Month: January 2017

Animal Instincts, from the series Brother & Sister © Viktoria Sorochinski

How Viktoria Sorochinski shot a whole series on a three-week residency

In the spring of 2015 Viktoria Sorochinski found herself on a three-week residency on the island of Halsnøy, Norway. At only 15 square miles, Halsnøy is home to a population of just 2500, but its sylvan landscape became the setting for her series Brother & Sister. Sorochinski had won the residency after a portfolio review at Rencontres d’Arles with organisers Øyvind Hjelmen and Helén Petersen, and was initially very daunted by the prospect. “I was scared because I thought trying to make a whole new narrative project in three weeks seemed like a crazy idea,” she says. “I didn’t even propose a project. I wanted to allow myself to get inspired by the place, and to create something spontaneously. I had been lacking in inspiration for a while before, so this residency brought me back to life, in a way.” When BJP first interviewed Sorochinski it was 2010, and she was living in New York and working on Anna and Eve, her Lucie Award-winning series chronicling the changing relationship of a young mother and her daughter …

2017-01-31T13:49:53+00:00

Arno Roland, from Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust © Harry Borden

Harry Borden’s intimate portraits of elderly Holocaust survivors

In Harry Borden’s portrait, Arno Roland is seated at his kitchen table. The photograph, for Borden’s book Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust, published by Cassell Illustrated, shows walls covered in art and Roland looking towards the light that shines into his home in New Jersey, where he settled in the 1960s. He was 92 at the time of the picture and, although he was active in community theatre and served on the town council, he had remained unmarried and without children all his life. He died just a few months after Borden took his photograph, on 8 August 2015. In 1938, Roland was 15 years old and his brother Ulli a year younger, when their mother checked into a hotel and took an overdose of barbiturates. The Berlin police report noted that many Jewish women had recently taken their lives in such a way. On Kristallnacht the same year, when Nazis torched synagogues and killed almost 100 Jews, their father was on a business trip to Holland and managed to bring his sons …

2017-01-31T12:02:23+00:00

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In September 2016, BJP published a special issue focused on the European migrant crisis which, over the last couple of years, has seen a surge of people entering the continent. Many are refugees fleeing conflict, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stating that in 2015 49% of those arriving from the Mediterranean came from Syria, 21% came from Afghanistan, and 8% from Iraq. Even so, attitudes in Europe have hardened, and photography has played a sometimes dubious role in fostering that colder climate. We interviewed image-makers such as Sam Ivin, whose defaced portraits reflect the sense of abandonment among his subjects, migrants seeking refuge in the UK; we also spoke with Patrick Willocq about his work for Save the Children, which aimed to help child refugees in two African camps express their thoughts and experiences. This issue also included interviews with Alessandro Penso, David Molina Gadea, Seba Kurtis, Daniel Castro Garcia and Dario Mitidieri on their work with migrants. In light of recent events we are offering free digital copies of this issue, …

2017-02-07T12:41:20+00:00

Untitled #174 © Simen Johan

On Post-Production, Pt. 3: Inside the fantastical world of photographer Simen Johan

Scandinavian photographer Simen Johan, known for his flawless digital composite images, has been likened to a film director in the past. So it is fitting that the artist, represented by Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, dreamt of making movies when he was growing up. Inspired and encouraged by his step-grandfather, the American movie producer and director Rod E. Geiger, Johan went to film school in Sweden before relocating to New York in 1992 to study film at the School of Visual Arts. He switched to photography during his time there, and although Johan has made his name as a fine art photographer, it is clear filmmaking still fascinates him. “I was attracted to filmmaking’s ability to create an immersive experience, through image, sound and motion,” says Johan. “Movies by directors such as Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, and David Cronenberg transported me to suspenseful, strange and psychologically-charged places that didn’t merely entertain, but revealed complex truths about life, people and the world. “Photography to me was the next best thing to filmmaking,” he continues. “I had taken …

2017-01-27T11:09:50+00:00

Epson's new printer, the SureColor SC-P5000

Epson launches the SureColor SC-P5000 printer

Tech giant Epson has launched its new professional photography, fine art and proofing printer, the SureColor SC-P5000 (17-inch). Slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Stylus Pro 4900, it features the advanced Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead for precision and increased colour gamut, and completes the SureColor range (which also includes the high-quality, high-resolution SC-P7000 (24-inch) and SC-P9000 (44-inch) models). Seiko Epson, the mother company that began life as a small watch-making factory 75 years ago, has a long history of printing innovation, and has produced 30 new models in the SureColor printer range in just two years. It plans to add a further 15 in the next 18 months. Its focus today is sustainability, said Epson sales manager Phil McMullin, who emphasised the company’s mission to replace energy-hungry laser printers with inkjets. Of the SureColor SC-P5000 he said: “Colours are so precise that you can print in complete confidence, knowing the exact colour you want will be perfectly reproduced in the finished print.”The new printer is able to support two different ink combinations, including one with …

2017-01-26T16:48:44+00:00

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Guy Martin shoots The Parallel State in Turkey

On 20 April 2011, Guy Martin was seriously injured in a mortar attack while covering the conflict in Libya. Two fellow photographers, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, were killed, and it was a year before Martin could walk again. It was another six months before he wanted to take pictures again. By the end of 2012 he had moved to Istanbul to start a new photographic project but his experience had fundamentally changed him. Until then enjoying a burgeoning career in photojournalism, shooting conflict in Egypt, Libya, Ramallah and Georgia for The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Der Speigel and many more, he decided to take a step back. “To not learn from that event in April 2011, I couldn’t do that to myself,” he says. “I couldn’t justify it to my family, I couldn’t be put in that same situation again. The starting point was to take control of my photography, to use my photography instead of letting it use me. “I come back to this thought again and again – until …

2017-02-16T13:42:10+00:00

From the series Will My Mannequin be Home When I Return @ Arko Datto

The 2016 Gomma Grant shortlist is announced

Some 43 photographers have been shortlisted for the Gomma Grant this year: Alvaro Deprit, Antonio Faccilongo, Arko Datto, Baptiste Giroudon, Carla Kogelman, CJ Clarke, Damien Daufresne, David Favrod, David Molina, Demetris Koilalous, Dolezal Antone, Elena Anosova, Esa Ylijaasko, Gael Bonnefon, Geert Broertjes, Gianluca Abblasio, Harit Srikhao, Irina Popova, Irina Zadorozhnaia, Jean-Marc Caimi & Valentina Piccinni, Jessica Eve Rattner, John Feely, Julie Glassberg, Kaja Rata, Laura Thompson, Leafhopper Project David Simon Martret & Blanca Galindo, Lily Zoumpouli, Lua Ribeira, Luigi Cecconi, Marcus DeSieno, Marilisa Cosello, Marina Black, Matthew Arnold, Mikael Hellstrom, Michal Siarek, Nicola Zolin, Paul Thulin, Panos Kefalos, Piotr Zbierski, Qian zhao, Sarah Pabst, Yurian Quintanas Nobel and Zackary Canepari. The winners will be announced on 15 February, with the overall winner awarded a €1000 cash prize, second place €500 and third place €200, plus a host of other prizes. The grant has been running since 2014, and the two previous winners are Javier Arcenillas (2015) and Ksenia Yurkova (2014). The Gomma Grant jury this year included Matt Shonfeld, executive director of Institute; Michael Itkoff, cofounder of Daylight …

2017-02-16T13:42:52+00:00

From the 101 Cookbooks blog © Heidi Swanson

How Heidi Swanson made 101 Cookbooks

“Heidi Swanson makes everything beautiful,” wrote The Washington Post’s food and dining editor Joe Yonan of her 2015 book Near & Far. “With her online boutique, blog and bestselling cookbooks, Swanson is a thinking cook’s Gwyneth Paltrow.” Photographer, author and chef Heidi Swanson started her blog 101 Cookbooks: A Natural Foods Recipe Journal in 2003, well before the web was inundated with food blogs or even blogs in general. “The number of food blogs I was aware of [then] could be counted on my fingers,” she says. Swanson’s concept for the site was heavily informed by her background in visual arts and media, after working on magazines and on some early internet sites (most notably with Chris Anderson, the innovator behind TED). During this period she was pursuing her interest in cooking, cookbooks and photography in her spare time, but she soon built up enough material to start her own blog. “I installed some early blog software on my server and thought it would be a great creative exercise to cook from – and make …

2017-01-25T10:32:39+00:00

Shimen Temple, from the series Hard Work © Ameena Rojee

Miniclick Soapbox comes to London

BJP‘s Ameena Rojee is one of six photographers presenting and discussing work at the Miniclick Soapbox event in London this Thursday. The University of West England graduate, who is also BJP‘s commercial campaign manager, will show the series Hard Work, shot at the School of Shaolin Kung Fu in Qufu, China. Rojee was originally inspired to visit the academy by the martial arts films she watched while growing up, but says the reality was very different. “The pollution was awful, greying the landscape almost daily, and I had a bad cough and no voice by the end of my month there,” she told BJP back in 2015. “I had quite romantic notions about the area when I was planning to go to; being out in what was quite a rural area, I was expecting lush greens and beautiful sunsets, rich colours and airs clearer than London. I found very much the opposite to what I’d expected, ideals built from a lifetime of watching visually gorgeous martial arts films.” Rojee will be showing her work alongside Joshua Parker, Maria Kapajeva, …

2017-01-23T15:27:20+00:00

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