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Mish Aminoff Moon, 61, is a photographer and a member of AoA. Here she describes what she does. She was born in London into a tight-knit Persian Jewish Community and brought up in a multilingual household which alternated between English, Farsi and Hebrew.

‘When I’m walking around a city and suddenly notice something that sparks my interest, I feel a combination of freedom, concentration, stimulation and harmony. There’s a choice be made, to take a photograph of this image regardless of whether or not I think it will work. That is part of the freedom: the experimenting.  My eye and approach are influenced by a love of art history and painting. Prior to studying Photographic Theory & Practice at The University of Westminster, I graduated in History of Art at Sussex University but my interest  – as evidenced in my old diaries – started much earlier. As a young teenager going to art galleries and museums was a gateway into an exciting world. I now believe I can experience the exciting, the beautiful, and ultimately my quest for seeing art on my everyday wanderings.’

This project is about reading. She found a photo of her maternal grandfather reading after work on his balcony in Tel Aviv and the project progressed from there.

Looking through old photos from before I was born I found another informal photograph of family members reading newspapers.  Here are Matt and Pauline reading their papers in the back garden  in Stamford Hill, circa early 1950s:

However, the tendency was that reading matter was used as props in formal studio portraiture. Below, my father in 1930:

Another relative – my father’s cousin Haji-Ben who was based in Milan – with an open book as a prop. His direct gaze and grown-up cross-legged position contribute to the quasi adult composure of the portrait:

And below another studio portrait of my aunt Hannah, this time hand-coloured, with a large open picture book as a prop. I can’t make out the illustration, but it seems like a grand scale documentary image, not what I’d expect from the context!

A posed photograph of me in my bedroom when i was about 3 or 4, taken by my father. This was part of a series of photos he took of me in my room; one at my dressing table, another chatting on a toy phone.  I find it interesting that the bookshelf in my room is filled with his old Penguin paperbacks, possibly deemed unsuitable for display in any other part of the house?

When my own children were born I took lots of photographs documenting their everyday experiences and family life; I was interested in capturing moments that I considered significant. The photograph below was taken in 1990 after a particularly sleepless night; Rafi finally asleep on his father’s right thigh and an open book in Josh’s left hand:

And one from the mid-90s of Josh reading one of his old Tintin books to the boys:

Dan occupying himself reading the Zelda manual on our regular Sunday morning brunch outings to Bar Italia in Soho

Some more from Bar Italia – my mother used to say that I always had a book on me everywhere I went. Nowadays it tends to be a Kindle, but here’s proof that it was a habit that continued into adulthood.  A portrait of me framed on the mirrored wall, part of a semi-permanent wall display of “regulars” at Bar Italia. I don’t remember the name of the photographer but I remember posing for her back in 2009. Here I am taking a photo of the portrait of me with my book, sitting at the bar counter:

The photo below was taken outside Bar Italia; I like it because if you look carefully you can see a luminous image of a man with long white hair – looking like a biblical representation of God in sunglasses. It happens to be the Brazilian musical Hermeto Pascoal, who is rather amazing, and definitely a jazz master if not a god!

Travelling further afield, here’s another café reader, taken the other week in a February sun-drenched Campo Santo Stefano in Venice:

And at this Tel Aviv café back in 2014,  a Hebrew newspaper is used to block out the bright February sun:

On the first day of my first trip to Japan in 2006 I was excited to snap a detail of my Manga-reading fellow passenger on the Tokyo Metro:

I took that trip with my younger son Dan who was 13 at the time. The photo below was taken one night  by Dan –  I’m reading a book by Haruki Murakami, in my new Japanese glasses:

I like the parallel activity of these bespectacled book browsers in a Parisian gallery shop:

Next up are a couple of images taken on London Underground. I loved the intimacy of this elderly couple sharing their art magazine:

This dapper gentleman in a corduroy suit and coordinating tan accessories was reading a book called The Tao of Physics:

Next a couple of diary-like images, the first documenting my ora dell’aperitivo ritual, complete with Campari, pistachio nuts and tapas like snacks and obscure Kyrgyz-translated book:

And on a relaxed Saturday morning my husband Stephen gets some tips on power from GQ magazine:

AofA People: Elainea Emmott – Photographer, Mother


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Elainea Emmott, 48, is a wonderfully sensitive and intuitive photographer. She is part of the AoA creative community. We’re proud to have her and her camera in our midst. She’s taken all the marvellous photographs for our Arts Council funded OUTage series of performances and events – The Death Dinner, Taboo Night and next the OUTageous Stylista Bus tour.www.elaineaemmottphotography.com
WHO ARE YOU?
Elainea Emmott
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
48
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
NW6
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Photographer,  mother.
TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?
More determined that I ever was and very happy.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?
Experienced about reading people and knowing where my energy is.
WHAT ABOUT SEX?
I am more interested in art & photography – it keeps me awake at night and is completely absorbing and fulfilling. And running.
AND RELATIONSHIPS?
I am enjoying platonic, interesting relationships with people I like and whom I want to get to know and inspire me. Nothing else gets my attention.
HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?
I am free in my mind and making myself more so by devoting myself to my creative fantasy.
WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?
My ability to make things happen. My son and my achievement as his mother through the adversity of autism.
WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?
Being better than I was yesterday and taking better pictures.
WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?
 
When I am taking photographs, being mum and a crazy sister and an aunt.
AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?
Into whatever I am doing.
WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?
To be happy and have made a difference.
AND DYING?
I am not scared of it, it is part of the cycle of life.
ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?
I  dream vividly and remember it all and write it down and learn from it, I am often sure that when I sleep it is reality and my day is the dream.
WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?
I challenge myself every day taking pictures when common sense tells me to stop. I’ve been in shark cages for my son and will contact anyone and everyone I find interesting – from all walks of life. I just don’t believe in the word ‘no’ or ‘can’t’ – one has to try.

Just the Pics, Please: Rebel Cultures | Hint Fashion Magazine


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Photographer Janette Beckman began her career in the UK at the birth of punk, working for seminal magazines including The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands and musicians from The Clash to Boy George, as well as three Police album covers, including their first, released in 1978. Beckman later moved to New York to immortalize the emergence of hip hop, along the way capturing Debbie Harry and Keith Haring.Given her hustle and bustle, Beckman’s body of work stands an archive of rebel cultures, often capturing soon-to-be household names in their formative green years. Beckman long ago gathered the most arresting of these portraits in the Rebel Cultures exhibition, which opens next at FIORENTINI + BAKER in New York on September 8, 2016. Here’s an overview…Sex Pistols, Hyde Park, London, 1979Boy, Kings Road, London, 1979Mods on Scooter, 1976Boy George, Notting Hill Gate, London, 1981Debbie Harry, London, 1981The Police, Waterloo, London, 1978Joe Strummer, The Clash, 1981Keith Haring, NYC, 1985The Go-Go’s, Tail of the Pup, 1983Run DMC, Queens, New York, 1984B Boys, London, 1982EPMD, Babylon, Long Island, 1989Salt N PepaSalt N Pepa

Read the full story here: Just the Pics, Please: Rebel Cultures | Hint Fashion Magazine

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