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From the series Patrulleros © Daniele Volpe

Photographing the Patrulleros – the violent vigilantes of Guatemala

“Photojournalism allows me to get close to events on the ground, so that I may better understand them as they unfold,” says award-winning photojournalist Daniele Volpe, who left his birthplace of Priverno, a small town in Latina, south of Rome, and made his home in Guatemala. “This kind of intimacy allows me to share my reportage and maybe draw the viewers in, making them feel closer to the subjects.” Volpe, now 34, started his career as a news photographer but soon felt unfulfilled. “There’s often little continuity in covering news, because news itself doesn’t always allow for follow-ups,” he explains. “As a natural consequence, I felt drawn to reportage, which allows for a more thoughtful approach to image-making, enabling me to tell a story, to create a narrative.” Guatemala is one of three countries in the Northern Triangle buckling from the strain of the gang-related activity that permeates every aspect of society. It has long been besieged by criminality, much of it attributed to two prominent gangs – Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and Barrio 18 …

2015-06-23T20:34:23+00:00

From Denudate 2015 © Neola Loretta McDavid

The female derobed: Neola McDavid’s untainted nudes

“Trust is very important when you ask someone to take their clothes off so you can photograph them nude,” says Neola Loretta McDavid, who will soon graduate from the University of Roehampton with a BA Honours in Photography. “Your subjects need to have confidence in you as a photographer, and they need to feel comfortable in themselves.” McDavid’s series of nude portraits, Denudate 2015, exudes strength – stripped back, it presents women in a state of undress, stoic in their own personal space, the only props being the intimate objects in their homes. Her series, like the meaning of the title itself, bares all – it strips women of the labels imposed upon them by society and returns them to their natural state, as “supreme beings” – equal to men, neither subordinate nor superior. “The women in my portraits signify empowerment. They are not obstructed by the mores of society or media in the way that influences how women are portrayed today. The women aren’t sexualised, nor are their poses meant to be suggestive. I’m not using the female …

2015-06-25T16:30:44+00:00

How Adama Jalloh won the undergraduate single award 

For the judges of the BJP Breakthrough undergraduate awards – Gemma Padley, Lewis Chaplin and Sebastian Richter – it was the boy’s expression in Adama Jalloh’s image that caught their attention. Staring straight at the camera, the boy, who is around 13-years-old according to Jalloh, looks confident, almost defiant, and is standing tall; but his expression also betrays a hint of wariness and vulnerability. Jalloh, who is in her final year of a BA photography degree at Arts University Bournemouth, took the image on a street in south London, close to where she lives in Peckham. The image is part of a series, You fit the description, that looks at young black and Asian men in London who are likely to be stopped, questioned and searched by police, Jalloh explains. “I randomly approached young men on the street and asked whether they’d ever been stopped and searched, and how they felt about it,” says Jalloh. “It’s one of those things they have to go along with – they’re given weird, vague reasons as to why they’re being stopped, and aren’t allowed to say how they feel. This boy told me that lots of his friends are stopped by the police on a regular basis,” she adds. “It’s quite sad really, but many have a very negative view of the police …

2015-05-29T16:23:18+00:00

Looking up the Core, Ponte City, Johannesburg, 2008

A vision of urban decay in Johannesburg wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse were awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 at The Photographers’ Gallery this evening, Thursday 28 May 2015. The £30,000 award was presented by previous prize winners Oliver Chanarin on behalf of the artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin. Subotzky and Waterhouse won for their publication Ponte City (Steidl, 2014), which depicts a 54-floor apartment block in Johannesburg, built in 1976 for a white elite under apartheid rule. After the end of Apartheid, it became a refuge for black newcomers to the city and immigrants from all over Africa, and it came to be seen as the prime symbol of urban decay in the city – the epicentre of crime, prostitution and drug dealing. Subotzky and Waterhouse began their project in 2007 after a failed regeneration project. Working with remaining residents and using photographs, architectural plans, archival and historical material, they created an intimate social portrait of the building’s community of residents. An accompanying sequence of seventeen booklets containing essays and personal stories complete the visual and spatial narrative of this …

2015-06-09T11:57:39+00:00

How Felix von der Osten won the undergraduate series award 

Last summer, German photographer Felix von der Osten made a road trip to the US, travelling through places such as South Dakota and crossing the border into Montana. It was here, towards the north of the state that he came across the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, home to two Native American tribes – Gros Ventre and Assiniboine. This is where he would make his series, The Buffalo that could not Dream, which has won the undergraduate series category in BJP’s Breakthrough Awards. “I had never seen anything like this before, nor did I know anything about this place,” says von der Osten, who is studying a BA in photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany. “My idea of Native American people was a very romanticised one, from books I’d read. [After arriving at Fort Belknap] I became interested in this place.” Von der Osten explains how he ended up living on the reservation for a month towards the end of 2014, and says that his images reflect what he saw while he was there and the people he met. The two tribes are historically enemies he explains, but were forced to …

2015-05-29T21:24:20+00:00

How Tim Pearse won the graduate single image award  

This image may look simple, but a lot of time and craftsmanship has gone in its creation. It is a lith print, made by Tim Pearse, a former BA photography student at Plymouth College of Art. And it is with this image that Pearse won the singles prize in the recent graduate category of the BJP Breakthrough Awards, which was judged by BJP editor Simon Bainbridge, photography curator Leo Scott, and photographer Laura Pannack. Working exclusively with analogue and alternative photographic processes, Pearse crafted the image as part of a longer untitled series of lith prints. “I wanted to create a discourse on constructed memory through the perception of ambiguous form,” says Pearse. “I wanted to illicit the asking of questions of self… we can look at any object or place and it generate something intangible within ourselves.” Pearse took the image on a Mamiya RB67 camera loaded with Ilford Delta 100 film, and printed it as a lith print using lith developer, which gives the image its soft, hand-drawn quality, he says. “I learnt this process while I was at university and have worked with it ever since. I like being part of every point in the making of the photograph, and being able to have …

2015-05-26T16:00:03+00:00

From Ultra-Orthodox Jews Celebrate Purim in Mea Shearim 2014 © Gili Yaari

Gili Yaari photographs the Purim celebration in Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem

When Gili Yaari was a child having a kickabout with friends, and his father walked past after a long day’s work and patted the top of his head with those giant hands, coarse from the hours spent mending leather goods in a workshop, the sadness that engulfed him wasn’t always apparent because, as a young boy, what Yaari saw was his Dad’s sweet face, his tender gaze. The fact that his father was a Holocaust survivor wasn’t immediately apparent because he was, after all, a survivor – a provider, a worker, a lover, a Dad. “I grew up in what seemed like a ‘normal’ house. My parents emigrated to Israel from Hungary, and they integrated into society, worked for their living and managed to raise a family. It was only when I grew up that I understood I was actually raised in a house where there was no happiness, where joy was illegitimate, where fear and survival were a driving force,” says the Israeli photojournalist of his upbringing in Beit-Shmesh, a suburb of Jerusalem. That …

2015-05-22T15:24:32+00:00

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Winners of BJP Breakthrough Photography Awards announced

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German photographer Felix von der Osten scooped the Undergraduate Series Award for his documentary project The Buffalo that could not Dream. Currently studying BA Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, this ongoing project began in the summer of 2014 when he spent time living with the community of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. British photographer Adama Jalloh won the Undergraduate Single Image for her street portrait of a young boy in south London. Taken from her ongoing series You fit the description, the work reflects on the frequency of police stop and search operations targeting young black and asian men. Jalloh is currently in her final year of BA Commercial Photography at Arts University Bournemouth. Tanya Houghton took the Graduate Series Award for This Must Be The Place, which uses folded and re-photographed landscape images to explore contemporary cartography and the unseen lines of our journeys. She is currently studying for an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University, London. Finally, artist and portrait photographer Tim …

2015-06-09T11:59:04+00:00

BJP Breakthrough – what are the judges looking for?

The deadline for the BJP Breakthrough award has been extended. You now have until 11 May to submit your work! We’ve designed this award to connect the next generation of photographers with the established photography industry. Four winners will have their work exhibited in East London, published by the BJP, and will also receive a state of the art Olympus E-M10 camera.  For full details go to our dedicated BJP Breakthrough website. But what are we looking for from the entrants? Laura Pannack, the British social documentary and portrait photographer who has won prizes at the World Press Photo, The Sony World Photography Awards, The Magenta Foundation and Lucies IPA, says: “I’m looking for something that strikes me emotionally. It needs to have concept and aesthetic to equal measure. I want to be inspired and feel like the image has a personal relationship to the photographer. An image that start a conversation and show the passion and interest of the image makers curiosity and creativity.” British Journal of Photography’s Editorial Director Simon Bainbridge, who has guided the magazine for the last 11 …

2015-05-07T10:50:14+00:00

Taro Karibe: “Any desire can be satisfied in Tokyo”

“I gave Taro the prize because he was honest,” says the Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol of the Japanese photographer Taro Karibe. “Working as a salary man, but longing so much to explore the core of his existence. Karibe came top in a Tokyo workshop with Sobol, run by the Magnum Photos agency for his image exploration of Tokyo, both a “utopia, where any desire can be satisfied, and a dystopia, filled with something threatening.” Karibe says. “Instead of focusing on the great photograph and looking for tricks to improve, he started a search within himself – using the camera as a tool to express his own inner life,” Sobol says. “He started taking pictures to ask questions instead of trying to give answers. He put himself at stake and invited myself and the other students into his private universe. “And he did it with soreness and honesty at the expense of the magnificent.” Taro speaks to BJP about his Magnum workshop: Why did you decide to sign up to the Magnum workshop? I had realized I had some limitations with …

2015-05-12T13:15:29+00:00

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