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Selected achievements

by Garry Cook

 

WARNING: THIS TEXT HAS NOT BEEN EDITED YET (but you can read it anyway)
(Nov 17, 2014)

 

One of my greatest achievements has actually been building this website. From scratch. On my own. No help. You can find out more about that process here.

 

But listed below are some of the more significant projects and events in which I've particpated, collaborated and contributed.

 

This is not actually a full CV. In addition to my photographic work listed here, I am also a freelance journalist. I wirte features, travel and news/sports stories.

 

Titles written for include: 19, Eve, Photography Monthly, Practical Photography, Lancashire Today, 90 Minutes, Goal, Football Monthly, Total Football, Shoot!, BBC’s Match of the Day Magazine and United Magazine. Regular match reporter for the Sunday Mirror, also contributed articles for the Observer, Sunday Express, Daily Star Sunday, The People, News of the World and regional newspaper Sunday Sun.

 

I've also filmed interviews for Sky Sports News and several independent production companies.

 

 

Interactive Newsprint
Interactive Newsprint worked together with people in communities from Preston and beyond to experiment with a brand new technology called interactive paper. Researchers from UCLan, Dundee and Surrey want to find out whether interactive paper could become a really interesting way of telling news stories or giving out information about what’s happening in the local community: and potentially create a new platform for community news. The project ran between 2011-2013.

  • Winner of the EPSRC 'Telling Tales of Engagement' grant.

Public Outputs

  • Appeared at SxSW festival in Austin, Texas (2012 and 2013)
  • Shown at news:rewired conference (November 2012)
  • Named as one of netexplo's top 100 global innovations (2012)
  • Presented at Unbox festival, Dehli (2013)
  • Presented at ICMC Conference, Porto (2012)
  • Appeared at BBC's Connected Communities conference, Salford (2012)
  • Exhibited at London Design Festival (2011)

Worked on Interactive Newsprint (interactivenewsprint.org), a multi-university project (University of Central Lancashire, University College Falmouth, University of Dundee, Newcastle University) developing new paper technology. I produced several images which were printed with pioneering conductive ink, allowing users to press printed buttons on Wi-Fi connected paper to hear audio interviews. Work from this project appeared at the V&A in London and was part of the London Design Festival in 2011 and 2012.

 

Projects

 

Stay At Home Dads Are Not Welcome Here (2014)
Often painfully funny, always eye-opening, this is the story of one man, one daughter and their terrifying mission to infiltrate the world of mad mothers within the murky world of children’s playgroups.
Or, to put it another way, it’s my diary of being petrified standing in a room full of women.
“It’s a women’s world,” one dad told me during my trawl through various singing, dancing and general chit-chat groups. He was not wrong.
But this book also unwittingly examines the popularly held belief that playgroups ‘are good for kids and help their development’. Really? Stay At Home Dads Are Not Welcome Here finds evidence that this is not necessarily true – with some research claiming that playgroups, preschool and child care can actually harm your child.
It’s the book parents can’t afford to ignore.

 

Palestiniana (2013)
The Amazon No.1 bestseller. This travel guide with a difference, which outsold guides by Lonely Planet, DK Eyewitness, Rough Guides and Bradt Travel Guides on its release, mixing the history of the bloody and long-running conflict with an eye-opening five-day trip in the West Bank. What was supposed to be a press trip to Palestinin National Youth Week turned into an activist’s excursion across the West Bank, where the antagonising of Israeli soldiers and spray-painting of The Wall sparked a full-blown war across the region. The highlight was having dinner in the General’s Military Compound in the West Bank - an offer I could, quite literally, not refuse. I visited Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Bil’in, Qalqilya, Nablus, plus Jerusalem.

 

Marlboro Nights (2012)
Collaborated with musicians and two poets on Marlboro Nights, an exhibition and book looking back on the 2007 ban on smoking in public places in England. Exhibited for six weeks at The Continental, Preston.

 

Women and Alcohol (2011)
Photographic exhibition Women and Alcohol at the Baltic Warehouse in Liverpool as part of the Look2011: Liverpool International Photography Festival. This project was also shown at London’s Photomonth 2011: East London Photography Festival in October 2011. Work for this project included managing a group of twelve people, marketing and launching exhibition.

 

Brilliant Blackpool (2011)
Photographic exhibition Brilliant Blackpool at FYCreatives in Blackpool.

 

Outsiders (2012)
Published series of portraits and interviews with extraordinary and misunderstood people called Outsiders, which examines how we judge others through prejudice, appearance and ignorance. Includes interviews with a treasure hunter, paedophile, religious fanatic, Israeli and Palestinian teenagers and a cerebral palsy sufferer seeking sexual fulfilment.

 

Albert the Pug
A series of illustrated children’s books following the adventures of a blag pug dog. Also available on Kindle.

 

Love Town (2011)
Launched the Love Town zine and photography podcast, a monthly video promoting documentary photography in Britain and around the world.

 

Training and social media
Held training workshops for Trinity Mirror journalists in Birmingham on how to take photographs with mobile phones.
Have also given presentations on storytelling and how to document events, including which mobile phones to use, live broadcasting, the best recording apps, audio recording equipment etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formalised CV

2014
Book project:
Published Stay At Home Dads Are Not Welcome Here
Often painfully funny, always eye-opening, this is the story of one man, one daughter and their terrifying mission to infiltrate the world of mad mothers within the murky world of children’s playgroups.
Or, to put it another way, it’s my diary of being petrified standing in a room full of women.
“It’s a women’s world,” one dad told me during my trawl through various singing, dancing and general chit-chat groups. He was not wrong.
But this book also unwittingly examines the popularly held belief that playgroups ‘are good for kids and help their development’. Really? Stay At Home Dads Are Not Welcome Here finds evidence that this is not necessarily true – with some research claiming that playgroups, preschool and child care can actually harm your child.
It’s the book parents can’t afford to ignore.

2013
Book project:
Published Palestiniana
The Amazon No.1 bestseller. This travel guide with a difference, which outsold guides by Lonely Planet, DK Eyewitness, Rough Guides and Bradt Travel Guides on its release, mixing the history of the bloody and long-running conflict with an eye-opening five-day trip in the West Bank. What was supposed to be a press trip to Palestine National Youth Week turned into an activist’s excursion across the West Bank, where the antagonising of Israeli soldiers and spray-painting of The Wall sparked a full-blown war across the region. The highlight was having dinner in the General’s Military Compound in the West Bank as Gaza was bombed to bits – it was an offer I could, quite literally, not refuse. I visited Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Bil’in, Qalqilya, Nablus, plus Jerusalem on my day off as a forced activist.

2012
Photography book project:
Published Outsiders, a series of portraits and interviews with extraordinary and misunderstood people, examining how we judge others through prejudice, appearance and ignorance. Includes interviews with a treasure hunter, paedophile, religious fanatic, Israeli and Palestinian teenagers and a cerebral palsy sufferer seeking sexual fulfilment.

Exhibition: Collaborated with musicians and two poets on Marlboro Nights, an exhibition and book looking back on the 2007 ban on smoking in public places in England. Exhibited for six weeks at The Continental, Preston.
Workshop: Organising and holding photography workshops as part of Preston Guild 2012.
Digital innovation: Collaborating with several universities (UCLan, Dundee) on producing a photo essay for pioneering interactive newsprint technology.

 

2011
Exhibition: Photographic project Women and Alcohol at the Baltic Warehouse in Liverpool as part of the Look2011: Liverpool International Photography Festival. This project was also shown at London’s Photomonth 2011: East London Photography Festival in October 2011.
Exhibition: Photographic project Brilliant Blackpool at FYCreatives in Blackpool.
Video podcast: Launched video podcast called Love Town, filmed across Britain and Europe. Love Town, available on iTunes, aims to promote photography to a wider audience through accessible photographic subject matter and travel features.
School documentary project: Began seven-year project with Penwortham County Primary School to document one class of approximately 30 pupils as they progress through the education system. This work is published annually as an eight-page A4 magazine.
Academic research: Images used as part of University of Northampton’s report The EDL: Britain’s “New far Right” Social Movement, presented at the Populist Racism in Britain and Europe since 1945 conference.


2010
Academic research: Worked with several universities on the Bespoke Project (www.bespokeproject.org) on a multi-technology initiative in the deprived areas of the Callon and Fishwick in Preston. Produced written and visual reports.
Lightbox collaboration: Part of Redeye’s collaborative Lightbox project working on projects for Look2011: Liverpool International Photography Festival.


2009
Corporate project:  Produced images for Sunderland City Council as part of their successful World Cup 2018 Host City Bid. Shot photojournalistic images for Sunderland City Council’s Annual Report.
Shortlisted: Finalist for the 2009 Travel Photographer of the Year award (Homeland) for images of Blackpool.
Slideshows collaboration: Began working with musicians, putting new music to photographic slideshows as an enhanced form of storytelling. These audio slideshows have helped photography and the work of musicians (including Italy’s Cut and Manchester’s Mutineers) reach new audiences.


2008
Exhibition: Several profiles from work-in-progress project Outsiders exhibited at Museum of the People, London. The series of portraits and interviews with extraordinary and misunderstood people. Local school children responded to this project by drawing people who they think are exceptional, with the results displayed at the exhibition.
Training workshops: Held training workshops for Trinity Mirror journalists in Birmingham on how to take photographs with mobile phones.


2007
Photography MA: Completed a Masters in Photography at the University of Bolton.  Produced book, Flashes to Ashes – a social documentary study on the ban on smoking in public. The brash, uninvited in-your-face images became a favoured style of my photography and has continued in on-going projects documenting Blackpool, consumerism and tourism.
Exhibition: Flashes to Ashes was exhibited at Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester.

Exhibition: From Here To There was exhibited at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.

 

All images © Copyright Garry Cook