It has become customary that we close the year by looking at our highlights, the exhibitions and events we’ve supported, and the clients we’ve worked with (and their exhibitions). For 2023, we celebrate the following (in no particular order)…
David Yarrow: Storytelling at Maddox Gallery
Storytelling revealed the fascinating narratives behind his latest work, including three images that debuted at Maddox Berkeley Street.
Yarrow’s three new works, inspired by English classics like Oliver Twist and Peaky Blinders, paid tribute to London’s past and the Roaring Twenties, featuring iconic figures like Cara Delevingne and David Gandy. His photography transports viewers with dramatic depictions, from portraying Erling Haaland as a Viking warrior to capturing the intensity of Wall Street.
Photo50 at London Art Fair 2023
Genesis was delighted to once again support Photo50 at London Art Fair; an annual exhibition of contemporary photography which provides a critical forum for examining some of the most distinctive elements of current photographic practice. The 2023 edition of the fair was curated by Pelumi Odubanjo and Katy Barron and supported by our Exhibition Printing and Installation Services.
Annesa Dawoojee: Only Human at The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol
We were thrilled to have worked with photographer Aneesa Dawoojee on her exhibition Only Human at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, producing Direct to Media UV prints on Dibond, Tray Frames and C-type prints.
Only Human showcased two bodies of Dawoojee’s work. The Fighting Spirit of South London, exploring strength, resilience, fortitude and hope to overcome life’s challenges through images of martial artists and combat sports athletes from gyms near Dawoojee’s home, as well as previously unseen work from a new series, March of the Humming Birds.
Her new work tells the story of the Caribbean community in the UK with a view to share its rich history. It is a colourful and often joyous story of a multicultural community who are keen to share their stories of adventure, love, and hopes for the children in Britain.
Supporting Students through Bursaries and Mentorship
For many years, we have supported final year photography BA students at Nottingham Trent University with three bursary awards: two of £500 worth of our production services to aid in the production of their degree show and a third of £1000 for the production of an exhibition one year later, plus mentoring with Creative Director, Mark Foxwell. This is part of our dedication to the next generation of creative practitioners, including tours, talks, lectures, portfolio reviews, student and graduate discounts – and much more.
Katharine Ramshaw and Rosie Allen were chosen as the deserving recipients of this year’s Genesis Imaging bursaries by Genesis Creative Director Mark Foxwell.
In 2022, Lucy Collins was awarded the £1000 Genesis Imaging Bursary with Nottingham Trent University for her series ‘Collins Conversations’. This year it was shown as an expanded series in a similarly titled exhibition at The Broadway Gallery in Nottingham.
FEP: Beyond Fashion and Civilization: The Way We Live Now
The Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography’s exhibitions, Beyond Fashion and Civilization: The Way We Live Now, continued to tour the world this year. The exhibitions have toured in 9 countries, including China, South Korea, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.
Andy Hughes: Sea Through
Andy Hughes’ works – Sea Through – continued to be exhibited throughout 2023 on the beach in Cornwall near Hughes’ home and as part of the exhibition Sea Fever at Porthmeor Studios.
The works were produced by Genesis as Direct to Media UV Prints on Polycarbonate, originally commissioned for ‘Flowing Moon, Embracing Land‘, 2022 Jeju Biennale, South Korea. The two large circular polycarbonate photographs were sited on the volcanic coastline on Gapado Island, offering a see-through view of the ocean towards Japan.
This year marked a rather remarkable first for us… framing an original PIGcasso piece. Yes that’s right – art by a pig!
Pigcasso was rescued just before slaughter in 2016 by Joanne Lefson and taken to Farm Sanctuary SA in Franschhoek, South Africa. When Joanne noticed that Pigcasso ate or destroyed everything except some old paint brushes that were laying in her stall, she decided to nurture the pig’s potential talent. It didn’t take long before Pigcasso began to paint – and over time, the painting process developed into an extraordinary collaboration between human and pig. Lefson selects the colours while Pigcasso takes the brush into her mouth and creates her magic across the canvas. Every original is signed by Pigcasso’s nose-tip.
Proceeds from the sale of every artwork benefit the registered nonprofit Farm Sanctuary SA that Lefson established in 2016.
Another animal-related highlight that deserves a mention… DOGS!
This year saw us meet not only lots of new clients but also their 4-legged friends too.
Going into 2024, dogs are welcome and encouraged in the Genesis premises!
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023
Astronomy Photographer of the Year is an annual competition featuring the world’s greatest space photography. Photographers from across the globe compete to take home the prestigious title.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023 is now on show at the National Maritime Museum, featuring over 100 photographs displayed at their best on brilliant lightbox displays. Genesis was proud to continue our involvement in this amazing showcase, producing Duratrans prints.
Marcel Drechsler, Xavier Strottner and Yann Sainty have together been named the overall winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023 for their mysterious deep space photograph, Andromeda, Unexpected.