Rhythm Changes commission

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Award-winning photographer Paul Floyd Blake has been commissioned to undertake a project that feeds into the core themes of Rhythm Changes. Floyd Blake describes himself as a mixed race, Jamaican-English photographer who explores identity through documentary and portraiture.   He won the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in 2009 for his picture of Rosie Bancroft (pictured) and, over the past few years, has been working on several projects linked to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In undertaking the Rhythm Changes commission, Floyd Blake will attend a number of festivals and events throughout 2012 in order to engage with the cultural dynamics of jazz, the music’s social ambience and the relationship between music and its social settings. Floyd Blake’s work will be exhibited as part of the next Rhythm Changes conference in March/April 2013, and the team hopes to secure a second exhibition in London in June 2013. Watch this space!