This month’s challenge is to Wait. This is a popular topic to discuss in our photography courses in London. Waiting for the shot, looking at people waiting or the idea of waiting. Here are our Top 5 for your inspiration:

  1. Jason Larkin
    He is a British Photographer born in 1978 and is known for long term social documentary projects, environmental portraits and landscape reportage. He conveniently brought our a book called “Waiting” and focusses on people waiting in Johannesburg where he lived from 2011- 2013. They could be waiting at bus stops in harsh light. It is powerful work speaking about the people who live there.
  2. Andrei Tarkovsky
    A film Director from Russia. He has amazing polaroid photographs, that he shot in Russia and in Italy. The shots are going to be auctioned and should reach a whopping £500,000 plus this year. Images that could be considered technically flawed but really, they are beautiful, images with spill light, blurry or hazed. This created this eerie haunted atmosphere of the director’s own films. “Tarkovsky often reflected  with his script writer Tonino Guerra on the way that time flies, and this is precisely what he wanted: to stop it, even with these quick Polaroid shots.”
  3. Mimmo Jodice
    Attesa (waiting)1960-2016 is a collection of more than one hundred works curated by Andrea Viliani of the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the undisputed masters of contemporary photography Mimmo Jodice  “A waiting that is also the mastery of a strictly analogical practice of photography: waiting in the patient research of the lighting, often in the early morning, capable of detecting the essence of the subject represented, or waiting in the equally patient balancing of details and nuances in the darkroom.”
  4. Guido Guidi Veramente
    He has published a book in 2014, offering images of the reality.  He documented changes in his city Cesena, Italy.  His images are silent witnesses of a landscape undergoing major changes: It was an agricultural area on the edge of a suburb and now traversed by a highway.
  5. Thomas Struth
    He created a series of large scale colour works called Museum Photographs. The rooms and subjects were not staged and he liked to observe and wait to see the right configuration of people. He began to work in 1989 and began at the Lourve and theMusée d’Orsay in Paris  but continued in several other countries.“The idea behind the museum photographs was to retrieve masterpieces from the fate of fame, to recover them from their status as iconic paintings, to remind us that these were works which were created in a contemporary moment, by artists who had everyday lives. In essence, I wanted to bring together the time of the picture and the time of the viewer.”