How much better than a sip of wine from a manky cup that half the church have had a go at and a wafer that sticks to the roof of your mouth?

Every Sunday service should involve a chocolate fountain. It would improve visitor numbers no end.

This week's Photo of the Week comes from Caravan Gallery a collaboration between artists and photographers Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale that seeks "to document the reality and surreality of the way we live today" and indeed they do. From "Mr Cheap" pound shops to dilapidated seaside resorts, urban graffiti and suburban decorative aspiration - Caravan Gallery seem to capture the very best and worst of the UK in glorious postcardian technicolor.

The photography duo, who exhibit their work in their very own dedicated caravan gallery space are currently in the midst of a UK-wide tour and the roaming exhibition, extra{ordinary}:Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, has been travelling to locations all over Britain since March 2015. You can catch the current leg of the tour at Impressions Gallery, Bradford (until 29th August) before it moves on to Diffusion Festival 2015 at Ffotogallery, Cardiff, in October. Expect to see more of their work on the Point 102 blog over the coming year.

Chocolate Fountain in former church, Derby. The Caravan Gallery

Chocolate Fountain in former church, Derby. The Caravan Gallery

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LOOK13 is Liverpool’s International Photography Festival, now in its second edition. With exhibitions and events running across the majority of major galleries and institutions in the city, the festival’s 2013 theme is ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ exploring ‘how we create images of identity, subjectivity and the self’. Although the festival officially closed on June 15th, many of the key exhibitions continue to run throughout the summer and are worth a visit. Highlights from this year include; Sander/Weegee (Selections from the Side Photographic Collection) which presents images from the two prolific photographers documenting the first half of the 20th Century in both Germany and New York at the Bluecoat, Doubletake by Keith Medley at The Walker Art Gallery which presents selections from the Liverpool-based photographer’s archive and a snapshot of city life in the region during the 1960’s  and The Wild and the Wise, an exhibition by Charles Fréger at Open Eye, a first UK exhibition for the artist which includes well-known series The Wilder Man portraits.

Sander/Weegee runs at the Bluecoat until 14 July 2013

 www.thebluecoat.org.uk

The Wild and the Wise, Charles Fréger runs at Open Eye until 25 August 2013

http://www.openeye.org.uk/

Doubletake, Keith Medley runs at The Walker Art Gallery until 15 September 2013

 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

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Taking place in Toronto, Canada, throughout May, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography festival combines a symposium (“The 'Public Life' of Photographs”), book launch and various events alongside three exhibitions taking place at The Ryerson Image Centre.

One of the most interesting contributions to the exhibition programme during CONTACT is Arthur S. Goss: Works & Days curated by Blake Fitzpatrick and John Bentley Mays in collaboration with the City of Toronto Archives. Goss was the first employed photographer for the city of Toronto and worked for the government from 1911 to 1940. Due to the official nature of his employment, the photographs he produced were not based on Goss' own interests but rather commissioned by unknown individuals within the city department. This places the thousands of images produced by Goss in the fascinating and sometimes dispassionate zone of the 'civic photograph' which was so invested during the early 20th Century.

Goss was not just responsible for capturing the city and building-scapes of Toronto but also the humanistic angle that made up daily life and showed how the the city was expanding and changing with the times. Goss was often the only photographer capturing pivotal moments in the cities history and progression. One of the first projects he worked on for the city was around public health and living conditions and involved cataloguing the cities poor and slum areas. The resulting images, dilapidated interiors, toilets, kitchens are also joined by images of the improvements that were being made by the city. For example the implementation of dental treatment and regular health checks into the school's service and the introduction of two 'forest schools' which taught children in the fresh air and provided basic nutritional hot food for lunch in order to prevent diseases like tuberculosis. One shot, marked 'Board of Education, Toronto. Aug 20 1913' shows four school children at Park Forest School at the High  either practising or being shown how to brush their teeth. Each girl clutches a white enamel mug and one beribboned child is being physically shown by the teacher and the others look on.

The curators have, for this exhibition, chosen to focus their attention on the less humanistic of Goss' work and show the way in which Goss' practice was necessarily systemic, practical and also mundane. Often Goss would be sent to photograph a subject as simple as a road or building and this exhibition shows these images in chronological order, showing different angles and attempts at the same view – revealing the way in which the photographer must work in order to convey a message or subject. This angle of Goss' practice, the curators say, has been the most overlooked by previous investigators into the photographers work and methods.

Arthur S. Goss runs from 1st May through to 2nd June and then from 19th June to the 25th August at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto.

 

http://www.ryerson.ca/ric/exhibitions/Goss.html

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