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Like Monkeys On A Rock

The exhibiting artists include Tim Smyth’a series In your Absence, which deals with the new ways in which we interact with each other in today’s hyper-connected world. Anthony Dawton, Jim McFarlane and Giuseppe Aquili will display work from trips to Niger, Gaza and the Syrian refugee camp at Zaatari on the Syrian – Jordanian border (taken on behalf of UNICEF and Save the Children). Like Monkeys On a Rock also presents a selection of prints from Henri Kisielewski’s series “Buena Onda” will stand alongside Ana Curbelo’s portrayal of post-embargo Cuba. Unseen work from much celebrated photojournalist and artist Neil Libbert is also on show. Individually, these images highlight the boundless diversity, unimaginable absurdity, and widely accepted inequality that characterise human life on our planet. Perhaps together they can point to the likeness we bear to each other as monkeys on a rock going round the sun in space. The show brings together photographers from different generations, disciplines and parts of the world for one evening. The show took place the Averard Hotel, an abandoned Victorian hotel on …



Richard Sandler’s The Eyes of the City to be published again with new unseen images

Sandler credits his fascination with street life to his years in New York as a teenager in the 1960s. Sandler, a frequent truant, spent much of his time in a very different Times Square than we know today. His quests were to buy illegal fireworks and visit the arcades and side shows, particularly Hubert’s Flea Circus on 42nd Street. Manhattan was a cyclone of faces: some at play, many clearly suffering. Such early impressions would come to play a significant role in his later street photography. Living in Boston in 1977, he came to own a late 1940s Leica. He shot in Boston for three years before moving back home to photograph an edgy, nervous, angry, dangerous New York City. In the 1980s, crime and crack were on the rise, and their effects were devastating the city. Graffiti exploded onto surfaces everywhere and the Times Square, East Village, and Harlem streets were riddled with drugs. Throughout these turbulent years, Sandler paced the streets, using his knowledge of what the city was. Sandler’s work is the marbled evidence …


Tunisian, Egyptian and other nationals flee Libya during fighting between rebels and pro Qaddafi forces and arrive at the border crossing in Ras Jdir near Ben Gardenne, Tunisia. 2011

Magnum Photographers Show Images of Refugees at Visa Pour L’Image

The exhibition, at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, is a collaboration between Magnum Photos and Canon, who will also be providing a free portfolio reviews for emerging photographers at the festival. Providing a historic context to the current migration crisis in Europe, Exile, will include images of civilians returning home following World War II by Robert Capa; Philip Jones Griffiths’ Vietnamese woman fleeing a US bomb attack; and John Vink’s documentation of the displaced in South Sudan. Presenting coverage of conflicts ranging from the Six Day War, Iraq, Rwanda and the Arab Spring the exhibition also includes work by Abbas, Bruno Barbey, Robert Capa, Thomas Dworzak, Alex Majoli, Susan Meiselas, Paulo Pellegrin and Jerome Sessini amongst others. Forgoing historical, chronological or geographical order, the exhibition aims to illustrate the sheer number of those uprooted, made homeless and transient, progressing towards an uncertain future. Exile, in collaboration with Canon at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, France, will go on display 29 August – 4 September 2016. For more information see here.


GB. ENGLAND. Bradford. Market Tavern. 1976.

Chris Steele-Perkins’ Teds gets new release for first time in 40 years

Teds, a series of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins, will be exhibited in the UK for the first time in nearly 40 years at Magnum Print Room, London. Steele-Perkins’ series documenting the uniquely British youth culture of the Teds will be shown alongside eight previously unseen photographs from his archive, and a platinum print of the cover image from his landmark book, The Teds. The exhibition will coincide with the launch of a new, re-designed version of this book by Dewi Lewis, first published in 1979.


From the series Mimasu © Karim Skalli

Mimasu: a visual diary of observations

Karim Skalli understood as a child, when visiting his family in Casablanca, that light is not merely a source of illumination – it’s sensorial, evoking a mood or a feeling when it beams through crevices in curtains and on to objects in the home. One of six children, his mother and father would pile them all into a big red van and travel across continents – through England, France and Spain – to reach Casablanca, the birthplace of his father. “We couldn’t afford to fly because there were just too many of us, so my father would drive: it would take days. There wasn’t much to do on those trips, so I used to stare out the window, looking at all the different landscapes, the different cities, the different people. I was captivated by the soft tones the sun cast as it set. Those trips were my window into the world beyond – almost literally,” says Skalli. Light shapes our relationship with both interior and exterior spaces; for example, it plays a significant role in …


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