Born in 1973 in Sydney, Meg Hewitt got into photography after studying sculpture and painting. She’s since reached the finals at the prestigious Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography and the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women, and won a silver medal from the Prix de la Photographie – among other accolades – and exhibited her series Tokyo is Yours at Place M Gallery in Tokyo last year. This year, it will be shown again at the Voies Off, Les Rencontres d’Arles’ fringe festival, alongside work by her mentor, Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol. Shot in Japan over two years, Tokyo is Yours is inspired by manga, surrealism and film noir, and uses a gritty monochrome that Hewitt first experimented with back in Sydney, where she was founding director of the 10×8 Gallery from 2012-2014. “When I started shooting on film I couldn’t afford to process colour, so I would develop black-and-white film myself in the bathroom,” she says. “It was a natural progression to shoot at high ISO with a flash, and pushing the film then created part of the aesthetic. It emphasises …
“When I unbutton the sleeve of a shirt/Shades of sky under my skin awaken,” read the opening lines of Maria Barnas’ poem You and I, used at the start of Viviane Sassen’s new photobook, Roxane II. Abstract though these lines seem, they possess a subtle symmetry with the images which follow, in which expanses of pale skin sit in stark juxtaposition to graphic, almost blindingly bright streaks of colour. In Roxane II, the human and the organic seem to bleed into one another with captivating results.
The ten winners are: Carl Bigmore, Georgs Avetisjans, Kazuma Obara, Lua Ribeira, Martin Seeds, Matthew Broadhead, Michael Vince Kim, Monica Alcazar-Duarte, Sam Ivin and Sian Davey.
Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins is currently showing classic work in London, in the prestigious agency’s headline anniversary shows. But he’s also showing his most recent project, The New Londoners, at a Photo London fringe event – the Fix Photo Festival
The small but perfectly formed Polish festival returns, with an eclectic, innovative programme curated by UK artist and Photoworks magazine founder Gordon MacDonald that includes exhibitions on dancing, war and UFOs
Britain’s biggest photo fair is now an established event – so it’s organisers are pushing the boundaries this year with a headline show by Taryn Simon and more work by cutting-edge artists
“The series toys with the question regarding the necessity of travelling to a place that has been photographed innumerable times, the need to record additional photographs,” says the artist. “If countless images of a specific place are readily available, has one been there already?”
Back for its second year, the 24-hour event allows photo-lovers to see “an area of London where artists are actually working on a day-to-day basis”, says co-founder Vivienne Gamble.
Questions of truth and fiction, doubt and certainty, and the relationship between the observer and the observed are the key themes of the £30,000 prize – which rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a body of work felt to have significantly contributed to photography
The shortlisted images for “the global award in photography and sustainability” go on show at the V&A this month, including work by Thomas Ruff, Rinko Kawauchi and many more