Hello and welcome to my photography blog. I’m a documentary photographer and writer from Manchester in the UK. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or watch a short film or three here on vimeo and you can read my own publications here at Issuu.
My ex-collection of cctv themed t-shirts came out of the closet and got an airing in Washington DC this week at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit. More here…
I’ve written a 48-page booklet called ‘Best We Forget’ which takes:
“A sardonic look at how war memorials and making the military heroes is used to stop people questioning the foreign policy of their governments. Dunnico shows the absurdity and cynicism of the military mind, from Flanders Fields to the opium poppy fields of Afghanistan. He writes: ‘Millions of people were killed in the First World War. Afterwards, the people who started the war came up with ways to remember the dead that made everyone else forget who had sent them to their deaths. The Cenotaph, the Two Minutes Silence, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, poppies, war memorials, the language we use and the rituals we follow, are all supposed to help us remember people’s sacrifice. But they also help the leaders who sacrificed their own people get away with it. The “war to end all wars” ended a century ago and yet the British have been fighting and remembering to forget, ever since’.”
You can buy it on Blurb here
or download a free pdf of the whole book by clicking here. (opens in new window)
A few of the lucky usual suspects will be getting a free copy in the post – if you do, please share the link to the pdf or this post on social media.
I was on holiday in Brussels this week, when there was the terrorist bombings of the airport and metro system. Like most people I learned of them from a TV news flash. the only real ‘news’ footage came from the mobile phones of people caught up in the events. When the journalists arrived they congregated in one of the main squares and filmed and were filmed by the crowd of none-journalists.
In July, I’ll be taking part in a group exhibition at Manchester’s People’s History Museum – naturally enough I was asked for something CCTV-ish, but in keeping with the psychogeography theme of the exhibition, something playful. I’ve already posted about the tactile CCTV warning sign, and here’s my other contribution – ViewMaster slide reels – one features CCTV cameras the other CCTV control rooms – the game’s to match the camera with the control room that’s operating it. All of the cameras and control rooms are in Greater Manchester. They’ll also be an article from me in the Zine that doubles as an exhibition programme, but that will be about my other subject – public toilets.
Now Then Manchester magazine issue 29 is out now and carries my article on memorials to closed factories. Some of the material came from an earlier photo essay I did for them on Gorton and some of it from a submission to The Modernist magazine for their F for Factory issue, which is out now. They didn’t use that piece, but I thought :waste not want not” and recycled it for Now Then.