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Japanese photographer Kikuji Kawada given retrospective at L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York

One of the most celebrated Japanese photographers of his generation, and an artist who has visually responded to his country’s history for more than 50 years, Kikuji Kawada is being given a  major retrospective in New York. L. Parker Stephenson Photographs will show rare images from Kawada’s early series, The Map, taken between 1960 and 1965, alongside his most recent work Last Things, a series taken between 2010 and 2015. The Map, Kawada’s early work, was an expression of societal trauma during Japan’s post World War II reconstruction after defeat. It was described as “a seminal photo book of the 20th century published in 1965 that looks at history through the aftermath of war and the particulars of the bombing of Hiroshima.” The exhibition also shows images from Kawada’s Invisible City, which explored the rebirth of imagined cities following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Kawada’s work touches on “global tensions related to political fears, climate change and media saturation in the years since the recent natural and nuclear disasters in Japan stemming from the Tohoku earthquake five years ago,” L. Parker …

2016-04-29T16:27:24+00:00

Catherine Deneuve Esquire Paris 1976 C Helmut Newton Estate

Helmut Newton’s Vintage Prints featured in new exhibition

Helmut Newton was born in Berlin in 1920 to a Jewish family, the son of Klara and Max Neustädter, a button factory owner.  He purchased his first camera at the age of 12, and then worked for the German photographer Elsie Neulander Simon from 1936. The increasingly oppressive restrictions placed on Jews by the Nuremberg laws meant that his father lost control of his factory. Then, in November 1938, Newton’s father was briefly interned in a concentration camp on Kristallnacht, which finally compelled the family to leave Germany. From those humble beginnings as a refugee, Newton rose to become one of the most celebrated fashion photographers of his generation – one credited with moving forward the depiction of women, and particular women’s sexuality, within the photography medium. The majority of the works featured in the exhibition are vintage prints from the collection of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. Women play a central role in Newton’s work. But this is also the reason why his work is often pigeon-holed as simply erotic, and why there’s insufficient appreciation …

2016-04-29T12:02:17+00:00

Tour de France 1982. Riders relax whilst the Tour organisers negotiate with farmers on stage 16 to remove their tractors from the road. Farmers are prostesting against  certain Common Market price fixing of agr. goods. France. 1982.

Magnum mine archive to launch celebration of the bicycle

The new photobook, entitled Magnum Cycling, celebrates “the great photographers who have captured the personalities, emotions and iconic moments from the sport of cycling,” Magnum said. Published by Thames&Hudson, and edited by Guy Andrews, founder-editor of Rouleur magazine, Magnum Cycling brings together a spectrum of almost 200 colour and black and white images. The photobook includes historic images from photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, John Vink and Harry Gruyaert, incorporating iconic shots of the moment of victory to images of hundreds of lycra-clad cyclists hurtling down mountainscapes. It includes images from the most-talked about races in cycling history, from the six-day races in Madison Square Garden in the 1930s to the latest Grand Tour races through France, Spain and Italy. Organised thematically, each chapter in Magnum Cycling features one ‘story’ of an iconic moment, event or scene: from the Tour de France to track racing in Velodromes. The featured photographers’ motivations vary from simple curiosity to intensely commissioned reportage. “It’s no surprise that some of the world’s finest photographers have covered the sport at some point in their careers; cycling …

2016-04-28T16:40:52+00:00

The Other Life © Akram Assam

Iraqi photographers to exhibit their work at London art fair for first time

A group of contemporary Iraqi photographers, most of whom live and work in Iraq, are to have their work exhibited and made available for acquisition at Art16 art fair in London. The Ruya Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded to create international opportunities for, and foster recognition of, Iraqi contemporary artists, have partnered with Art16, marking the first occasion the 12 artists repped by the foundation can present their work at an international art fair, despite the foundation working with many of these artists for a number of years. They will be joined by artists such as Jamal Penjweny, born 1981, who exhibited in the Iraq Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, and Nadine Hattom, born 1980, whose work is on display as part of ‘Parallel Projects’ at the sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale. The particular emphasis on photography in the presentation reflects how accessible the medium is for artists living in Iraq. Hattom and Penjweny are joined by Ayman Al Amiri, a Baghdad-based photographer who takes black-and-white photographs of street life in the city. Works from his series ‘Baghdad’s street workers’ (2013–2014) …

2016-04-28T10:26:33+00:00

Now You See Me: Exploring Body Politics at TJ Boulting

A new group photography exhibition at London’s TJ Boulting gallery will explore the diverse use of the body, and primarily the female body, in photography. Coinciding with the opening of Photo London, the exhibition presents a combination of established and emerging photographic artists, each of whom apply a varied range of techniques to explore their body within the medium. American photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero sets up her tripod and takes self-portraits in public places without pre-meditated direction or composition. Only afterwards does the artist select the images. By doing so, she reveals stranger’s faces contorted in disgust or laughing at her size, interactions originally from beyond her eyeline. The photography serves as a fascinating insight into the cruelty of human nature, charting bold territory for a photographer as a way of relating to their own body. The ultimate exploration of the physical self in relation to personal existence is depicted in the work of British artist Jo Spence, who lived with cancer for the last decade of her life. The images in this exhibition are from the series she created from the experience, titled The …

2016-04-28T12:23:04+00:00

Forget me not, July 2015

Twist and Shout: The naked truth unravelling Polly Penrose’s new exhibition

On the day of our meeting, the Hoxton Gallery is a building site. The walls have been stripped, the floors are sprinkled in layers of dust mashed with wet footprints of builder’s boots and towers of cardboard pile up by the window. There is an unusually tall table – dark wood supported by a minimalist metal frame – standing by the pillar. A collection of 6×8 inch matte prints are neatly arranged on the tabletop, awaiting inspection. The empty space amplifies the sound of footsteps approaching from the stairs. Tossing back a box fringe, the London-based art photographer Polly Penrose emerges carrying two stools and crashes them down next to the table display. The said photographs are a preview of Penrose’s new exhibition, 10 Seconds, due to open at the gallery this May. “Rather than interacting with the space, I am interacting with what is in the space, and what is available to me,” Penrose says of the photography in her exhibition which, whilst still self portraits in the nude, are radically different from her previous (and ongoing) series, titled Body of …

2016-04-27T14:34:29+00:00

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Kalpana’s Warriors: celebrating political activists who fear for their life in Bangladesh

Twenty years ago this month, at the age of 23, Kalpana Chakma was abducted from her home in Bangladesh. She was held at gunpoint by a military officer and two members of the Village Defence Party and driven away. She has never been seen again. Chakma was the organising secretary of the Hill Women’s Federation in Bangladesh, an organisation that campaigned for the rights of indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area of Bangladesh. As she fought to regain the land had been stolen from her community, the Pahari people by the Bagladeshi government through the Bangladeshi army, so she was deemed an enemy of the state. No-one knows if she’s a political prisoner, celebrating her 40th birthday alone somewhere. Or whether she was killed, silently, long ago. This week, photographer and Bangladeshi activist Shahidul Alam launched an installation at East London’s Autograph ABP gallery in memory of Kalpana, and celebrating the work she so fearlessly carried out. The exhibition features portraits of ‘Kalpana’s Warriors’, contemporary Bangladeshi campaigners living in mortal danger in an increasingly repressive environment. The …

2016-04-27T11:59:33+00:00

The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwood Motels in New Jersey

Through a rare combination of economics, geography and chance, the island of Wildwood contains a national treasure: the highest concentration of mid-century modern hospitality architecture in the United States. In a new photobook published by Booth Clibborn-Editions this June, Havens, a professor in industrial design at Philadelphia University, photographs the kitsch and nostalgic aesthetic of Wildwood’s unique modernist architecture. Built in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Wildwood’s motels were developed in anticipation of the arrival of the Garden State Parkway, a four-lane toll road that would ultimately run the length of New Jersey, bringing with it a flurry of tourists from the surrounding states. Talking to The New York Times, Havens said: “The hotels were the backdrop of my summer. We would always pile in the car and drive around and look at all the hotels in the same way families drive around and look at Christmas lights at holiday season. Once they started to disappear, I realised just how much I took them for granted.” Entitled Out of Season: The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwoods, …

2016-04-26T16:44:29+00:00

Photographers from Rio’s Favela on show for the first time

The new exhibition, entitled Favela: Joy and Pain in the City, displays photographs taken by three young Brazilian photographers, each of whom hails from, and attempting to reflect, the experience of living in the biggest favela in Rio de Janeiro, and indeed the whole of Brazil. Their work is presented by the Observatory of the Favelas based in Maré. Photographers Bira, Elisângela and Adriano all come from Brazil’s largest favela, Maré, a favela so troubled and and blighted by violence it was occupied by 2,700 of the country’s troops from April last to the denouement of the World Cup. The series succeeds in enriching and, in some regards, challenging the ideas we have of the more deprived streets of Rio: children playing football, skateboarding and cavorting on the beach, a gaggle of children splashing around in a paddling pool, natives of the city singing and dancing to Rio’s anthem, the Cidade Maravilhosa, yet also the almost ubiquitous presence of the armed forces in Maré, the sheer poverty many children have to live with in the city, the leering, background presence, communicated through something as subtle as graffiti, …

2016-04-26T11:31:55+00:00

Mouna Karray’s Exploration of Tunisia’s Neglected People

Taken across various landscapes of the Tunisian south, Mouna Karray’s works present a figure shrouded in a white sheet photographed against rural, desolate backdrops. The series started during an artist residency at Dream City Biennial of Contemporary Art in Public Space, in Tunis, and was produced from 2012 to 2015. It is being shown in its entirety for the first time. “I went back to the Tunisian southwest, its silent poverty, its mineral loneliness, its arid and forgotten soils whose foundations were rich with minerals, which have been confiscated and stripped from these oppressed – but not submissive – souls,” says Mouna Karray. “I took the road that crosses these dusty lands, an area that is both lifeless and inhabited, where the captive figure moves. This body is moving within this universe as its matrix; it extracts itself with a gesture that breaks its confinement.” “In its struggle, in its encounters, in its wanderings, this body is a figure of resistance, a figure pushing for freedom and the re-enchantment of a forgotten land.” Considered one of the …

2016-04-25T17:54:59+00:00

BJP Staff