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BJP #7845: The Icons Issue

What goes into creating an icon? Our latest issue scrutinises the muses, photographers and designers that go into creating unmistakable images that speak to the culture of the time – from early 20th century Soviet agitprop to a working-class lad from east London who somehow became one of the most recognisable faces on the planet. BRAND BECKHAM: THE MAKING OF A MODERN ICON “He makes it look so simple…but believe me, it is not.” – Graham Taylor “He is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part.” – Sir Alex Ferguson “It is rare a man can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear.” – President Barack Obama For most figures of popular culture, the acute gaze of the lens is part of the job – to be captured for public consumption, to create a personal iconography that relates to your art. We expect our musicians, our artists and our actors to transform themselves, we demand a visual flair. But from a midfielder from Leytonstone? Not …

2016-02-10T16:43:06+00:00

BJP #7843: Cool & Noteworthy

With features on more than 20 of the best photography projects of the last year, Cool & Noteworthy looks at the photography practitioners, festivals, exhibitions and publishers that have pushed at the medium of photography in this momentous year of the viral image. You can buy the issue now from the BJP shop. Highlights include an in-depth, all-access look at New York Times Magazine’s redesign, an exploration of Magnum photographers Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli’s collaboration in Congo, festivals in Delhi and Lagos, Cristina De Middel’s remarkably productive year, and our newfound  fascination with contemporary Japanese photography. Simon Bainbridge, editor of BJP, introuduces the new issue: “Whose work most impressed you over the last 12 months? “I like to keep a list of all the things that for one reason or another don’t make it into BJP , but that I wished that we’d found room for or known about them early enough to include. This growing list, along with suggestions from colleagues and friends of the magazine, forms the basis of my thinking for our annual ‘Cool & …

2016-01-13T14:31:06+00:00

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Gear of the Year 2015

Sony A7 Mark II series The year 2015 saw the arrival of Sony’s full Mark II A7 fleet, adding five-axis full-frame sensor stabilisation to the mirrorless ILC. While the 42-megapixel A7R II [below left] is now acknowledged as the top of the range, the first update, the A7 II (24-megapixels), also improved autofocus, body design, sealing and shutter life. Its on-sensor, phase-detection AF works with many adapted Sony A-mount and Canon EF lenses. The second update (A7R to A7R II) moved from 36- to 42-megapixels with a new shutter and 4k video direct to SDXC card, plus a larger electronic viewfinder (0.78×). The backside-illuminated CMOS sensor allows first curtain electronic and silent shutter modes while curing rangefinder wide-angle colour shading and smearing. The final upgrade, the A7S II, kept 12-megapixels and moonlight-friendly ISO 409,600, while adding the advances of the A7R II and 14-bit uncompressed raw. Finally, Sony gave this to the A7 II/A7R II by a firmware upgrade. www.sony.co.uk Leica Q If you are looking for an absolutely first-class compact camera that will produce results …

2015-12-22T16:26:23+00:00

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BJP & Magnum Photos: Professional Practice Workshops 2016

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Led by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the programme presents incredible training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers. Each workshop is a two-day photographic masterclass that focuses on demystifying the business of the industry, establishing a professional network of industry contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying entry realistic routes into employment. The first day focuses on lectures from key speakers on specific areas of the photographic industry, giving behind the scenes tips and practical advice explaining how to work and succeed in their area of expertise. A second day of portfolio reviews lead by industry specialists will provide photographers with an honest, constructive and critique of existing work. Workshops will be held at the Magnum Print Room in east London. Each workshop is open to 40 applicants on a first come first served basis. WORKSHOP PROGRAMME Editorial photography How to succeed in the editorial market Sat 6 & Sun 7 February 2016 Photography and the art market How to get an exhibition and sell your work Sat 12 & Sun 13 …

2015-11-17T13:09:22+00:00

BJP #7842: The Portraiture Issue

We’ve devoted an issue of BJP to portraiture every year since 2010, but this year we decided to have some fun with it. Our new portraiture issue, which explores how photographers are disrupting the human face, is now available to buy directly from us in the BJP Shop. Digital editions for the iPhone and iPad are also available in the App Store. Seeking out images in which the sitter’s face is obscured, we found a wealth of projects – partly because that’s always the way when you’re looking for something but also, perhaps, because there are a lot of them about at the moment. Despite the ubiquity of selfies and family snaps – or maybe because of them – it seems photographers and curators have got interested in portraits that do something different. But if they do something different, what exactly do they do? For the photographers we’ve featured, it seems it depends. For Jack Davison, shooting portraits through perspex, in shadows or through smoke, or scratching or defacing the image after it’s been taken, is just visual experimentation, …

2015-11-13T12:03:08+00:00

Only two weeks left to enter the International Photography Awards 2016

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British Journal of Photography’s annual International Photography Award is one of the world’s leading showcases for contemporary photographic talent. This year marks the award’s 10th edition, and the competition has established itself as an important springboard for future voices in photography, providing an opportunity for entrants to get their work in front of the most influential voices in the industry. This year’s judges have been drawn from the worlds of photography, art and media, and represent some of the world’s most prestigious cultural organisations. The panel consists of: Shoair Mavlin (Curator of Photography, Tate Modern), Sean O’Hagan (Photography critic, The Guardian), Kate Bush (Head of Photography, Media Space), Emily Graham (Cultural & Education Manager, Magnum Photos), Bruno Ceschel (Founder, Self Publish, Be Happy), Hannah Watson (Director, TJ Boulting Gallery and Trolley Books), Ewen Spencer (photographer and publisher), James Reid (Photography Director of Wallpaper*) and our very own Diane Smyth (Deputy Editor, BJP). The judges will select an outstanding single image and series of work to be exhibited at TJ Boulting, an innovative gallery in the …

2015-11-03T12:51:48+00:00

BJP #7841: The Idealism Issue

The British Journal of Photography’s November 2015 issue, featuring exclusive photography from Sweden to Nigeria to Japan, is now available to download in the app store or to buy direct from us in the BJP shop. The issue features the enigmatic Swedish photographer JH Engström, who allowed BJP into his home in the Swedish heartlands for a week, for one of the most intimate insights into his process he’s ever revealed. We also talk to the celebrated Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel about her work at the Lagos Photography Festival – and how the Nigerian people are embracing photography wholeheartedly. We go behind the scenes of Burden of Proof, the new exhibition at Soho’s The Photographers’ Gallery, which looks at the relationship between photography and forensic science. Elsewhere in the issue, the influential photographer thinker and writer David Campany explores a very alternative history of photography. Diane Smyth, editor of this month’s issue, introduces the themes of the issue: “At first sight, JH Engström’s faded Utopian architecture, forensic photography, images of dust and the Lagos Photo Festival don’t have much in common, but …

2015-11-24T11:15:43+00:00

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WeTransfer announced as Media Partner for the IPA 2016

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Valued by creatives across the globe for the speed and simplicity of its file transfer service, WeTransfer’s commitment to artistic vision is integrated into its design with full screen backdrops that function as both advertising space and a curated showcase of inspirational artwork. As official Media Partner of the IPA 2016, winners of the award will receive the additional prize of a four-week showcase on the WeTransfer homepage, reaching over 70 million users worldwide and providing an unmissable opportunity for exposure to the international creative community. Runners up in each category will receive WeTransfer Plus accounts, complete with long term storage, increased upload sizes and password protected transfers. For full details of this year’s International Photography Awards visit: www.bjpipa.com

2015-10-02T10:52:53+00:00

BJP #7840: The Fashion Issue

While Continental Europe is only just returning home from holidays, here in London, after a particularly damp August, we’re ready to brighten things up, turning on the style with a month of issues dedicated to fashion, available to order now, as well as a download from the App Store. We’re in good company. Later this month, the fashion cognoscenti will be heading to the British capital for London Fashion Week, where homegrown talents such as Gareth Pugh, JW Anderson and Vivienne Westwood share the runway with international designers, including Maison Margiela, Barbara Casasola and Versus. And London-based fashion magazines such as Pop, The Gentlewoman and Dazed & Confused have just put out their September editions, which are usually the most important of the year in terms of page numbers and ad spend. We’ll be celebrating British talent with a profile of photographer du jour, Jamie Hawkesworth, interviewed by Jason Evans, alongside a visit to the London home of someone who influenced him, Nigel Shafran. We will also be covering the emergence of agencies devoted to mature …

2015-10-19T15:15:49+00:00

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Bruno Ceschel, Sean O’Hagan and more to judge the BJP International Photography Award

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Would you like The Guardian’s photography critic Sean O’Hagan to see your work? Or Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy? How about Kate Bush, Head of Photography at Media Space? Now you can, via the BJP International Photography Award. The competition is divided into a series and a single image category. The series category will be judged by Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish, Be Happy and SPBH Editions; Sean O’Hagan, photography critic for The Guardian and The Observer; Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery and Trolley Books. The single image category will be judged by Emily Graham, Cultural and Education Manager at Magnum Photos; James Reid; director of photography at Wallpaper* Magazine; Ewen Spencer, award-winning photographer and film maker; and Hannah Watson of TJ Boulting. Both the series and the single image winner will have their work printed and framed by theprintspace, exhibited for two weeks at London’s TJ Boulting Gallery in 2016, and published across BJP’s print and digital channels. The BJP International Photography Award has been running since 2005. Previous winners …

2015-09-14T15:22:23+00:00

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