Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Soho by Anders Petersen

Soho by Anders Peterson, published by Mack, has just arrived in the library.  The Mack website has the following description, and you can see the book now via the preview uploaded by Photobookstore.

As part of a series of off-site artist commissions supported by Bloomberg, Petersen was invited by The Photographers’ Gallery to undertake a four-week residency in the bubbling creative underbelly of London. Turning his direct and unflinching gaze to the streets of Soho, Petersen produced a series which is both penetrating and sensitive to his subjects. His intimate, diaristic style of coarse black and white photography captures the essence of today's Soho while drawing you back into the depths of its history.
From the publisher website.

Referencing guides

Advice about referencing was one of the things that came up at the recent training sessions I ran on finding information sources for a disseration.  This is not surprising I suppose, since I called the session, 'Exciting Citing.'

The basics are covered in the University of Westminster's guide, 'Referencing your work'.  However, this is a general guide for all students, so does not cover some aspects - such as referencing images.  The guides referred to below do cover this using the Harvard system, so I hope they will be useful. NB: Please also refer to the 'dissertation guidelines' given by the teaching staff, and modify accordingly.

  1. University of the Arts London.  Guide to the Harvard system of referencing
  2. University for the Creative Arts.  Referencing.
  3. Glasgow School of Art.  Bibliographies [part of InfoSmart Module 4]

I have also bought an e-book, which covers referencing in depth, shown below and also on the Study Skills section of this blog. 

Neville, C. (2010).  The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, 2nd ed. Open University Press. 

This covers how to reference images, and just about everything else you might want to refer to.  It also a discusses the main types of referencing - author/date (i.e. Harvard style), consecutive numbering, and recurrent numbering. 

A couple of points that don't get good coverage are dealing with translations and reprints.  Pears and Shield (2010) suggest adding a statement of translation after the title.  For reprints, they suggest citing the original date of publication, but not the original publisher.  My interpretation of this is below.

Barthes, R. (1980).  Camera lucida; reflections on photography.  Translated by Richard Howard.  Reprint, London: Vintage, 1993. 

In text this could be Barthes (1980 [1993]).  

There are other ways of doing this, but this seems acceptable to me.

For those of us not familiar with Latin, a short explanation of the terms 'ibid' and 'op cit' follow.  These are not used in the Harvard system, but you will come across them, so its useful to be able to distinguish between the two.

Ibid = ibidim (meaning 'the same place') used to refer to an immediately preceding reference.

Op cit. = opere citato (meaning 'in the work cited') used to refer to a previously cited work, and preceded by a shortened form of the work referred to.


Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2010).  Cite them right; the essential referencing guide, 8th ed.  Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Seeing the olympics - special issue of Visual Studies

There are a number of articles on photographic projects related to the olympics, in a special issue of Visual Studies released this month.  In the introduction to the issue, the editors state:

The papers and photo-essays in this issue
provide a series of shifting lenses on this complex global
event, extending the visual repertoire for representing
the Olympics and providing new insights into its
significance, local and global.

Some of the relevant articles include the following:

Photography against the Olympic spectacle

Go for gold!

Seeing Olympic effects through the eyes of marginally housed youth: changing places and the gentrification of East London

Monday, 11 June 2012

Third Text - new issue

A new issue of the journal Third Text is now available. Third Text is indexed on the following services available through Library Search:  ARTbibliographies Modern; British Humanities Index; and Thomson Reuters’ Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

The original articles from the latest issue are shown below.

Disturbing Pleasures / Henry A Giroux
How Black is La Negra Angustias? / Eli Bartra
Biopolitical Follies / Bill Roberts   

Beyond Representation / Vered Maimon
The State of the Arts in the Netherlands / Paul O'Kane       

The aims and scope of the journal are reproduced below from the Taylor & Francis website:

Third Text is an international scholarly journal dedicated to providing critical perspectives on art and visual culture. The journal examines the theoretical and historical ground by which the West legitimises its position as the ultimate arbiter of what is significant within this field. Established in 1987, the journal provides a forum for the discussion and (re)appraisal of theory and practice of art, art history and criticism, and the work of artists hitherto marginalised through racial, gender, religious and cultural differences. Dealing with diversity of art practices - visual arts, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, video and film - Third Text addresses the complex cultural realities that emerge when different worldviews meet, and the challenge this poses to Eurocentrism and ethnocentric aesthetic criteria. The journal aims to develop new discourses and radical interdisciplinary scholarships that go beyond the confines of eurocentricity.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

PHotoEspaña - best photography books

PHotoEspaña , the international photography festival in Spain, have recently announced  the winners of their annual awards for photography books.  Results below.

Swarm, by Lukas Felzmann, published by Lars Müller Publishers, is the winner in the international category.
Máquinas, by Marín, published by Fundación Telefónica obtains the prize in the national category. 
The prize for the prominent publishing company of the year goes to Kehrer.
The books The Table of Power 2, by Jacqueline Hassink, published by Hatje Cantz (Germany) has received a jury special mention in international category, and Centre Internacional de Fotografía Barcelona (1978-1983) published by Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, in the national category.
Quoted from PHotoEspaña website.  More...

A book accompanying the festival is available for download for free here.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Summer vacation loans

The following information will be useful if you are planning on taking books out over the summer.

From Friday 25 May until Friday 8 June 3 week loans will be issued to a fixed date of Friday 15 June 2012.

From Saturday 9 June 2012 3 week books and 1 week books will be issued over the vacation period to be returned during the week beginning Monday 24 September 2012.

DVDs remain 1 week.