Approved: 16.08.2006

Stuart Haden

Artist, Film-maker, Project manager, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts: What you see depends on your visual intelligence and appetite. I search for new subjects and innovative ways of expressing these. How those subjects look within the frame interests me. I always compose at the time of photographing and print the whole frame. I am interested in how "what I photograph" is transformed by being photographed. I am interested in how the other elements within the frame change "what I photograph". I am interested in how I can change the meaning of "what I photograph" by placing it in the frame and excluding or including other things. I am interested in how the subject relates to the frame of the photograph. I am interested in what the camera and film shows of "what I photograph". I am looking for surprising elements that are not normally seen by the eye. I look at a frame on the contact sheet, which was exposed at two hundred and fiftieth of a second, to see if the image has changed "what I thought that I had photographed".

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      Concepts: What you see depends on your visual intelligence and appetite. I search for new subjects and innovative ways of expressing these. How those subjects look within the frame interests me. I always compose at the time of photographing and print the whole frame. I am interested in how "what I photograph" is transformed by being photographed. I am interested in how the other elements within the frame change "what I photograph". I am interested in how I can change the meaning of "what I photograph" by placing it in the frame and excluding or including other things. I am interested in how the subject relates to the frame of the photograph. I am interested in what the camera and film shows of "what I photograph". I am looking for surprising elements that are not normally seen by the eye. I look at a frame on the contact sheet, which was exposed at two hundred and fiftieth of a second, to see if the image has changed "what I thought that I had photographed".

      I believe in the principles of Aesthetic Realism, stated by Eli Siegel: 1. The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis. 2. The greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what is in it .... Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it. 3. All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.

      I am interested in the form, light, composition, texture, tone, space and context of "what I photograph". Of course, the film must have the correct exposure, possibly but not essentially without blur and be as sharp as possible in the circumstances. I use natural available light and do not use an attached flashgun. I make many mistakes and sometimes discover accidents of exposure that lead me to new work. Some of my best photographs are made when I am not trying too hard and am unaware that I have captured something extraordinary by being in a state of meditative zen when I have moments of intuition and sense there is something especially extraordinary in my mind's eye. 

      I am interested in photographing buildings, streets, landscapes, trees, people, events and transport all of which are in the public domain. I am a photographer. I document subjects in the public domain and sometimes with permission in the private domain. I do not set up or pose subjects. I only want natural, unposed, candid subjects. I am always interested in how people interact with the environment. That for me is social documentary photography.

      I want to make beautiful photographs which are balanced, surprising, simple, tense, witty and more meaningful and mysterious than the collection of facts within the frame that the camera and film describe so well. I am interested in discovering a frame, on my contact sheet, which shows me something new about "what I photograph" because of its relationship to the frame and all the other elements contained within. When I see that, I print the photograph. The test of a successful photograph, for me, is whether I have contained sufficient information (no more or less) in a composition that I am pleased with and it shows me something new that I had not been able to capture before, holds my attention for many viewings over time and contains an inexplicable mystery or phenomenon.

      Influences: The following photographers:Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Vik Muniz, Sebastian Salgado, Alvarez Bravo, Brassai, John Sazrkowski's books on 'Mirrors and Windows' and 'Looking at photographs' and the following artists: Elise Ansel, early Soul Power atists at the Tate Modern show, Enrico Baj, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Schwitters, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Tom Friedman, Mimmo Rotella, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, Frank Stella, Donald Evans, the following architects: Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Charles Rennie Macintosh, Bertold Lubetkin, Luis Barragan, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, John Pawson, David Chipperfield, vernacular building, indigenous art, the philosophers: Simone Weil, Frederick Neitze, the psychologists: Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, the economist: E.F.Schumacher, the writers: George Orwell, Isabel Allende, Alan Bennett, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Sten Odenwald, Bob Zimmerman, Charles Bukowski, Dylan Thomas, Naom Chomsky, Stephen Greer, Lewis Mumford, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jaques Prevert, Alisdair Gray, Buckminster Fuler, James Lovelock, Mahatma Gandhi and many others, the scientists: Stephen Berry, Naom Chomsky, James Lovelock, the lawyer and peace activists: Danilo Dolci, Gandhi, the musicians and composers: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Eric Satie, George Anthiel, Claude Debussey, Sergei Rachmaninov, Edward Elgar, Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky and the comedians: The Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Max Wall, Tommy Cooper, Peter Cook, Harry Carling. 

      Career and life path: 1961 to 1964: Hammersmith Collage of Art and Building. 1964: Architectural Association School of Architecture, passed R.I.B.A. part one Intermediate exam 1966: first mental breakdown, undiagnosed depression. 1967: married first wife. 1970: passed R.I.B.A. part two Final examination, invented the Rat Race board game which I sold to BPC, bought garden flat in Hampstead, founded a commune in Scotland. 1972 to 1976: First Year Master Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow University & Art School 1974: divorced first wife. 1978: taught at the School of Architecture, the University of Texas at Austin. 1979: studied photography in Garry Winogrand's course School of Art, University of Texas at Austin 1980: returned to London 1981: project manager for the Architect's Design Group in Anguilla. 1982 to 1984: taught at the Inchbald School of Design as first year course director. 1984: worked in numerous architect's practices. 1987: married second wife. 1988: first son born. 1990: went to live in Colombia for eighteen months. 1992: returned to England, first daughter born. 2005: received first Arts Council Grant documenting people & environment in Broxbourne. 2008: ceased photographing 2009: diagnosed with bladder cancer. 2010: moved to London. 2011: rented flat and studio, commissioned as self employed Architectural Consultant, made collages and assemblages from waste material found on the streets, reads and researches the news behind the news about wars, free energy, extraterrestrials, unidentified flying objects and crop circles and the 911 terrorist attack in NYC and Washington DC., receives Jungian and Cognitive Behaviourial therapy and medication for life long depression, 2013: diagonosed wih tongue cancer, receives chemotherapy and radiotherapy, starts photographing on a daily basis again and writing semi autobiographical account, interviewed by Phil Coomes, the BBC Picture Editor and the "quiet author" of Spitalfields Life, diagonosed with Mylodysplastic Syndrome. Meditates and is vegan with alkaline diet. Does not eat bread, cakes or biscuits. Continues to make colour and b & white photographs, collages and designs. Loves jazz.

      My profile image was made by Paul Simpson and is a portrait of me in Reich's Orgone Box at the Welcome Institute, London. Paul is one of my longest lasting friends. He is an architect and graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

      CV & Education

      Spitalfields, London, 1984 photograph exhibited at the Open Open 29 July - 8 September, 2017 at Swiss Cottage Gallery, London NW3 www.lovecamden.org/swiss-cottage-gallery Public realm 2013 - London photographs, Bar, first floor, Architectural Association , 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES 2008 - BBC Radio Three: Focus on China, The Verb, BBC Radio Three, 9.45 p.m., London 2008 - Hitchin Festival Art Trail 2008, Tim's Art Supplies, 85 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin Solo exhibitions 2013 - London photographs, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES 2007 - Stuart Haden Photographs, Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3DD 2006 - Summer Journey 2005 Thirty photographs, The Lowewood Museum 8th. April - 22nd. July, 2006, High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8BH 2005 - County Town in Camera, Hertford Museum, Bull Plain, Hertford 2005 - Photographs, Michaelhouse, Trinity Street, Cambridge 2005 - Photographs, Newton Price Centre, Watford 2004 - Retrospecctive The first 10 years, Boxfield Gallery, Stevenage, Hertfordshire 1996 - Stuart Haden, Lara-Rae Gallery, London 1983 - Stuart Haden, Photographer's Gallery, London 1981 - Stuart Haden, Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Glasgow Group exhibitions 2009 - Nearly Orange Artists Collective, Letchworth Art Gallery, Letchworth Garden City 2008 - Contributor to permanent group show at a local gallery, nearly orange art gallery, 71 Ickleford Road, Hitchin SG5 1TL, Hitchin 2007 - nearly orange collective, Boxfield Gallery, Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage 2006 - February Postcard Show "Wish you were here" five 4"x6" photos, Artshed Ware Ltd, Westmill Farm, Westmill Road, Ware, Herts. AL6 OJQ 2004 - University of Hertfordshire Annual Open Exhibition, Margaret Harvey Gallery, St.Albans 1984 - Camden Society of Architects Photo Competition, London 1983 - GLC Photo, Royal Festival Hall, London 1981 - B&W Garnethill Project, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, sponsored by and for the Manpower Services Commission 1980 - B&W Garnethill Project, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, sponsored by and for the Manpower Services Commission 1979 - 12th National Competition, Centre of Visual US Arts, Houston, Texas Private commissions 2012 - Three poems about Laurieston, Memories & recollections after forty years, Laurieston Hall Scrapbook by Tiffany Eve 2007 - The private lives of Hertfordshire writers., published by Tempus Publishing Limited, by Pamela Shields ISBN 978 07524 4372 0 2005 - Hertfordshire A-Z by Pamela Shields ISBN 0-7509-4250-9, 57 photographs contributed Projects 2012 - Significant architectural places in Southwark , work in progress , London Borough of Southwark 2009 - Competition to design a park bench to encourage democratic public debate, Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park, Southwark, London SE5, Adjacent to cafe at Chumleigh Gardens Other 2013 - Interviewed by Phil Coomes, BBC Picture Editor, BBC, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1 2013 - Interviewed by the "quiet author" of Spitalfields Life, Bishopsgate Institute, , 260 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4OH 2011 - Acquired own studio, The Art Academy, Southwark Street, London SE1 2009 - Art Auction, Headland Hotel/ Spectrum charity for autistic children, Newquay, Cornwall 2007 - Savor the Night Lupus International Charity Auction, Summit House Restaurant, 2000 East Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, California, U.S.A. Exhibited one photograph at the Open Open Salon in the Swiss Cottage Library, London 2017.

      I am available for exhibitions, commissions, talks, critiques and written articles. All my work can be bought as raw pieces or with a mount, frame and signed and dated by me with the title.