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Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006 © Nadav Kander

Photo London announces its return next year

After the success of its inaugural edition earlier this year, Photo London has announced its return in 2016, putting on a week-long celebration of photography taking in city-wide exhibitions, installations and talks from the 19th to the 22nd May next year. Produced by Candlestar, the company behind the Prix Pictet and numerous other curatorial-based enterprises, this year Photo London housed more than 70 galleries at Somerset House. As Michael Benson, co-director of Candlestar and co-founder of Photo London alongside Fariba Farshad, told us, the fair has whet the city’s appetite for photography. “Next year we’ve extended to include 80 galleries – we have been so inundated with applications that we’ve even had to create a temporary structure in the courtyard.” Exhibitors include Flowers Gallery, Galerie Polaris and TJ Boulting, with top photography galleries showing alongside a ‘Discovery’ section for emerging galleries. Work shown also includes a site-specific commission by London artists Walter and Zoniel, a series of works by Turner Prize-winning artist and photographer Craigie Horsfield and an exhibition of work loaned from the Moscow …


Nicolas Haeni and Thomas Rousset, untitled, from Self Publish, Be Happy (Aperture/Self Publish, Be Happy, 2015)

Self Publish, Be Happy takes over The Photographers’ Gallery

Things are going to look very different at The Photographers’ Gallery this week. In the first of a new series of experimental publisher residencies, they’ve invited Self Publish, Be Happy to take over their studio floor and use the space as they wish. Coinciding with the launch of SPBH founder Bruno Ceschel’s new book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto (Aperture/SPBH Editions 2015), there will be a series of talks and workshops around the world of self-publishing. Ceschel was in the midst of moving his Dalston studio into The Photographers’ Gallery, but found time earlier this week to talk to us about the interesting ways he’ll be using the space. “We’re taking over a whole floor, yesterday we loaded a van with literally most of our studio – so a thousand self-published books from our collection that the public will have access to, even our tables and chairs – and we’re going to be running our whole office from The Photographer’s Gallery. “It’s a chance for the audience to see what …


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BJP & Magnum Photos: Professional Practice Workshops 2016


Led by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the programme presents incredible training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers. Each workshop is a two-day photographic masterclass that focuses on demystifying the business of the industry, establishing a professional network of industry contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying entry realistic routes into employment. The first day focuses on lectures from key speakers on specific areas of the photographic industry, giving behind the scenes tips and practical advice explaining how to work and succeed in their area of expertise. A second day of portfolio reviews lead by industry specialists will provide photographers with an honest, constructive and critique of existing work. Workshops will be held at the Magnum Print Room in east London. Each workshop is open to 40 applicants on a first come first served basis. WORKSHOP PROGRAMME Editorial photography How to succeed in the editorial market Sat 6 & Sun 7 February 2016 Photography and the art market How to get an exhibition and sell your work Sat 12 & Sun 13 …


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François Hébel – after Arles, Bologna

“Whenever you see an exhibition here, make sure you look up first,” says François Hébel. We’re in the heart of one of the many Renaissance-era public buildings in Bologna. Frescos line the walls and ceilings, Madonnas and bambinis touching gods through partings in the clouds. The former director of Les Rencontres d’Arles has spent months in these lavish surroundings overseeing his latest venture, the second edition of the Foto/Industria Biennial of Industrial Photography. “The city is very special,” Hébel says. “My job is to try to match the work of the photographers with places such as this, and to provide a great variety of presentation with these incredible venues.” Hébel is artistic director of the biennial and his involvement with it is quite a coup. He has a bulging contacts book and an outstanding knowledge of contemporary photography – earned through his longstanding engagement with it – and has helped attract world- class talent. A huge projection of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s large-format Manufactured Landscapes plays out in a huge, cathedral-like hall. Kathy Ryan, photography director of The New York …


IPA 2016: We speak to Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery


Now in its 10th edition, British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Awards are one of the world’s leading showcases for contemporary photographic talent. One of the marquee prizes IPA winners will receive is a two-week exhibition of their work at TJ Boulting, a central London gallery with a reputation for hosting daring, challenging art of all disciplines.  Hannah Watson is director of TJ Boulting Gallery and publishing house Trolley Books, and is also on the elite IPA judging panel. She has worked with some of the best photographers in the world, including Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Alex Majoli and Philip Jones Griffiths, and has a reputation for publishing exceptional stories in photography, photojournalism and contemporary art. TJ Boulting is a gallery that works with all disciplines and not just photography, so how does she see photography in relation to other kinds of work? “I think of photography as any other medium. I’m looking forward to seeing work which is not prescribed photography. I think photography can restrict itself, if you start thinking like that. In art …


Only two weeks left to enter the International Photography Awards 2016


British Journal of Photography’s annual International Photography Award is one of the world’s leading showcases for contemporary photographic talent. This year marks the award’s 10th edition, and the competition has established itself as an important springboard for future voices in photography, providing an opportunity for entrants to get their work in front of the most influential voices in the industry. This year’s judges have been drawn from the worlds of photography, art and media, and represent some of the world’s most prestigious cultural organisations. The panel consists of: Shoair Mavlin (Curator of Photography, Tate Modern), Sean O’Hagan (Photography critic, The Guardian), Kate Bush (Head of Photography, Media Space), Emily Graham (Cultural & Education Manager, Magnum Photos), Bruno Ceschel (Founder, Self Publish, Be Happy), Hannah Watson (Director, TJ Boulting Gallery and Trolley Books), Ewen Spencer (photographer and publisher), James Reid (Photography Director of Wallpaper*) and our very own Diane Smyth (Deputy Editor, BJP). The judges will select an outstanding single image and series of work to be exhibited at TJ Boulting, an innovative gallery in the …


Johanna Neurath of Thames & Hudson (in yellow), and photographer George Georgiou (in black) giving reviews at Offspring Photo Meet earlier this year. Image (c) Mimi Mollica.

Ask the experts: Offspring Photo Meet returns to east London in late October


More than 40 of the country’s leading photography experts are being assembled over two days late next month in east London to give tailor-made feedback and advice to professional and aspiring image-makers looking to take their careers to the next level and find new markets for their work. Among them are curators, picture editors, ad agency creatives and publishers, from companies and institutions such as Tate Modern, The Guardian, Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Thames & Hudson, tasked with giving attendees an honest assessment of their work through one-to-one portfolio reviews. Participants will also learn about the dynamics of the contemporary photography market, coming  away with ideas about how to get their work in front of key decision makers, and what impresses them, gaining insights from professionals working at places such as Magnum Photos, The Photographers’ Gallery and FT Weekend Magazine. Returning to The Proud Archivist in Haggerston on the last Friday and Saturday of October, Offspring Photo Meet includes two days of portfolio reviews along with talks by multi-award-winning photographers Zed Nelson and Hélène Binet, both …


From Stateside © Matt Wilson

Looking for America – Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography returns

Diffusion, the international photography biennale organised by Cardiff’s Ffotogallery is currently in full swing, hosting group shows, talks and photography-related events around the city for the entire month of October. The theme, Looking for America, was announced back in May 2013, on the last day of the previous edition. Despite the continuous barrage of American imagery, David Drake (director of Ffotogallery and curator of the festival) says that the theme is as pertinent as ever. “I was interested in the strange paradox that from outside of America there was still an allure around Americana and a lot of the things that become representative of the American Dream. But within America there was a sense of corrosion, that everything had gone wrong. The inside perspective on America was quite dark and dystopian whereas from a European perspective America was still the promised land, a land of opportunity. I thought that we could have quite a lot of fun exploring those notions through the festival.” The festival spans several sites around the city, in an effort to …



WeTransfer announced as Media Partner for the IPA 2016


Valued by creatives across the globe for the speed and simplicity of its file transfer service, WeTransfer’s commitment to artistic vision is integrated into its design with full screen backdrops that function as both advertising space and a curated showcase of inspirational artwork. As official Media Partner of the IPA 2016, winners of the award will receive the additional prize of a four-week showcase on the WeTransfer homepage, reaching over 70 million users worldwide and providing an unmissable opportunity for exposure to the international creative community. Runners up in each category will receive WeTransfer Plus accounts, complete with long term storage, increased upload sizes and password protected transfers. For full details of this year’s International Photography Awards visit:


Winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award announced at Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair

Yesterday marked the official opening of Unseen Photo Fair, the Amsterdam festival organised by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Platform A and Vandejong Creative Agency, with exhibitions, events and awards taking place all over the city. Beginning with a bang, the winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award has been announced, with Luxembourger photographer Sophie Jung receiving a project production fund of €10,000. The ING Unseen Talent Award is a joint initiative between Dutch financial institution ING and Unseen, providing an international platform for new Belgian, Luxembourg and Dutch photography talent to present their work to an international audience. Jung was chosen from a shortlist of five finalists, who spent the past two months working on a photograph based on the theme ‘Who are we here for?’:  Lara Gasparotto, Olya Oleinic, Sébastien Bonin, Sophie Jung and Sjoerd Knibbeler. The jury was comprised of curatorial professionals from across the industry, including Frits Gierstberg (Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam), Kaat Celis (former Chief of Photography, De Morgen and founder of visual management company Sluitertijd), Sanne ten Brink (Head Curator, ING Collection), Duncan Forbes (Director …


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