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All images from the book You Haven't Seen Their Faces © Daniel Mayrit

Daniel Mayrit’s portraits of the rich and powerful financial elite

“In the past, no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance,” wrote George Orwell in his novel 1984. But where his work depicts an imaginary dystopian society, a version of the mass surveillance it describes is now an everyday reality in the West. Civil liberties, some contend, are being traded for security. That’s the debate Spanish photographer Daniel Mayrit engages with in You Haven’t Seen Their Faces, a seminal work which won the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award in November 2015. The book is a bizarre collection of CCTV-style, strongly pixellated and blown-up portraits of “The 100 most powerful people in the City of London”, coarsely printed on Kraft paper and bound together with three gold-coloured screws. Every image is tagged with hand-written notes and a caption, giving the same information about each subject – full name, position, company, reported net worth and/or salary. The basic data that goes with the picture of Christian Levett, for example, reads “Founder. Clive Capital. £13m salary. Net worth £250m”, presented in a font that suggests officialdom. …

2016-11-29T16:07:04+00:00

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Wolfgang Tillmans – an interview from the BJP archives

On first sight, Wolfgang Tillmans’ east London studio has a relaxed feel, verging on the messy. But look closer and you notice the meticulously organised files of invoices, alongside boxes of letters and out-of-date films. The objects around this studio are often the subject of his photographs, and in many respects it helps explain his work. With their informal aesthetic and seemingly loose approach to subject matter, Tillmans’ photographs have been mistaken for casual snapshots. Don’t be fooled. He has deliberately abandoned “the language of importance”, but his images are carefully thought out and are often partly staged. “I guess there is a tendency for any artist in any field to want their work to be noticed,” he laughs. “But the artists who are a little bit more interesting go beyond that and realise that of course it’s much cooler to make it all look effortless.” Despite the apparent ease of style, Tillmans’ work is instantly recognisable, and he’s become one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. A decade ago he was the …

2016-11-23T16:38:21+00:00

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Chantal Webber, founder of Webber Represents, on how to win the IPA

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Now a renowned creative agency with offices in London and New York, Webber Represents includes on its roster a group of contemporary and emerging photographers – as well as stylists, set designers and art directors – who are helping to define the future of the medium at its most cutting edge. Chantal Webber became an agent at the age of 20. She started out with the creative collective Tomato and then as picture editor for fashion magazine i-D. She opened Webber Represents’ New York office in 2006, and has built a reputation for representing photographers who balance active art and commercial careers. Recalling on the emerging phase of her own career as a photography agent, Webber says: “In my early 20s, I worked briefly for an agent but didn’t really enjoy the process of trying to sell work that I had little or no connection with. I then started assisting a group of photographers who shared a studio, and as there weren’t many photo agents back then this progressed into me showing their work to people and meeting …

2016-11-28T11:28:40+00:00

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What IPA judge and BJP editor Simon Bainbridge looks for in a winner

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British Journal of Photography’s annual International Photography Award is a leading showcase for contemporary photographic talent. Simon Bainbridge, editor of The British Journal of Photography since 2003, and the original founder of the magazine’s signature award, is overseeing its 11th edition. When he sits down to judge the prize with an elite panel of industry professionals, what does he look for in a winner?

2016-11-29T09:53:34+00:00

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BJP’s The Food Issue is out now!

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Food is big business right now, from esoteric street food diners to upscale Michelin restaurants, backed up by a wealth of imagery online, in magazines, in cook books and even in galleries. A recurring theme in art history, it’s also a favourite with advertisers, and a key insight into cultural mores. Food, like photography, can be high art and pop culture, aesthetically driven and plainly utilitarian. This issue, we showcase an extended collection of Martin Parr’s famed food photography. Described as “a chronicler of our age”, and known for his character-filled, satirical approach to documenting modern society, Parr believes food has a great social history: “When I started, it wasn’t really being explored. Now we all photograph what we eat, all the time.” Parr’s inimitable relationship with food is the subject of his recently published book Real Food, a compendium of his greatest nosh shots taken everywhere from Britain to Sri Lanka, including everything from buttered bread to rotting fruit. We also feature Per-Anders Jörgensen’s project with Michelin-star chef Konstantin Filippou, which captures the chef ’s sensitivity to …

2016-11-08T15:50:36+00:00

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The Long Way Home by David Molina Gadea

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David Molina Gadea’s The Long Way Home began when he was on a year-long placement helping out at refugee centres in Belgium. “It was a placement with the European Voluntary Service, which Britain will soon not be a part of any more because you just voted to leave the European Union,” the Spaniard tells me in a Skype interview a week after the Brexit vote. “It lasts for one year. You go to another country in Europe, you do some work there, the EU pays for your travel and stay, and you learn the language. I went to an organisation in Belgium that arranges voluntary services and training courses, and one of the things they do is volunteer at some of the many refugee camps in Belgium. So I went there as a coordinator. We did activities and helped the staff paint the centres.” “It was also about sharing and being with the refugees, who are from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other countries. It was about providing some distraction from the boredom of being there.” …

2016-10-21T15:41:43+00:00

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BJP & Magnum Photos present four new Professional Practice Workshops

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With an ever-changing arts market and increasingly competitive photography network, there has never been a time more important to know how to market, sell and distribute your work. A fresh programme of workshops led by industry professionals and Magnum photographers taking place over the coming months, will provide an invaluable insight into the dos and don’ts of the photography market, and present highly valuable training opportunities for photographers at any stage in their career. There will be four workshops each lasting two days, with the first starting on 19 November. Each will address a different aspect of the business, including how to establish a professional network of industry contacts, how to understand the requirements of the market and what the realistic routes into photographic employment are. A selection of carefully curated lectures from speakers addressing specific areas of the photographic industry, sharing practical advice on how to succeed in their particular area,  will take the lead in activities for the first day. On the second day, photographers will have the chance to present their portfolios and get honest …

2016-12-05T16:46:45+00:00

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BJP’s The Community Issue is available to pre-order

This issue is all about photographing community, featuring work captured over decades, from Peter Mitchell’s Planet Yorkshire to Chris Dorley-Brown’s East End archive, as well as CJ Clarke’s project on his Essex home town and Victoria Hely-Hutchinson’s account of life in Britain’s elite public schools. We also present two very different communities photographed by Klaus Pichler, focused on hard-core drinkers and New Agers – a community of people obsessed with esotericism. In Projects, we have two contrasting takes on the political process in the lead up to the US elections. In Intelligence, we talk to Ali Taptik about the challenges of capturing an unfamiliar city, as the recipient of the first Elliott Erwitt Havana 7 Fellowship, and we tell the story of how a simple act of humanity turned into a wide-ranging portrait project that got backing from UNHCR. Plus, we have interviews with French curator Clément Chéroux, XL Recordings’ creative director Phil Lee, a preview of Paris Photo and reviews of the Pentax K-1 and a remarkable 12mm superwide. Editor Simon Bainbridge writes: “There’s no hurrying Peter …

2016-11-28T11:28:07+00:00

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Be Part of Portrait of Britain

The exhibition is also available in a limited-edition print sale. So, in this most public of art exhibitions, if you like something you see, you can buy a part of it for yourself. The BJP team envisaged an exhibition by the people, of the people and for the people. In our new portraiture issue, on shelves now, we reveal the selected images which, for the month of September, will be seen up and down the country. “The exhibition is about celebrating the diversity and the unique heritage of Britain and hopefully by doing so adding some nuance to the very divisive debate following Brexit,” BJP‘s editorial director Simon Bainbridge tells TIME. “The portraits say we aren’t easily categorized by class or race or age or region,” says Bainbridge. “Once you are confronted with a person, you have to engage with them as an individual and not as stereotype or a grouping. That’s something photography does very easily, it disrupts your prejudice or your usual thoughts about people outside your own bubble.” We’ve now launched a …

2016-09-26T15:37:28+00:00

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