the universal foreground

The Velvet Cell – Booklets Set 1

A few months ago, I was sent this set of booklets by The Velvet Cell to review for Source magazine. Here’s the text of my short review: Founded by Eanna … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Roads, again.

More specifically, the middle of the road – the preferred position from which to demonise Britain’s New Towns, and the increasingly isolationist lifestyle that they represented. Gorden Cullen makes this … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Bldgs’ – Gus Blaisdell on Lewis Baltz’s New Industrial Parks

I’ve loved Blaisdell’s clever, trippy writing for some time now, but this piece, on the work of Lewis Baltz, is spectacular. Two years in the writing, Blaisdell begins by rubbishing … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ron McCormick – from the Valleys Archive 1985

Between 1985 and 1990, ffotogallery in Cardiff commissioned a number of photographers to document the industrial landscapes of the South Wales Valleys. Ron McCormick was one of the first. You … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ten.8’s ‘Landscapes’ issue – the work

Here are the six portfolios reproduced in the ‘Landscapes’ issue, with a short extract from the texts written by the artists.

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ten.8’s Landscape issues – part I (Autumn 1979)

Between 1979 and 1985, the photographic journal Ten.8 published two issues devoted to the topic of landscape. Part of what is so fascinating about these two issues is the way … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Myers – ‘Boring Photographs’

a selection of images from John’s series ‘Boring Photographs’ …

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Myers – ‘Middle England’

Over a period of about seven years between 1972 and 1979, John Myers produced a body of remarkable landscape photographs in and around Stourbridge in the West Midlands. The images … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment


Today, a reflection on photographic form – specifically, the form, given by photographers, to roads in new developments, and the heavy, tarmac’ed foreground as a kind of emblem of the … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment


Today: a visit to the RIBA archive, and four boxes of photographs that Nairn produced (or commissioned) for the Architectural Review between 1955 and about 1963. The English architectural press … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment