Arriving in London from Tehran, aged 10, and not having English as a first language, Shaz Madani remembers finding “great comfort in the universal language of images and pictures”. That refuge in the visual was probably the genesis of her career, as more than a decade later she graduated from the London College of Communication with a degree in design for advertising. Three years on, she set up her own studio, and soon after, a mutual friend put her in touch with Danielle Pender. Together they founded Riposte, a biannual “smart magazine for women”. Now in its seventh issue, the award- winning title, edited by Pender and art directed by Madani, is lauded for its intelligent voice and smart aesthetic. The Iranian-born designer continues with project work, including commissions from MoMA, Wellcome Trust, Elephant magazine, and two books for photographer Giles Duley. This article comes from BJP‘s May issue. Why doesn’t Riposte have a front cover image? Riposte came about as a response to the barrage of image-saturated magazines we were seeing on the shelves, …
The London-based curator, producer and educator is currently the director of Format International Photography Festival (providing maternity cover for Louise Clements) and artistic director of Getxophoto in Bilbao, where she grew up. Previously she was the photo editor at The Sunday Times Magazine where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section. This interview was first published in the BJP’s March 2017 issue. I have always been quite self-reliant. I’m a low-consuming, low-impact individual who strongly believes in the social contract, which are values passed to me through my family and my upbringing in the Basque Country. I loved this city from the moment I arrived. Every day I feel excited to be in London; every day there is something new to see, hear, talk about or investigate. There is room to be who you please but as long as you use good manners. I’m just devastated that after Brexit, I might have to leave my life here. Do I miss being on a picture desk? I wish I was working as part of a team on …
“I do not think nudity is challenging – nudity is common, everybody has it,” says Ren Hang. “I like people naked and I like sex; I use nudity so that I can feel more realism and sense of presence.” But whatever his view, his work has proved controversial in his native China, where galleries have found it difficult to show his images and “no Chinese fashion magazines let me make images”. Even so, he’s exhibited in China, Italy, France, Russia, Israel and Sweden, published his work in magazines around the world, and published several books, with organisations such as the respected Editions Bessard. “Ren Hang’s images challenge conventional codes of morality in a still highly conservative society,” states another of his publishers, Editions du Lic. “[…]The artist’s homeland remains harshly censorial against any material it deems immoral and Hang’s work certainly plays with fire.” Editions du Lic claims Hang is part of a new breed of 21st century Chinese artists, “riding the wave of modernisation and cultural reawakening in China”; Hang sees things more simply, …
Antony Armstrong-Jones passed away on 13 January; to celebrate his life, we’re posting an interview with him first published by BJP in September 1983
Vintage photographs from David ‘Chim’ Seymour’s Children of Europe series is about to go on display for the first time in the UK. Chim was commissioned by UNICEF following World War II to document the conflict’s impact on children and the resulting photographs drew attention to war’s most vulnerable victims.
In the late 50’s, New York’s Washington Square was nicknamed junkie row. The late Dave Heath, an orphan and veteran of the Korean war, photographed the people who lurked there. The series has been published for the first time by Stanley/Barker.
A new exhibitionwill explore how photographers responded to Surrealism over the course of over 50 years, including works by Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, Florence Henri and Bill Brandt to tell the history of the iconic avant-garde movement through photography.
Marking the twenty-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty from British rule, a new exhibition at Impressions Gallery explores the entwined histories of China and the UK, traced through the family history of photographer Kurt Tong.
He may be better known for Candle In The Wind, but Sir Elton John Collection possessions one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, and it’s about to go on show, for the first time, at Tate Modern.
Délio Jasse’s new, previously unseen body of work, about to go on show at London’s Tiwani Contemporary, continues the artist’s exploration of the photographic archive, interweaving found images with clues from past lives to draw links between photography and memory.