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Organ Vida announce open call with high-profile judges for ‘Revelations’ theme

Organ Vida is a two-week international photography festival that takes place every September in Zagreb. In its eighth year, the festival has become the largest annual photographic event in Southeast Europe, showcasing a new generation of photographers from Croatia and the Baltic region alongside more high-profile international photographers. The top ten projects will be presented at the festival’s main exhibition in Zagreb’s Francuski paviljon, while a further other ten commended projects will be shown on large projections in public areas. As well as the Francuski paviljon, Organ Vida exhibits at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts, ORIS house of architecture, Galleries Kranjčar and Greta, Dokukino KIC, Kinoklub Zagreb and in numerous open public spaces. The international panel of judges will host lectures and workshops and show their work at the festival. Lea Vene, Croatian art historian, cultural anthropologist, fashion theorist and a curator in the Miroslav Kraljević gallery, will act as one of the judges. She writes of the festival: “Organ Vida is interested in how authors through the medium of photography face the unknown, unrecorded and unspoken transformative and everyday experiences, personal …

2016-04-22T13:55:50+00:00

Inside India’s newest photography festival

Indian photographer Poulomi Basu is a rising star of documentary photography. Part of VII’s mentor programme, she’s a Magnum Foundation Award winner and was nominated for the Paul Huf Award this year. Even so, she’s sometimes felt jaded with an industry she believes confines itself to a very limited audience. Determined to do something to bring it to a wider public, she joined forces with British filmmaker CJ Clarke and friends to found Just Another Photo Festival, which enjoyed its first edition last September in New Delhi. “We saw an opportunity to do something different: to change the paradigm and put the audience on a pedestal, not the photographer,” she explains.   Just Another Photo showcased work by 150 photographers from over 35 countries, including big names such as Roger Ballen, Philip Toledano and Sim Chi Yin but also grass-roots female photo collectives such as Rawiya and Foto Feminas. “We want JAPF to be global in perspective and have strived to include diverse work that shows new perspectives to an Indian audience,” says Basu. The photographers’ …

2016-04-06T14:16:38+00:00

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World Famous Photographers meet near the Arctic Circle at Nordic Light International Festival of Photography

The Nordic Light International Festival of Photography, the photo festival in the small island-city of Kristiansund, on the northern reaches of the Norwegian coastland, returns for its eleventh edition with exhibitions from international photographers including Espen Rasmussen, Ralph Gibson, Martine Poppe and Jerry Uelsmann. Nordic Light is not an especially venerated photography festival, yet it consistently demonstrates an ability to attract some of the biggest names in the business. Last year, the American photojournalist James Nachtwey visited the small Norwegian town. In years before, Kristiansund has welcomed Bruce Gilden, Bruce Davidson, Martin Parr, Gered Mankowitz and Lucien Clergue. Set in the local cinema in the centre of town, Nordic Lights’ days are orientated around lectures from an eclectic range of photography, in a town with a population of just 24,000. The festival sees around half that amount of people visit the festival for its week-long duration every year. For a festival with only a handful of full-time staff, and made possible only by a close-knit community of local volunteers, who contribute food, manpower, time and energy to the festival, its testament to the passion of the …

2016-03-31T10:40:06+00:00

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A 10-strong shortlist for Hyères’ emerging photographer prize announced

“It’s a good one!” says Raphaëlle Stopin of this year’s photography shortlist for the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography – the 31st edition of the festival, and the fourth she’s looked after as the sole photography art director. The shortlist of 10 emerging photographers includes two from countries that have never reached the final before – Vendula Knopova from the Czech Republic and Sasha Kurmaz from Ukraine. Stopin is very glad to have the Eastern Europeans on board, and very happy to have such “a good mix”. As the festival’s full name suggests it is closely associated with fashion, running a prize for emerging fashion designers and sponsored by companies such as Chanel, LVMH and Chloé. But the photography award has long danced to a different beat, shortlisting interesting photographers whatever their focus, and recognising image-makers such as Jessica Eaton, Anouk Kruithof and Thomas Mailaender long before they hit the big time. This year, the full shortlist is: Anaïs Boileau; Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger; Maja Daniels; Louise Desnos; Jason Larkin; Emilie Regnier; Ilona Szwarc; …

2016-03-22T13:11:36+00:00

Model Muriel Maxwell in white sunglasses putting on lipstick, wearing red-white-and-blue turban, andv holding a red-and-white striped bag

Horst’s High Style at The Düsseldorf Photo Weekend

Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann, later known as Horst P. Horst, is to receive his first major retrospective in the country of his birth at the fifth edition of the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend. An icon of fashion photography, Horst photographed more than 90 covers for Vogue, including Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali and Rita Hayworth. With more than 250 photographs from a 60-year career on display, the exhibition shows Horst’s central casting in Paris’ 1930s fashion scene – known now as the golden age of couture. Organised by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition takes its cue from the original London show, which orientated Horst’s images in near-darkness, with black and white photographs only illuminated by spot-lights. This is something of a homecoming for the photographer who coined the famous term: “Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.” Horst was born in the East of Germany in 1906. As a 24-year-old, he moved to Paris to study architecture under the iconic Le Corbusier, before meeting, and becoming the lover, of the French Vogue photographer George Hoyningen-Huene. …

2016-01-19T18:29:08+00:00

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BJP Instagram Takeover: Lisa Barnard gets the inside track at Lianzhou Foto Festival

Documentary photographer Lisa Barnard will be taking over the BJP Instagram (@bjp1854) over the next few days to report from the Chinese festival. The photographic artist and Senior Lecturer in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales is exhibiting her project, Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden and will be sharing her experience at the festival. She’ll be posting images from in and around Guangzhou, her journey to Lianzhou and from the set up and events at the festival. As Barnard explains, her project is “a study into the ‘unholy alliance’ between the military, the entertainment industry and technology, and their coalescence around modern-day warfare.”     In recent years China has become an increasingly vital source of excellent contemporary photography, with photographers like Chen Xiaoyi, Jiehao Su and Chen Wei documenting how their country copes with global power shifting eastwards. As Wei told us in April, “I respond to what I see in China around me on a daily basis, both the good and the bad.” Lianzhou Foto Festival is a …

2015-11-20T12:05:00+00:00

Still from the film Pumzi, 2009, written & directed by Wanuri Kahui

The Malian festival celebrating the diversity and vitality of African photography

Bamako Encounters, set up primarily to showcase African photography, had to wait a long time to celebrate its tenth edition. The festivities were initially scheduled for autumn 2013 – 20 years after French photographer Françoise Huguier began the initiative in the Malian capital. But in January 2012, insurgent groups began fighting for the independence of the Azawad region. Within two months, President Amadou Toumani Touré had been ousted but the rebels splintered as soon as they had declared victory. Islamist factions prevailed, imposing strict Sharia law in the region. Unable to bring the conflict to an end on its own, the Malian government called for foreign military support. France, once the colonial power, controversially got involved. Its forces rapidly regained control but guerilla attacks continued for months before a first peace deal was signed in June 2013. That agreement didn’t last but a fragile new accord was signed in June this year. The unrest prevented the Bamako Encounters team from staging the event, but this year they decided to take advantage of what looks like a more enduring …

2015-11-04T12:59:01+00:00

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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 …

2015-10-30T17:16:26+00:00

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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 …

2015-10-19T10:44:54+00:00

Winner of the Unseen Dummy Award announced

Amsterdam’s annual celebration of photography Unseen Photo Fair closed for the year earlier this month, but not before showcasing some of the most interesting work in contemporary photography. During the fair and festival, Yoshinori Masuda won the Unseen Dummy Award for his photobook, Tiger 2. For his project, the Japanese photographer visited a zoo to depict two tigers in a state of repose, hinting at ideas around the dangerous state of nature and the  unsettling power of the gaze. Much of Masuda’s thinking behind Tiger 2 was influenced by an eclectic jumble of high-minded influences, including mathematical laws and scientific theories, but he was initially prompted by the simplest of reasons: “I was attracted by [the tigers]. Therefore I photographed them.” Masuda was immensely grateful for receiving the award, but as he tells the BJP, the most pleasing aspect of the award is the larger audience the prize affords: “I just want people to have the book in their hands, and enjoy it until it falls apart.” Masuda was chosen by an international jury, consisting of …

2015-09-30T10:20:41+00:00

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