Sheffield photography exhibition celebrates Tour this weekend

Vélo: Tour de France: Showcases the uncompromising brutality of the Tour de France

by John Stevenson   June 23, 2012  

Velo by Andrew Smith starts in Sheffield this weekend

Fancy some art photography with your Tour de France? Vélo: Tour de France unrealities is an exhibition of cycling images by photographer Andrew Smith that starts Saturday the 30th of June at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield.

On his blog, Bank Street artist in residence Andrew Conway describes Smith's images as capturing the “shimmering, spectral beauty and uncompromising brutality of the Tour de France.” The exhibition, he says “reframes fragments of Tour transmissions and explores the mythology and unrealities of cycling (of riders ‘dragging their souls on a string’)”

Writer Tim Krabbé, known for the cycling novel The Rider and the novel and script for classic movie The Vanishing said of the exhibition and accompanying book: ‘Cycling was mythical, but it survived its visibility. In Vélo, it becomes a visible myth.’

The 120-page book of the exhibition is currently available in a numbered limited edition of 60, signed by the photographer, priced £20.

The show opens at 6pm on Saturday, just as the Tour de France prologue finishes in Liege and runs for the duration of this year's Tour.

For more information see Bank Street Arts, and Andrew Conroy's blog. Full details of the opening event, with a bar by Bank Street's in-house eatery Cafe Juniper are here

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Errrrrr??? Looking at the images isn't this just a case of taking snaps from a tv screen? An armchair sportsman is bad enough but armchair sports photographer is just taking the p*ss. Yawn

I'm currently working on my own book 'Euro 2012 from my sofa' and I'm collaborating with the BBC on a London Olympics book next month.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1223 posts]
23rd June 2012 - 17:40

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What a load of w@nky art bollox!

posted by headfirst [83 posts]
24th June 2012 - 23:03


MercuryOne - the snaps are only a small part of the the p*ss take. The main thing is to write it up with a load of pretentious cr*p, or as Headfirst so eloquently puts it above, a 'load of w@nky art bollox' in words. Bollox like this for instance: ‘Cycling was mythical, but it survived its visibility. In Vélo, it becomes a visible myth.’ Aka 'pulling the wool'.

If you can find someone with a name to write the bllx for you, you stand evcen more chance of fooling the gullible. Plus you will also have the defence that those who criticise your precious bllx are 'philistines' or they 'don't understand' your bllx.

posted by bikeylikey [194 posts]
25th June 2012 - 7:32

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