Posted by Hannah on Sun 17 Jan 2010

Fresh evidence about Mark Blanco's death

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Posted by Hannah on Mon 14 Dec 2009

BBC - Berlusconi hit in the face with statue of Milan cathedral by protestor, broken nose and two broken teeth

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Posted by hannahtrolley on Wed 04 Nov 2009

Thomas Giddings - Private View of new exhibition - There's No Other Place Like This Place Anywhere Near This Place, So This Must Be The Place - Thursday 12th November

The show brings together photographs as well as moving image that document a 4,000 mile trip across North America through states including Oklahoma and Arizona, down Route 66 and ending in Los Angeles. Intimate records of the journey are presented alongside work that explores the American vernacular, its landscapes and inhabitants, reflecting the simultaneous experience of newness and alienation that is inherent in travel. A publication with foreword by Kevin West, West Coast Editor of W Magazine, will accompany the show.

Posted by Hannah on Thu 22 Oct 2009

Beware the Cost of War - 23 - 29 October, London. Palestinian and Israeli photographers on the frontline.

73 Leonard Street EC2; 11-7PM. Featuring over 12 photojournalists. Curated by Olive Tree Films as part of Inside Out festival in London.

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Posted by Hannah on Sat 15 Aug 2009

Turkey PM aims to end PKK fight

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country must deal with the problem of Kurdish rebels in Turkey's south-east.

Posted by gigi on Mon 20 Jul 2009

Gigi with Boris at Arles 2009

At the party for FNAC

Posted by Hannah on Sat 14 Mar 2009

2009-03-14 More Sex Claim US Church

Sex claims against US Church rise


The number of new claims of sexual abuse made against US Roman Catholic priests rose by 16% to more than 800 last year, a Church report says.

It says the Church paid $436m (£313m) in 2008 for abuse cases. Most of the money was used to compensate victims.

The study covered almost 200 dioceses and religious orders across the US. It found that more than one in five victims were under the age of 10 when they were abused.

Although the number of claims made against the Church rose in 2008, the total cost dropped by 29% compared to the previous year.

The Associated Press news agency said 2007 was an unusually high year, when the Archdiocese of Los Angeles began paying a $660m settlement to about 500 people.

The annual review tracks progress made in implementing the Charter for the Protection of Children, adopted by US bishops following a scandal in Boston in 2002.
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said the Church was "on the right path" in its quest to better protect "all children in society".

Posted by Hannah on Sat 14 Mar 2009

Philip Jones Griffiths Recollections Exhibition at Side Gallery


9 Side
Newcastle upon Tyne

Opens Saturday 14th March

Exhibition continues until May 2nd

Posted by Hannah on Fri 13 Mar 2009

Philip Jones Griffiths Exhibition at Briarcliffe College


Briarcliffe College
225 West Main Street
Patchogue NY11772

Opens Saturday 14th March, 1-3pm
Exhibition continues until 4th April 2009

Organised with the help of Patchogue Arts Council, Briarcliffe College, the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation and Trolley Books.

For more info please visit

Posted by Hannah on Fri 30 Jan 2009

BBC Mark Thompson in 2005

BBC chief holds peace talks in Jerusalem with Ariel Sharon

By Guy Adams
Tuesday, 29 November 2005

The BBC is often accused of an anti-Israeli bias in its coverage of the Middle East, and recently censured reporter Barbara Plett for saying she "started to cry" when Yasser Arafat left Palestine shortly before his death.

Fascinating, then, to learn that its director general, Mark Thompson, has recently returned from Jerusalem, where he held a face-to-face meeting with the hardine Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Although the diplomatic visit was not publicised on these shores, it has been seized upon in Israel as evidence that Thompson, who took office in 2004, intends to build bridges with the country's political class. Sources at the Beeb also suspect that it heralds a "softening" to the corporation's unofficial editorial line on the Middle East.

"This was the first visit of its kind by any serving director general, so it's clearly a significant development," I'm told.

"Not many people know this, but Mark is actually a deeply religious man. He's a Catholic, but his wife is Jewish, and he has a far greater regard for the Israeli cause than some of his predecessors."

Understandably, an official BBC spokesman was anxious to downplay talk of an exclusively pro-Israeli charm offensive. Apopros this month's previously undocumented trip, he stressed that Thompson had also held talks with the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas.

Posted by Hannah on Tue 06 Jan 2009

Gaza protest in London

06/01/09 - LONDON


"An image from the daily protest in front of the Israeli Embassy from 5 pm to 7pm. Our friends from Naturei Karta worldwide organization of Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews joined to shout with us against the atrocities committed in Gaza, including the bombing of the playground of two UN schools."

Posted by Hannah on Sat 13 Dec 2008

Trolley Christmas Party




Following the success of Trolley's night of slideshows and music of our new and forthcoming books in New York, hosted by David Alan Harvey, Trolley is pleased to announce our Trolley Book Party in London. Please visit us for another night of slideshows, this time with 40% discount on all books for one night only, as well as music and djs.

Posted by Hannah on Sun 07 Dec 2008

The Times Christmas Book Recommendations 2008


'Recollections' by Philip Jones Griffiths and 'Homeland' by Nina Berman chosen by Joanna Pitman as two of the best books for Christmas 2008.

Buy HOMELAND by Nina Berman

Buy RECOLLECTIONS by Philip Jones Griffiths

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Posted by hannah on Mon 24 Nov 2008

'HIM' by Robert Gordon McHarg III at Mutate exhibition

Mutate Britain

Cordy House
87-95 Curtain Road,

Every Fr, Sat and Sun from 21st November 1.30-10pm

Free entry @ Behind the Shutters Gallery, Cordy House

A five week exhibition of multiple media, presented by Urban Style & Hosted by Joe Rush and Wreckage International of the Mutoid Waste Company.
Joe Rush and Wreckage International (of the 63rd Mutoid Waste Squadron) have presented a select crew of front line artists with titanium sections of aircraft fuselage. How will today's new model army represent their vision of these tail talismans?

The results will form the centrepiece of a five-week exhibition. Based in the heart of Hoxton, the massive five floor gallery barracks will house sculpture, installation, street talent and performance art every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 21st November.

The exhibition features the statue 'HIM' by Robert Gordon McHarg III, star of HIM BOOK (Trolley, 2007) dressed once again in one of his 'mutant' disguises...

Posted by Hannah on Mon 24 Nov 2008

Recollections Exhibition, Mois de la Photo, Paris

Philip Jones Griffiths
'Recollections' exhibition
Mois de la Photo, Paris

7 novembre – 5 decembre 2008
École National Supérieure d’Architecture, Paris Val-de-Seine
3, quai Panhard et Levassor – 75013 Paris
Ouvert 10h a 19h, sauf le lundi
Entrée libre

There is currently an exhibition in Paris for Mois de la Photo of Philip Jones Griffiths 'Recollections.' The exhibition features over 50 prints of Griffiths's images of Britian in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and are also taken from his new book of the same title 'Recollections' (Trolley, 2008)

Philip Jones Griffiths est considéré comme le chef de file des photographes de la guerre du Viêtnam. Né à Rhuddlan, il poursuit des études de pharmacie à Liverpool avant de travailler à Londres, tout en entreprenant une activité de photographe pour le Manchester Guardian.

En 1961 il devient photographe indépendant à The Observer.  Il couvre la guerre d’Algérie en 1962 avant de travailler en Afrique Centrale, puis s’installe en Asie en 1966 aprés sa nomination en tant que membre associé de l’agence Magnum.  Il travaille au Viêtnam jusqu’en 1971 et devient membre à part entière de Magnum.  Magnum aura du mal à vendre ses images du Viêtnam aux revues américaines car les photo mettent l’accent sur la souffrance du peuple vietnamien, témoignant du parti pris du photographe sur cette guerre.  L’argent que Griffiths gagne grace à ses images lui permet de poursuivre son travail au Viêtnam.   Il constitue non seulement l’un des documents les plus détaillés qui ait jamais existé sur un conflit, mais aussi le portrait en profondeur d’une culture vietnamienne prise d’assaut.

En 1980 Griffiths s’installe à New-York afin d’assurer la présidence de Magnum.  Ses missions photographiques, souvent engagées à sa propre instigation, le conduisent dans plus de 120 pays.  Il continue à travailler pour des revues importantes (life, Geo…) sur des sujets tels que le bouddhisme au Cambodge, la sécheresse en Inde, la pauvreté au Texas, la reforestation du Viêtnam et les séquelles de la Guerre du Golfe au Kuweit.  Il renouvelle ses visites au Viêtnam afin de mener une réflexion sur les consequences de la guerre, et realise encore deux ouvrages sur le sujet, Agent Orange et Viêtnam at Peace.

L’exposition Recollections présente une époque pleine de souvenirs de son pays natal, car elle réunit de nombreuses photographies inédites réalisées en Grande-Bretagne dans les années 50, 60 et 70.  Ces images montrent les affaires socials et politiques du pays, ainsi que des évènements clés qui y sont survenu pendant ces trios décennies de profonds boulversements.  Qu’il s’agisse des Beatles à Liverpool, des mineurs de fond du Pays de Galles, des manifestations antinucléaires à Londres ou encore des processions funéraires en Irlande du Nord, ces images sont justes, humaines et porteuses du commentaire pénétrant qui caractérise l’ensemble de son oeuvre.  Elles évoquent une transition importante dans la société britannique, captées par le regard d’un maître inégalé  de la composition et du récit.  Recollections présente une révolution du quotidian vue par l’un des plus grands photographes au minde.  Aprés une longue maladie, Philip Jones Griffiths est mort du cancer le 19 mars 2008, chez lui à Londres.  Son oeuvre et ses archives sont conservées grâces à la Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation for the Study of War and Conflict, gérée en large partie par ses deux filles.

Commissaire de l’exposition: Gigi Giannuzzi e Laura Serani
Exposition organisée avec le soutien ed la Fondation Philip Jones Griffiths
Et avec le concours de Trolley Books et Magnum Photos

Posted by Hannah on Thu 16 Oct 2008

Philip Jones Griffiths Liverpool Exhibition

National Conservation Centre
Whitechapel, Liverpool

Opens Thursday 16th October 2008
Exhibition continues until 15th March 2009

The National Museums of Liverpool with the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation, Trolley and Magnum Photos are proud to announce a major six month exhibition and much-anticipated new book of Philip Jones Griffiths, 'Recollections.'

Renowned as the foremost photographer of the Viet Nam conflict, 'Recollections' presents work much closer to home, of Britain in the 1950s onwards. From coal miners in Wales, the Beatles in Liverpool to soldiers in Northern Ireland and anti-war protests on the streets of London.

Posted by Hannah on Mon 15 Sep 2008

Savignano 08


Savignano Immagini Festival
Galleria Vicini-Giuseppe Zanotti Design
via del Molino, 6
Savignano del Rubicone

12-14 September 9-19h
Saturday and Sunday until 5th October 10-13/15-19h

Posted by Hannah on Sun 24 Aug 2008

Activist boats reach Gaza Strip


23/08/08 Two boats carrying members of a US-based pro-Palestinian group, sailling from Cyprus, have been successful in an attempt to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The boats left the Cypriot port of Larnaca on Friday morning. The journey took them about 30 hours.

The Free Gaza protest group said about 40 activists from 14 countries were on board the boats, including the sister-in-law of Cherie Blair, Lauren Booth. The boats are carrying 40 activists, 200 hearing aids and 5,000 balloons. Read full article here

Posted by Hannah on Wed 13 Aug 2008

David Rickard at Goethe Institute London

David Rickard at Goethe Institute London
Exhaust 19-06-08

Until 19th July 2008

50 Princess Gate
Exhibition Road

Admission free

On the 19-06-08 David Rickard spent a 24-hour period breathing out his exhaled air, via a respiratory mask, into a series of large silver foil balloons. The final arrangement of balloons demonstrated consumed space in the form of a long vapour trail of balloons that rose up the three floors in the stairwell of the Goethe Institute, London. The performance demonstrated our daily consumption of fresh air, and in a quantifiable manner revealed our constant demand for fresh air and our active relationship with the space that surrounds us.

Posted by Hannah on Wed 13 Aug 2008

Le Gun


Thursday 28th August - Wednesday 3rd September
Exhibition 12-6pm
More events to be announced

Rochelle School
Arnold Circus
London, E2.

Week-long exhibition and temporary arts club with film and performance, plus launch of Le Gun #4.

‘Dear patrons, please charge your glasses and drink heartily for tomorrow you may die’

In the exhibition, the warped collective imagination of LE GUN presents a dysfunctional family of many generations, including a man with a crab on his head, the leopard walking heiress Marchesa Casati, and the original fat boy actor Joe Cobb. Raised on the the streets of parallel metropolis Legundon, an eccentrically Anglo-Saxon place of loose women, gin and cream cakes, and Francis Bacon’s butchers shop, they are an unusual dynasty. LE GUN’s gigantic black and white ink drawings record the families journey from their home cities murky streets and dens of vice, across a wild unchartered ocean to an outlandish Interzone of mind bending intoxicants and bordellos, and the jungle funeral of unloved street urchin Caliper Boy.

The exhibition that will feature the collective’s large scale drawings, forming a physical embodiment of the work found on the pages of LE GUN. These drawings, some up to 10m in length, are collaborative, narrative panoramas that link together to tell a curious tale...
The exhibition will also feature a ‘salon wall’ of works by artists working with LE GUN, and our cardboard-constructed ‘arts club’ installation that will host a bar plus performance and screening area. The exhibition will run for one week and in that time a number of events such as music nights and short film screenings will be programmed, creating a temporary arts club.

Posted by Hannah on Fri 01 Aug 2008

Alixandra Fazzina CARE award

ALIXANDRA FAZZINA FINALIST AT CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage.
There will be an exhibition of the work from her ongoing project 'A Million Shillings  Escape frm Somalia' at Visa Pour L'Image festival held at Perpignan this September.

The winner is Stephanie Sinclair with her reportA Cutting Tradition: Inside An Indonesian Female Circumcision Celebration.
The three other finalists are:

Agnes Dherbeys: Wat Prah Bat Nam Phu, Temple of dooms (Thailand)

Suthep Kritsanavarin: Cyclone Nargis…life aftermath (Myanmar)

Ariana Cubillos (Associated Press): Mud cookies to stop hungry (Haiti)

Posted by Hannah on Wed 23 Jul 2008

Trolley presentation at Platoon


Wednesday 30th July 2008
free entry

PLATOON Cultural Development

Alte Schönhauser Str. 3
10119 Berlin

A special evening presenting the latest Trolley slideshows of new and forthcoming books, featuring 

‘A Million Shillings - Escape from Somalia’ by Alixandra Fazzina

and ‘Delta Nigeria - the Rape of Paradise’ by George Osodi.

With a book signing and exhibition of photographs from

'Shelter' by Lucky Michaels.

Posted by Hannah on Fri 18 Jul 2008

Alix Fazzina and 'Child Soldiers' Exhibition


War Photo Ltd
Antuninska 6,
20000 Dubrovnik
Aug 1st - 31 October 2008

There are an estimated 300,000 children in fighting forces around the world, many of whom have been forcibly recruited or abducted; they have suffered beatings and other forms of torture; and psychological damage resulting from being forced to kill others. Girl soldiers have suffered the additional humiliation of rape and sexual servitude, sometimes over periods of several years.

Three photographers to be published by Trolley this year are involved: Alixandra Fazzina (A Million Shillings - Escape from Somalia), Jan Grarup (Darfur - A Silent Genocide) and Franco Pagetti (The House of Wisdom - Five Years in Iraq), all to be published autumn 2008.

Above: Alixandra Fazzina/ Trolley

Posted by Hannah on Fri 18 Jul 2008

Mario Tauchi at Void

July 18th to July 31st 2008

Void is showcasing Mario Tauchi's PSYCHE-GA-DELIC 2008, author of MarioMandala Colouring Book (Trolley, 2007), in the form of performance, music and cooking.

Mr. Tauchi has been expressing himself by creating Mandala paintings in various media and also collaborating with musicians, visual artist and other specialists, improvising Mandala paintings live. at void alternative, he will be collaborating with a guitarist, cloudchair (aka Jake/Masatomo Kawase), and a chef specializing in spice, det2, to create a unique Mandala, while exploring the transformation that happens when his inner self meets the outer entity. at the void gallery, also showcasing his new works

Event Schedule :
July 18th (fri)
Panel Discussion "Artists and Self management"
-Roland Kelts - writer and rector at Tokyo University
-Haruka Ito - research associate at Kyoto University of Art and Design: research center for editorial studies, magical, Gallery manager of magical ARTROOM
-Tadasuke Iwanaga - artist
-Mario Tauchi - artist

19:00-   Charge: 500 yen

July 19th (Sat)
Guitar and Live Painting: Ambient session #1
Featuring Mario Mandala/cloudchair

Door: 19:00 / Start: 19:30 Charge: 2,000 yen
*Reservation by email required for this event

July 22nd (Tue)
Live Curry Cooking flavored with Mario Mandala
Featuring: Mario Mandala/det2
Door: 19:00 / Start: 19:30 Charge: 2,000 yen

July 25th (Fri)
Guitar and Live Painting: Ambient session #2
Featuring Mario Mandala/cloudchair α
Door 19:00 / Start: 19:30 Charge: 2,000 yen
*Reservation by email required for this event

Posted by Hannah on Wed 18 Jun 2008

Refugee Week

iWitness by Tom Stoddart at Refugee Week - Bristol

14th-22nd June 2008

15 images from Tom Stoddart's classic of photojournalism iWITNESS will be on display from June 12th at Bristol Temple Meads train station, enlarged onto banners that occupy the length of the platform on the main concourse.
Measuring 4 x 4m each, these large-scale images set in the station are part of Refugee Week in the town, organised by the Pierian Centre. In total the event will encompass 9 days of art, stories, people & ideas, and all events are free.

Refugee Action's Refugee Awareness Project and Time Together volunteers will be at the station throughout Refugee Week to answer questions and share their experiences.

Posted by Hannah on Fri 13 Jun 2008

Le Gun in the Guardian


'Died Happy', an exhibit by Le Gun from the current show at Trolley Gallery 'Don't Stop Me Now - the body beyond death' courted controversy last week when it entered the Guardian Diary section...

by Hugh Muir

Hardly any risks are acceptable these days. We shield ourselves from peril. That's just sensible. But whatever happened to buyer beware? At the Trolley Gallery in the East End of London, artists have come together for the show Don't stop me now - the body beyond death, among them the renowned collective Le Gun. Their installation Died Happy consists of a boxed clay figure in a hole in the floor, and there is no doubt that he indeed died happy. A protrusion rising to floor level is testament to that. All was well until one woman stood on this proof of his happiness. It snapped and she was banned, but she exacted her revenge. "We got a visit from Tower Hamlets health and safety," explains director Gigi Giannuzzi. "Apparently someone had reported our exhibit as a danger to society! No prizes for guessing who." The sculpture endures but it is surrounded by a fence and hazard tape. Itself a comment on modern life, you might think.

Posted by Hannah on Wed 11 Jun 2008

Art Car Boot Sale 2008


Sunday 8th June
The Old Truman Brewery

Peter Blake selling T shirts and Gavin Turk selling tyre treads, it could only be the annual Art Car Boot Sale...

Trolley joined in with 'Spot The Dictator' out of the book 'Official Portraits,' with all the faces from the United Nations current heads of state, there was also colouring in from 'Mariomandala Colouring Book' and Indian firework posters from 'Cock.'

Posted by Hannah on Tue 03 Jun 2008

Photoespana 08


M.A.S.H. I.R.A.Q. by Thomas Dworzak and Double Dactyl by Nick Waplington were chosen by the jury of Photoespana as among the best books of the past year. With over 400 books entered from around the world, an exhibition and display of all winning books will be at the National Library of Madrid until July 27th. The Jury was composed of Hans-Michael Koetzle (writer and curator of photography), Oscar Mariné (graphic designer), Alberto Anaut (President of PhotoEspana), Milagros del Corral (Director of the National Library.)

Posted by Hannah on Fri 23 May 2008

Philip Jones Griffiths Memorial


The memorial for Philip took place at Asia House on Thursday 29th June 2008 at Asia House, London.

Among those present were Eve Arnold, Don McCullin, Ian Berry and a host of other friends and colleagues who gathered together to remember the life and work of one of the greatest minds and photographers of our time.

Posted by Hannah on Sat 10 May 2008

1968 Bookfair


Saturday, 10 May 2008, 10am - 10pm
Conway Hall
Red Lion Square
London WC1

An international conference and bookfair to celebrate the hopes and dreams of May 1968 - forty years after. Trolley Books will be present, along with speakers from France, Germany, Spain, USA, Eastern Europe, Africa and Britain.

"Sous les pavés, la plage."

Posted by Hannah on Wed 23 Apr 2008

Alix Fazzina wins Vic Odden award


Alixandra Fazzina from Trolley Photos has been awarded the Vic Odden prize for 2008. The award is offered for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer aged 35 or under, and will be presented at the RPS ceremony on October 2nd 2008.

Alixandra's book 'A Million Shillings' documents the perilous flight of Somalian and east African refugees across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. The story has recently been published in Grazia, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Guardian.

Posted by Hannah on Fri 18 Apr 2008

Crosses New York Exhibition

New York Exhibition


Opens Friday 18th April, 6-9pm

Lott Gallery@drivein24
443 West 18th Street
New York

Exhibition continues until May 19th

This exhibition follows the critically acclaimed book by Carmine Galasso, published by Trolley, of 30 black and white portraits and interviews of adults in the US who were abused by Catholic clergy as children. Recently chosen for the PDN annual as Best Book of 2008. The exhibition coincides with the visit of the Pope to New York, and a candlelit vigil will be held outside the gallery by the victims to mark the occasion.

Crosses - Portraits of Clergy Abuse by Carmine Galasso

Posted by Hannah on Thu 17 Apr 2008

Shelter on New York Times blog



Posted by Hannah on Wed 16 Apr 2008

Simone and Jan to run the Berlin Marathon


Simone Castaldi and Jan Coombs will be running the Berlin 25km Marathon on Sunday 4th May. This will be to raise money for  Trolley, for photographers to work on and complete important projects, to then be published in book form. Support the right to inform.

Support Simone and Jan!

To sponsor Simone or Jan please click here

Posted by Hannah on Wed 16 Apr 2008

Chernobyl Exhibition in Rome


s.t. foto libreria galleria
via ombrellari 25
16-20 April

There is currently an exhibition in Rome of Cherobyl - The Hidden Legacy by Pierpaolo Mittica. On Wednesday 16th April there will be a presenation by Mittica at s.t. of the exhibition and the book, and a discussion with Tiziana Faraoni, photo editor of L'Espresso.

Posted by Hannah on Tue 15 Apr 2008

Mario at Waterstones


Tuesday 15th April

9-13 Garrick Street
Covent Garden


Mario Tauchi will perform his wonderful mandal drawings live at Waterstones in Covent Garden, London. Fast becoming a cult hit in his native Tokyo, where he performs with live electro music bands in front of a captive audience, here Mario comes to London and gives us a taste of the magical world of mariomandala.

The drawings are part of the amazing book recently published by Trolley which features 101 free-floating mandala shapes ready to be coloured in, with perforated pages so they can be pulled out and shared, given away or stuck up on your wall.

MarioMandala Colouring Book by Mario Tauchi

Posted by Hannah on Wed 19 Mar 2008

Philip Jones Griffiths - The Soldier of Love Leaves Us


Philip Jones Griffiths 1936 - 2008

"We all have a choice in life. You can cover a hell of a lot wide and shallow or you can cover a small number of things narrow and deep. Both are valid. But those who decide to do narrow and deep produce something that ultimately lasts".
Philip Jones Griffiths


Posted by Hannah on Tue 18 Mar 2008

Carmine Galasso chosen for PDN Annual 2008


Congratulations to Carmine Galasso, his images of 30 adults in the United States who were abused by a member of the Catholic clegy as children, with their stories in their own words, has deservedly been chosen for the prestigious PDN Annual of 2007. The annual selects the best photography books that have been published throughout the year.

Go to Crosses

Posted by Hannah on Thu 13 Mar 2008

Stop The War march


Tens of thousands of people will converge on Parliament on Saturday calling for an end to Bush's wars. Five years on almost everything the anti-war movement predicted about the invasion of Iraq has come true, yet the government continues to ignore the view of the overwhelming majority in this country, who have consistently opposed the war.

Demonstrations will be taking place in more than 50 cities around the world on the anniversary of the invasion (see

The London demonstration will assemble at Trafalgar Square at 12am. It will surround parliament and end in Parliament Square.

Posted by Hannah on Wed 12 Mar 2008

Double Blind wins POYI award

Double Blind - War in Lebanon 2006 winner of BEST USE BOOK at Pictures of the Year International

Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin and words by Scott Anderson, with a contribution by Patti Smith.

Double Blind - War in Lebanon 2006

Posted by Hannah on Wed 06 Feb 2008

Bossaso explosion


Alixandra Fazzina has been following since 2007 the story of the African refugees, mainly Ethiopian, who will risk everything to cross the Gulf of Aden to Yemen and a new life. Fazzina is one of the few photographers to have documented the refugees, the camps in Bossaso, the smugglers and the embarcation onto the boats for their perilous crossing. The dangers stacked against them, from the elements, the authorities, to the smugglers themselves. This story by Alixandra Fazzina was recently featured in The Sunday Times Magazine.

Posted by Hannah on Fri 01 Feb 2008

Magnum Stedejlik

Exhibition continues 8/2/08 - 12/5/08

This is the third exhibition about MAGNUM to be held at the Stedelijk. The first, in 1964, stressed the post-war humanist ethics propagated by the founder members and was based on the collection of photographs acquired by the museum since 1958. The second, in 1990, emphasised the vision of the individual photographers. This reflected the growing interest in auteurship at a time when the print media were increasingly losing ground to television. The present exhibition presents these individual views and relates them to current thinking about the visual presentation of history.

Above: Philip Jones Griffiths, Near the old American base south of Quang Tri, a young girl stands guard over her patch of saplings marked off by rows of old artillery shells. She is responsible for their safety, warding off birds and rats. From the book Agent Orange - Collateral Damage in Viet Nam (Trolley, 2003)

Posted by hannah on Thu 27 Dec 2007

2006-12-10 MARK BLANCO

The tragic death of Mark Blanco at the beginning of December brutally cut the life of a brilliant man and dear friend. Mark was a vital part of many peoples' lives, who now want to have it made transparent exactly what took him so tragically away. His profound intelligence coupled with humility, creativity and above all humour, touched many. Always appearing with something to give or show or share, from a steak in his pocket to a rare book, magic trick or just to dip in and out of his vast knowledge of so many things, Mark was a unique spirit, whose untimely death has left many deepely saddened.

He will be missed.

Read the story here

Posted by Hannah on Mon 10 Dec 2007

2007 Offer

30% discount on most of our titles in stock, including on our new releases of 2007:

Double Blind by Paolo Pellegrin
£24.95now £17.45

M.A.S.H. I.R.A.Q by Thomas Dworzak
was £19.99 now £14.99

Chernobyl by Pierpaolo Mittica
£24.95 now £17.45

Mariomandala Colouring Book by Mario Tauchi
£19.99 now £14.99

Crosses by Carmine Galasso
was £24.95 now £17.45

Serpentine Gallery 24-Hour Interview Marathon: London by Rem Koolhaas
was £9.99 now £6.99

HIM BOOK by Robert Gordon McHarg III
was £14.99 now £10.50

Posted by Hannah on Sun 25 Nov 2007

Philip Jones Griffiths Lucie award


Griffiths was recently honored for Achievement in Photojournalism at the Lucie awards, 12th October 2007, New York.

Posted by Hannah on Tue 20 Nov 2007


HIM by Robert Gordon McHarg III, with Alan Yentob, featured in IMAGINE "How to get on in the Art world"
Tuesday 20 November 22:35 BBC1

Posted by Hannah on Wed 14 Nov 2007


Parisphoto 07
Le Carrousell du Louvre

Trolley Gallery are presenting this year the work of Philip Jones Griffiths from 'Middle Years' of images of Britain in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, new work from Nick Waplington, Alixandra Fazzina and Warren Neidich.

Posted by Hannah on Mon 12 Nov 2007

Crosses Exhibition, Boston

Crosses - Portraits of Clergy Abuse
New Exhibition in Boston

Gallery@Spencer Lofts
1-17th November
60 Dudley St., Chelsea
MA 02150 US

The new release by Carmine Galasso 'Crosses - Portraits of Clergy Abuse' is currently being exhibited in Boston.

Posted by Hannah on Tue 16 Oct 2007

World Press Photo 07 Exhibition, Barcelona


16 October - 11 November
Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB)

The World Press Photo 07 exhibition is currently showing in Barcelona, and includes the winning images by Paolo Pellegrin (Double Blind, Trolley 2007), Nina Berman (Purple Hearts, Trolley 2004, above: 'US Marine returning home to marry' 2007) and Massimo Berruti (Made in Italy, Trolley 2006).

17th October 7.00pm
Auditori del CCCB (Montalegre, 5)

Gigi Giannuzzi from Trolley Books will take part in a debate on Photography Publishing, along with other publishers Phaidon, Steidl, Blume and La Fabrica Editorial.

Posted by Hannah on Thu 04 Oct 2007

Paolo Pellegrin on AlterNet

Double Blind on Alternet

Nina Berman presents the second in her multimedia series for Alternet, this week on 'Double Blind - War in Lebanon 2006' with award-winning images by Paolo Pellegrin and an interview with journalist and writer Scott Anderson. From the new publication by Trolley, 'Double Blind'

Posted by Hannah on Sat 29 Sep 2007



Burma is ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world. For decades the Burmese regime has fought off pressure - imprisoning elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy activists, wiping out thousands of villages, imposing forced labour, creating refugees.

On 18th October, Buddhist monks and nuns, revered in Burma, began marching and chanting prayers. The protests spread as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and public figures joined in, finding the hope they had lost. Now facing a violent crackdown, please show your solidarity to this movement towards reconciliation and democracy and sign the emergency petition supporting the Burmese people -- it will be delivered to the United Nations Security Council members and international media this week:


In the past Burma's military rulers have massacred the demonstrators and crushed democracy. The world must stand with the Burmese people at this time, to show the military rulers that the world will not tolerate repression and violence.

Right now, global leaders are gathering in New York for the annual United Nations summit. In speeches, press interviews, but also in real actions, the world needs to show Burma's military junta that the global community is willing to act in solidarity with the protesters.

Show your solidarity to this movement for peace and democracy by signing the emergency online petition and supporting the Burmese people. It will be delivered to UN Security Council members and the UN press corps.

Posted by Hannah on Thu 27 Sep 2007

Nina Berman on AlterNet


Nina Berman, author of 'Purple Hearts - Back from Iraq' (Trolley 2004) announces a new multimedia series she is producing for online news and discussion forum AlterNet.

AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of dozens of other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire citizen action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, and health care issues.

Berman's first production starts today with Andrew Lichtenstein's images from his book,  "Never Coming Home," on U.S. war dead from Iraq.

Please look for the series each Thursday.

Posted by Hannah on Wed 05 Sep 2007

Trolley joins digital railroad


Trolley is pleased to announce the creation of a new alliance with Digital Railroad, with

Trolley Archive gives us an opportunity to show-case the contents of our books, press and the work of our photographers, and, when the photographer is not represented by an agency, to syndicate them.

Posted by Hannah on Wed 22 Aug 2007

Nina Berman New York Times

Nina Berman and Purple Hearts - Back from Iraq featured in New York Times

Posted by Hannah on Sun 19 Aug 2007



The Independent Magazine

To mark the one year anniversary of the end of the conflict in Lebanon, in the months of July and August 2006, Robert Fisk looks back at his own personal view of war over the years, and at the images of Paolo Pellegrin from 'Double Blind,' just released by Trolley and to be exhibited at Trolley Gallery from 23rd August-7th September.

Read full article here

Posted by Hannah on Thu 16 Aug 2007

Paolo Pellegrin - Retrospective Exhibition in Rome

Paolo Pellegrin
Broken Landscape
1st June - 9th Spetember
Museo di Roma in Trastevere
Piazza Sant'Egidio 1b

There is currently a major retrospective exhibition in Rome of the work of Paolo Pellegrin. Author of Kosovo -  The Flight of Reason and most recently Double Blind - Lebanon Conflict 2006, the exhibition encompasses his work from Iraq, Kosovo, the Congo, Darfur, Libya, Colombia, with a special focus on his award-winning work on Lebanon last year for which he was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the W. Eugene Smith Fund and won First Prize in the General News Category Singles at World Press Photo.

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Posted by Hannah on Fri 27 Jul 2007

Nina Berman Purple Hearts exhibition, NY

Nina Berman
Purple Hearts - Back From Iraq
Jen Bekman
8-30th August

Posted by Hannah on Sat 21 Jul 2007

Crosses presentation at national conference of SNAP

Crosses - Portraits of Clergy Abuse

SNAP presentation

The author of forthcoming release 'Crosses - Portraits of Clergy Abuse,' Carmine Galasso, makes a presentation at the national conference for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). It takes place at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington D.C on 20-22 July.

Posted by Hannah on Sat 21 Jul 2007

Mr Mkhize's Portrait book prize

Mr Mkhize's Portrait and Other Stories from the New South Africa at Festival of the Photograph

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Mr Mkhize was chosen to be in the Best Book Exhibition at the Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville. USA.

The Festival of the Photograph, an annual event celebrating photography, launched its first year in Charlottesville, Virginia, on June 7-9, 2007. For the occasion, Charlottesville’s historic downtown was transformed into a photographic space with exhibitions, master classes, interviews, outdoor screenings, and special events. Several thousand photographers, photography curators and photography enthusiasts from around the world attended. The festival is a not-for-profit event and this year featured the work of Sally Mann, Eugene Richards and William Albert Allard, among others.

The festival also included an exhibition of the best photography books published in recent years. The books were displayed in the former Innisfree space located at the Jefferson Theater in the center of Charlottesville. The exhibition was a touch, feel, and read experience - but most of all was a celebration of book-making. Upon conclusion of the festival, the books were housed in a library in Charlottesville and made available for educational purposes.


Posted by Hannah on Mon 09 Jul 2007

Art Car Boot Sale 2007

Sunday 8th July
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London

Trolleys were out in force at Brick Lane on Sunday 8th July for the annual Art Car Boot Sale. This year was the year of colouring in, as young and old came to join in with the MarioMandala Colouring Book, alongside Le Gun's fortune-telling and Gavin Turk's signed car boots.<

Posted by Hannah on Mon 09 Jul 2007


PSYCHE-GA-DELIC/Mario Mandala week

@ Magic room, Tokyo
by Mario Tauchi

July 20th to 27th (closed on 22nd, 23rd)

Live performance - 19:00 to 21:00
Gallery opens at 12:00
Presented by: MAGIC ROOM? / Yumiko Chiba Associates

Entrance: free

feat. Tetsuya Akikawa: poetry reading (screaming?)
Ikutaro Ishida (laptop music/noise)
Haruka Sakota TARO ACIDA (VJ DJ)
Trismegistus <Ayako Sasaki (vo. key.), Ryoichi "Shacho" Saito (g), Futoshi Okamura (dr)

In Takumi (Japanese drum)/DJ Oyakata/DJ Wataru/zaisenu (DJ Drum Electronica)

Det2 (live curry cooking show!)

Posted by Hannah on Sat 16 Jun 2007

Paolo Pellegrin - Double Blind NY Exhibition

Paolo Pellegrin


Opens 22nd June
CVZ Contemporary
446 Broadway
b/t Grand and Howard
New York

This new exhibition presents Pellegrin's award-winning work of the conflict in Lebanon in 2006, coinciding with the launch of Trolley's forthcoming publication 'Double Blind.' The exhibition will support Save the Children (Lebanon).

Posted by Hannah on Fri 27 Apr 2007

Paolo Pellegrin wins Robert Capa Gold Medal

Paolo Pellegrin wins Robert Capa Gold Medal

Paolo Pellegrin was recently awarded the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work covering the conflict in Lebanon in 2006. Trolley has recently published Pellegrin's work as a book released this July, 'Double Blind - Lebanon Conflict 2006.' It also features a diary account by Scott Anderson, the journalist who was travelling with Pellegrin while on assignment for The New York Times and Newsweek.

Posted by hannah on Wed 11 Apr 2007


Three photographers with Trolley publications were announced as winners in this year's World Press Photo.

Paolo Pellegrin won 1st prize in General News category for his work in Lebanon 2006, which is to be published in a book by Trolley in June of this year.

Nina Berman won 1st prize in the Portraits category for her portrait of an injured marine returning from Iraq to marry. Berman is the author of 'Purple Hearts - Back from Iraq' (Trolley, 2003)

Purple Hearts - signed copies available here

Massimo Berruti won 2nd prize in Contemporary Issues stories. He is one of the five young Italian photographers whose work is the basis of 'Made in Italy' (Trolley,2006), which examines the social divide and fall of the country today.

Made in Italy

Posted by hannah on Mon 09 Apr 2007

Carl de Keyser exhibition at Robert Koch Gallery

March 1st - April 28th 2007

Carl de Keyser, author of 'Zona' (Trolley 2003) is currently having an exhibition of his photographs, from the Zona and God Inc. series, at Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco. Zona captures surreal images of life as a detainee in the post-Soviet prison camps, the gulags captured in glorious technicolour.

Robert Koch Gallery

Zona by Carl de Keyser

Posted by Hannah on Wed 28 Mar 2007

Trolley at London Book Fair 2007

Trolley at London Book Fair 2007

Trolley will be presenting the first two titles to be distributed by Prestel:

Mario Mandala Party
Saturday 14th April
Meet at Trolley Gallery 6pm

To celebrate the launch of Mario Tauchi's Mario Mandala Colouring Book.

Featuring live music from MISO SOUP

Mario Tauchi will also be signing books at the Prestel stand during the fair.

Posted by Hannah on Tue 27 Mar 2007

Philip Jones Griffiths - Lecture / Book Signing

Philip Jones Griffiths
Lecture / Book Signing
27 March 2007, 7pm

Royal Geographic Society, London

Speaking at the prestigious Royal Geographic Society, Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths will offer a gripping view of war and peace in South East Asia, from the time of his seminal publication Vietnam Inc. (1971) to today. Philip will also be signing copies of his books Agent Orange (Trolley 2003) and Viet Nam at Peace (Trolley 2005) following the lecture. Guests will also be invited to view an exhibition of images taken by street children in Vietnam and orphans in Cambodia, trained in photojournalism skills by PhotoVoice. All proceeds of the talk will go to Photovoice to help them continue with their work running similar projects around the world.

Limited tickets available: to book visit call 020 7033 3878 or

Posted by hannah on Sun 18 Mar 2007


Worldwide Reading in memoriam of Anna Politkovskaya
March 20, 2007

An appeal for a worldwide reading of Anna Politkovskaya's reports on Chechnya. The journalist and critic of Putin was assassinated on October 7, 2006.

For a second time the Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics, based in Berlin, makes an appeal for a worldwide reading on March 20. The aim of these interconnected events is to raise awareness of matters and forms of political communication. Because the lie as instrument of political formations also belongs to the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is imperative that the powers that combat it don't weaken.

In her reportages Anna Politkovskaya described the catastrophe of the Chechen war, which was begun for paltry reasons and has since gone on, conducted far from the public eye. Her texts portray scenes of torture, reconstruct cold blooded murder, condemn the cynicism of bureaucrats, depict the misery and desperation of a civilian population that is being torn between the army and rebels, and offer a nightmarish picture of the climate of state-fueled fear and repression in Russia.

The selection of texts "Machkety: A Concentration Camp with a Commercial Streak" and "Special Operation Zyazikov" (from the book "A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya" by Anna Politkovskaya, translated by Alexander Burry and Tatiana Tulchinsky, © 2003 The University of Chicago) should be used for the one-off reading on March 20, 2007. You can find these texts on as a PDF document. For the sole purpose of the worldwide reading, the texts may be used free of charge on March 20, 2007.

This year, on March 20, 2006, the Peter Weiss Foundation initiated its first worldwide reading on the occasion of the third anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq. This event was marked as the first "Anniversary of the Political Lie" on which Eliot Weinberger's text "What I Heard about Iraq" was read out at forty-seven venues worldwide, in Australia, the US, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland and India.

We welcome any ideas for "The Second Anniversary of the Political Lie – in memoriam Anna Politkovskaya", to be held on March 20, 2007.
Please contact:

Best wishes,

Ulrich Schreiber
Peter-Weiss-Stiftung für Kunst und Politik e.V.
Linienstraße 156/157
10115 Berlin

Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya, the daughter of Soviet UN diplomats, was born in New York in 1958. She studied Journalism at Moscow University and worked for various newspapers such as "Izvestia" and after the fall of Communism for independent papers, among them "Obchtchaya Gazeta". Most recently she was a special correspondent for the small opposition paper "Novaya Gazeta". Politkovskaya had been working for this newspaper since 1999, when Putin became Prime Minister and the so-called second Chechen war began: two closely-tied events which would trigger a disastrous chain of developments, as Politkovskaya demonstrated in her articles and books such as "A Small Corner of Hell" and "Putin's Russia".

The North Caucasus mountain region of Chechnya proclaimed its independence from Russia in 1991, and finally obtained it through the peace treaty set up after the first war (during which the media could still report freely). From the Russian side, the independence of the secessionist Kazakhs was perceived as a defeat, if not as a bitter dishonor. In 1999, when a Chechen commando led by the rivals of the then president Maskhadov fell in Dagestan, in Russian territory, the Russian rule of the North Caucasus seemed imperiled. Shortly afterwards two bloody bomb attacks were carried out in Moscow. The Chechens were immediately accused as the perpetrators, a suspicion which to this day has yet to be confirmed. Putin, then the head of the KGB's succeeding organization the FSB, reacted with an "Anti-Terror Operation": the start of the second Chechen war. As response to Russia's humiliation and with the pledge to bring back former greatness, Putin used the war for his own political advancement. In 2000 he was elected as President of the Russian Federation.

Since then organizations such as Reporters Without Borders have observed a growing dissolution of free and independent media in Russia. Economic networks with ties to the Kremlin exercising tremendous influence, bureaucratic obstructions and a general climate of menace have seen to it that Russia numbers 140 (from 167) on the "RWB ranking list of worldwide positions of freedom of the press". Now as before, no freedom of coverage from Chechnya is possible.

Ever since the attacks on New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 Putin has felt part of an international alliance. He associated himself with Bush's propagandized "War on Terror". That same year the war in Chechnya was declared officially over. "Putin's begun to try to prove on the world stage," claimed Anna Politkovskaya in an interview in The Guardian, "that he's just a part of a fashionable war. And he's been successful. When, after Beslan, he began to state that we were seeing virtually the hand of Bin Laden, it was appalling. What's Bin Laden got to do with it?"

With all her reporting Politkovskaya tried to show how the war was far from over, but rather how acts of violence and human rights violations continued unabated. She focused above all on the civil population which was slowly being torn between the two warring parties, and described self-perpetuating cycles of violence. Her depictions shed light on the perverse mechanisms of war, exposing the terms on which they operate, while condemning the beneficiaries.

She ends her final book with a critique directed towards both deceptive political groups and society: "They always say only 'Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda'. A cursed slogan. It is the easiest thing to say, the answer with which to brush aside every new bloody tragedy. It is also the most primitive, with which one can lull the consciousness of a society, one which dreams of being lulled." (from "Putin's Russia")

Politkovskaya was awarded many foreign prizes for her work. In 2003 she received the first "Lettre Ulysses Award" for best reportage as well as the Hermann Kesten Medal. In 2004 she was given the Olaf Palme Prize, and one year later the Prize for Freedom and Future of the Press. In Russia she was awarded the Prize of the Journalists Union in 2001. In her native country, however, she also faced threats and intimidation. Yet she refused to have a bodyguard in the same way she refused to go into exile. In 2004 she was the victim of a poisoning attempt. On October 7, 2006 she was shot by an unknown gunman in the stairwell of her Moscow apartment block. The documents used for her last article have gone missing. Anna Politkovskaya left behind two children.

Posted by Hannah on Fri 16 Mar 2007

Gaza Under Siege


A week-long non-stop Israeli bombardment of Gaza towns and villages left over 70 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead, with Beit Hanoun the focus of the Israeli offensive.
"They (Israeli forces) put explosives at the doors of the houses - and then they enter on the women and children. Everybody is terrified in their homes."


Posted by hannah on Wed 07 Mar 2007

Save Chechnya Campaign Film Festival

'Chechnya: God, Nation and the Native Land'

Saturday 10th March 2007 12-6pm

Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, 27-29 Torrington Square, London, WC1E 7JL.

The programme will bring together footage and images from inside Chechnya, documentaries, films, Chechen-friendly organisations and personalities and books and literature on Chechnya.

Doors open at 12pm and the programme will begin at 1pm. Stanley Greene's award-winning exhibition, 'Open Wound', will be on display during this time.

Save Chechnya Campaign

Open Wound by Stanley Greene

Above: Image taken from Open Wound

Posted by hannah on Mon 12 Feb 2007

Monsanto dumped toxic waste in the UK

The wasteland: how years of secret chemical dumping left a toxic legacy

Monsanto helped to create one of the most contaminated sites in Britain

John Vidal, environment editor
Monday February 12, 2007
The Guardian

The old toxic waste dump at Brofiscin quarry smells of sick when it rains and the small brook that flows from it gushes a vivid orange.

Barton Williams, its owner, says he had no idea exactly what lies below his land, or how dangerous it is. "It's leaking, isn't it? It's the wrong colour. They haven't told me what's in there. The Environment Agency hasn't been open about what's in it at all and the council didn't even tell me it was toxic waste when I bought the land. They only told the public three years ago."

He remembers tankers dumping drums, slurry and sludge from the Monsanto chemical works in Newport and elsewhere in the 36-metre deep quarry on the edge of Groesfaen village near Cardiff.

"They just tipped it in, anything really. They were lax in those days."

Groesfaen, now a Cardiff commuter village, is full of recently built £250,000 executive homes - some right on the edge of the quarry. Today, the many newcomers know little of the scale or nature of the dumping of carcinogenic and other chemical waste between 1965 and 1972. The tip, which was unlined, never had a licence for chemical dumping and water pollution was forbidden.

The first most people knew that something was wrong was in 2003 when vile smells escaped from the quarry and drifted over the village. The local Rhondda Cynon Taff council warned people to stay away but said there was no immediate health danger.

"People are worried about the value of their properties, they hope it will just go away," said one woman, who asked not to be identified, this week.

Previously unseen Environment Agency documents from 2005 show that almost 30 years after being filled, Brofiscin is one of the most contaminated places in Britain. According to engineering company WS Atkins, in a report prepared for the agency and the local authority in 2005 but never made public, the site contains at least 67 toxic chemicals. Seven PCBs have been identified, along with vinyl chlorides and naphthalene.

The unlined quarry is still leaking, the report says. "Pollution of water has been occurring since the 1970s, the waste and groundwater has been shown to contain significant quantities of poisonous, noxious and polluting material, pollution of ... waters will continue to occur ... the council is of the opinion that the metal drums will continue to deteriorate over time releasing poisonous, noxious and polluting materials," it says.

Villagers are angry that they were not told the exact condition or contents of the tip. "We do not know about this report. If there is still leakage and there is any danger, then it must be cleared up as soon as possible," said a local councillor, Jonathan Huish.

Douglas Gowan, the pollution consultant who first investigated the site between 1967 and 1973 for the National Farmers' Union, after reports of dead cattle and deformed calves in the vicinity, is one of the few people to have witnessed the landfilling of chemicals at Brofiscin. In 1967 he convened a team of toxicologists and engineers and took soil and water samples for analysis. His reports were sent to the Welsh Office but not acted upon. In a report requested by the Environment Agency of Wales last year, he states: "From 1969 to 1973 [we] actively monitored the site and witnessed not just landfill tipping in regular hours, but also dumping at night. Most of the waste came from Monsanto and I believe that almost all contained some amounts of PCBs. I saw ... vehicles dumping slurry, liquids and tars as well as ... open drums."

Even as Monsanto and other companies were sending chemicals to Brofiscin and a nearby dump, Maendy, from 1965 to 1972, in St Louis, Missouri, company executives were alarmed. From 1965 onwards evidence had been accumulating from around the world of widespread contamination from PCBs and related chemicals. PCBs were being reported in wildlife, human milk, and water, and had been found in British fish in 1967.

Internal company papers show that Monsanto knew about the PCB dangers earlier. Toxicity tests on the effects of two PCBs in 1953 showed that more than 50% of the rats subjected to them died, and all of them showed damage. With experts at the company in no doubt that Monsanto's PCBs were responsible for contamination, the company set up, in 1968, a committee to assess its options. In a paper distributed to only 12 people but which surfaced at a trial of the company in 2002, it admitted "that the evidence proving the persistence of these compounds and their universal presence as residues in the environment is beyond question ... the public and legal pressures to eliminate them to prevent global contamination are inevitable".

It expected legislation, but papers seen by the Guardian reveal near panic. "The subject is snowballing. Where do we go from here? The alternatives: go out of business; sell the hell out of them as long as we can and do nothing else; try to stay in business; have alternative products", wrote the recipient of one paper.

In 1969 the company wrote a confidential Pollution Abatement Plan which admitted that "the problem involves the entire United States, Canada and sections of Europe, especially the UK and Sweden".


Monsanto's main production centre of PCBs was at Anniston in Alabama, but in 1971 it shifted production largely to Newport. According to the government, the company made 61,500 tonnes of PCBs at Newport. Internal Monsanto documents seen by the Guardian show the Newport factory was leaky and at one point was "losing" 1.7kg (3.7lb) a day of some of the most dangerous PCBs.

Herbert Vodden, a Monsanto physicist who tested how long the PCBs took to break down, told the Guardian that companies employed by Monsanto to take the waste were responsible for its disposal. "The sites were supposed to be impervious and watertight, It was the [waste] contractors' responsibility to find the sites ... usually they were reasonably cooperative. There were no regulations then. We were in their hands."

Mr Vodden said the company initially lobbied the government to carry on making PCBs in the 1960s. "They were very supportive", he said. And when it decided to pull out of PCB manufacture, "the department of industry argued against us withdrawing them. They came and told us that we should continue".

Posted by hannah on Thu 01 Feb 2007

German prosecutors issue arrest warrants for thirteen CIA operatives

The CIA operatives have been linked to the kidnapping and torture of German citizen Khaled El-Masri. The arrest warrants were announced at a time that the US practice known as extraordinary rendition is coming under increasing scrutiny around the globe. via

Posted by Hannah on Tue 16 Jan 2007

UN rights council: Israel‘s abuses in Gaza

UN rights council slams Israel’s abuses in Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution expressing concern “over Israel's continued violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people."

Posted by Hannah on Sun 10 Dec 2006

Mark Blanco


The tragic death of Mark Blanco at the beginning of December brutally cut the life of a brilliant man and dear friend. Mark was a vital part of many peoples' lives, who now want to have it made transparent exactly what took him so tragically away. His profound intelligence coupled with humility, creativity and above all humour, touched many. Always appearing with something to give or show or share, from a steak in his pocket to a rare book, magic trick or just to dip in and out of his vast knowledge of so many things, Mark was a unique spirit, whose untimely death has left many deepely saddened.

He will be missed.

And what really happened at the Hotel in the Sky

Daily Mail 13:07pm on 10th December 2006

For four years, the man with the intriguing name of Johnny Headlock has been at the side of Pete Doherty, helping to steer him through the scrapes and escapades that have brought him notoriety.
But last week Doherty found himself in his most serious mess yet, when actor Mark Blanco plunged to his death after a drug-fuelled argument with him in a top-floor flat in East London known as the "Hotel in the Sky". Inevitably, 27-year-old Headlock, the unofficial minder, manager, fixer, roadie, valet, and confidant to the Babyshambles star, was there to see it all. And yesterday, in an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Headlock gave the first eye-witness account of the events leading up to Blanco's death.

In doing so he supplied important new information about the case - and also a startling insight into life at the hedonistic court of Pete Doherty and The Big K, as Kate Moss is known by their entourage.

Judging by Headlock's revelations, the tragedy of Tuesday night was an inevitable consequence of the sort of life Doherty insists on leading.

The singer and hangers-on were at one of the regular cocaine and crack parties hosted by the owner of the one-bedroom flat, Doherty's self-styled "literary agent" Paul Roundhill, who charges his guests for space on his sofa to take drugs and commune with the other druggies there.

Visitors either bring their own drugs or ask him to order some over the phone and give him a little "thank you" in return, usually in the form of drugs.

A row erupted between Doherty and an excitable Blanco, who apparently committed the ultimate drug-den faux pas of attempting to ingratiate himself with the singer because of his celebrity. Roundhill tried to defuse the situation by setting fire to Blanco's hat.

Headlock said: "Mark had a big bottle of wine. He was just swigging it out of the bottle. I've known him two or three months and it was the first time I've seen him as bad as that.

"He kept going on about a play, on and on and on. He kept grabbing Peter and I could see it in his eyes, Pete was going to me, 'Johnny, tell him, man.'

"I was trying to control him. He's 6ft 5in, he's not small. We kept telling him to shut up and sit down and he wouldn't have it. Paul was trying to distract him. He took off Mark's hat - it was a flat cap - and set it on fire with some lighter fluid.

"Mark didn't even turn round. He just kept going on about how he's got an idea for something. Paul was saying, 'Sit down so we can talk'.

"So I tried to get him to leave the flat. He pushed me and then Peter sat down and Paul was grabbing him. Paul got him out of the door and said, 'Johnny, give us a hand'.

"We got him through the door leading to the outside balcony and then we've gone back in. It must have been about five minutes between Mark arriving and Mark leaving."

Moments later the Cambridge-educated actor was lying on the cobbled street four storeys below, dead.

Doherty and Headlock were still in the flat, with two girls called Kate - neither of them Moss - and a pole dancer named Naomi. Headlock says he cannot remember how 30-year-old Blanco's body was discovered. "I remember someone saying, 'Mark's had an accident'," he said.

"We came down and there he was on the floor and the girls were checking him. I assumed he walked down and he just fell over because there was no blood anywhere. I thought he was drunk and he just slipped and fell on the floor.

"Then Paul gave my number to the ambulance people. He couldn't remember his own number. You've got to remember Paul's been smoking crack so he's all paranoid, so as soon as a little bit of tension in his house happened, he's like, oh, the whole world's going wrong.

"Mark could have fallen over the balcony, 'cos the balcony's not that high. But he didn't look that bad. No one actually knew he'd fallen over the balcony. No one saw it. How do we know?"

He heard more from Roundhill a few hours later. "Paul sent me a text saying he was dead, then the police phoned me up, and I was saying, 'Oh, is he like dead', and they were saying, 'He's not dead', and I was like, 'Well what's going on?'

"They said, 'We need you to come and do an interview,' and I went, 'Well, I can't at the moment.' Think about it, I'd been doing cocaine so I can't just go down the police station wired out of me head. They didn't phone me back.

"Paul sent me a text saying, 'You done the right thing to leave but the police do need to speak to you'. I will speak to them. I think it's respectful. Mark's my friend. But if they've heard from every angle why do they need to speak to me again?"

Detectives say they are keeping an open mind but believe that no "third party" was involved in the actor's death. However, Blanco's family remain suspicious and believe it was not suicide and was more than a "simple accident".

Headlock says he can't explain Blanco's death. He does, however, confirm that hard drugs were available at the flat. He says Roundhill had been taking crack and admits taking cocaine himself.

Thin, wiry and volatile, Headlock - real name Jonathan Jeannevol - veers from edgy paranoia to naive charm in the course of the interview. The East Ender has a reputation among Doherty's entourage for menace, something he claims he doesn't deserve and believes he is being pushed out. In the eyes of Headlock, such a fall from favour would be most unfair. For by his account he has been the one who has ensured Doherty turns up at concerts, his numerous court appearances, photoshoots and business meetings. He has even helped to keep the singer's relationship with Kate Moss on the road.

Headlock says his straight talking makes him one of the few people who can guide Doherty. Even hard-boiled businessmen appear bowled over by the Babyshambles man's hell-raising legend - seen by Doherty himself, if not by others, as Byronic adventurousness.

"I've seen many a man working with us, on merchandise or whatever, and they've been around Pete and they've been starry-eyed, and it's been their downfall, they've never concentrated on what they should be doing," says Headlock.

According to Headlock, Doherty has a fetish for the sensation of needle on skin. He paints pictures with the blood he withdraws by syringe.

The two men met through a mutual friend, Babyshambles's first guitarist, Patrick Walden. Headlock helped out at a gig in Coventry, when the stage collapsed, and the band's then manager James Milord asked him to carry on helping. He acquired his nickname at a gig at the Blackpool Empress, a night that has become legendary among fans for Doherty's drug excess.

"Someone had left these really powerful sleeping tablets. Peter must have seen them and took them, so by the time he's come on stage these things are starting to kick in and he's falling asleep.

"James just told everyone to walk off. I just stayed watching him on my own. He just picked up his guitar and carried on playing. I was thinking, this guy's a bit crazy, man. There's no embarrassment, there's no shame.

"But he won the kids over. And that was the moment I thought, I've got to give this man 100 per cent respect. The kids just started cheering him, singing along. He must have been playing Libertines songs.

"They were cheering really loudly and he came over and he whispered in my ear: 'Jon, in a minute I'm going to make out to collapse. Just get me off stage'. So as soon as he turned round I just got him in a headlock and I dragged him off. So we put him in a shower, gave him loads of coffee and an hour later they went back on."

The story - in which Doherty pretended to be more "out of it" than in fact he was - is further evidence of his gift for self-mythologising. But Headlock insists that what makes the singer special is the sincerity of his feeling for the fans. He instructs Headlock to get young ticketless fans in to watch sold-out concerts and did solo performances for fans for three hours last New Year's Eve.

"He told me to get them to queue up. He called it Peter's Grotto, I called it Peter's Grotty Grotto. They were coming in one by one and he'd say, what song do you want and he'd play any song in the world. He'd sign a T-shirt, take a few photos and then move on to the next one.

"For Peter it's not about what's in your pocket, it's about being happy. Those kids aren't going to let him down. Only the record company is going to do that.

"Pete gave his guitar to a young lad, the son of the night porter at the Liverpool Academy, on the promise that he would come back in a year's time and play him a song."

Doherty's relationship with "The Big K" is also intriguing. The supermodel chases him, calls his friends to find out where he is and worries about his welfare. And it seems Kate Moss, despite being one of the world's most beautiful women, is not immune from jealousy.

According to Headlock, she has virtually vetoed Doherty from releasing a duet he performed with his ex-girlfriend, Scottish singer Dot Allison.

The song, a pastiche of The Beatles' I Wanna Hold Your Hand, is a favourite among Doherty's friends, yet he refuses to release it - because of "The Big K', Headlock says.

Yet she is good for Doherty, he believes. "When I last spoke on the phone to Kate she was worried he isn't getting his stuff managed and how his finances are being done,' he said.

"Of course she worries, if you love someone you worry about them. She's pushing him in the right direction, gently nudging him. He needs it.

"They met at her 31st birthday party. He gave her a present, the lyrics to his song, What Katie Did. He'd written it on the back of an envelope and he put it in a frame and gave it to her.

"Whenever they're together you can just tell, they're really happy. They're in love with each other. He says he can't see anyone else. He adores her.

"The one thing is she has no concept of cash. When he'd been in Portugal, in rehab for heroin, he asked me to phone his mum and Kate, the only two people. So I phoned his mum and I phoned Kate and she was going on and on. And I said, 'Kate I can't do this, it's going to be on my hotel bill.' I said, 'just phone me back, you can afford it.'

"He hangs out with superstars and multi- millionaires. We were with Mario Testino [the acclaimed photographer] the other day, doing a photoshoot for Vogue, but the next day Pete'll be in the pub down the road with some old geezers and he prefers it that way. He prefers wallowing in the mud."

Doherty's appetite for seediness is underlined by his actions after Blanco fell to his death.The singer left with Headlock and the two girls and went to his room at the trendy Malmaison hotel in Clerkenwell, where a group of around 20 of his entourage had gathered.

"It was the usual losers," Headlock said. "Mick Whitnall was there, the new guitarist. I had a big argument in there and all. One of the band members and me don't see eye to eyeball. He just tried to get funny with me. He had this broken champagne glass and he held it against my face.

"I looked at Peter and he had this look in his eye where we know what we're talking about in our heads but we don't say it. It's sort of like telepathic. I was saying to him, 'Now you can see'.

"I was swallowing my tongue. That's when Pete said, 'Do what you believe'. All I had was a fork and I stabbed Mick about five times. And after that Mick went round somewhere else."

The fight got out of control. By 2.25am, the hotel manager had called the police, after Doherty and his friends had ripped out every wall light fitting, torn down the curtains, smashed every mirror, broken all the lamps, upturned all the furniture and wrecked the telephone and internet connection sockets.

It was a sad and destructive end to a tragic night. And it encapsulated everything about Doherty's life - the drugs, the violence, the extreme behaviour and the adulation that Doherty receives.

Headlock struggles to explain it: "There's an aura. It's something when you talk to him, you just have to be interested. He's very intelligent. I've lent him books and six months later I can turn to any page and he'll recite it, word for word. How mad is that?

"But he doesn't like confrontation. He just wants peace and quiet. He doesn't want to get involved."

Other friends of Doherty's have confirmed that Roundhill's one-bedroom flat is one of Doherty's regular haunts.

One said: "Pete goes to Paul's to relax and not to have anyone hassle him. There's always guitars there and Pete would play there, he'd play songs and everyone would sing along.

"People there say, 'everyone's getting high in the Hotel in the Sky' because it's on the top floor. But Pete doesn't need to go to Paul to get crack - he goes to sit around talking about stuff."

Blanco had begun moving in Roundhill's circles a few months ago, sometimes visiting the flat, according to Headlock. The actor had gone to the flat after hearing that Doherty might be there. He had been cast in the lead role of Dario Fo's Death Of An Anarchist and had wanted to persuade Doherty to back the play, in the hope of getting publicity for it.

Headlock insisted, despite the fears of Blanco's family, that nothing sinister had taken place. And he paid tribute to the 30-year-old actor.

"Mark was a friend of mine, a decent guy," he said. "He's got family and they're grieving. I'm gutted he's dead.

"He had this set of finger puppets he'd got from Japan of famous philosophers and he gave me one of Nietzsche. It's one of the most precious possessions I own."

Posted by Hannah on Sun 26 Nov 2006

Patti Smith performs her song for Lebanon

On Sunday 26th November Trolley was honoured when Patti Smith spoke about and performed her song on Lebanon, Qana. This was the town in the south of the country which was attacked during the conflict of summer 2006, resulting in the deaths of many civilians, many of whom were children. Patti Smith's performance followed the opening of the exhibition at Trolley Gallery of Polaroids taken by Patti of objects and places inspired by poets and writers, entitled Sur les Traces.

She had donated them to help raise funds and awareness of a forthcoming book Trolley is publishing on the Israel and Lebanon conflict of 2006, featuring the photographs of Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin.

Posted by Hannah on Mon 13 Nov 2006

Chechnya: Systematic Use of Torture

Chechnya: Research Shows Widespread and Systematic Use of Torture

Human Rights Watch said that its documentation of more than a hundred cases of torture, taken together with research conducted by leading Russian human rights groups, strongly suggests that torture in Chechnya is commonplace. Human Rights Watch also said that this finding, together with de facto impunity for torturers, strongly suggests a widespread and systematic practice of torture in Chechnya

Human Rights Watch Report

UN Committee against Torture Must Get Commitments From Russia to Stop Torture

(Geneva, November 13, 2006) – Torture in both official and secret detention facilities is widespread and systematic in Chechnya, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper issued today, just as the UN Committee against Torture concluded its review of Russia.

"If you are detained in Chechnya, you face a real and immediate risk of torture. And there is little chance that your torturer will be held accountable."  Holly Cartner, Director Europe and Central Asia division

Human Rights Watch

Posted by hannah on Thu 09 Nov 2006

Rumsfeld replaced after poll loss

Full article on BBC news

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Posted by hannah on Wed 08 Nov 2006

The Massacre at Beit Hanoun

Ha'aretz correspondent Gideon Levy described the situation in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun in a searing article on Sunday. He proposed, half seriously, that the Israeli colonies removed last year as part of Israel's so-called "disengagement" from Gaza should be returned because they would serve "as the last human shield for a million and a half residents who now comprise one of the most helpless populations in the world. Incarcerated, without any assistance, they are liable to starve to death. Exposed, without any protection, they fall prey to the Israel Defense Force's operations of vengeance."

Sueytta from

Posted by hannah on Sun 05 Nov 2006


The Italian photographer was released on Friday 3rd November after being held hostage in Afghanistan for 23 days.

Posted by hannah on Wed 01 Nov 2006

Chien-Chi Chang - "The Map‘ Exhibition, Taipei

4/11/06 - 30/12/06

Chi-Wen Gallery,Taipei

The photographer and author of ‘The Chain’, is currently showing in Tapei, Taiwan an exhibition entitled 'The Map.'

see The Chain here

Chi-Wen Gallery

Above: Image taken from The Chain

Posted by hannah on Sat 21 Oct 2006

Read Jan Pronk's blog on Darfur

Former Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Sudan, where he was leading the UN peace keeping operation (UNMIS -, Pronk was expelled from the country yesterday on the basis of his blog.

Jan Pronk blog click here

Posted by hannah on Fri 20 Oct 2006



Across the country people are preparing to travel to Manchester this Saturday to demonstrate at the Labour Party conference which Tony Blair says will be his last. For most of his party, he can't step down as party leader soon enough. "He should go immediately. He is destroying the party," is how one Labour official summed up the situation in the Independent newspaper.

There will also be the Military Families Peace Camp, of families who have had loved ones lost under the Bush/Blair wars, and an alternative conference on Sunday 24th organised by Stop The War entitled "After Blair: Time For Change."

This will be the biggest demonstration in the North of England for decades, for more details visit STOP THE WAR

Coaches are also being organised from all corners of the country to Manchester for details.

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Posted by hannah on Wed 11 Oct 2006

A global crisis of understanding

The Sunday Times
Book Review

by William Dalrymple

In 1817, James Mill wrote a history of India several hundred pages long in which he confidently dismissed the country's culture as primitive, superstitious, fanatical and degenerate. The fact that Mill had never visited India, knew no Indians and spoke no Indian language gave him no pause for hesitation over his conclusions...

for full article click here

Posted by hannah on Wed 11 Oct 2006


On Saturday 7 October, the first report of the murder of Anna Politkovskaja, the 48-year-old Russian journalist and champion of Chechen victims, came through from Interfax, the Moscow News Agency.

Times interview with her literary agent Toby Eady 15/10/06

Her final unfinished report as featured in The Independent 13/10/06

Read Anna Politkovskaja's letter to Putin on how to resolve the conflict in Chechnya, featured in Trolley Catalogue 2005

Posted by gigi on Mon 25 Sep 2006

The United States' role in shaping the global response to terrorism.

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, reflects on what happened in the five years since 9/11.

Human Rights Watch Audio on Counterterrorism

Posted by hannah on Sat 16 Sep 2006

Goronwy Rees - The Unforgiven Spy

Goronwy Rees was a brilliant intellectual whose admission that he had spied for the Soviets along with Guy Burgess led to a spectacular fall from grace. Duncan Higgitt looks back at the life of the former principal of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and asks if it is time to reassess his reputation

Full article here

Posted by hannah on Tue 05 Sep 2006

18th International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan

2 - 17th September 2006

Visa Pour L'Image

Stanley Greene (Open Wound), Thomas Dworzak (Taliban), Paolo Pellegrin (Kosovo - The Flight of Reason) and Kadir van Lohuizen will be exhibiting at this year's Perpignan their work on Katrina at Ancienne Université.

Above: Image by Thomas Dworzak

Posted by hannah on Tue 15 Aug 2006

ECOTOPIA: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video

Sept 14th - Nov 26th 2006
Organized by ICP curatorial staffers Brian Wallis, Christopher Phillips, Edward Earle and Carol Squiers, with assistant curator Joanna Lehan, Ecotopia features works by 39 artists that reflect a growing concern about natural disasters and global environmental change. Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, authors of Ghetto and Mr Mkhize's Portrait will be among the artists exhibiting.

Above Image: Joan Fontcuberta, "Orogenesis: Brandt," gelatin silver print, 2006


Mr Mkhize's Portrait and Other Stories of New South Africa

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Posted by hannah on Fri 11 Aug 2006

Israeli Jets

Israel's flights over Lebanon almost caused a "catastrophe" last month, when French peacekeepers were "two seconds" away from firing on Israeli fighter jets, the French Defense Minister said, according to AFP.

Posted by hannah on Fri 11 Aug 2006


'Ernesto is as Scottish as a deep-fried Mars bar supper'
Irvine Welsh

For more information of the campaign to keep Ernesto in Britain, the country he has grown up in, log onto:


Posted by hannah on Sat 05 Aug 2006


"What I am watching in Lebanon every day is an outrage." Robert Fisk for The Independent.

Sign Ceasefire Campaign Petition here

Human Rights Watch full documentation of Middle East crisis

Human Rights Watch latest report on Lebanon

Posted by hannah on Sat 03 Jun 2006

Art Car Boot - Sunday June 4th 2006

Negotiating the double trolley down to Brick Lane from Redchurch street and parking up next to the double-decker bus, Trolley luckily found itself between the Pimms and french cider stall. Highlights included Matt Collishaw's peep show, Le Gun drawings for 10p, and Trolley artist Abigail Fallis's scarily accurate palm reading...

Posted by admin on Wed 01 Mar 2006

2006/03/22 World Day of Water 2006

UNESCO is official leader for World Day of Water on 22nd March. The guiding theme for this year's day, aimed at encouraging of awareness of the world's most precious natural resource, is 'Water and Culture.'

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Posted by hannah on Sat 07 Jan 2006

IRAQ -The Hidden Story (The Truth) 18+ link

Posted by hannah on Tue 03 Jan 2006

African leaders agree to resolve Darfur conflict

Arab and African leaders held a mini-summit on Darfur in Libya, where they agreed to work together to resolve the conflict "without foreign intervention."