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Last chance to see The Chinese Photobook exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery

The Chinese Photobook exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery, London.

The Photographers’ Gallery in London is one of my secret escapes. It always has excellent, thought provoking exhibitions, there’s a wonderful bookshop and a not-half-bad café.

During Photo London it had a special curators’ tour of the Chinese Photobook exhibition. The tour was jam-packed with overseas press and other visitors but when they went off to the next thing on their agenda I stayed for over an hour to gen up on my knowledge of China and photography via the incredible exhibits on display.

The exhibition came out of the book of the same name – a joint project between the legendary documentary photographer Martin Parr and Dutch photographer duo WassinkLundgren (Thijs groot Wassink and Ruben Lundgren). (more…)

Every Street by Nik Hartley

Every Street Nik Hartley portrait project

There’s something very reassuring about hairdressers and barber shops. However fast-moving the worlds of fashion and retail, there’s still nothing that beats sitting in that familiar chair and the sound of steel snippers and a good old analogue haircut. (more…)

Style Forever: Q&A with Alyson Walsh from That’s Not My Age

Style Forever By Alyson walsh

This is a major week for a good friend of mine, Alyson Walsh who you may also know as the writer of That’s Not My Age. After blogging about age-inclusive fashion for almost seven years, today sees the publication of her first book, Style Forever (Hardie Grant, £12.99). (more…)

I’m loving it – the Valentine’s edit

Disneyrollergirl Valentine's Gift Guide - Louis Vuitton me & Me initial necklaces, £270

Valentine’s gift guide klaxon! Don’t worry it’s a twee-free zone. Here are a few buys that have caught my eye in the fashion and beauty sphere. Well, mainly beauty actually. You know I find smelly candles hard to resist, especially when the containers are as um, love-ly as the scents.

Example: Bella Freud’s new Loving candle is a mix of tuberose and sandalwood in a suitably dreamy etched red glass holder. Definitely her sweetest scent yet. (more…)