The probing eye of John Minihan
A new exhibition at the Cork Street Gallery looks at the work of photographer John Minihan and includes many pictures that are on show for the first time.
Minihan was born in Dublin in 1946 but came to live in London at the age of 12. Initially he joined the Daily Mail as an apprentice photographer and by the time he was 21 he became the youngest staff photographer on the London Evening Standard.
He worked as what was then termed a Fleet Street photographer for the next 30 years, though he continued to document his home town of Athy in Ireland during his visits.
At that time he developed a a talent for photographing writers, especially Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs, the latter of whom referred to him as "a painless photographer".
Yet his best known picture shows a 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer in the garden of the nursery where she worked at the time, and was one of the pictures that began the media's fascination with the future wife of the Prince of Wales.
Challenging stereotypes: Teesside's new Roma
Photographer Ciara Leeming likes to work on long-term documentary projects, often working with sections of the community that receive little visual coverage. Her latest looks at a family of Roma now living in Middlesbrough and challenges many of the stereotypical visuals seen in the media. Here she writes about the project and the inspiration behind it.
Roma Gypsies have barely been out of the news over recent weeks. We've had predictions of riots in a neighbourhood of Sheffield where there has been an influx of Slovakian Roma. We've had moral panics and hurried DNA tests on blond Romani children in Ireland and Greece. And we've seen numerous exposes of Romanian Roma beggars in London, some of whom spent the summer sleeping near Marble Arch.
A rebellion of youth, punks in 1977
The work of two photographers whose pictures depict the early days of punk in London, many of which have not been seen for 30 years, is being shown at the photographic fair Paris Photo.
Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon both arrived in London in 1976 and met that year while studying for a film and photographic arts degree at the Polytechnic of Central London, an establishment which at that time was at the forefront of the development of photographic theory.
The Spirit of Brooklands
To fans of motor racing the banked section of crumbling road in the above picture is instantly recognisable as the home of British motorsport, Brooklands.
This was the site of the first purpose-built motor racing circuit anywhere in the world, and one that in its heyday in the 1920s and '30s saw thousands of fans lining the track, hoping to catch a glimpse of those pioneering racers.
Fill up on gas station memories
Since its invention, the car has been a photographers' favourite. The sleek lines have often been an inspiration and that mythical promise of freedom has to some extent been created by the photos and cinematic images.
But the car requires fuel, and it is that which forms the basis of a new book consisting of archive press images of petrol stations - or gas stations as they are known in the US, where most of the photos in David Campany's Gasoline originate.
What does it feel like to be airbrushed?
Since the birth of photography images have been manipulated to suit the creative vision of the photographer or to present a certain point of view, with figures removed or added and items moved, all to ensure the perfect composition. In some cases the reason for the deceit, if that's what it is, was to alter the record of history, perhaps the most famous case being the Stalinist airbrushing of Trotsky from images of the Russian Revolution.
In the days of film, this work was carried out by skilled technicians - sometimes on the negative itself prior to printing, or more often in the darkroom under the cool light of the enlarger.
Depicting the Middlemen
This picture by Sarah Amy Fishlock is a delight to look at and yet there's a story behind it that makes it even more compelling.
At first glance it was the muted tones that captured my attention, and the mystery of the situation. Is it a random picture of home life? Why is the man staring out of the window in a somewhat severe pose while the young girl looks back at the camera? And the framing, it seems considered and yet the lamp obscures the man's hands, so to some extent must have been grabbed in the moment.
Southsiders: Portrait of a Community
Photographer Peter Dibdin has turned his camera on a community dear to him, creating portraits of the residents and recording their views on the area.
"Southsiders is a portrait project exploring the personalities in a cross section of a truly diverse area of Edinburgh," Dibdin says.
Famous photographs re-created in Play-Doh
Famous photographs re-created in toy bricks were once all the rage, now it seems that Play-Doh might become the medium of choice for those looking to pay homage to photographic masterpieces.
Eleanor Macnair is leading the way with her blog, which recreates work by Julia Margaret Cameron, Diane Arbus and Man Ray to name but a few.
Tony Ray-Jones in colour
When considering the 1960s, there are certain photographers whose names leap out at us, the majority from the world of fashion, with the so-called holy trinity of David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy at the forefront.
Yet away from the glamour of the fashion scene, a new breed of social photographers was emerging. And one of those was Tony Ray-Jones whose pictures helped define photography in the 1970s and beyond, despite his death from leukaemia aged 30 in 1972.