A night class at the old school on top of Stow Hill in Trefforest would prove decisive. I had already experienced years of taking photographs, learning about cameras and darkrooms as a kid with my uncle Robert, later assisting professional photographers, then on to working part-time on social and industrial commissions. I realised there was […]
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Pier Closing Time

Chris Moss, mulls on the mixed legacy of the British seaside that this wonderful collection evokes, and concludes that the artiness of monochrome, a world away from Instagram, gives us poetry as well as social realism

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

There is no such thing as realism. Photographers might choose to capture the gritty, the depressing, the down at heel, but they do so by selection, by …

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Green in Black

As a tribute to the late, great Cicely Tyson, Daniel G Williams writes about the African-American attraction to Emlyn Williams' film The Corn is Green, in which Ms Tyson appeared as Miss Moffat in a 1983 NYC revival

PUBLISHED ON: 03/02/21

CATEGORY: Essays

As a tribute to Cecily Tyson, who died on 28 January 2021, we re-publish this article from New Welsh Review 86, winter 2009. The year 2009 has seen a …

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South Wales Monuments and Transmissions, 1996–2004 and Not Still: Rhondda Photographs, by Paul Cabuts

Tim Cooke assesses two publications of the formidable, challenging and subversive Valleys photographs of Paul Cabuts

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Photo essay, Reviews

Not Still, the title of Paul Cabuts’s stunning collection of images of the Rhondda Valley, comes from Border Country, Raymond Williams’ classic novel …

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The Hare Book and The Hedgehog Book

Suzy Ceulan Hughes recommends two gorgeous, stunningly illustrated hardback books which treat wildlife to a cultural, factual feast

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

In an essay in the current issue of New Welsh Reader [Issue 124], I confessed to my obsession with hares. And I drew on Jane Russ’ The Hare Book for i …

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Suicide Machine

Tim Cooke on a photography book of Bridgend which is about people and places that exist, unknowable, beyond the headlines

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

It’s just over a decade since I first met the photographer Dan Wood. I was gathering footage for a student film about creativity in our hometown, Brid …

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A Fold in the River by Philip Gross & Valerie Coffin Price

Liza Penn-Thomas

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

It is unusual for me to pick up a collection of poems and find myself halfway through experiencing the same reluctance to put it down as I would with …

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Seahenge: A Journey

John Morgan

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Seahenge: A Journey by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Andrew Rafferty (Kailpot Press, 2019) is a collaborative arrangement of poems and photographs set in …

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The Last Hundred

John Morgan

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Last Hundred, by Aaron Kent and William Arnold (Guillemot Press, 2019) is a collaboration between poet and photographer that creates a very real s …

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Just a Woman with Nothing on her Skin

Zoë Brigley

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Opinion

What are the politics of a photograph? Legally, it belongs to the photographer, but how does this dynamic play out when so often women have been the e …

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