Saturday, October 22, 2005

Signed Prints - Jeremy Nicholl

Behind the scenes, we are receiving a lot of valuable support from a number of international professional photographers. The landscape around here is held in high regard and has motivated a great deal of protective feeling.

Several of them are very generously donating some of the best known photographs that they have in their professional portfolios. They will be auctioned as signed prints. Over the next few weeks I'll add them to the list.

We'll start with Jeremy Nicholl. Jeremy works in the former USSR as one of the most highly regarded photojournalists but he has made his UK base in this patch of North Norfolk.

Born in Northern Ireland, Jeremy began his career in London, rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the UK's leading news photographers. In 1986 he was invited to join a proposed new national newspaper, the Independent, becoming a core member of an award winning editorial team.

In 1989 he left the paper to concentrate on longer term documentary photography, and since 1991 has specialised in reportage from across Russia and the Former Soviet Union, while taking time out to work on assignment photography and personal projects elsewhere. Jeremy's work has appeared in a wide range of publications around the world and been shown at numerous international festivals and exhibitions. You can see more of his work by clicking here.

The Photographs:

The two photographs for auction are from his series on Sandunovskaya Banya, Russia's most famous public bath-house. The series won an award in the Daily Life category of the World Press Photo contest, and both Best Story of the Year and Best News Story of the Year at Interfoto, Russia's leading contest for professional photographers.

The prints will be approximately A3 size.

After years of neglect Sandunovskaya Banya, Russia's most famous public bath-house, has been restored to its former splendour. Located close to the Kremlin, the 100 year old baths used to be popular with Communist Party cadres. Today they are a favourite meeting place for Moscow's nouveau riche.

Photograph 1
The ultimate in luxury is a private room with its own parilka [steam-room], only affordable by Sandunovskaya's wealthiest clients. A group of ex-paratroopers involved in Russia's lucrative banking and security business celebrate a birthday in style with wives and girlfriends.

Photograph 2

This group of women meet every Monday morning for a bathing session which they complete with an extensive lunch.

On a personal note, I am thrilled and grateful that we have been offered two such fantastic images. A photojournalist works on a different level to other photographers, and the difference is the presence in the image of the "story". Obviously, we are now embarking on a whole new territory that throws my own previous snaps on the blog into an embarrassing cocked hat - but hey, I can live with the humiliation!

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