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The Talent Issue: Ones to Watch 2016

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Since 2011, we’ve dedicated an issue of BJP to identifying the best emerging talent in the photographic world – the image-makers poised for international success and set to loom large in the industry for years to come. In our annual Talent Issues, we’ve featured over 100 photographers who have gone on to firmly establish themselves in their respective fields, shining a spotlight on the work of photographers such as Diana Markosian, Max Pinckers and Mariela Sancari. This year, we’ve asked a global panel of 60 experts – including Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Bruno Ceschel, Elizabeth Avedon and more – to nominate sixteen photographers they think represent the future of photography. The panel – made up of editors, curators, educators, gallery owners, festival directors, writers and photographers – have all weighed in and represent the full spectrum of the photographic community. We present the photographers set to make noise in 2016:     Our latest issue, Ones to Watch, is available to buy now from The BJP Shop. Find it in the App Store from 3 May and in shops …

2016-04-28T10:54:52+00:00

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From the experts: how to get your project off the ground

Our two day April workshop explores successful methods of funding and marketing photographic projects, where participants will learn about the creation and dissemination of photographic projects, looking at crowd funding and pre-selling, digital strategies, commercial collaborations, and multimedia. Speakers include: Olivia Arthur (Magnum photographer), Sabine Unamun (Arts Council England), Simon Bainbridge (editorial director, British Journal of Photography), Marc Prüst (photography consultant, curator, and teacher) and Monica Allende (independent photo editor and cultural producer). Photographers looking to finance ambitious projects and get them seen might be intimidated by the task ahead of them. Competition is fierce, traditional avenues of funding work are narrowing and ensuring your work resonates with an audience can be a tough task. But as speakers at our workshop will illustrate, it’s not all doom and gloom – photographers are collaborating with one another to create exciting new projects, technology is opening up new opportunities for funding and the global photography market is more accessible than ever. Marc Prust has developed educational courses for the likes of World Press Photo, the International Center of …

2016-04-11T17:26:54+00:00

BJP’s May 2016 edition: Shooting on Assignment

“Last month we launched a new-look BJP, promising an ‘undesigned’ approach, more pages, expanded Agenda, Projects, Intelligence and Technology sections, and more insights from the people who commission photography,” writes Diane Smyth, editor of the May issue. Available to order now. “This month we’ve made good on all four commitments, and in particular on the latter, by devoting features to work made on assignment – be that fashion advertising and editorial, a corporate commission, or a series produced on a residency. In the Intelligence section we’ve followed up by asking two collectives how they fund documentary work, and the editor of Rough Trade’s new magazine about her approach to images. “In doing so we hope to reflect some of the wealth of this kind of work, whether it’s fully financially supported or just guaranteed a home once it’s made. Many of the projects that gain kudos in contemporary photography are self-assigned, personal projects self-funded by photographers who then bear the brunt of placing it, but it doesn’t have to be like that. And working on commission …

2016-04-12T16:55:06+00:00

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Be part of our new nationwide exhibition, Portrait of Britain

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Portrait of Britain will be a groundbreaking exhibition reflecting the unique heritage and diversity of our country through portraits of its people. We want to see the people of our country through your eyes. Whether you’re shooting family, friends, yourself or simply those you find interesting, we welcome pictures from every corner of Britain, from casual snapshots and selfies to documentary projects and street photography. We want to see portraits that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country. British Journal of Photography will select 100 winning portraits for a nationwide public exhibition to be showcased on JCDecaux digital screens. Visible on high streets, roadsides and in transport hubs across the length and breadth of the country for the month September 2016, the exhibition will be seen by an audience of millions.     “We want diversity in terms of who is being photographed, but we also want to see different ways of photographing,” says Simon Bainbridge, editorial director of British Journal of Photography. Images that don’t abide by traditional definitions of portraiture aren’t just acceptable …

2016-04-01T17:44:10+00:00

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BJP #7847: Shooting on Assignment

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In our latest issue, we look at what might just be the photographer’s holy grail: creative commissioned work. We’re seeing more brands take an enlightened view on imagery, allowing photographers the freedom to create cutting-edge work. It’s available to buy now. REBIRTH OF A BRAND Upon joining the brand in 2012, Kenzo’s creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon recognised that striking photography was the key to revitalising the French-Japanese brand. They look for collaborators with a strong point of view and allow their style to come through, employing the likes of Lorenzo Vitturi, Jean-Paul Goude and Synchrodogs to make cutting-edge adverts, branded content and lookbooks. The pair tell Jessica Gordon how they used photography to solidify Kenzo’s quirky new voice. “WE SAID, ‘WHAT CAN WE DO THAT WOULD INJECT SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AND OFF-KILTER AS YOU’RE FLIPPING THROUGH A MAGAZINE BUT STILL HAVE THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE BRAND WE WERE BUILDING?’”   NORTHERN SOUL Alasdair McLellan has carved out a world-class career with his elegant fashion and portrait photography, fusing references as myriad as …

2016-04-28T17:16:53+00:00

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Trial and Error: Daniel Stier shoots the art of the experiment

In one of the essays for Daniel Stier’s book, Ways of Knowing, Pedro Ferreira, professor of astrophysics at Oxford University, describes the scientific process in a surprising way. “I found experimental work to be a different way of doing, unlike art or theory, yet, in some ways, much more organic, irrational and intuitive.” We are accustomed to making firm, simplistic divisions between the creative freewheeling art world and the disciplined, empirical structures of science. And yet here is an Oxford don extolling virtues not commonly associated with the science of our imagination – organic, irrational, intuitive. It’s precisely this apparent contradiction that attracted Stier, whose book consists of two projects exploring his fascination with the experiment as an art form. “I FOUND EXPERIMENTAL WORK TO BE A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING, UNLIKE ART OR THEORY, YET, IN SOME WAYS, MUCH MORE ORGANIC, IRRATIONAL AND INTUITIVE.”   Eight years ago the London-based photographer happened across an image of an experiment involving a human subject and became fascinated by the interplay between the strange environment and the unknown research project. …

2016-03-02T18:15:07+00:00

Bigger, better, bolder: British Journal of Photography unveils its new look

At a time when the British Journal of Photography is read by more people in more places than ever before, reaching 750,000+ followers on social media, we are investing further in our 162-year-old print magazine, giving it a thorough refresh to ensure it remains the world’s most authoritative and cutting-edge publication devoted to the art and commerce of contemporary photography. You can buy the issue, direct to your door, now. The new-look magazine has been redesigned front-to-back to give more space to arresting images and in-depth analysis of the contemporary photography scene. In addition to expanding the page run, we have introduced a heavyweight premium cover stock, alongside three different high-quality papers inside, and bold new typography that reflects the visual sophistication of the global creative community we serve. Since our last major redesign six years ago, which saw BJP switch from its 150-year-old weekly format back to the monthly edition it began with in 1854, the magazine has launched award-winning iPad and iPhone editions, collected the title of Photography Magazine of the Year at …

2016-04-01T10:56:41+00:00

BJP International Photography Award Exhibition launches in London

Both Calypso and Hammond were awarded at a private view on Wednesday night, and will display their work until Saturday 19th March 2016 at London’s TJ Boulting gallery. The IPA Series winner, Juno Calypso is showing six photographs and a video installation from her series Joyce, a collection of self-portraits of her invented, signature character. Her work, she says, “modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity.” Calypso, 26, a graduate of London College of Communication, won the Series prize from over 1,500 entrants by a judging panel including The Guardian’s photography critic Sean O’Hagan, Self Publish, Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel, TJ Boulting’s Hannah Watson and BJP’s Executive Editor Diane Smyth. Her character Joyce, rising green and inscrutable, or emerging from a pink heart shaped bath or stood, veiled, in a hall off mirrors,  has been featured in The Guardian, Dazed & Confused and in the Projects section of BJP earlier last year. “Juno Calypso’s work is representative of a new generation of female artists that are refreshing the long tradition of self-portraiture,” Ceschel said in the judging process. “And in doing so, she challenges, …

2016-03-21T13:42:41+00:00

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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 …

2016-02-26T15:59:18+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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