Marking the twenty-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty from British rule, a new exhibition at Impressions Gallery explores the entwined histories of China and the UK, traced through the family history of photographer Kurt Tong.
In January and February 1991, as the United States–led coalition drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein’s troops retaliated with an inferno. As the desperate efforts to contain and extinguish the conflagration progressed, Sebastião Salgado traveled to Kuwait to witness the crisis firsthand.
When was the first time you became aware of photography? How old were you? One of my favourite books as a child was a photographic book on Iceland that I found on the street with my Mum. It contained so many wonderful film spreads of Iceland (mostly aerial shots, and a lot of sheep farming). I am deeply attached to the book and take it wherever I go. I always vowed to go to Iceland as soon as it was possible. I went, last month, and finally got to take pictures of my own. One day I would like to see it in a helicopter, if I keep down my carbon footprint for a bit. How did you learn to become a photographer? I was taught how to use a darkroom by a few people at various stages during my childhood. I have barely any technical knowledge yet. I’m working on that. I started off working with an SLR, so learned the basics, but then went to digital for several years before returning to film. …
A little-known series of photographs of the state of Nevada, shot in the year 1977 by the late American landscape and architectural photographer Lewis Baltz, is about to go on show for the first time.
During pilgrimages to his native Hale County, Alabama, William Christenberry has recorded the changing appearance of the region’s natural landscape and vernacular architecture in diverse formats and media since the early 1960s. The work is shown for the first time at New York’s Pace/MacGill Gallery, in an about to launch exhibition.
“I feel like time is slipping away, and I’ve always had a sense that time is moving too fast,” says photographer Laura Pannack as we sit down to discuss her latest body of work. “I just have this fear that I’m a grain of sand, that I am not making the most of the time I have here. It’s not just about this inner pressure to be productive, it’s about an appreciation of time.” Pannack’s anxieties over the passage of time are not unusual, but universal. In an era where technology allows us to be inundated with our peers’ every success, our perceptions of time and achievement have become warped, giving us somewhat damaging illusions over our own measures of accomplishment. The London-based photographer need not to worry – at least for now. Pannack has just received the coveted Getty Prestige Grant, awarding her $15,000 to realise the continuation of her project Youth Without Age, Life Without Death. For her latest undertaking, Pannack set about unravelling the myths, culture and tradition of the rural Romanian …
For his latest conceptual art project, Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard has travelled five continents and visited 32 cities where he booked the standard double room at the local Hilton hotel.
For more than a decade, Benson has used raw image data from robotic interplanetary missions to create large-format landscape photographs of the planets, their moons and the Sun. An exhibition of new and recent planetary photographs by Benson, his first solo exhibition, is about to go on show at Flowers Gallery, London.
Czech photographer Stanislav Bříza’s self publishing platform BFLMPSVZ publishes a chronicle of a joint road trip through America, and through the dark recesses of a relationship “that goes beyond the confines of the road.”
In the eighteenth century, the Kings of Siam found an ingenious way of excluding a courtier they didn’t like. They would present the offending socialite with a white elephant, a rare and unusual creature, one very difficult to make space for. No-one would dare decline a gift from the King. And so the recipient would be lumbered with something they could not maintain. They would invariably be ruined by the cost of trying to keep the white elephant, and would then be forced to take their leave of the Kings’ circles. Siam is now modern-day Thailand, but the idea of the white elephant has endured, entering our modern parlance. Shadman Shahid, a documentary photographer born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and a graduate of the city’s revered Pathshala South Asian Media Academy photography course, used the term to describe a remarkable discovery in China; a “ghost-city” called Chenggong, designed for more than a 100,000 people but standing silent, unpopulated, empty but for tiny pockets of life. “I was born and raised in a city where …