Untitled no.31; Left Right Left

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Acquired in 2005 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Ames, Craig
attributions_note
bibliography
Ames, Craig. Left Right Left England: photoNorth,2004
collection_code
PDP
credit
Purchased through the Cecil Beaton Fund
date_end
2002-12-31
date_start
2001-01-01
date_text
2001-2002 (photographed)
descriptive_line
'Untitled no.31', photograph from the series 'Left Right Left', by Craig Ames, England or Cyprus, 2001-2002.
dimensions
Height: 41.7 cm, Width: 60.7 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Made in Britain (Huis Marseille Foundation for Photography 05/03/2005-29/05/2005)
gallery
Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
95258
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T01:55:21.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T01:55:21.000Z
latitude
52.883289
location
Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case PX3, shelf 2
longitude
-1.97685
marks
'Untitled no.31' 'Edition no.1 of 5' 'fuji crystal archive paper' 'CA'
materials
photographic paper, aluminium
materials_techniques
C-type colour photograph on photographic paper mounted on aluminium diabond
museum_number
E.281-2005
museum_number_token
e2812005
object_number
O122777
object_type
Photograph
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Colour photograph of soldier sitting on bed playing computer game. Fuji crystal archive matt paper mounted on to 2.5mm aluminium diabond.
place
England
primary_image_id
production_note
Photographed in England or Cyprus
production_type
Limited edition
public_access_description
Craig Ames was trained as an evidence photographer by the Royal Engineers whilst serving in the British Army. The Royal Engineers were the world's first military unit to receive formal instruction in photography. They were trained by Charles Thurston Thompson in 1856 who was the first man to be employed as a photographer by the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A). From 1989 to 1992 Craig Ames spent six months in Northern Ireland on patrol in the segregated communities of West Belfast. Periodically he would operate as an evidence photographer but due to security restrictions was only able to record this disturbing environment by concealing his 35mm camera inside his flack-jacket. This experience sparked his enthusiasm for photography and after leaving the army he went on to study for an MA in Photography at the University of Sunderland. A decade later he returned to the Army to his former regiment to re-evaluate photographically the institutionalised male environment which he had once inhabited. The result of this was a highly personal body of work, a 'fly on the wall' insight exposing the day to day life of a young soldier in the British Army today. The style of work echoes the documentary, 'snapshot-style' of his earlier photography. However these images are more considered: the intimate moments and details he selects are given an emotional charge by his own experience and evoke a strong empathy with his subject. In 2004 this work was published in book form ('Left Right Left') and also featured in a group show about contemporary British photography, 'Made in Britain' at Huis Marseille Foundation for Photography.
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2
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VA
slug
untitled-no31-left-right-left-photograph-ames-craig
sys_updated
2014-06-09T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
c-type colour photography
title
Untitled no.31; Left Right Left
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
2002
year_start
2001