Last summer photographer Robin Mellor was visiting a psychedelics conference in Greenwich, London. By chance, on the same day in another part of the venue, a very different kind of event was happening: a Cliff Richard concert. Robin has come along with “my camera and a couple of films on the off chance I bumped into some sort of psychedelic wizard,” he tells It’s Nice That, “but the Cliff fans were far more intriguing.”
We are all familiar with the vivid snapshots of Martin Parr; whose candid photographs capture the heart of every place he visits. The prolific photographer has been commissioned by Gucci to undertake his first major fashion campaign, #TimetoParr, which features the fashion house’s timeless watches. The series launches today on Instagram and captures subjects in nine locations around the globe; Asia, Italy, the UK and the US, featuring them in natural moments that emphasise everyday life. Parr captures the watches deftly and artistically, in angles and situations not typical of traditional fashion photography.
Nick White’s playful and often downright silly artwork manifests itself through multiple outputs including painting, collage, ceramics, drawing and zines. As a teacher on the BA Illustration Animation course at Kingston School of Art, Nick believes that “more creatives should be able to turn their hand to a variety of different disciplines and skills”, albeit to just expand their knowledge of the field.
Former Nicer Tuesdays speaker, Akinola Davies, also know as Crackstevens, has teamed up with Essex musician Tirzah on a video for the latter’s woozy, downtempo, Coby Sey featuring new single, Devotion.
Today, Converse and JW Anderson are launching the latest collection in the brands’ continuing collaboration; Toy. To celebrate, Toy Gallery – a pop-up in the heart of London’s Soho – will open today (19 July) for four days, until 22 July.
Given the amount of rugs, busts, and David Bowie books that fill up the cavernous Kensington museum, it isn’t entirely surprising that the Victoria & Albert’s photography offerings can, at times, feel a little skimpy. That’s all set to change next October when the museum reveals a new photography space that’ll double the current space given over to the medium.