The Beautiful People Project: Jason Scott Tilley

Jason Scott Tilley’s portraits from India

between the years 1999 and 2009

Bert Edwin Scott’s photographs from British India before partition in 1947

“Grandpa” was Bert Scott (Born in Bangalore in 1915)

His Grandpa, moved from Bangalore to Bombay, and worked as a photographer

Anglo Indian: “The bridge between the british and the Indians”

Bert Scotss photographed Ghandi walking along Juhu beach

The photographic unit in Burma, Military Intelligence

The defining moment. Lord and Lady Mountbatten stand at the bottom of the stairs

To Vicregal lodge, symbolising the end of the Empire.

At midnight on August 15th 1947 India gained its independence from Britain

His Grandpa and Grandmother has to leave their house, dangerous

Helped to smuggle people across the boarder- one of them later saved his life

His Grandpa then moved to England

Back to Bangalore in 1999

The Laughing Fishermans Wife by Jason Scott Tilley (click to see link)

The Laughing Fishermans Wife by Jason Scott Tilley (click to see link)

Worked with channel 4

Re-visit India with Jason Tilley (Grandson of Bert Scott)

2 photojournalists in India

1798 ( great great great great Grandfather, came to India)

Married an Indian Princess

I felt a connection to what Jason Tilley was talking about in his lecture; as my Grandad went to school in India. I have always been interested in my Anglo Indian history. This has sparked another search for stories about my family in India and my family history.

This is the link to the school my Grandad (Dudley Traish) and his sister (Rita Traish) went to.

I plan to hunt out the old photo albums and hope to come across any photographs of India.


Richard Milligan’s project: Raise a laugh

Pivotal moment, photography changing

Aesthetic of what he was doing

-Amateur sheque

-Similar to Corinne Day

Influencing photographers to Jason Tilley’s work…

Edward Sheriff Curtis

August Saunders

Irving Penn

Pete james R&R (Rhubarb Rhubarb) …Bursaries

Saw a connect to “The people of India” work

12 Army officers sent out with this new science of photography

“Her Highness Shah Jehan Begum of Bhopal”

Going to meet people and record people

Started by him following in his grandfathers footsteps, …to then look at 1868 photographers

Many Archives, to form an exhibition 2014 (The Herbert Art Gallery)

Bert Scott, Jason Tilley, “The people of India”

The British and Indian history, Ruling, the fight to get rid of us

Want to show the connection between these three archives

Crowd Funding:

Possible funding organisation…

Photography as a vehicle to change laws, etc, people may fund this

The need to change, photography as a medium perhaps offers the opportunity for this to take place


Archive and Vernacular:


Archive and Vernacular:


Duchamp’s Urinal

Fountain 1917

 If it wasn’t for Duchamp

We wouldn’t have had Damien Hirst’s Shark

Or Jeff Koon’s inflatable bunny


An Archive:

A place in which public records or historical documents are preserved.


Walter Benjamin’s archive

Cultural thinker of his era

A portrait of the Author

How they create information


Vernacular photography…

Refers to the creation of photographs, usually by amateur or unknown photographers, who take everyday life and common things as subjects.


“In almost every picture”

by Kessels Kramer


Family albums

Re-historizes the vernacular family album

Kessel Kramer?



Thomas Dworzac

Magnum photographer

At the time, the Taliban had band photography


Joachim schmid

Very Miscellaneous 1996

Archival text, with found portraits


Mohini Chandra

Album Pacifica

The back of the photographs, how the images were kept, the notes

(You never get to see the people in the pictures)


I know you Lucy Booth

Rachel James

Video recorded

Told people to find something that they connected to

Used to get to know the audience

What is told about you by picking that bit


John Stezaker


Christian Boltanski

Uses archival material to tell his story

Uses a lot of holocaust memorabilia


Fact and fiction


Unhistorical moments

Shuka Glotman

Evidence that a town did exist in a moment in time

Palestinian village


People in trouble (contacts)

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Intervening in the archives

People in trouble (dots)

Memorializing the hidden histories


Lets be honest the weather helped

Walid Raad

Lebanese man

Grew up in the bombings

A disintegrating city

Represented his old archives

 As a young boy in the 70’s

The found out where the funded armies came from



In the shadow of History

Susan Meiselas

How the Kurds are being written out of history

She doesn’t want to Kurdish history to disappear

multi-media identity


November the 9th 20112

Berkeley University


Lieutenant John Pike

Now seen as the perpetrator

What we find acceptable and not

Now seen as a symbol of a villain

His image put in older images, Jesus, The Beatles


Questions to think about….

Whos archive is it?

            -Motor sports footage



Whos story is it?

-Motor sports guy

-Timothy Treadmill?


And whos the author?

            -Who put them together


* Senna 2010 (all archival footage)

* Grizzly man 2005

-Tarnation (2004)

-Capturing the freedmans (2003)

-The spirit of 45 (2012)




Creative writing workshop

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Ivan Turgenev said: “A picture shows me at a glance what takes dozens of pages of a book to expound” (Fathers and Sons 1862)

-Skills to quickly generate ideas

-Develop ideas that begin with words and lead to images… (vice versa)

-Exercises to help you identify and interrogate your motives for creating narratives (either poetic/literary images)

J and B sat in the café, reflecting about life and what they would erase from their memory if they could. J stated, “There are many things in life that I want to hold onto. There are many things in my life I would like to forget about”, having said this J instantly regretted saying it. She knew fate had a funny way of taunting her, things she had said in the past, she believes happened because she tempted fate. What would she do now if tomorrow her house started to burn, or she was sent away for witness protection? She started wondering what she would be able to grab in time, or take with her. All these things she thought she would love to leave behind suddenly became important to her again. Old diaries with entries about how her life used to be, photo albums with people she wasn’t in contact with anymore. These things had formed who she was today, and maybe changes who she will be tomorrow. She knew she was a stronger person because of these past events. Even though some of her memories have caused her so much pain, she then started to think if it wasn’t for these would she be who she was today.


by Jenny Stonely

by Jenny Stonely

The New Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library:


“Reference Works” is an exhibition held in the new Birmingham library. A collection of artists, were commissioned to photograph the same subject/brief, yet they all responded differently. They were asked to “make personal creative responses to the construction of the new library of Birmingham and to the old Central Library as it passed out of use”(Library of Birmingham). Michael Collins, Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps were the four artists that the project focused on. The open brief allowed their responses to contrast, “their work illuminates the range of ways that contemporary photography can record, reflect, analyse, immortalize, celebrate, activate, criticize and conceptualise the reality that it depicts”(Library of Birmingham). This allows the audience to respond in many different ways to the opposing styles of work.

Michael Collins chose to study deadpan topographical style photography, using high vantage points. His abstract compositions were captured on a large format camera. This meant that his work was very high quality, which allowed him to print large images with the high quality still being obtained (5’ x 4’ approximately). His images show the audience the exterior of the building in its urban setting whilst it stills progresses and its structure is being built.

Brian Griffin focuses on the workers who collaboratively built the building; for example the mangers, planners and construction site workers. His images have a playful feel, he creates this using props such as books, teacups etc.

Andrew Lacon looks at the materials of construction. He uses these to create contemporary sculpture. The viewer gains a very different understanding from Lacon’s work than any of the other artists; this is in particular contrast to Brian Griffin visually. However, his work is similar to Michael Collins as they both look at the physical progressive construction in depth.

Stuart Whipps focuses on the previous library “Central Library”, and its wear and tear. The neglect of the building is an interesting subject for photography. This site-specific landscape appears lonely and solemn: symbolizing the old building and its misuse.

This gallery celebrates the new “Library of Birmingham”. The photography project allows the viewer to explore and enjoy its progression as it was built and appreciating the work that many have put into this building.