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Dan Holdsworth at the Baltic

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[THIS WEEK] Autumn has been good to photography fans – and there’s still a lot to see, writes James Pallister

Opening this week at Newcastle Gateshead’s Baltic is Dan Holdsworth’s Blackout, a series of 2m-wide C-type prints taken in Iceland (pictured). It’s one of several shows of large-scale landscape photography this year. Previously on show at Patricia Low Contemporary in Geneva, Blackout continues the themes Holdsworth explored in his 2006 series Hyperborea, also shot in Iceland, which captured the aurora borealis. But here he jettisons that series’ lurid colour: the sky is pitch, the jagged mountains captured in black, whites and greys.

Motoring south to Flowers Gallery’s Kingsland Road outpost, you can still catch Nadav Kander’s bleak but humane epics before they come down this Saturday (13 November). Kander shoots tableaus along the banks of the Chinese river Yangtze, typified by the now famous image of a family picnicking underneath an overpass. Infrastructure and land masses dwarf and dominate everyday scenes of leisure beneath, family groups making up small points of colour against an otherwise grey palette. Alongside his work is a melancholy study of interiors – Edmund Clark’s pictures from the United States’ naval base at Guantánamo.

In Barry Cawston’s new show, Avonmouth to the Amazon, at Paintworks in Bristol he documents a journey from the city’s docks to Xixau in the Brazilian rainforests.

And on the south coast, also closing this weekend, is the Brighton Photo Biennial (until 14 November), curated this year by Martin Parr. Always a favourite, Stephen Gill – of Hackney car boot sale fame – carries on the nature theme, modifying his camera to insert pieces of litter in front of its lens. The resulting pictures show views of Brighton, foregrounded by precisely picked-out silhouettes of junk.

-Dan Holdsworth: Blackout, at the Baltic, Gateshead,12 November-20 February 2011
-Barry Cawston:Avonmouth to the Amazon,
at Paintworks, Bristol, 13-21 November

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