Documentary

Final Major Project Posts
  • Narrative versus Story May 3, 2019 I bought a copy of Lewis Bush’s Metropole at Paris Photo, intrigued by his use of semi-abstracted or manipulated images to tell the story of ... Read more...
  • The Triangle of Photography May 1, 2019 Malick Sidibé (1936-2016) was a Malian photographer, who gained an international reputation. He documented Malian culture as the country transitioned to independence. Sidibé photographed on the ... Read more...
Informing Contexts Posts
  • Todd Heisler – Final Salute April 25, 2019 I was reading Hariman and Lucaites The Public Image, and came across a picture by Todd Heisler, in the header. Heisler won the 2006 Pulitzer Prizes ... Read more...
  • Informing Contexts – Assignments April 24, 2019 All submitted, this morning. Mick Yates. 2018. Choeung Ek (The Killing Fields). The opening statement from my Critical Review: I am documenting the personal stories of people that ... Read more...
  • Allan Sekula – Fish Story, and Critical Realism April 22, 2019 Allan Sekula was one of the most influential documentarians working in the late 20th Century. An incisive critic, he also was part of the re-imagining ... Read more...
  • Realism and Imagination April 20, 2019 This week has been focused on completing the Critical Review. The recent Oral Presentation was well received, although I knew that for the CR, I ... Read more...
  • Jungle Guard April 19, 2019 Jungle Guard, directed by Makara Ouch, in his work with the Cambodian Sleuk Rith Institute (founded by Youk Chhang, of DC-Cam), will be released in ... Read more...
  • Afterwards April 16, 2019 I thought that I had posted about Afterwards before, but somehow it got missed. It was one of the first books that I bought, early ... Read more...
  • Notre Dame Fire April 16, 2019 Most of us will have got the news about the terrible fire via video. On Twitter, my usual source for breaking news, citizen journalist pictures ... Read more...
  • Infrared in Colour April 15, 2019 I am finally getting around to looking at the colour versions of the images I took on my the last Cambodia trip. In an earlier post, ... Read more...
  • Coleridge, Imagination and Fancy April 11, 2019 In thinking through the upcoming critical review, I realise that I have been working in two parallel directions. First, my photography has become increasingly abstract, traces of what ... Read more...
  • Susan Sontag – Quotes from ‘On Photography’ April 10, 2019 Quite frankly, I am not a fan of Susan Sontag. I find here work lacking in academic rigour, and very prone to deeply personal judgment ... Read more...
  • Informing Contexts – Oral Presentation – Feedback April 9, 2019 From Pierre: Well done video Mick. Good to see your journey from where it began to where it is now.  The painterly influence never goes away, it ... Read more...
  • Informing Contexts – Oral Presentation April 7, 2019  Partly because of some misguided feedback at the Falmouth F2F, and partly because I felt a need to ‘go back the beginning’ to explain my ... Read more...
  • Don McCullin April 5, 2019 Ingrid and I have seen a lot of exhibitions over the years, but the current Don McCullin show at Tate Britain really rates as one ... Read more...
  • Week Nine Reflections – The Two Headed Monster March 31, 2019 There has always been at least two Micks. There is the artist, the poet, the dreamer. And there is the logician, the business-person, the practical problem solver. Where ... Read more...
  • Interview with Mak Remissa March 31, 2019 Mak Remissa is arguably the most successful and important photographer working in Cambodia today. He is a working photojournalist, and is heavily involved in the ... Read more...
  • Feeling a little frustrated March 28, 2019 There is some kind of irony in the fact that, just as I (and others) feel that I am making some real breakthroughs in the ... Read more...
  • The University of Leeds March 21, 2019 I have been a Visiting Professor at Leeds, my Alma Mater, for the last 8 years, working with the Leeds University Business School (LUBS) and ... Read more...
  • Sebastião Salgado March 19, 2019 A couple of years ago, the PhotoBath collective, of which I am a member, mounted a successful exhibition of Sebastião Salgado’s work. It featured 8 ... Read more...
  • Pictures and Words March 17, 2019 Robert Frank said, ‘Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference, and it is important to see what is invisible to others’. (cited ... Read more...
  • Book Design March 17, 2019 From the beginning of this project, I have been planned a book capturing the ‘Unfinished Stories’ of Sarath and family. Whether this is actually my ... Read more...
  • Responses & Responsibilities March 16, 2019 James Elkins, in What Photography Is (2011), analyses photographs from 1905 of Lingqi, the Chinese ‘death by a thousand cuts’. (chapter 6, pg 177-220). I ... Read more...
  • And When I am Formulated, Sprawling on a Pin March 14, 2019 And I have known the eyes already, known them all, The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, And when I am formulated, sprawling on a ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections March 12, 2019 The Face-to-Face was, of course, both the highlight and the majority of the week. I really enjoyed the event – ‘The Living Image‘ content, group critiques, ... Read more...
  • Webinar February 22, 2019 It was an interesting webinar yesterday with Michelle. Clive, Vincent and Peng were in the group. I shared two (early) sets of work from this trip. ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections February 17, 2019 As I write this, I am on Day 3 of a two week Cambodia trip, so most of my thought processes are focused on the ... Read more...
  • Photographing the Holocaust – Janina Struk February 16, 2019 I have just finished Janina Struk’s Photographing The Holocaust. Michelle Caswell’s Archiving the Unspeakable was ‘book of the year’ for me last year, Struk’s might ... Read more...
  • Olympus Infrared Experiments February 7, 2019 I have just received the converted Olympus OM-D 10, converted to 720nm, as previously noted.  Here is a reference set of images. First, a straight colour ... Read more...
  • Photography, Photographies February 3, 2019 This week’s task: Post a brief commentary below that identifies the inherent characteristics and contexts of the ‘photographic’ nature of your own practice. Specifically refer to ... Read more...
  • IC Week One Reflections February 2, 2019 It has been a good start to the new module, with a good range of intellectual content, and helpful first online discussions with Michelle and ... Read more...
  • David Goldblatt February 2, 2019 ‘I suppose at best, I had hoped we might see ourselves revealed, as it were, by a mirror held up to ourselves’ David Goldblatt, 2017. I was ... Read more...
  • Soviet Holocaust Photography January 29, 2019 I have just been reading a paper written by David Shneer, in the Humanity Journal, 2014, University of Pennsylvania. Shneer discusses the approach taken by ... Read more...
  • Reflections on my Photographic Practice January 22, 2019 Robert Frank said, “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”. I provided  a reasonably thorough review of my photography in my ... Read more...
  • Provoke January 22, 2019 The Japanese photo magazine ‘Provoke’ only published three issues, in 1968 and 1969. It was a rejection of many of the then-prevailing ‘global’ photographic norms. ... Read more...
  • Cultural Context January 13, 2019 Almost all of this MA program to date uses a European / American ‘gaze’, in its choice of reading and referenced photographers – even the ... Read more...
  • What is Street Photography? January 2, 2019 I have an ongoing project to digitise my film archives, which has been a bit interrupted by the MA. So a 2019 resolution is to ... Read more...
  • Ain’t no Shame in my Game December 29, 2018 I used to do a lot of street photography, although most recently I have been a little bored by it – in the sense that ... Read more...
  • Dorothea Lange December 19, 2018 A while back I was asked to make a short presentation to the PhotoBath group on an image that has always inspired me. It actually didn’t ... Read more...
Positions & Practice Posts
Surfaces & Strategies Posts
  • Surfaces & Strategies Reflections – Grades – Where To, Now? September 20, 2018 Just got the Surfaces & Strategies results – and although the overall result (70.6%) is remarkably consistent with Positions & Practice (70.8%), the internals are ... Read more...
  • RPS Presentation August 31, 2018 I have been invited to give a talk to the Western Region of the Royal Photographic Society, next Sunday (September 9th). They have advertised it to ... Read more...
  • Week Eleven & Twelve Reflections August 20, 2018 Bill Jay, in Occam’s Razor, 1992, wrote: ‘… all good photographers have a deep commitment to, and involvement with, their subjects, and through photography they are ... Read more...
  • Book Dummy August 20, 2018 Now that I have completed selection of images for the Work in Progress portfolio, and finished Landings, it seemed right to update the book dummy. I ... Read more...
  • Surfaces & Strategies Oral Presentation August 19, 2018  I am exploring the long-term impact of the Khmer Rouge Genocide, and especially its impact on education. This includes revisiting our family history with that ... Read more...
  • Work in Progress – I missed my Mother August 18, 2018 I have completed the S&S WIP selection. Posts have already been written which explain my rational on intimacy, landscape and negative traces. Some of my fellow students ... Read more...
  • Intimacy August 16, 2018 ‘… all good photographers have a deep commitment to, and involvement with, their subjects, and through photography they are communicating their understanding and passion to ... Read more...
  • Street Portrait Workshop – August 19th August 11, 2018 As I already noted, I am conducting a ‘Street Portrait’ workshop in Bath next weekend. So far 12 people have signed up. Workshop background is here. In ... Read more...
  • WIP – Telling Sarath’s Story in the Jungle August 9, 2018 Part of this project is to tell the personal stories of the people who survived the Genocide. I am using video, and will include segments ... Read more...
  • Negative Traces August 5, 2018 The impact of the Genocide of 1975-1979 is still, in many ways, hidden. It is visible only in traces, both physical and psychological. My project is ... Read more...
  • This week’s ‘to do’ August 5, 2018 Well, where to start .. 1. WIP: Go through the images from the past two weeks trip to Cambodia. Sort into themes, and start the process ... Read more...
  • Week Nine reflections – Cambodian Narrative August 4, 2018 It was a very busy but productive time in Cambodia. My reflections this week (partly whilst sitting on the plane home) are about clarifying the narrative. ... Read more...
  • Webinar with Gary, July 31st July 31, 2018 Notes from today’s webinar with Gary, not necessarily in order of importance, and referring my last weekly reflections – Week 7 and Week 8. Noting that ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections – Cambodia – My Practice July 29, 2018 Another intense week. I left London on Saturday morning, having completed a 4 day, full-on shoot with Andrew Mlangeni. I arrived in Phnom Penh on Sunday ... Read more...
  • Week Seven Reflections – My Practice July 21, 2018 This week my reflections are about my practice, after a multi day event/documentary gig in London. Whilst I have shot events before, this week’s project was ... Read more...
  • My Friend’s Mother Passed Away – I Missed My Mother July 15, 2018 The first fully-translated ‘story’ from Sarath. Warning: gruesome reading in parts. …………………………….. It was possibly in 1977, I do not know for sure, but it was a ... Read more...
  • Conversation with Lukas Birk July 13, 2018 Following an introduction from Cemre, had a terrific conversation today with Lukas Birk. I explained a little of my background, motivations and the Cambodia project itself. These ... Read more...
  • The Public Image July 13, 2018 Notes on Robert Hariman & John Louis Lucaites, 2016, Chicago: Univ Chicago Press ‘Photography is a small language about vernacular life in a public world. Each ... Read more...
  • Negatives July 12, 2018 Interesting webinar with Cemre, Sarah, Danny & Ant. We were sharing our exhibition thinking, including Landings. Amongst other things, I shared the experimental ‘negatives’ work ... Read more...
  • PhotoBath Exhibition & Book July 12, 2018 PhotoBath, the local photography collective, are running their third annual show, in September, at the 44AD ArtSpace Gallery in Bath. They are also creating the ... Read more...
  • Preciousness July 11, 2018 Two things happened in the last 24 hours, which I would like to connect. First, I saw Sian Davey‘s guest lecture. Second, I had a conversation ... Read more...
  • Cambodian Photography – Part 1 July 5, 2018 Arguably, Dith Pran (1942 – 2008) is the most famous of Cambodian photographers. His story, working with foreign journalists, before the Khmer Rouge takeover, and subsequent ... Read more...
  • Windows on the Hidden June 30, 2018 I have found the last couple of weeks most enjoyable, exploring new kinds of imagery, both to learn new techniques and to consider ways of ... Read more...
  • Documentary & Art June 29, 2018 Had a very good webinar today with Cemre and Yas. Just want to jot my thoughts down here, not in any particular order. Cemre asked about ... Read more...
  • Postcards June 25, 2018 In Week Three Reflections, I noted some thoughts about how I might bring alive an installation / exhibition of the Cambodia project. That, pause being pushed ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections June 25, 2018 For this week’s reflections, a little late, a few questions stood out. How could your subjects be influencing you and your approach? Well, unfortunately that has been ... Read more...
  • Pop June 21, 2018 I have been experimenting with some of the ‘traces’ work, not least as a couple of the images have been chosen for the PhotoBath exhibition ... Read more...
  • Trailer June 19, 2018 One of the tasks for Week 2 was to create a 2 minute trailer for our projects. A little late, but here it is.  Soundtrack: The Industrialism ... Read more...
  • Rephotography June 13, 2018 In preparation for the next Cambodia trip, taking Cemre’s advice, I’ll be looking at the implications of this project for our family. As noted elsewhere, our ... Read more...
  • S&S Week One Reflections June 10, 2018 I consider my photography is about storytelling (when I get things right, that is). And I call this ‘Unfinished Stories‘, because the best that any ... Read more...
  • It’s Not All About Genocide June 8, 2018 It has always been my intent to go back and re-imagine the journey that we took with Sarath, though I have, to now, seen that ... Read more...
Sustainable Prospects Posts
  • Sustainable Prospects – Grades – Where To, Now? January 14, 2019 I have just received the grades for Sustainable Prospects – 70% overall, Distinction level, I assume, which is pretty much in line with Surfaces & ... Read more...
  • Reflections at Year End December 11, 2018 On Monday, 10th December, I did a presentation at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, noted here. It was entitled Cambodia – Unfinished Stories, A ... Read more...
  • Week Twelve Reflections – Street Photography, my evolution December 9, 2018 About 5 years ago, I decided to take street photography a bit more seriously. I got involved with various groups (such as the Leica Meet), ... Read more...
  • BRLSI Presentation December 9, 2018 The presentation to the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Society is tomorrow evening, and I am putting the finishing touches to the materials. I have created ... Read more...
  • Documentary Photography – Quotes December 7, 2018 In preparation for my Oral Presentation, I posted some quotes that I have found inspiring over the years. After writing about my practice, I thought I would ... Read more...
  • Week Eleven Reflections – Professional Location of Practice December 6, 2018 For this week’s reflections, I want to discuss my Practice, and where it is going. Following on from the ‘Let’s Talk Business‘ and ‘Back to the Beginning ... Read more...
  • Sustainable Prospects Oral Presentation December 4, 2018  Robert Frank said, “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”. Whilst I expressed the same thoughts in my first Oral Presentation, ... Read more...
  • A Prayer from Hell – BRLSI talk December 4, 2018 I am giving a presentation next week to the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, entitled ‘Unfinished Stories from Cambodia’. The subtitle is ‘A Prayer from ... Read more...
  • Week Ten Reflections December 2, 2018 With all the focus on the Oral Presentation and the Work in Progress, it would be easy to not step back and reflect. Also, there ... Read more...
  • Daido Moriyama – Record December 2, 2018 Daido Moriyama, when history is written, will be noted as one of the greatest photographers of his generation. Japanese photography has always interested me, even before ... Read more...
  • Working on Oral Presentation – Quotes November 24, 2018 I made a presentation last year to PhotoBath on Iconic Images, with Richard Young. Some of the quotes seem even more appropriate  now, as I consider where I want ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections – Work in Progress Reviews November 17, 2018 This summarises feedback from Jesse, Wendy and Krishna on my WIP portfolio, and my project in general. Paris (10th Nov) As background, I introduced the project like ... Read more...
  • Unfinished Stories from Cambodia – A Prayer from Hell November 16, 2018 I have been asked to do a talk at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, on December 10th. I was approached to do this ... Read more...
  • Tell a Story November 15, 2018 This week’s exercise is ‘tell a newspaper story in 5-7 images’. As I have just come back from Cambodia, trying to do something very similar, here ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections – Part Two November 5, 2018 I sometimes try to separate the photographic focus of the MA, and my personal role as a ‘Cambodian Educator’, of almost twenty years standing, as ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections – Part One November 5, 2018 These are some thoughts on week two of my Cambodia trip. As noted last week, the main purpose is to see how much progress I can make ... Read more...
  • Week Five Reflections – Cambodia October 27, 2018 The focus of the week was Cambodia. I arrived on Wednesday, from London via Singapore. From our home to the hotel takes about 22 hours. ... Read more...
  • Hondros October 23, 2018 Following a recommendation from Krishna, I watched the documentary on conflict photojournalist Chris Hondros, who died in Libya. It is a brilliant movie, and hugely thought ... Read more...
  • Discordia – Moises Saman October 21, 2018 Moises Saman is an American / Spanish photojournalist, and a member of Magnum. I just got a copy of his 2016 book, Discordia. It is perhaps the ... Read more...
  • Mango Flowers and Fruits – Sarath October 16, 2018 The second fully-translated ‘story’ from Sarath. …………………………….. This is a story about the time just before being liberated from the Khmer Rouge (in 1979). The lives of ... Read more...
  • Begin at the Beginning – My Photographic DNA October 13, 2018 Review your earliest work and reflect: What do you see in it? I have to really start at the beginning here. I was a painter (and ... Read more...
  • The Photograph as Contemporary Art October 13, 2018 I have been looking again at The Photograph as Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton, 2014 3rd edition, and decided this time to write a few ... Read more...
  • Seven Day Challenge September 28, 2018 This week’s activity is from Michael Christopher Brown, an American photographer represented by Magnum Photos. He has gained an international reputation, especially for his documentation ... Read more...
  • PhotoBath September 27, 2018 PhotoBath is a Bath-based collective, with interests in Documentary and Fine Art photography. This week the third annual exhibition was staged, ‘Unfinished’. That idea was, I ... Read more...
  • Looking Back September 23, 2018 I am exploring the long-term impact of the Khmer Rouge Genocide, and especially its impact on education. This includes revisiting our family history which goes ... Read more...
  • David Hurn – A Life in Pictures September 23, 2018 Just finally catching up with the excellent documentary on David Hurn from the BBC. It only has a few hours left to be available – ... Read more...
  • Dominic Grieve & Event Photography September 23, 2018 As mentioned elsewhere, I do quite a lot of event photography in the local area. It is essentially reportage work, for use in local news ... Read more...
  • RPS Presentation August 31, 2018 I have been invited to give a talk to the Western Region of the Royal Photographic Society, next Sunday (September 9th). They have advertised it to ... Read more...