- Siren City
Johnnie Shand Kydd — Siren City
‘Siren CIty’ is a collection of Johnnie Shand Kydd’s black-and-white photographs of Naples, which is known as the ‘Siren City’ for its mythological and modern day associations.
Despite its sublime setting, Naples has been at worst abused and at best neglected over the years following the unification of Italy in 1860. There is much in the way of beauty and Shand Kydd undoubtedly captures the light, vivacity and carnality of Naples as well as the darker side of paganism inherent to its history. Every street and piazza is a stage. His photographs, taken between 2000 and 2008, retain something of the seduction of 19th century photography. He sees that it would be easy to paint a bleak picture of Naples but captures much hilarity, expressing a unique and classical coupling of grief with humour.
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Johnnie Shand Kydd
After working for a number of years at a Bond Street Gallery selling 19th century paintings, Shand Kydd began taking photographs of his artist friends and peers. As a participant - as opposed to an...
After working for a number of years at a Bond Street Gallery selling 19th century paintings, Shand Kydd began taking photographs of his artist friends and peers. As a participant - as opposed to an observer - he captured the community of Young British Artists before they became household names.
From March ‘96 to July ‘97 he photographed the contents of the book Spitfire (Violette, 1997) and Crash (Damiani/2006), which documents the YBAs and others, and demonstrates Shand Kydd’s refined, straightforward and confident approach in both theme and technique. In strict black-and-white, he captures art world luminaries like Gilbert & George, Sam Taylor-Wood, Richard Prince, Juergen Teller, Maurizio Cattelan and Tracey Emin. His work is in various public collections including the National Portrait Gallery. He lives and works in London.
July 12, 2013
Johnnie Shand Kydd directs 'On Collaboration' films in association with EDITION Hotels.
Each film in the On Collaboration series has been produced in partnership with EDITION Hotels, a new project between Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels. The London EDITION opens in Autumn 2013.
Watch all the 'On Collaboration' films on NOWNESS.
May 11, 2012
Collecting is a Wonderful Illness
Auctioneer and art world impresario Simon de Pury sits down with friend and cultural patron Daphne Guinness to speak about connoisseurship and collecting in part one of a double-bill feature by filmmaker Johnnie Shand Kydd.
“Simon is obviously a grand seducer, and there was this wonderful element of flirtation going on,” says Shand Kydd of the tète-à-tète, “You can't fake that kind of chemistry."
Watch the video on NOWNESS.
Part two, Tell Me Daphne, is available here.
June 13, 2011
SNAP: Group art exhibition at the Aldeburgh Festival
10th June – 26th June
SNAP will bring together sculpture, video, photography and drawings, with work by Darren Almond, Don Brown, Cerith Wyn Evans, Mark Fuller, Russell Haswell, Gary Hume, Johnnie Shand Kydd, Abigail Lane, Simon Liddiment, Sarah Lucas, Julian Simmons and Juergen Teller.
Free. No ticket required. For more information visit the Aldeburgh website.
October 20, 2010
Talk at The Wapping Project Bookshop
Thursday 21st October, 7.30pm
The Wapping Project Bookshop, Wapping hydraulic power station, Wapping wall, London, E1W 3SG
Johnnie Shand Kydd is well known for his portraits of infamous friends, but ten years ago he set out on an all together different project – to photograph the streets of Naples, capturing the corruption and drama, the traditions and cultures, that unfold around each street corner. “Every street and piazza is a stage, with the neapolitan people responding to the camera lens in a very unique way.”For this special talk the legendary documentary photographer will be talking about his latest work and signing copies of his beautiful book Siren City, published by Other Criteria.
The talk is FREE with the purchase of any book on the night, or £5 per person.
Spaces are allocated on a first to reply basis and must be saved in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
July 10, 2010
Siren City: Photographs by Johnnie Shand Kydd
Johnnie Shand Kydd’s photography of Naples reaches the UK for the first time this summer at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London from 1st July – 12th September 2010.
For more information on the show and the talk, visit our blog.
Other Criteria have worked with Johnnie Shand Kydd to produce a publication of his Naples photography, also titled Siren City, as well as prints of selected images within this collection. To see Shand Kydd’s prints, click here.
November 20, 2009
Johnnie Shand Kydd launch
Join Other Criteria on Monday 30th November to celebrate the launch of Johnnie Shand Kydd's new publication, Siren City, and three new prints.
Monday 30th November
Clare de Rouen Books
121-125 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H OEW
For more information, visit our blog.