The Long Lens blog: Photography with added snaps, art and culture

The photography site for sore eyes. Featuring: Art, photography, performance and theatre. With extra writing because I'm also a writer.

Garry Cook is performing photography at the National Photography Symposium

Photo: Ian Clegg Since photography became a mass-participatory past-time – i.e. everybody is taking photographs these days, all the time – practitioners and their academic overlords have been freaking out … Continue reading

October 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frigging great photos on display at the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle

I’ve long been let down by major photography galleries and the boring, conceptual and god damned unfathomable exhibitions they frequently put on. So, believe me, I was bloody shocked to … Continue reading

August 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Best camera phones 2018

It’s summer holiday time. You want to take photos of everywhere you go. You don’t want to carry a huge camera around with you. So, you buy a new smart … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Courtaulds exhibition at Preston’s Harris Musuem

Images of the Courtaulds exhibition now on at the Harris Museum in Preston. The exhibition is about the history of the Courtaulds factory at Red Scar, near Preston. The centre-piece … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: The Audit by Proto-type Theatre (at The Lowry, Salford)

The prospect of going to see a performance about the Icelandic banks and the global economy crisis is not an easy sell. A huge, utterly complex and dry subject, you … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

EXHIBITION: Preston’s Courtauld’s Connection

The sarcastic bit: After months of being asked I finally agreed boost the career of an up and coming artist (French landscape painter Eugene Boudin, 1824-1898, who once sold a … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

TOUR PREVIEW: The Chit Chat Chalk Show

I photographed Hawkins Dance/Knotted Project‘s Chit Chat Chalk Show again, this time at Z-Arts in Manchester (Jan 27, 2018). The show was the first date of their 2018 tour (you … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment