by Tom Godfrey and Joshua Lockwood-Moran
BLACK & WHITE SURVEILLANCE BY ALAN LODGE
Black & White Surveillance is a presentation of photography and archive material surveying Alan Lodge’s extensive counter-documentation of police surveillance and his past involvement in legislative action and activism.
Alan ‘Tash’ Lodge (born 1953 in Luton, Bedfordshire) is a photographer based in Nottingham who has focused on alternative movements since the mid 1970s. After a short career as an emergency paramedic in the London Ambulance Service, Lodge took up
photography and documented the early ‘free festivals’
in 1978. In 1985 Lodge joined the Peace Convoy on its way to Stonehenge where a festival was planned to take place and he photographed The Battle of the Beanfield. In 1987 Lodge published the booklet Stonehenge: Solstice Ritual, a photographic
account of the rituals taking place at Stonehenge. Since the events at Stonehenge, Lodge has covered a range of issues including the Travellers movement, Reclaim the Streets, the road protests in the mid 1990s and the campaign against the
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Lodge is also well known for his documentation of police surveillance, in which he received a ‘Winston Award’ for in 1998. Since the late 1990s Lodge has been a major contributor to the media network
In recent years Lodge has continued to extensively document his involvement and attendance of public demonstrations and festivals, and has actively involved himself in various welfare and advice agencies. He has worked as a field worker for the
Release organisation and has sat on the management committees of several charities, including Festival Welfare Services, the Travellers Aid Trust and the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (Scoda).
Lodge’s website One Eye on the Road operates as an extensive archive of his prolific photographic career, as well as an essential resource providing legal information and advice. Lodge has successfully taken the police to court and won damages
for false claims made against him on two occasions.
Lodge’s work has appeared in publications & journals including The Guardian, Independent, i-D, Select, Sounds, DJ, Radio Times, New Statesmen & Society and Squall. His photographs have also been used in TV documentaries across the BBC and Channel
4, including most recently for Jeremy Deller’s BBC documentary piece Everybody in the Place: an Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992. A publication focussing on Lodge’s Stonehenge photographs will be published by Café Royal Books in October
TG PRESENTS THE SELF PUBLISHING WORKS OF ALAN LODGE
Accompanying the presentation of photographic work and archive material in room 412, TG presents a selection of self-published materials by Alan Lodge that he has produced and distributed in recent years. These publications operate as a highly
effective platform to present and distribute his photography, as well as promoting issues and topics that are of great importance relevance to Lodge and his networks.
TG is a gallery based in Nottingham, England that opened in 2014. The programme consists of solo & group exhibitions, publications and off-site projects.