This image comes from the collection Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files, which was put together by Arkady Bronnikov and currently held by Fuel design group; it's currently on display at the Grimaldi Gavin gallery. The tattoo on the index finger is a variant of an ‘Otritsala’ ring, denoting someone who is hostile to law-enforcement and the regime. They cannot be re-educated. Middle finger ‘Freedom for the youth’ or ‘I’ve done time and I will steal again’. Third finger ‘Ruined youth’, the bearer was convicted as a juvenile. The five dots on the wrist are a common sign of someone familiar with the prison regime. They signify ‘Four watchtowers and me’ or ‘I’ve been through the zone’, an inmate who has served a sentence in a correctional labour or penal colony. Lenin is held by many criminals to be the chief pakhan (boss) of the Communist Party. The letters BOP, which are sometimes tattooed under his image, carry a double meaning. The acronym stands for ‘Leader of the October Revolution’ but also spells the Russian word VOR (thief). Police Files Print No. 3 © Arkady Bronnikov / FUEL.

The inside story on Grimaldi Gavin gallery - which is opening its doors with a talk on Russian criminal tattoos tonight

The camera that astronaut Wally Schirra used to first show the curvature of earth goes on sale

© David Armstrong

“Am I a functioning addict?” We celebrate David Armstrong, who has died of liver cancer at the age of 60

U.S.97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973. © Stephen Shore

A Stephen Shore retrospective in Madrid, featuring both early and recent work, pays homage to a photography master

Blue ice and penguins (c) Cherry Alexander, Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 1995

Art from the kingdom of animals: Celebrating the best of 50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Thurston In Uganda

The great British photojournalist Thurston Hopkins, with an "uncanny ability to depict the human condition," dies at age of 101

A woman bends over to purchase fruit at the nighttime market in Gbulung, Northern Region, Ghana on Feb. 13th, 2010. From the series Life Without Lights © Peter DiCampo

How was it for you? Peter DiCampo on winning the BJP's International Photography Award in 2010

Tectonic I, 2014. © Noémie Goudal

Noémie Goudal's latest photographic work, currently on show, continues to interrogate man's relationship with the natural world

2013 Portrait Series gold winner - Rory Carnegie for Port Meadow Dogs (Best in category). © Rory Carnegie

The Association of Photographers celebrates its 31st year with the annual AOP Photography Awards and Expo 2014

Image © Allan Kliger

We profile three photographers who attended Magnum workshops with Abbas, Jonas Bendiksen and Patrick Zachmann

Installation view of A Return To Elsewhere at Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. © Nigel Green

In this together: Our highlights from Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and the accompanying Fringe programme

Simon Rimaz, winner of the 2014 Unseen Photobook Dummy Award, offers his take on the power of discarded press clippings

We remember the extraordinary, movie-like life of Magnum photographer René Burri, who has died aged 81

René Burri, a photographer with photography agency Magnum Photos, dies


The two judging panels for BJP's International Photography Award include some of the industry's biggest names

October 2014, Issue No #7829, featuring Augstin Rebetez as the cover story, alongside Paul Graham, Johan Rosenmunthe, The PhotoBook Museum, a peek inside photographers' sketchbooks, and 'Love & Lead', which draws on a press archive from Rome in the 1970s, when kidnap, murder and shady Cold War politics vied with film studio glamour for newspaper space in Italy

October 2014: Paul Graham talks creative alchemy, alongside Augustin Rebetez and Johan Rosenmunthe


There is a lot going on in photography up and down the country this weekend - here are some highlights

A group of men are leaving the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque officially known as The Heart of Chechnya, after the Friday prayer. © Davide Monteleone

Carmignac Gestion winner Davide Monteleone talks to BJP about his award winning work in Chechnya

© Martin Parr

Six photographers will receive awards from the Lucie Foundation this November

© Sophie Green

Founders of Portrait Salon, a modern day Salon des Refusés, speak to BJP ahead of this year's edition