Month: July 2014

Indie publishers in the spotlight

London gallery TJ Boulting celebrates the publishers behind art and photobooks this summer in a group show, Publish/Curate. Opening this evening, the exhibition features several leading independent art and photobook publishers who have been invited by gallery director Hannah Watson to curate the work of artists and photographers who interest them. Among the publishers taking part are: Bruno Ceschel of Self Publish Be Happy, Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli of Akina Books, Damien Poulain (Oodee), Aron Mörel (Mörel Books), Harry Hardie and Ben Weaver (Here Press), and Timothy Prus (Archive of Modern Conflict). Watson, who runs Trolley Books as well as TJ Boulting, will also be taking part. Photographers whose work is on show include: Ricardo Cases, Lorenzo Vitturi, Lewis Chaplin, Asger Carlsen, Charlotte Dumas, Cristina de Middel, Robin Maddock, Akiko Takizawa, and Viviane Sassen. As TJ Boulting notes in its press statement: “there has been a prolific amount of activity in the art publishing world in recent years with fairs such as Offprint in Paris, specialist bookshops, organisations such as Printed Matter, which established the successful New York Art Book …

2014-07-31T11:32:54+00:00

Carmignac Gestion winner talks to BJP

Tavakolian, who was born in Tehran in 1981, was awarded the €50,000 prize for her report on Iran’s lost generation – young people who are caught between an increasingly modern society, and religious and cultural traditions of old. The Award, which was founded by the Carmignac Foundation in 2009, has a different theme each year. For the 5th edition, photographers were asked to submit portfolios about Iran. The aim of the Award is to support and promote photography of lesser known areas of conflict, by providing funding to a photographer to produce an in-depth photographic report. Past winners include Panos Pictures photographer Robin Hammond, who won in 2012 for his work about life in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe, and Italian photographer Davide Monteleone, who won last year’s edition for his work in Chechnya. Monteleone’s resulting body of work, Spasibo, will be on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 11 October to 9 November. Tavakolian, who began shooting professionally at the age of 16, has been published in Time Magazine, The New York Times, …

2014-07-30T20:50:24+00:00

Body Clock: Polly Penrose’s nude self-portraits portray an emotional journey

The first time Polly Penrose photographed herself nude, it was in her stepfather’s factory; the second time, it was under a flight of stairs in a mid-renovation house. When her stepmother heard what she had started, she said it was a weird thing to do. “I guess there is an element of weirdness,” Penrose laughs, unabashed. But that hasn’t stopped her. The thinking behind the project was perfectly logical, she says; after studying graphic design and working as a stylist for years, she decided to teach herself photography, taking herself as a model for ease of access and whatever location she could get her hands on out of sheer necessity. But she admits there is a compulsive element to the work, and its sheer longevity has lent it another, unbidden theme – time. Penrose’s hair colour has changed, she has aged and, more dramatically, she has been pregnant, had a baby and become pregnant a second time. The images record these physical changes and more; most interestingly for Penrose, the poses she assumes record her emotional evolution too. “As well as showing the physical journey of my body …

2016-02-12T11:21:57+00:00

“Anyone from outside is seen as an intruder, especially when you have a camera with you…”

“Portuguese forcados lie somewhere between the bullriders of the Americas and the bloodier bullfighters of Spain,” says Eduardo Leal, who is graduating this year with a Masters degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication. “Unlike in Spain, where the bull is stabbed to death if the matador wins the contest, the forcados wrestle the animal [its horns are capped] with their bare hands as a display of determination and bravura.” Leal embarked on the project in a bid to rediscover his country, he says. Having lived away from Portugal for some years, exploring its traditions would, he reasoned, allow him to get back to his roots. “I don’t support bullfighting, but forcados have always captured my attention. I remember stopping in front of the television to look at these crazy men wrestling bulls and wondered what motivated them.” Wanting to better understand this tradition, the 34-year-old set about fostering a relationship with a group of forcados; he was unable to take pictures straight away as he had to spend time getting to know the …

2014-07-30T21:08:42+00:00

A project that touches on the human need for common belief systems

“For the past three years at college, my photography has been narrative-based and focused on the merging of reality and fiction,” says Gemma Dagger, who has recently completed a BA in photography at City of Glasgow College. “A previous project looked at Alpine folk traditions and occult philosophy. I suppose the Maryhill Peoples Group and Community Hall project was a continuation of my need to create these odd worlds.” For this series Dagger created a fictional group, which she photographed in a local community hall in Glasgow. Inspired by television programmes about hypnosis, as well as religious shows and occult rituals, Dagger explores ritualistic behaviour and the various constructs and forms of religion by instructing her subjects (mostly friends, who volunteer to take part) to pose in specific ways. The project touches on the breakdown of community, group mentality and the human need for a belief system, she explains. “I wanted to create a fake construct – Maryhill Peoples Group and Community Hall – and produce a small pamphlet of images and words as a …

2014-07-30T21:12:50+00:00

Daniel Blau 5 Under 30 exhibition enters final days

The competition, now in its second year, recognises emerging photographers under the age of 30. This year’s winners are: Matan Ashkenazy, Oliver Eglin, Daewoong Kim, Ruidi Mu, and Sofia Valiente. Matan Ashkenazy documents the physical border areas between Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Lichtenstein and France, while in his series Markings Oliver Eglin photographs Ficus macrophylla trees in Sicily that have been engraved by visitors. Royal College of Art graduate Daewoong Kim explores his Korean identity and family ties by photographing items of food, while Ruidi Mu makes images of calabash, a vine, which is an ancient symbol of health and luck in Chinese culture. Sofia Valiente documents life in Miracle Village, an impoverished area of Palm Beach County, Florida. “We strongly believe that young photographers need to be supported, as they are the future of this marvellous discipline,” says a spokesperson from Daniel Blau. “We organise this annual competition in order to help emerging artists gain recognition through our gallery. “The standard of work this year has been great. We received many submissions and it was difficult to select only five, but finally we …

2014-07-25T16:09:38+00:00

Hone your documentary photography skills with Magnum Photos

Photography agency Magnum Photos has partnered with London College of Communication to present a three-week course specialising in documentary photography. The course, which runs from 01 to 21 August in Elephant & Castle in south London, will be led by Magnum photographers Chris Steele-Perkins and Stuart Franklin. Focusing on the theme, A Sense of Place, photographers will learn about the conveyance of a narrative in relation to geography, identity and culture. The course includes tuition and technical guidance from the course leaders, lectures, daily assignments on location in London, advice on book design, sequencing and editing, and individual and group critique sessions. Daily classes are complimented by evening lectures given by Magnum photographers and LCC staff. Participants will also spend a weekend at the Magnum Print Room, networking and learning the mechanics of the photography business. At the end of the three weeks, participants will take part in a graduation party where they will digitally showcase their work to an audience of industry professionals and members of the public. The course aims to give participants an insight into the history of documentary photography, to encourage them to engage in critical debates in and around …

2014-07-25T16:14:08+00:00

Media Space appoints photography chief

The Science Museum Group has named Kate Bush as its head of photography. In her new role, Bush, who was the former head of art galleries at London’s Barbican Centre, will lead a programme of photography exhibitions for Media Space, the Science Museum’s new photography and art gallery, and the National Media Museum in Bradford. She will also be responsible for the development of a major touring programme to bring the National Photography Collection to a wider national and international audience. “In luring Kate to our group of museums, we are uniting the most inspiring advocate for photography I’ve met with one of the greatest photography collections in the world,” says Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group in a press statement. “Media Space has made an excellent start in raising the profile of the National Photography Collection; the next step is to ensure our exhibitions become an integral part of the top league touring circuit.” The new role will involve forging strong relationships throughout the international photography community and securing key temporary exhibitions for the two museums in London and Bradford. Bush will also oversee …

2014-07-25T17:07:41+00:00

Hasselblad launches new hi-tech back for discontinued V System

The new CMOS sensor-based digital back – the CFV-50c – is engineered to work on almost every V camera made by Hasselblad since 1957. Its release sees the Swedish company align old and new technology, directly targeting users of its discontinued V System cameras. “We have experienced a substantial resurgence of interest in our iconic V cameras – users love the traditional ergonomics and the unique appearance,” says Hasselblad CEO Ian Rawcliffe, in a press statement. “Our research has shown that although we no longer manufacture V models, there is a big demand from our dedicated V System users who want to be able to continue to use their classic cameras but also desire access to our latest technology. “The new CFV-50c, with its supreme image quality, is our response to that demand,” he adds. “Photographers using V System vintage cameras can now realise the true potential of these definitive capture devices.” The CFV-50c, which has an €11,000 (around £8716) price tag, boasts the same feature-rich functionality and performance level as the acclaimed H5D-50c camera, including outstanding ISO capability, says the company. Key features include a CMOS …

2014-07-25T16:38:45+00:00

Copeland Book Market returns

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If anyone ever tells you books are dead, take them to the top floor of the brutalist multi-storey car park in not a very lovely (but achingly hip) part of Peckham. It’s where locals Tom Saunderson and Guy Robertson first established Copeland Book Market, inviting artists and self-publishing collectives to showcase their experimental and self-made books among the concrete pillars. Copeland Book Market was originally founded in 2011, when Saunderson and Robertson invited a handful of friends to display at the Son Gallery in the Copeland Industrial Park in Peckham Rye, south-east London. The following year they joined forces with Bold Tendencies, a team of non-profit volunteers who repurposed the car park into an art space. Copeland’s team swelled, with artists Lewis Chaplin, Oliver Griffin, Katrina Black and Adam Murray becoming involved. “All of us approach publishing from different perspectives and we are all active as artists,” says Chaplin. “It’s an opportunity for us to work together and imagine ways in which to promote the aspects of publishing that we consider important.” This year, the market …

2014-07-25T16:55:53+00:00

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