Month: June 2016

How to Shoot the Perfect Portrait: Adama Jalloh

Portrait of Britain is inviting photographers to submit images that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country and show the face of modern Britain. 100 winning portraits will be selected for a public exhibition showcased nationwide in September 2016. Entries close this Saturday – submit your work soon! We’re asking portrait photographers what goes into making the perfect portrait – this week we hear from Adama Jalloh.  In your view, what makes a compelling portrait? It’s a mixture of things – from the subject’s expression or mannerisms, the tones, the space, how the light might hit the subject. Its always interesting looking back at the results of an image, whether you’ve had 10 seconds of interaction with someone or spent a longer period of time with them. From time to time you get a sense of nervousness from strangers when you ask for their portrait, so being able to capture an unexpected emotion during brief encounters can be interesting. What attracts you to a potential subject? It could be based on the way they are …

2016-07-05T14:04:14+00:00

GB. England. London. Oxford Street (c) Matt Stuart, courtesy Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos announces two new nominee members following its 69th Annual General Meeting

London-based street photographer Matt Stuart and 26-year-old Armenian-American Diana Markosian have been named as the latest members of the legendary Magnum Photos agency. The pair, both supported by Magnum’s current president, Martin Parr, were announced as nominee members today following the agency’s Annual General Meeting, which took place in east London last week. Nominees are invited to apply for full membership having proved themselves after a period of usually one or four years. Jérôme Sessini and Bieke Depoorter, who both became nominees in 2012, have now both progressed to full member status. Markosian is well known to BJP readers as one of the brightest new talents in the field of documentary photography, first featuring as one of our Ones To Watch in 2015. Born in Russia and growing up in California, she’s since returned to her homeland to make work, including a series of portraits of the almost grown-up survivors of the Beslan school massacre. For Inventing My Father, she created a highly charged series about finding and reconnecting with her estranged father from whom …

2016-06-28T14:08:16+00:00

How to Shoot the Perfect Portrait: Francesca Allen

Portrait of Britain is inviting photographers to submit images that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country and show the face of modern Britain. 100 winning portraits will be selected for a public exhibition showcased nationwide in September 2016. DEADLINE TONIGHT – enter now. We’re asking portrait photographers what goes into making the perfect portrait – this week we hear from Francesca Allen.  In your view, what makes a compelling portrait? Colours, emotion, movement. I like to see that the image was part of a wider story, rather than someone sitting on chair for half an hour. There’s no recipe for a perfect portrait. The most beautiful portraits are those with a thumb over the lens and a blinking subject – what could be more honest than that moment of accidental unawareness?             What attracts you to a potential subject? I’m fascinated by the different ways people react in front of the camera, either by becoming totally in control of themselves or regressing into shyness. It’s a way of learning about myself too. I think that’s …

2016-07-02T10:38:08+00:00

The Ultimate Sailor: under construction

Photographers Koen Hauser, Jan Hoek, Marie-José Jongerius, and Aisha Zeijpveld demonstrate their vision of the sailor of today. The exhibition shows three diverse photographic series and a video installation that explores how the sailor and pirate diverge from modern perceptions. The stereotypical and sometimes caricatured image we have of sailors has been reflected for centuries in our stories, plays, prints, and paintings. The role of the sailor has changed drastically over the centuries. This discordance between modern-day mariners and their historical image inspired Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam’s National Maritime museum to develop a new image of the sailor by inviting four photographers to reflect on this theme. In September, the month of photography, the museum will collaborate with the Unseen Photo Fair. The Ultimate Sailor: Under Construction runs until 29 September 2016. For more information see here. 

2016-06-23T12:49:56+00:00

BJP Breakthrough 2016 opens tonight

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It’s finally here: our showcase of this year’s BJP Breakthrough winners opens tonight at the Free Range Shows, inside the Old Truman Brewery in London. We’re presenting four photographers – Jan McCullough, Piotr Karpinski, Simone Sapienza and Daragh Soden – who represent some of the best student and graduate talent. The exhibition opens tonight at 6pm – come down to have a drink with the BJP team, meet the artists and see their work up close. We also have free copies of a special Breakthrough edition of BJP – a guide for students and recent graduates entering professional photography, with features and interviews with past and present Breakthrough winners, as well as tips from editors, curators, magazine founders and publishers on alternate ways of making it in photography. Email rsvp@bjphoto.co.uk to confirm your attendance – see you there! Shop 13, Old Truman Brewery 15 Hanbury Street London, E1 6QR Exhibition continues 24 June – 4 July 2016 (open every day from 10am – 4pm) As well as the exhibition, we’re hosting the Breakthrough Sessions in our dedicated …

2016-07-07T10:46:11+00:00

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