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SAM IVIN What does it mean to be an asylum seeker in the UK? The question first struck Sam Ivin in 2013, after seeing news reports of a high volume of asylum applications and a UK border agency struggling to get a handle on the situation. A Documentary Photography student at University of South Wales, Newport at the time, he decided to visit drop-in centres and actually get up-close with the human beings behind the headlines. The resulting series, Lingering Ghosts, published by Fabrica earlier this year, gives a visceral insight into the inner lives of the dispossessed. The series has recently been exhibited at Athens Photo Festival, will be shown at Rome’s Galleria del Cembalo in September and features in our next issue of BJP, which focuses on photographic responses to migration. Ivin would listen to their stories, take their portrait and then radically intervene in the image – defacing the photograph with a Stanley knife and sandpaper, evoking their sense of loss, confusion and dislocation. His portrait [above], taken in a South London drop-in centre for …



Photographing The Scars From Near Death Experiences

What’s the genesis of this project? Why were you compelled to see this project through? I have always had a curious fascination, in the most innocent way, with deformities and scarring. It started when I was a child and my godmother’s late husband had a large but perfectly spherical growth on his cheek. I remember it being quite shocking. Similarly, without wanting to sound too peculiar, I have a morbid curiosity about death, I find it enthralling and terrifying in equal measure. With this series I wanted to highlight that near death experiences come with dramatic scars that are both emotional and physical, only you can’t see the psychological ones. I called the series, “When death leaves his mark” because he clearly does in a number of ways. Jamie spoke to me about feeling suicidal and wanting to die following his accident, but this would never be apparent to anyone meeting him now as he is such a spirited character. All the people in this series have escaped death narrowly and while this is amazing they did not escape …



Black Lives Matter, in London

Seven Americans were shot last week, their deaths creating a seismic effect across the world as videos and images rippled through social media. In London, hundreds of people attended the Black Lives Matter march along Oxford Street, in response to the fatal police shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. Shane Vincent was there.



Documenting the American family from the other side

When Swedish photographer Alice Schoolcraft visited her relatives in America for the first time she encountered a gun-owning American family, who held beliefs, interests and ideas completely contrary to her own but treated her with love and affection. In her cousins, aunts and uncles she began to see herself reflected back, and the University of Westminster graduate imagined an alternative personal narrative: is this what her life would have been like had she grown up in America, not Malmö? Schoolcraft’s series The Other Side explores this question, pushing the boundaries of familial ties and personal identity while documenting an America we don’t often see on TV. We talked to Schoolcraft about connecting with documenting family, being an outsider and working on Fridays:   What prompted you to explore this ‘unknown path’ of your American family? Growing up in Sweden, we had a portrait of them in my house so I’ve always known about this side of my family, but I had never met them. I finally met my dad’s cousin Myles very briefly a couple years ago, …


GB. England. London. Oxford Street (c) Matt Stuart, courtesy Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos announces two new nominee members following its 69th Annual General Meeting

London-based street photographer Matt Stuart and 26-year-old Armenian-American Diana Markosian have been named as the latest members of the legendary Magnum Photos agency. The pair, both supported by Magnum’s current president, Martin Parr, were announced as nominee members today following the agency’s Annual General Meeting, which took place in east London last week. Nominees are invited to apply for full membership having proved themselves after a period of usually one or four years. Jérôme Sessini and Bieke Depoorter, who both became nominees in 2012, have now both progressed to full member status. Markosian is well known to BJP readers as one of the brightest new talents in the field of documentary photography, first featuring as one of our Ones To Watch in 2015. Born in Russia and growing up in California, she’s since returned to her homeland to make work, including a series of portraits of the almost grown-up survivors of the Beslan school massacre. For Inventing My Father, she created a highly charged series about finding and reconnecting with her estranged father from whom …


The abandoned children at the orphanage is named after the monks. 2-year old Chân Ngoc Xuân has downs syndrome. She crawls around on her stomach in the hallways for the most.

Agent Orange: The Legacy of the Vietnam war

The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, and for many it is a distant memory. But the legacy of chemical warfare lives on in the form of birth defects and debilitating health in a great many Vietnamese. Tobias Nicolai’s series, The Inheritance From The Vietnam War, examines why this dark period of modern times can never be considered “just another chapter in a history book”.


BJP Staff