Month: September 2016

After hosting the Eurovision in 2012 and the European Games in 2015 Baku acts as a picture postcard of the country's newfound prosperity, but also of its contrasts. The country is home to known energy reserves of around a billion barrels of oil and 1.3 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. But if until now Azerbaijan did not have to worry much about paying the bills – they do now. The slump in global oil prices has put a crimp in the country’s budget. 
Travellers are waiting for their bus near the Bulvar waterfront promenade which stretch 14 kilometers from Flag square to the city center. Baku, Azerbaijan

Behind the shiny new structures of modern Baku, Azerbaijan

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French photographer Mathias Depardon first visited Baku in 2012, shooting human rights issues at the Nagorno Karabkh border, and describes the place as “Orwellian”. “I was fascinated by the effect the government had made to polish the city and make it look fast and modern,” he says. “It seems like they are trying to attract the attention elsewhere to make their reputation more respectful on the international scene.” Once Soviet, Azerbaijan became independent after a bloody conflict with Soviet troops in 1990; a repressive government took control and, when the country found prosperity via a huge contract with a European oil consortium, the wealth was not even distributed. More than 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and the global slump in oil prices is now poised to push living standards down still further. It’s also casting dark clouds over the ambitious infrastructure spending that has transformed the city scape, and which so struck Depardon. He’s visited Baku four times since 2012, taking a long-term approach to his project and fitting it …

2016-09-30T17:23:02+00:00

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Side Gallery Reopens After Major Redevelopment With Childhoods Photography Exhibition

The only photography venue in the UK exclusively devoted to documentary photography, Side Gallery closed in 2015 for a major redevelopment. Last summer 60,000 people came to see For Ever Amber, the retrospective of the extraordinary AmberSide Collection at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery. Finally after a year and a half, Amber has got its gallery back, representing a new chapter in the film and photography collective’s history.

2016-10-03T10:50:32+00:00

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Liza Dracup’s Yorkshire Landmarks on show at Harrogate

Dracup was given access to the Mercer Art Gallery’s collection of Victorian photographs and invited to respond to them in her own way. Dracup mader her name in the photography community when she was nominated for both the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 and the Prix Pictet (Earth) Photography Award 2009. She selected mainly stereoscopic photographs taken within a 35 km radius around Harrogate, often by anonymous photographers. She was looking, she says, for “the feeling of the ordinary landscape’. Landmarks features Yorkshire locations like Hackfall Woods, The Strid Wood at Bolton Abbey, the railway bridge crossing the River Nidd at Knaresborough and Ilkley Moor. She often explores aspects of the landscape at different times of the day and night, where the shutter remains open long enough to capture parts of the spectrum that are normally invisible to the eye. It is, says Dracup, an “in-between light that reveals opposites: light and dark, day and night”. Dracup’s pictures of Ilkley Moor at night, where the warming-up sodium street light illuminates the underbranches of a fir …

2016-09-30T16:43:05+00:00

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Making Memeries at Unseen Photo Fair

This is the question explored in Making Memeries, the travelling installation created in collaboration between Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, and artist Lucas Blalock, which blurs the boundaries surrounding the on/offline existence and distribution of photography in the perpetual present. At last week’s Unseen Photo Fair, the installation was brought to life by a three-day programme that invited visitors to play and explore with the boundaries of contemporary photography – live – with artists, graphic designers and performers working at the forefront of the medium. Blalock’s work has long been interested in how the worldly and the virtual cohabit behind a photograph’s surface, with Making Memeries visualising this cohabitation, building an exceptional experience that challenges traditional expectations of viewership. “Making Memeries is set in a time when everyone has become a lifestyle photographer” explains Lucas Blalock. “It is still your life, but the image production is decidedly public; and in that case temporary, verging on fleeting, because these public channels have so, so many content providers and, along with our attention spans, are …

2016-10-06T11:19:57+00:00

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IPA 2017: Introducing Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting, who will host the winner’s exhibition

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This year marks the 11th edition of British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award. It is a commendation that has established itself as one of the key showcases of emerging photographic talent, offering a three-week solo exhibition at the renowned TJ Boulting gallery in the heart of London, as one of its prizes. This year, there will be just one award for the best photography series. The winner will also receive a £5000 production grant from leading print lab Metro Imaging, a three week home page residency on the WeTransfer website, offering a fantastic opportunity of worldwide exposure; and, their work will be published across all BJP print and digital platforms. Hannah Watson, the director of TJ Boulting and Trolley Books, an independent photography and contemporary art book publisher, which marks its 15 year anniversary this year, will once again be one of our judges on IPA’s prestigious judging panel. Watson has worked with some notable names in the photography world, including Alixandra Fazzina, Robin Maddock, Nina Berman and Stanley Greene, but is also known …

2016-10-04T12:17:48+00:00

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POSTmatter relaunches, finding meaning amidst chaos in the digital age

How do you find meaning amidst chaos? Mythologies have always given shape to the world around us, weaving stories to make sense of natural forces, potential futures and other mysterious phenomena. The parallel between the myths and rites of the past, and the alternative belief systems of today’s postdigital age, are explored in POSTmatter’s newly relaunched online format, which will see the digital platform publish two issues per year, developing custom interactive and moving image pieces that put a new spin on the traditional. Separate to each issue, the magazine will also publish original written and visual pieces on varied topics throughout the year. With a primary focus on contemporary art, POSTmatter is the trailblazing force setting out to challenge the outdated separation between online and print, looking at how emerging and established artists alike are being influenced by new technologies, and how they in turn are changing the ways in which we engage with these tools. “I began to wonder why it seemed to be the rule that a magazine’s print output was the …

2016-09-29T13:33:40+00:00

SERBIA. Horgos. 2015. Mohammed stands while Ali and Sidra play at a campground near the closed Serbian-Hungarian border after they made a rapid dash through Macedonia and Serbia.  The border has closed at midnight that day, but Mohammed and the group hoped that it would be opened.  It quickly became clear that it wouldn't reopen and the next morning they left for Croatia.

Peter van Agtmael Revisits Ten Years of Photographing the Wars of Iraq and Afghanistan

Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael was already taking a very personal approach to photographing the European migration crisis when the agency started work on its major group project – photographing one family as they fled from Syria to Northern Europe. Diane Smyth finds out more about the story, how it was made, and what the photographer hopes it can do.

2016-09-28T14:33:30+00:00

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Shooting from the inside out – the rock & roll photography of Michael Zagaris

A new collection documents the rock & roll imagery of Californian photographer, Michael Zagaris during the 1970s. Including images of The Clash, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan and many others, the archive provides a revealing and intimate insight into this unique scene at a time of hedonistic abandon. BJP sat down with the photographer to discuss a collection that claims to be the ‘last untouched rock archive.’

2016-09-28T13:29:46+00:00

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Be Part of Portrait of Britain

The exhibition is also available in a limited-edition print sale. So, in this most public of art exhibitions, if you like something you see, you can buy a part of it for yourself. The BJP team envisaged an exhibition by the people, of the people and for the people. In our new portraiture issue, on shelves now, we reveal the selected images which, for the month of September, will be seen up and down the country. “The exhibition is about celebrating the diversity and the unique heritage of Britain and hopefully by doing so adding some nuance to the very divisive debate following Brexit,” BJP‘s editorial director Simon Bainbridge tells TIME. “The portraits say we aren’t easily categorized by class or race or age or region,” says Bainbridge. “Once you are confronted with a person, you have to engage with them as an individual and not as stereotype or a grouping. That’s something photography does very easily, it disrupts your prejudice or your usual thoughts about people outside your own bubble.” We’ve now launched a …

2016-09-26T15:37:28+00:00

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Photokina News: Olympus announce development of OM-D E-M1 ll

Olympus has announced the development of its next OM-D E-M1 flagship and says that the new body will have an emphasis on fast reactions via both its AF system and its ability to work at high frame rates. The OM-D E-M1 ll will be aimed at professional photographers and will offer frame rates as high as 60fps in full 20-million-pixel resolution. The company says that sport and wildlife photographers will appreciate the enhanced AF tracking abilities of the camera and its ability to reach 18fps with AF and AE on and 60fps with those features locked, while in Pro Capture mode the camera records 14 frames right before the shutter release is fully pressed to ensure the effect of shutter lag is completely negated. The AF system will have 121 cross-type AF points spread across the screen and will use a combination of standard contrast detection and phase detection systems that should deliver both speed and accuracy. The company’s 5-axis in-body stabilisation system is claimed to provide a remarkable 6.5 stops of shake-compensation in both …

2016-09-27T12:42:43+00:00

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