No matter how long you study photography or how much you think you know it seems you will always discover photographers that make great pictures that you have never seen before and one wonders how it is that you have never been introduced to their work before. I had this happen on a recent visit to the Photographers Gallery in London, the gallery is in the process of moving to a new location in Soho and in one part of the gallery they had a display of exhibition posters from the galleries history. I was familiar with most of the photographers and noticed a couple of my favourites (Jem Southam’s ‘Raft of Carrots’ for example) but one poster caught my eye with a great picture of two dogs on the roof of a building by a photographer by the name of Peter Marlow.
This is the image from the poster and is the largest version of it I can find. This photograph really caught my eye and I have started to look at more and more of Peter Marlow’s great work, he has been a part of Magnum since 1981 and makes great images – his website has a great time line of images where you can see how his work has progressed and developed over the years, really interesting.