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Sample 12 Opening


This February, we will open our doors for Sample 12, theprintspace’s fifth annual group show. The exhibition showcases a cross-section of images by photographers who have printed at theprintspace in 2011. The annual group shows are known for showcasing young and fresh work from photographers such as Alan Powdrill, Roberta Ridolfi, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Rupert Nightingale and many more.

Sample 12 was compiled by award-winning reportage photographer Toby Smith. Now we are excited to present outstanding works by professional and amateur photographers including Oscar Rodriguez, Bernat Millet, Maria Konstanse Bruun, Philip Clarke Hill, Olivier Hess and many more.

Sample 12 opens at theprintspace gallery at 74 Kingsland Road on Thursday, 2nd February from 7pm-9:30pm with drinks provided. The exhibition then continues from 3rd to 28th February Monday-Friday 9am-7pm. Admission free!

Photography: Toby Smith

Editing: Holly Stead


London’s Olympic win had a bittersweet tinge in this 1,000-acre morass of derelict industrial land just three miles from the West End. In seven years, this will be the Olympic Park, boasting a spectacular array of stadiums and a pounds 650 million athletes’ village. And already its unique quality ” what psycho-geographers such as Iain Sinclair call a ‘liminal land’ ” a neglected in- between zone with its own unofficial, murky history ” is disappearing.

The Hackney fridge mountain ” Europe’s biggest ” is already gone, as are the Marshgate Lane allotments and the dog track. Can the cooking-fat recycling plants and the kebab-meat factories on Pudding Mill Lane and Waterworks River be far behind?

“The Independent on Sunday”



In The Picture: China’s New Energy Pioneers with Toby Smith


Date: August 24, 2011 7:00 PM

Venue: The Frontline Club
Photographer Toby Smith recently spent two months in China producing his latest project, China’s New Energy Pioneers.

He will be presenting his photography and discussing China’s environmental record in an event moderated by Jim Footner of Greenpeace.

Covering 11 provinces, Toby Smith’s work took him to coal mines, wind farms and hydro-electric plants while capturing the landscapes and people implementing the Communist Party’s latest Five Year Plan.Announced in March 2011, the new Plan is significant in its attempts to address escalating energy and environmental problems. A cap on coal dependency, ambitious targets for non-fossil fuel energy sources and a drive towards more renewable sources of energy reflect the Communist Party’s intentions to aim for a cleaner, greener kind of growth.With new power stations connecting to the grid in the People’s Republic of China at a rate of one per day, how China chooses to fuel its booming economy is one of the most important questions for the world of today, and of the future.

Toby Smith is a contemporary reportage photographer and director of Roof Unit, a collective of photographers based in East London. He specialises in environment and energy matters. Smith’s feature stills and video work has been published by National Geographic, the Guardian, TIME, the New York Times and the BBC among others.Moderator

Jim Footner manages the Climate Change Team of Greenpeace UK. Over the past nine years, he has worked on climate and energy issues for Greenpeace in various parts of the world including Asia. He led the Greenpeace campaign against new coal fired power stations in the UK, and co-ordinated the use of the Rainbow Warrior as part of an oil spill response team in Lebanon after the most recent conflict. Footner is also a trustee on the UK board of the French charity Development Workshop France, which specialises in resilient architecture and design in some of the world’s most hostile environments.



With its raging seas, wind-swept hills and high rainfall, Britain has more potential kinetic energy for capture than any other landscape in Europe. Nowhere is this concentration of energy more intense than the rich Scottish landscape where renewable energy has been providing power from the glens for over 60 years.

This video is a montage of the most compelling Time Lapse and HD videography to accompany the more comprehensive stills project.
Following on from my seminal project, Light After Dark, I now turn to to document the sustainable ‘alternatives’ available starting within the dramatic Scottish landscape.
This first phase of the project is kindly supported financially and with incredible access by Scottish Southern Energy (SSE). We have worked closely together this year to choose appropriate sites for the project based on aesthetic, cultural and historical significance.

I now hope to continue expanding this portfolio, in partnership with other industry experts, to raise awareness of sustainable energy production and its emergent technologies across Britain and beyond.