Author: Anya Lawrence

Meet California: Enter now to win the opportunity of a lifetime

For a photographer, the state of California is a wonderland. Its sheer diversity presents endless opportunity and inspiration. There are few places in the world that offer the vibrancy of its iconic cities – serving as global centres for art, entertainment and technology – and the beauty and tranquility of its Pacific coastline, sprawling redwood forests, vast deserts and towering mountain ranges. British Journal of Photography has teamed up with Visit California, the state’s official tourism board, to launch a brand new competition: Meet California. This September, four winning photographers will be flown to the Golden State where they will embark on a 10-day photography commission. During their time in California, each competition winner will produce a new body of work that responds to their experience traversing the vast and diverse destination. Steering clear of generic picture-perfect travel photography, each body of work should delve beneath the surface of California and reveal the daily occurrences and unexpected nuances, as well as the people and places, which give America’s Golden State its distinctive character. The road trip …

2018-05-23T09:45:53+00:00

Peter Holliday: Edgelands

Postcards from Copenhagen invited three photographers – Marco Kesseler, Peter Holliday and Laura Stevens – to travel to Copenhagen over a long weekend and create a new body of work inspired by the Danish capital. Here, we publish the second in the series. “Copenhagen is one of the few cities in the world where you can build and test rockets in a car park.” Peter Holliday is referring to a stretch of tarmac situated on the northern tip of Amager East, an island neighbourhood just a short bike ride away from central Copenhagen. This vast industrial area is the perfect setting for artists’ studios; its close proximity to the water makes it an ideal place to launch rockets. Copenhagen Suborbitals, the world’s only amateur space programme, has been based in the area since its founding in 2008. Funded solely by donations from space and rocket enthusiasts around the world, to date, the organisation has launched four home-built rockets and space capsules from a ship in the Baltic Sea. Its ultimate aim? To fly an amateur astronaut into …

2018-06-01T15:51:38+00:00

“Be patient, self-aware and have humility”

Rena Effendi has spent years steadily building a successful career in photography. A social documentary photographer, her work is driven by human-interest stories and has taken her to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, among other places. It is all about telling stories that deserve to be told, she explains. “I try to focus on the world’s least represented issues and communities,” says Effendi, whose work can be seen at this year’s Photo London. “For example, with today’s #metoo movement having finally galvanised women around the world to come forward, very little is being reported on the cycle of sexual abuse in Native American reservations; people are silenced by stigma and the trauma festers. […] I seek out stories of people whose voices are not heard enough.” Effendi is one of five female artists – alongside Catherine Leutenegger, Letizia Battaglia, Tanya Habjouqa and Newsha Tavakolian – whose work is being brought to Photo London by Rome-based ILEX Gallery. This will be the gallery’s third time at the fair, says founder and director Deanna Richardson, who was compelled to …

2018-05-15T12:11:58+00:00

Studio 1854: The power of photography

When the DJI Drone Photography Award launched in November 2017, it called for photographers across the world to submit ideas for creative, drone-shot projects. Rather than generic aerial photography – picture perfect landscapes with little back story – the competition asked that entrants consider compelling narratives and subject matters. In reaching locations impossible on foot, these drone-shot projects would open the viewer’s eyes to new possibilities. The project was supported by DJI, the world leader in civilian drone and aerial imaging technology. DJI has a deep interest in photography and in 2017 it acquired a majority interest in Hasselblad. A series of articles written by Studio 1854 and published on BJP’s website throughout the competition period demonstrated the creative potential of drone photography. BJP’s audience were inspired: 47,825 people visited the competition entry page. After a lengthy judging process – overseen by BJP, DJI and Guardian drone photographer Graeme Robertson –Markel Redondo and Tom Hegen were selected as winners. The Salt Series, photographed by Hegen, documents salt production across Europe. Combining vivid colours and geometric …

2018-07-02T11:28:13+00:00

The artists using photography to unlock imagination

As windows to the world or portals into faraway places, photographs have the ability to transport the viewer anywhere, and to any point in time. This is true of Albarrán Cabrera’s artworks, on show at Photo London 2018. Influenced aesthetically by the duo’s travels to Japan, the artworks are concerned, on a more conceptual level, with how images trigger memory. Using both traditional printing methods and their own self-developed hybrid techniques, Barcelona-based artists Angel Albarrán and Anna Cabrera draw inspiration from the notion of photography as a medium that lies somewhere between the real and unreal; a means to see what is hidden from view. Whether making pigment prints with gold leaf or experimenting with the finish of a print, their work is, they say, all about finding ways to play with the viewer’s imagination. “Photography is a reflection on the world outside us,” say Albarrán Cabrera. “This reflection creates new questions and forces us to learn more about a concept, a set of ideas, a culture, or to even learn a new language.” Ultimately, …

2018-05-16T10:23:52+00:00

BJP Staff