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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

Battersea Power Station Control Room A © Gina Soden

The Other Art Fair – an alternative to galleries?

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More than 120 photographers and artists will show their work at The Other Art Fair (TOAF), “a unique platform from which artists can independently showcase their work to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors” which will run from 23 to 26 April at Victoria House in Holborn, London. The selection committee includes artist Gavin Turk and the Curator of Drawings at the Courtauld Gallery, Dr Stephanie Buck. The photographers shown will include Gina Soden, Anastasia Lazurenko, Barbara Nati, and Tommy Clarke (see image-gallery above). Billed as the “UK’s leading artist fair”, Ryan Stanier has directed TOAF since its launch in 2011. Stanier was previously the director of Artbeat, a group which put on pop-up art fairs in Covent Garden. “I had a lot of friends who were practising artists,” Stanier says. “They were putting on these amazing shows outside London but struggling to get their art seen. The difficulty is actually getting people along. “I thought why don’t we create an art fair where we go out and try and find the best unrepresented artists and offer them a stand. It’s an opportunity for …

2015-04-17T13:05:30+00:00

Gasometer, Aston, Birmingham, Great Britain, 2008

Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend

One of the dominant influences in contemporary European photography is wheeled into the restaurant at the NRW Forum, a grand art gallery a stone’s throw from the Rhine. It’s the height of the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, and people of all ages are passing through the galleries on either side of us. Many of them won’t realise it, but most of the photography here is deeply indebted to this slight and unassuming woman, born in East Germany before the war, and now happily discoursing over pasta and wine in the café. She has now been without Bernd, her husband, for more than seven years, after he died from complications during heart surgery. That straight bob of blonde hair is greying. She is now 81, and sits slightly stooped in her wheelchair. You have to strain to hear what she says, yet she recounts her life with a remarkable wit and poise. Some people start to switch off at this age; Hilla Becher, it seems, could not be more connected to her surroundings. She met her husband in …

2015-04-21T18:29:45+00:00

Last Stop

A battered old hatchback rolls up outside Folkestone Central station and George Georgiou – with a shy, blokey smile – leans over to pop the passenger door before driving me through the seaside town he now calls home. He sits in the driver’s seat as if he were in his armchair at home. For a long time, a car was the closest thing he had to a home. He has driven all over the world with his wife, photographer Vanessa Winship, covering thousands upon thousands of miles, travelling all over Turkey, the Balkans, Georgia and Ukraine for a decade, then across the US. It has been a long journey, motivated solely by his desire to tell people’s stories. “Welcome to my hotel,” he says in that distinctive north London accent. On the seafront, Georgiou leads me up the steps and into the heart of a grand, faded old building. It was indeed once a hotel, and the patterned carpets and ornate banisters remain. “It reminds me of The Shining a bit,” he says, with half …

2015-04-17T14:16:58+00:00

Show and tell

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Featuring one-to-one portfolios reviews with some of London’s leading photography professionals, alongside talks, presentations and panel discussions, the inaugural Offspring Photo Meet goes live in east London on the weekend of 21-22 March, aiming to establish a creative hothouse designed to nurture new talent. Providing emerging and early-career photographers with an opportunity to learn from and network with their peers in an informal workshop environment, Offspring brings together some of the capital’s top professionals with new talent eager to pitch their work, get expert feedback and learn more about the dynamics of the contemporary photography market. Limited to 50 places per day, and priced from £175 to £250, the Photo Meet will provide constructive advice alongside real-world stories from image-makers, picture editors and gallerists who have something to say, and have found new ways to tell it. “The Photo Meet is designed to help bridge the gap between emerging photographers and the industry they aspire to,” says Offspring founder Mimi Mollica, who took his inspiration from festivals abroad, where photographers and professionals can meet together …

2015-04-17T14:04:58+00:00

BJP International Photography Award Launch – In Pictures

Dominic Hawgood’s International Photography Award exhibition Under the Influence kicked off at the packed-out TJ Boulting gallery in Fitzrovia, central London last night. Thank you to everyone who came down – it was a great night. The BJP would also like to thank Dominic Hawgood, who worked tirelessly in the week leading up to the show to create a genuinely atmospheric photography exhibition. The judging panel included Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery; Emma Bowkett, picture editor of the Financial Times’ award-winning FT Weekend Magazine; Hannah Watson, director of Trolley Books, Sean O’Hagan, photography critic of The Guardian, and Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy. They selected Dominic Hawgood from over 700 photographers to enter the competition. Diane Smyth, BJP’s deputy editor (pictured at the centre of the second image above), was chair of both judging panels, and she organised the entire contest. “There was a huge sense of relief that everything came together; the printing, fabrication, set build and light installation,” Hawgood told BJP on the night. “It was ten days solid work installing the …

2015-04-17T14:07:44+00:00

New Japanese Photography at the Doomed Gallery this weekend

What do Daisuke Yokota, Go Itami and Kenji Hirasawa have in common? They’re all showing work at an exciting but fleeting exhibition of emerging Japanese photographers at Doomed Gallery this week. Featuring a photobook showcase, a projection of images by nearly 100 photographers, and installations by Itami and Hirasawa plus Daisuke Nakashima, Hiroshi Takizawa, Mai Narita, Naohiro Utagawa and Yukihito Kono, New Japanese Photography opens with a private view and party from 6pm on 22 January, and closes on 25 January. The gallery is open from 4pm-8pm on Friday and from 12pm-8pm on Saturday and Sunday; Naohiro Utagawa and Yukihito Kono will be at the gallery on the opening night for a book signing. The exhibition is curated by Space Cadet, an online gallery launched by Masayoshi Suzuki in 2011, and Stay Alone, a platform and publishing house for artists launched by photographers Suguru Ryuzaki and Yukihito Kono in 2013. The curators hope to show the vibrancy of the contemporary Japanese photography scene, they say, moving it out of the long shadow cast by the 1960s Provoke movement. Doomed Gallery is based at 65-67 Ridley Road, …

2015-04-17T14:15:43+00:00

AOP Awards and expo

Get down to the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 11-13 December to see cutting-edge technology and the AOP Awards exhibition. This year is the 31st anniversary of the awards, which have been expanded to 21 categories and were judged by luminaries such as Rankin, Tom Stoddart, Daniel Moorey (from Adam&EveDDB), Sarah Thomson (from Fallon) and Sarah Pascoe (from BBH). The two-level exhibition includes images from all the finalists in all 21 categories, including both AOP members and non-members. The Awards will be announced at a ceremony/party from 6pm-late on Thursday 11 December; tickets cost £20 for AOP members and £25 for non-members. This year the Awards are accompanied by a trade fair on 12 and 13 December, including cutting edge camera gear, new products and services for professional photographers from companies such as Linhof, Leica, Fujifilm and Direct Photographic. The event also includes a talks programme, with presentations from photographers such as Tim Flach and Matt Stuart, and from industry experts such as The Print Space’s Stuart Waplington. For more information, click here.

2015-04-17T14:18:53+00:00

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