Author: Brennavan Sritharan

HIPA announces $120,000 grand prize winner

Antonio Aragon Renuncio was awarded the grand prize at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), winning $120,000 at the ceremony, which took place at Dubai’s Burj Plaza last night. The Spanish photographer’s winning image, based on the season’s main theme of ‘Happiness’, depicts a group of impoverished Togolese children playing outside an NGO clinic. This marks the fifth edition of a competition which, the organisers say, “was conceived to promote the art of photography by embracing all talents and creative minds in the field from around the world”. In addition to the Grand Prize, HIPA announced 22 more winners across its four categories – Happiness, Wildlife, Father & Son, and General – with five photographers winning prizes in each category and two Special Awards for photographers with a “long-standing commitment to enhancing the art of photography.” HIPA’s overall prize pool totals $400,000. Hameed Husain Isa from Bahrain won first place in the Happiness category, winning $25,000 for his image of two old friends embracing; American Steven Winter won first …

2016-03-29T12:40:45+00:00

Trial and Error: Daniel Stier shoots the art of the experiment

In one of the essays for Daniel Stier’s book, Ways of Knowing, Pedro Ferreira, professor of astrophysics at Oxford University, describes the scientific process in a surprising way. “I found experimental work to be a different way of doing, unlike art or theory, yet, in some ways, much more organic, irrational and intuitive.” We are accustomed to making firm, simplistic divisions between the creative freewheeling art world and the disciplined, empirical structures of science. And yet here is an Oxford don extolling virtues not commonly associated with the science of our imagination – organic, irrational, intuitive. It’s precisely this apparent contradiction that attracted Stier, whose book consists of two projects exploring his fascination with the experiment as an art form. “I FOUND EXPERIMENTAL WORK TO BE A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING, UNLIKE ART OR THEORY, YET, IN SOME WAYS, MUCH MORE ORGANIC, IRRATIONAL AND INTUITIVE.”   Eight years ago the London-based photographer happened across an image of an experiment involving a human subject and became fascinated by the interplay between the strange environment and the unknown research project. …

2016-03-02T18:15:07+00:00

Carolyn Drake wins $10,000 Anamorphosis Prize

A genre-busting look at life in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China has won the inaugural Anamorphosis Prize. Carolyn Drake’s book Wild Pigeon shows the people and landscapes of the remote, rapidly changing province, 2000 miles from Beijing. Alongside the images, shot between 2007 and 2013, are also collages and drawings made by local people, and references to the story Wild Pigeon by Uyghur author Nurmuhemmet Yasin, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Chinese authorities for ‘inciting separatism’. Drake has described the problems she had in shooting in Uyghur Autonomous Region, which is viewed with suspicion by the Chinese government. “Uyghurs who carry on extended conversations with foreigners risk police interrogation,” she writes on her website, “and foreign journalists are routinely followed; meanwhile, some Uyghurs are opposed to artwork (including photography) depicting living creatures, since only Allah has the power to give life”. In response she started to “look for meaning at the intersection of our views, and find ways to bring the people I was meeting into the creative process”, …

2016-03-01T15:29:57+00:00

BJP’s Breakthrough Awards 2016 are open for entries

The second edition of British Journal of Photography’s Breakthrough Awards are now open for entries, offering students and recent graduates an opportunity to showcase their work and gain international exposure. There are two award categories, one for Undergraduate students and another for recent graduates and current MA students. Both categories offer a Series Award and Single Image Award. Four winners will be selected to have their work exhibited in east London as part of the Free Range graduate shows, and published in BJP’s revered monthly magazine and across our online social channels, reaching over a million creatives worldwide. The winning images will also be showcased globally on WeTransfer, the leading file transfer site with over 70 million visitors a month. Runners up in each category will be featured on the BJP website and receive free WeTransfer+ accounts. Photographs can be captured in any format – film or digital – and in any style or genre. Students and graduates of non-photographic courses may apply. This year’s entries will be judged by a panel of leading creatives and industry experts, including Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director …

2016-04-01T10:56:53+00:00

Migrants crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary (c) Warren Richardson

Warren Richardson’s image wins World Press Photo of the Year Award

Titled Hope for a New Life, the Australian freelance photographer’s winning picture, part of the series Refugee Crisis Hungary, shows refugees crossing the border between Horgoš, Serbia and Röszke, Hungary. Taken at 3am in the morning on 28 August 2015, the man and child were part of the movement of people seeking to cross into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed. The image also won first prize in the Spot News category. Winners of all other categories can be seen here. The 47-year-old Richardson is a self-taught freelance photographer currently based in the Hungarian capital Budapest; he said of the image: “I camped with the refugees for five days on the border. A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children first, then fathers and elderly men. “I must have been with this crew for about five hours, and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three …

2016-03-21T13:44:19+00:00

From the experts: how to exhibit and sell your work

Our March workshop explores photography and the art market, where participants will learn about approaching galleries and exhibiting work, print sales and editioning, exhibition licensing and design, national collections and programming across national institutions. Speakers include: Max Pinckers (Magnum photographer), Shoair Mavlian (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern), Chris Littlewood (Photography Director, Flowers Gallery), and Sophie Wright (Global Cultural Director, Magnum Photos). For emerging photographers, entering the art market can be a daunting prospect – creating relationships with galleries, learning the best ways to exhibit your work and finding out how to sell your images are all crucial. At our upcoming workshop, speakers such as Tate’s Shoair Mavlian will help photographers learn more about all aspects of a detailed process. “often it is the quieter works which pull you in and take you on a journey that are most memorable. A great exhibition gets all the key things right: concept, selection of images, printing, installation etc.,” says Mavlian. “There are so many things to think about and it is the small details that make something stand out.” For …

2016-03-21T13:42:49+00:00

Winners of the BJP International Photography Awards 2016 announced

The International Photography Awards 2016 exhibition will be showing from the 25th February to the 12th March 2016 at London’s TJ Boulting gallery. Juno Calypso won the Series Award for Joyce, a collection of performative self-portraits that reflect on “modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity.” The 26-year-old graduate of London College of Communication was chosen from over 1,500 entrants by a judging panel including The Guardian’s photography critic Sean O’Hagan, Self Publish, Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel, TJ Boulting’s Hannah Watson and BJP’s Executive Editor Diane Smyth. As a photography student, Calypso spent her loan to fly to “the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania,” alone, to picture herself in the state’s honeymoon hotels.   “I began staging these photographs three years ago, using my grandma’s bedroom as the set, or a room found on Airbnb,” Juno tells BJP. “The idea always starts with the location – finding somewhere with a time-warp feel. This year I went to stay alone at a couple’s honeymoon resort in the US to continue the project. So it begins with an appreciation …

2016-02-26T15:59:43+00:00

BJP #7845: The Icons Issue

What goes into creating an icon? Our latest issue scrutinises the muses, photographers and designers that go into creating unmistakable images that speak to the culture of the time – from early 20th century Soviet agitprop to a working-class lad from east London who somehow became one of the most recognisable faces on the planet. BRAND BECKHAM: THE MAKING OF A MODERN ICON “He makes it look so simple…but believe me, it is not.” – Graham Taylor “He is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part.” – Sir Alex Ferguson “It is rare a man can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear.” – President Barack Obama For most figures of popular culture, the acute gaze of the lens is part of the job – to be captured for public consumption, to create a personal iconography that relates to your art. We expect our musicians, our artists and our actors to transform themselves, we demand a visual flair. But from a midfielder from Leytonstone? Not …

2016-02-26T15:59:18+00:00

Connecting the stars, the landscape and our bodies through the image

3 young photographers, 8 American states, 28 days. Celestial Bodies, a new photobook by young artist-photographers Eleanor Hardwick, Rachel Hardwick and Chrissie White, travels through the American West to explore the relationship between our bodies and nature.  “In society and the media, the female body seems to be either hyper-sexualised or shamed, and rarely appreciated for the incredible feat of nature that it really is,” says Rachel. “I think that presenting the female form as somewhat other-worldly and alien, all preconceptions that many of us have linked to the idea of the nude body are stripped away. By looking at it with fresh eyes, within the context of landscapes that almost look as if they could be on another planet, we are able to take a step back and view the world from a new perspective.” London-based sisters Eleanor and Rachel came across Chrissie, based in Seattle, on Flickr years ago, forming a firm kinship around a shared love for photography, exploration and the natural world. The series is rooted in the incredibly varied landscape …

2016-02-02T13:44:26+00:00

Paul Thulin’s Pine Tree Ballads

In the early 1900s, Paul Thulin’s great-grandfather settled on the coast of Maine because it resembled his homeland of Sweden. Thulin’s family has returned to Gray’s Point each summer for over a century. Runner-up in the Series category at BJP‘s International Photography Awards 2016, Thulin’s photographic sequence resonates, he says, “with a subtext of struggle and hope that mirrors my narrative sense of self and heritage.” We talked to Thulin about the creation of his stunning series: How did you first get into photography? My journey into photography started as a way to rebel against my growing contempt and frustration with the limits of language to effectively communicate. In 1996, I returned  from a stressful year of studying Philosophy in a Master’s program at Syracuse University and I remember wanting to escape into the mountains to possibly join a Zen monastery; I wanted to meditate and remain silent in an effort to really just experience the world. This desire led me to discover the writings and images of photographers Minor White, Frederick Sommer, and Emmet Gowin, …

2016-01-27T15:04:18+00:00

BJP Staff