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Wild animals in created sets: “What does it mean to be indigenous?”

“Looking at the work of artist like Stubbs made me interested in the disconnect between animals and their habitat,” Carnegie says, as his work goes on display at the John Martin Gallery in London. George Stubbs’ painting of a Zebra, created in 1763, was based on an animal he saw in a private menagerie, is placed in what looks like a north European woodland. “The painting appears perfectly balanced and correct although the animal is in a habitat with which it is not normally associated,” Carnegie says. “Reflecting on these historical works led to thoughts about native and alien species, and what it means to be indigenous. There is an assumption that where things are, is where they belong, and a belief that native is good and alien is bad,” writes Carnegie. “Sometimes people appear to interpret the terms, native and alien, to suit their own particular prejudices. Somewhere I imagine a voice saying, ‘Surely if it is attractive and there aren’t many of them it must be native?’” All the animals in Carnegie’s series, titled  Long Ago and …


Samuel Bourne - 'Ladies in Kashmir', India, c. 1865, Albumen print

Early British Colonial Travellers Show Earliest Images of India

The first half of the 19th-century was a tipping point for British imperial presence in the Indian subcontinent. No longer preoccupied with the chase of conquest, the focus had moved to colonial rule. This led to the opportunity for increased geographical and cultural exploration, and with it scope for understanding the diverse landscapes, languages, buildings and religions of India in greater depth. It is this context that Tripe, Murray, Bourne: Photographic Journeys in India 1855-1870, an exhibition of rare prints on display at Prahlad Bubbar’s Mayfair gallery, brings to life. “The journey is what ties these photographers together,” Bubbar says. “Tripe, Murray and Bourne…the greatest British photographers working out of India in the 19th century.” The significance of this period in photographic history is difficult to overstate. With the camera arriving in India in 1939, shortly after its invention, the sheer technical ability required – aeons away from the simple touch of a smartphone screen – made travel photography a grueling practice. “Can you imagine? It’s forty degrees, it’s raining, you’re up in the mountains. …



Hunter Barnes’ 15 Years Finding American Subcultures

Hunter Barnes’ black and white silver gelatin photographs, made and hand printed by the artist,  devoted his life to documenting America’s disappearing sub cultures and fringe groups for the past 15 years. The journey, the subject of a new photobook and exhibition at the Serena Morton gallery in London, has been, he says, “a spiritual journey into what is unknown and worlds rarely seen.” The exhibition – spanning fifteen years on the road – documents the people and aspects of American culture and communities who choose to live outside mainstream life, evangelicals, criminals, bikers and nomads whom are “consistently misrepresented in the modern American narrative”. Barnes builds friendships with the people he photographs. He’s willing to spend years gaining their trust, sharing experiences, developing a “meaningful dialogue” before they allow him access to their private worlds, allowing him to frame them as they are. Witness his description of meeting the native American tribute the Ne Mee Poo/Ni Mii Puu. He met and befriended a leader called Uncle Irving at the Tamkaliks Pow Wow at the Lapwai Idaho Reservation reservation in Wallowa Oregon. “Once …


Jack Davison’s Street Fashion at Foam

Walking down the street with Jack Davison can be time-consuming. A sharp-suited bloke talking on the phone, a pretty young girl in a hurry, a bored construction worker seated by the side of the road, a balding old soak nursing a pint; Davison approaches each without a moment’s hesitation. After introducing himself and chatting for a few seconds, he’s circling round them, or leaning over them, or down on his knees with his camera, often inches from their face. He keeps talking to them throughout, framing quickly and firing off a few shots. He’s relaxed, composed in the moment, then a short thanks and he’s gone, walking down the street, briefly checking his new portrait. Davison turned up to BJP’s offices on a road bike that had seen much better days, sweating under the sun, wearing a baggy white T-shirt, denim shorts and a cycling helmet. He didn’t look like a fast-emerging fashion photographer. Like any 25-year-old, is still trying to work stuff out, to get his head around the complexities of making a career …


Catherine Deneuve Esquire Paris 1976 C Helmut Newton Estate

Helmut Newton’s Vintage Prints featured in new exhibition

Helmut Newton was born in Berlin in 1920 to a Jewish family, the son of Klara and Max Neustädter, a button factory owner.  He purchased his first camera at the age of 12, and then worked for the German photographer Elsie Neulander Simon from 1936. The increasingly oppressive restrictions placed on Jews by the Nuremberg laws meant that his father lost control of his factory. Then, in November 1938, Newton’s father was briefly interned in a concentration camp on Kristallnacht, which finally compelled the family to leave Germany. From those humble beginnings as a refugee, Newton rose to become one of the most celebrated fashion photographers of his generation – one credited with moving forward the depiction of women, and particular women’s sexuality, within the photography medium. The majority of the works featured in the exhibition are vintage prints from the collection of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. Women play a central role in Newton’s work. But this is also the reason why his work is often pigeon-holed as simply erotic, and why there’s insufficient appreciation …


Now You See Me: Exploring Body Politics at TJ Boulting

A new group photography exhibition at London’s TJ Boulting gallery will explore the diverse use of the body, and primarily the female body, in photography. Coinciding with the opening of Photo London, the exhibition presents a combination of established and emerging photographic artists, each of whom apply a varied range of techniques to explore their body within the medium. American photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero sets up her tripod and takes self-portraits in public places without pre-meditated direction or composition. Only afterwards does the artist select the images. By doing so, she reveals stranger’s faces contorted in disgust or laughing at her size, interactions originally from beyond her eyeline. The photography serves as a fascinating insight into the cruelty of human nature, charting bold territory for a photographer as a way of relating to their own body. The ultimate exploration of the physical self in relation to personal existence is depicted in the work of British artist Jo Spence, who lived with cancer for the last decade of her life. The images in this exhibition are from the series she created from the experience, titled The …



Kalpana’s Warriors: celebrating political activists who fear for their life in Bangladesh

Twenty years ago this month, at the age of 23, Kalpana Chakma was abducted from her home in Bangladesh. She was held at gunpoint by a military officer and two members of the Village Defence Party and driven away. She has never been seen again. Chakma was the organising secretary of the Hill Women’s Federation in Bangladesh, an organisation that campaigned for the rights of indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area of Bangladesh. As she fought to regain the land had been stolen from her community, the Pahari people by the Bagladeshi government through the Bangladeshi army, so she was deemed an enemy of the state. No-one knows if she’s a political prisoner, celebrating her 40th birthday alone somewhere. Or whether she was killed, silently, long ago. This week, photographer and Bangladeshi activist Shahidul Alam launched an installation at East London’s Autograph ABP gallery in memory of Kalpana, and celebrating the work she so fearlessly carried out. The exhibition features portraits of ‘Kalpana’s Warriors’, contemporary Bangladeshi campaigners living in mortal danger in an increasingly repressive environment. The …


Polly Penrose’s 10 Seconds: “Hammering my body into the landscape”

Penrose began taking photographs when she was a teen. Her first self portrait was taken on a day she was upset with her father. She wrapped a rope around her body, shot a photo of herself and sent it to him. Penrose, now a mother of two who lives close to Victoria Park in East London, studied Graphic Design before going on to work for acclaimed photographer Tim Walker. A Body of Work (self portraits 2007- 2014), her first series as a conceptual photography, was exhibited at Mother Gallery in East London, her first solo show. The series documents the effects of time passing on Polly’s body, her relationship with her environment, and the emotional state she was in at the time of the picture. “Each picture candidly portrays a moment, like marks in the calendar of my life,” Penrose told BJP on the release of A Body of Work. “The tedious despair of temp work in the city laid bare on a boardroom table. A ball of excitement on a yellow chair on my engagement. “The red fabric …


The Secret World of Tax Havens: In Pictures

How can it be that Starbucks paid no taxes between 2009 and 2012, and only changed its tune (slightly) following a customer boycott? Or that in 2014 Amazon paid less than one per cent tax on UK sales of more than £5bn, or Facebook just over £4000 on its UK operations in the same year – little more than the income tax paid by a British employee on the average £26,500 salary? And can it be that they have done so entirely legally? These are the questions Gabriele Galimberti and Paolo Woods sought to answer in their project The Heavens: Annual Report, a series that attempts to put a face to the tax havens used by multinational corporations, among others. “It was 2012, I was living in Haiti and Gabriele had just received his tax bill,” Woods says, speaking from his studio in Florence. “Gabriele had had quite a good year and he realised that he was paying more than 50 percent of what he had earned to the Italian state. And so we were …



Be part of our new nationwide exhibition, Portrait of Britain


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 …


BJP Staff