Just over a century ago, 13 percent of the world’s population lived in urban centres; the United Nations predicts that by the year 2050, close to six billion people or 75 percent of the global population, are expected to be concentrated in cities.
A new exhibition curated by internationally renowned Dutch photographer and film director Anton Corbijn shows the work of twelve artists who employ artisanal photographic processes to create contemporary work, part of a countermovement responding to the present-day digitalization and mass production of images.
For some, it is an iconic example of 1970s Brutalist architecture; for others, a big, ugly eyesore. “Whatever they think, there’s a huge sense of community here,” says photographer Kois Miah of Robin Hood Gardens, a housing estate comprised of two blocks containing 213 flats, soon to be demolished and replaced by a new build. In light of this, and because of the sheer volume of tenants that will have to be relocated – some against their will from the only home they have every known – local Miah and his friend and partner Nick Thoburn, together with the support of the campaign group SPLASH (South Poplar & Limehouse Action for Secure Housing) visited the affected families, and immortalised some of their last moments in the apartments in intimate portraits. “There has been a lot of talk about the Brutalist architecture, but I thought it might be quite interesting to get the residents’ perspective on living on that estate,” says Miah. “The thing about this project is that it’s really intimate – people invite you into their …
In 2015, KEO Films gave cameraphones to migrants and refugees, following their journeys over thousands of miles and across a total of 26 countries. By filming their journeys, the refugees show us places nowhere else could go. What emerges is a portrait of Biblical proportions, of the biggest movement of people since the Second World War. Last year, Europe was subject to the largest movement of people since the Second World War. More than 920,000 migrants are estimated to have travelled to Europe by sea alone in 2015, according to the International Organisation for Migration. More than 800,000 came from the civil wars of the Middle East, through Turkey, and into the rich heart of Europe. Others fled the wars and famine that define parts of sub-Saharan Africa, taking boats from Libya and Egypt, across the Mediterranean to Greece, Sicily and Italy. The terrible human cost of such treacherous journeys started to become apparent. On our news channels, we became inured to footage, week by week, of inflatable dinghies perilously packed with people and controlled …
The dichotomy between documenting and experiencing an event is a predicament faced by even the most established photographer, the continual dilemma of where to draw the line – when to shoot, and when to put the camera down. This dilemma however, came early on in 20 year old photographer Johnny Griffiths’ career. On the 13th April 2015, his partner Hannah was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkins Lymphoma. “The hardest thing was to find that balance between being a documentarian and being a boyfriend,” says Griffiths. “I had to keep reminding myself what the actual importance of it was.” His series It’s Cancer, follows the unpredictable summer the couple faced as Hannah carried out her treatment. Within weeks of Hannah’s diagnosis, the couple had returned to her home in Reading to begin a six month course of chemotherapy. “We were just being normal 20 year olds, having a good time and then it just kind of happened quite out of the blue. Hannah went to Berlin for her 20th birthday and on the flight back she …
In the early 1990s, when the world watched TV footage of a Somalia once again devastated by recurring famine, the United States started taking in refugees as part of an international humanitarian relief effort. Many settled in Minneapolis, where they soon found jobs and integrated into the wider Minnesota community.
Days of Night – Nights of Day is a series of photographs of the daily life of a city on the north of the polar circle, a city founded on the forced labour of a gulag, and, despite being integral to Russia’s macro-economy, one of the most polluted and dangerous cities in the world.
Cedric Van Turtlebloom’s contemporary documentary style centres around everyday life – but not as we know it. Currently editing his second photobook, in which he takes a quizzical look at China’s burgeoning middle class and its penchant for artificial ski slopes, his visual stories are anything but conventional.
We look back on the life of Marc Riboud, the iconic French photographer and Magnum associate since the 1950s, passed away yesterday at the age of 93 after a long illness.
As part of the 2016 Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, Fondation Carmignac has announced the seventh edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award has been awarded to Mexican photojournalist Narciso Contreras.