Month: April 2014

Magnum Photos Workshop Showcase: Anna Kuperberg

Last year, Magnum Photos and British Journal of Photography announced a special partnership around education that sees the world’s longest-running photography magazine work with the participants of Magnum Photos’ international workshop programme to showcase selected portfolios online. [bjp_ad_slot] Initiated in 2007 as part of Magnum’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Magnum’s workshops provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established photographers. Recently, Magnum photographer Constantine Manos hosted a workshop in Austin, Texas. At the end of the event, Manos selected Anna Kuperberg’s portfolio to be featured in British Journal of Photography. We speak to Anna Kuperberg about her work. BJP: What is your story about? Why did you choose this particular subject and how did you go about shooting it? Anna Kuperberg: This is a very simple story about the exuberance, trials, and weirdness of a regular childhood. The kids were in a neighborhood in Austin that I found just by driving around (I had never been to Austin before). Everyone in Austin is friendly and approachable, so shooting documentary work …

2014-05-15T12:21:06+00:00

Max Pinckers wins Photographic Museum of Humanity 2014 Grant

Max Pinckers has won first prize in the Photographic Museum of Humanity 2014 contest. Pinckers, 25, who was one of BJP’s ‘Ones To Watch’ in January last year, won the $2000 prize for his series, Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty?, which ruminates on love and marriage in India. Jury member Alec Soth said: “In Max Pinckers’ brilliantly rendered photographs, all the world’s a stage and Pinckers is the stage director. But, like the best theatre, what matters in Pinckers’ pictures isn’t the technique behind the theatrics, but the comic drama of humanity.” BJP’s Olivier Laurent, who also sat on this year’s jury, added: “Max Pinckers takes us on a journey between fact and fiction, through staged and candid, yet stylised images that explore the themes of love and companionship. While still young, Pinckers has without doubt established his own visual identity, which is once again present in this winning series.” [bjp_ad_slot] German photographer Andrea Diefenbach won second prize ($1000) for her documentary essay, Land Ohne Eltern (Country Without Parents). The essay looks at divided families in …

2014-05-15T13:10:30+00:00

Akiko Takizawa Collotype prints on show in Japan and France

Her work uses a classic Collotype printing technique and follows in the tradition of Japanese photography masters such as Eikoh Hosoe, Shoji Ueda, and Yasui Nakaji, writes Tate’s curator of photography and international art, Simon Baker. He is talking about Japanese photographer Akiko Takizawa, who in February received the 2014 Prix HSBC pour la Photographie with Swiss photographer Delphine Burtin. Since winning the prize, which was created in 1995 to “support and promote an emerging generation of photographers”, Takizawa has embarked on an intensive tour of her work. She will also be producing a photo book, Where We Belong, with French publisher Actes Sud, to be launched at Les Rencontres d’Arles this summer. From 7 May until 1 June, Takizawa’s work will be on show, alongside Burtin’s, at Maison de la Photographie in Lille, France. The Japanese photographer will be showing a selection of Collotype and silver gelatine prints taken between 2004 and 2012 from six series: Najima, Headland, Waterfall, Osorezan, Goshogawara, Wedding up in Heaven, and Night Snow. [bjp_ad_slot] The exhibition will then tour to Seine 51 Gallery in Paris …

2014-04-25T14:42:13+00:00

World Press Photo names 2014 Joop Swart Masterclass participants

Six men and six women were selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass from a longlist of 141 photojournalists and documentary photographers spanning 53 countries.  They are: Bego Antón, Spain; Bryan Denton, Isadora Kosofsky and Bryan Schutmaat, US; Meeri Koutaniemi, Finland; Giorgio Di Noto, Italy; Emilie Regnier, Canada; Raphaela Rosella, Australia; Naman Protick Sarker, Bangladesh; Akos Stiller, Hungary; Andrejs Strokins, Latvia; and Ilona Szwarc, Poland. The 12 photographers were selected on 23 April by an independent committee in Amsterdam, which included BJP associate editor Olivier Laurent; Sarah Leen, director of photography at National Geographic; Associated Press photographer Peter Dejong; and photographers Rena Effendi and Tanya Habjouqa. [bjp_ad_slot] Reflecting on this year’s portfolios, the selection committee commented that photographers are continuing to “push personal boundaries” and challenge conventions. “Photographers are looking into new ways of telling a story. The work we saw looked more daring [and uses] artefacts, letters, drawings and found objects to add to the narratives. We saw photographers choosing more intimate and inclusive approaches, [and] there was a tendency towards stories with a strong element of mood and poetry. In this sense, we can see photojournalism using a more expansive vernacular.” The photographers …

2014-04-25T08:52:14+00:00

Leica celebrates 100 years by announcing new T camera system

To coincide with its centenary year, Leica Camera AG is unveiling a ‘handcrafted’ mirrorless body built in Germany around an APS-C sensor, high-performance processor and touchscreen, linking directly to a dedicated app via wifi. The Leica T-System camera will be released on 26 May, alongside two lenses initially – the Vario-Elmar T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH, and the Summicron 23mm f/2 ASPH, which has a focal length equivalent to 35mm in full frame format. The new T-System optics retail at £1250 and £1350 respectively. Two other lenses are due for release later in the year: the Super-Vario-Elmar T 11-13mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH wide-angle zoom lens, and the Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH telephoto zoom, which are due to be presented at Photokina in Cologne this autumn. [bjp_ad_slot] Manufactured and handcrafted from a single block of aluminium to create a ‘unibody’ (similar to a MacBook Pro), the T-System camera has a large APS-C-format CMOS image sensor with more than 16.5 megapixels and touchscreen display. It records video in MP4 format at selectable 1920x1080p, 30fps. It is the first Leica system camera …

2014-04-24T15:46:07+00:00

Iranian photography on show in London

Burnt Generation at Somerset House features work by nine contemporary photographers who have lived and worked in Iran: Azadeh Akhlaghi, Gohar Dashti, Shadi Ghadirian, Babak Kazemi, Abbas Kowsari, Ali and Ramyar, Newsha Tavakolian, and Sadegh Tirafkan. The exhibition, produced by creative consultancy Candlestar in association with Somerset House, attempts to move beyond cliché by eschewing stereotypical portrayals of the Middle Eastern country. Candlestar Director Fariba Farshad, who curated the exhibition, explains that her aim was to “present work from as wide a perspective as possible”. Part of this process involved looking “sideways” at both public and personal histories, she says. “I wanted to tell the story of contemporary Iran through the lenses of artists who belong to the ‘Burnt Generation’ – the generation who have never known any other reality than that of post-revolutionary Iran,” explains Farshad. “They were selected on the basis that their work in one way or another conveys a sense of being trapped, either literally (in their own home or country) or psychologically. Many of the works speak of desperation and loneliness or of the social, …

2014-04-25T09:03:06+00:00

Philipp Ebeling’s Land Without Past

At the age of nineteen, Philipp Ebeling packed his bags and left Germany to start a new life in England. But in 2008, the London-based photographer returned to his home village of Mellendorf in the north of Germany, and began to reconnect with old friends and family. During his two and a half month stay, Ebeling photographed the people and places of his past, which was, as he writes in his new monograph, “a form of catharsis”, a way of working through his feelings about the place he’d once called home. “Despite my long absence from the village, it still occupies a central part of my identity,” Ebeling writes in his new book, Land Without Past. “It has indelibly shaped my sense of the world, who I am and how I function… I still call this patch of earth home and I doubt that will ever change.” The sense of striving to reconnect with one’s past, and exploring the notion of home, personal memory and identity, lies at the heart of Ebeling’s 80 page monograph. By combining colour …

2014-04-21T20:16:33+00:00

Kidnapped journalists back in France as free men

Photographer Edouard Elias and Europe 1 correspondent Didier François were travelling to Aleppo, Syria, on 06 June 2013 when they were abducted by four armed men at a checkpoint. Nicolas Hénin of Le Point magazine, and freelance photographer Pierre Torres disappeared on 22 June in Raqqa, falling into the clutches of the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Their ordeal came to an end yesterday when they were released and brought to Syria’s Turkish border as free men – crossing into freedom their heads held high, their hands in their pockets, according to one of the hostages who spoke to France 24 last night. Today, the four journalists were reunited with their families as they landed in Paris. “It’s a day of great happiness for them,  for their families, for their friends, for their loved ones, and for France,” said French president François Hollande on the tarmac at Villacoublay, a French military airport south of Paris. The four hostages spent 10 months in complete darkness, at times chained to each other, with …

2014-04-20T14:31:59+00:00

Feminist Actionism – Friedl Kubelka and Valie Export

Friedl Kubelka, a 68-year-old photographer from Vienna, is looking at the first self-portrait she ever published. It is 1972; she is posing in front of a mirror in a Parisian hotel she rented by the hour. She is 26, dressed in nothing but high-end lingerie, twisting her lithe body in front of a mirror, everything on show for nobody but her camera. In a deep, grainy monochrome, Kubelka looks fantastic; aggressively sexual, yet so vulnerable she might break into pieces. But how does she feel, looking at them now? “I think what a pity I was such a nice-looking young girl and I was so unhappy,” she says in a soft Austrian accent. “I see a very pretty and very unstable, very very very melancholic girl.” Pin-ups We’re in the Richard Saltoun Gallery off Oxford Street on the opening night of an exhibition Kubelka will share with her fellow Viennese feminist artist Valie Export, looking at a series of pictures Kubelka now calls her Pin-ups. They were taken almost at a whim: “I had some …

2014-05-21T14:32:21+00:00

Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award launched

Created with a $1m endowment gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award “will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work follows in the footsteps of Anja Niedringhaus,” says the International Women’s Media Foundation. [bjp_ad_slot] Niedringhaus was a recipient of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2005 for her life spent documenting wars and the effects of conflict on people in war-torn regions. “I could have stayed out of trouble most of my life but always have been drawn to the people who suffer in difficult situations,” she told the audience at the 2005 Courage Awards ceremony. “Howard G. Buffett recalls being so deeply impressed with Niedringhaus’ talent and dedication that his foundation provided the funds for her to attend Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow in 2007,” says the IWMF. Buffett explains the reasons he pushed for the creation of this award: “I considered Anja a friend who represented the best of photojournalism. By creating this award, we ensure her spirit lives on. Anja’s voice may be …

2014-04-15T15:01:57+00:00

BJP Staff