News Femme Flourens

I have known Alex Scaglia for over twenty years and during that time we have supported each others work. When he was working on his Femme Flourens we spoke frequently on the phone about his project. There was one sticking point that came up time and time again which was the technical side of his post production. We both came to the conclusion that because I knew so much about the project that I would do the post production on the nudes. Many more long conversations on the phone and what seemed like a thousand proofs later (Alex was becoming a hard client to please), I felt that we were getting close to the images he had perceived in his mind. Highly complex forms became more and more simple. I am very pleased with the results and Alex, the driving force behind his project, realised his minds vision. The final prints are stunning. There’s more information on his web site www.hardpencil.com

News Retroattivi Ritratti Italy May 2013

In May 2012, I exhibited a series of Portraits in 2G Gallery in Jesi (Marche) Italy.
The Portraits were of Dhani Harrison, Ute Lemper, Willi Soukop, Peter Kent, Sally Bower, Euan Uglow and Peter Blake.
The Exhibition came about through my connection with one of the most important photographic critics in Italy: Valerio Deho. He has been a great supporter of my work and a great encouragement to me. The Exhibition was curated by Andrea Barchiesi, to whom I owe many thanks.

News Fano Italy Dec 2012

Art Curator Andrea Barchiesi was opening his new Gallery in Fano (Italy) and wanted to exhibit my Conceptual Photographic Sculptures. We both knew that the response would be a little contraversial but we went ahead anyway. People are unfamiliar with seeing photographs that have been torn as they have always been seen as two dimensional. The critic Albero Berardi wrote the following review:
I met James Mitchell in a day of freezing rain, we were going in the same direction along the main street in Fano on a pre-arranged meeting made by a mutual friend. James with a huge box that contained his treasures, I was anxious to discover them. With difficulty we reached Piazza Grande and found hospitality in a Cafe. James began to pull out, one by one his photos. First the portraits of famous people he did when working in London and then his original tear-off creations; it was really a treasure hunt. In fact, there are not many artists who can combine design and photography and even fewer that are able to produce a creative moment, when the voyeur unknowingly becomes complicit with the action, becoming an actor. As the inventor of Lego said: "Give me a form and I will offer you a world." A new world which, like the mirror for Alice, you can come and build, with the help of photography narratives, original, never-ending stories, complaints of abuse and exploitation. Everything and more to one condition: the tear. Without tearing anything, the whole world is in tears. And the tear in a photo that sets in motion the hole; the effect is amazing. It opens and closes, in and out. Until yesterday a torn photo is now no longer cast aside. The effect Mitchell has produced is magic. Thanks James.
ALBERTO BERARDI
The Exhibition ran for a month and was, at the end warmly received.

News

These Pictures are not really news as they were shot many years ago. Green Watch was the first; I wanted to tell a little story about the fire service and the men and women that work in it. All the photographs were shot individually on location using a large white background. Later they were put together. The Perpetual Beauty Parade was much harder as the shapes were more complex which makes this image difficult to decipher. However I like it for the element of confusion which reflects the Notting Hill Carnival.