Art For Macmillan: With Malcolm Mentha (Southport)


Art For Macmillan Cancer Support: Art Demonstrations in Cambridge Walks with Malcolm Mentha

By Anton Dolders, Regional Chair of Arts at Macmillan Cancer Support

This week’s profile focuses on Malcolm Mentha, a photographer whose  methods are somewhat rare nowadays in that he still uses film cameras and prints his images from transparencies, rather than opting for the increasingly popular digital format. Malcolm explained that ransparencies are actually slides designed for projection and that his reason for using them as the source of his prints is due to “the richness of colour” they provide.

Malcolm hails from Southport and has lived there all his life. Malcolm’s career as a photographer commenced in the mid 1980’s; his first camera was a Browning Box followed by a Single Lens Reflex.   He achieved notoriety, first by showcasing his photographs of Northern Britain which in Malcolm’s opinion bears all the best landscapes, at art fairs and leisure outlets such as hotels and restaurants before being accepted as a member of The Southport Photographic Society. They endorsed his application to The Royal Photographic Society who gladly accepted him as a member and awarded his collection of work a distinction .

I find Malcolm’s photographic compositions very interesting and in some cases offbeat. He either creates symmetry and balance which guide one’s viewpoint and devise frames of reference within a scene or landscape or he rejects such logic by composing  excerpts and segments of panoramas which in my opinion offer a more challenging aspect.

As well as being exhibiting regularly in Art For Macmillan’s exhibitions taking place in vacant commercial properties around Southport, there are also examples of Malcolm’s work in The Atkinson’s Groups and Societies Exhibition which runs until the 19th December. For more details of Art For Macmillan’s exhibitions and events, look online: or visit our current project at Cambridge Walks Gallery located behind The Atkinson on Lord Street in Southport .

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