief, Artangel could not have thrived over the past three decades and our most memorable projects would never have seen the light of day. We’ll be stepping off the rollercoaster at the end of 2022. Artangel will move forward, imagined afresh under new leadership. We’re excited to see what happens next.”
Photograph: Geraint Lewis, 2001
July 5, 2021
Congratulations to Teresa Margolles, whose work has been selected for the Mayor of London's Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square in 2024.
For the Fourth Plinth, Teresa Margolles will install an ephemeral work in Trafalgar Square entitled 850 Improntas, made with plaster cast molds of the faces of 850 transgender people. The molds will be created in collaboration with trans people living in locations around the world, by applying plaster directly onto each individual's face. The resulting object is both a visual record of their respective features and, imbued with hair and skin cells, a material infusion of their physicality.
The plaster components will be arranged into an array on all four sides of the plinth, taking inspiration from Tzompantli, brutalist early prehispanic reliefs. Due to London’s rainy and humid climate, the work will inevitably deteriorate and fade away, dripping into residual material—an anti-monument—on the plinth and steps below.
Margolles states (translated): “It is necessary to visualize and signal transfemenicide. This year marks the six-year anniversary of the homicide of Karla, a transgender woman who was engaged in prostitution. She was murdered on December 22, 2016 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. This commission is for her, and for all the others who were murdered. But above all, for trans people who are still living.”
July 2, 2021
Pilar Corrias announces that gallery artist Christina Quarles will join the MOCA Board of Trustees.
“I am so proud and happy to be joining MOCA’s Board at this significant moment, as Los Angeles begins to reopen and we embrace the ever-rising standards of accountability, transparency, and inclusion.” - Quarles
“I look forward to working with Christina in furtherance of the Museum’s mission as we expand our institution’s reach into the artistic and broader community,” - Klaus Biesenbach, MOCA Director
Quarles’ appointment continues MOCA’s commitment to artist representation on its board. “Artist representation on our board is an essential part of MOCA’s history and DNA since its founding over 40 years ago. We are thrilled to warmly welcome Christina as a fellow trustee to our board. Christina brings a wealth of experience and a unique point of view, and we all look forward to working together,” - Maria Seferian, MOCA Board Chair
June 29, 2021
A leading expert in 20th century design, with a focus on French Art Deco as well as international design from the turn of the 20th century to the present, Barlow will oversee design for the gallery in Southampton and shoppable online salon of art and design.
“We are delighted to welcome Alex to Sélavy by Di Donna. We founded Sélavy because we saw that our friends and collectors were seeking works of extraordinary design to round out a sophisticated home. I have known Alex for years and look forward to showcasing his impeccable eye in Sélavy’s salons.” – Emmanuel Di Donna
June 28, 2021
Gagosian announces the representation of LA-based artist Jim Shaw.
Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has mined the dreams and conflicted realities of American culture, finding inspiration in comic books, pulp novels, rock albums, protest posters, and thrift store paintings. Often unfolding in long-term narrative cycles, Shaw’s works frequently place in dialogue images of friends and family with world events, pop culture, and alternate realities, blending the personal, the commonplace, and the uncanny.
Jim Shaw was born in 1952 in Midland, Michigan, and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had major solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York (2015–16); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2012); and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2012). Collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Photo: LeeAnn Nickels
June 24, 2021
Located at 2 Avenue Matignon, the two-level 240 m2 space is the previous Hopkins Gallery, across the street from Christie’s Parisian headquarters. The space will be completely renovated by Jacques Grange.
Skarstedt Paris will open in October coinciding with FIAC. The inaugural show will be dedicated to Eric Fischl’s studies for “Krefeld Paintings”, a series of works from 2001. Future plans for the gallery’s programming include shows featuring Francis Bacon and Martin Kippenberger.
“While keeping a strong commitment to London, I am thrilled to establish our gallery in Paris, a city with outstanding cultural offer that I have always felt close to and wanted to engage with, particularly in this time of artistic thrive and post pandemic awakening. We will present historical and contemporary shows along with new collaborations that will be complementary with the rest of our program.” – Per Skarstedt
Maria Cifuentes joins Skarstedt as Senior Director in Paris, with over a decade of experience in Contemporary Art.
Having led Phillips' 20th Century & Contemporary Art department in France, Maria has developed relationships with seasoned and emerging collectors both in Paris and internationally. Overseeing the launch of their offices and exhibition space in France in 2014, Maria was also responsible for setting the exhibitions and events program, working with renowned single owner collections and curated exhibitions. Prior to that, Maria was associate Director at Galerie Templon and worked closely with its roster of artists.
“I am honored to be part of the global Skarstedt team, whose exhibitions I have always regarded as of outstanding quality. It is exciting for the gallery to engage in this moment of renewal and growth within this historic art capital and its community."
June 22, 2021
Returning to their West London roots, Bartha Contemporary are happy to announce the opening of their latest space in London’s Notting Hill. Located at 7 Ledbury Mews North off Ledbury Road, the former photography Studio offers art enthusiasts an unexpected setting to enjoy and purchase art. The street-level space will host displays by artists that share an interest in abstraction in a focused and relaxed setting.
The gallery, founded in 2000, is run by Daniela & Niklas von Bartha; the German/Swiss couple’s interests in Art, Design, and Architecture continue to inform the gallery’s program. Shows at Bartha Contemporary are often on display for a short time and change regularly. An exhibition of recent large-scale works on paper by London based Italian artist Giulia Ricci starting June 22 will be on display until mid-July. The show, accompanied by a limited edition publication available online for free at gricci.art, was initially planned for the spring of 2020 at the former St James's showroom and postponed due to the pandemic.
An exhibition by London based artist Susan Morris, a two-person presentation with Lucinda Burgess and Frank Gerritz and a showcase of works on paper by Marfa TX-based artist Nick Terry and recent paintings by Cologne-based artist Stephan Baumkötter are some of the presentations planned this year.
Bartha Contemporary is a member of the recently formed Gallery Climate Coalition, Board member of the Foundation for Conceptual Art, Soest, Germany and an advisor to the James Howell Foundation, New York, USA.
June 21, 2021
The new large-scale sculpture, titled “Act” and on view in the cemetery in July and August 2021, will be over five metres tall, five metres deep and seven metres wide. Barlow describes it as a stage, that will include a “tower of fabric wrapped poles”. The work responds to the grand setting of the famous cemetery, and the Victorian obsession with honouring the dead.
Highgate Cemetery in North London is one of the capital’s most impressive and includes the graves of many notable people, including George Eliot, Karl Marx, Christina Rossetti, George Michael, Lucien Freud and Patrick Caulfield.
untitled: stack - photograph: Damian Griffiths