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Shooting from the inside out – the rock & roll photography of Michael Zagaris

A new collection documents the rock & roll imagery of Californian photographer, Michael Zagaris during the 1970s. Including images of The Clash, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan and many others, the archive provides a revealing and intimate insight into this unique scene at a time of hedonistic abandon. BJP sat down with the photographer to discuss a collection that claims to be the ‘last untouched rock archive.’


Programme Name: Exodus: Our Journey to Europe - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. Generics) - Picture Shows: Refugees climbing a fence at the Eurotunnel in Calais.  - (C) Gus Palmer / KEO Films - Photographer: Gus Palmer

Breaking Into Europe From a Refugee’s Perspective

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 …



Photographing Stage Four Hodgkins Lymphoma

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 …



Deconstructing the iconography of David Bowie

The recording artist – who died in January at the age of 69 – has been celebrated through numerous releases in the intervening months. Alongside shows at Proud Camden and The Hub, 2016 has seen the launch of a new book by Bowie’s official photographer through 1972-3: Mick Rock. Here BJP looks at the imagery during a time which saw the artist ‘construct a complete mythology around himself’.


Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Announce Shortlist

The New York-based photographer Joni Sternbach is nominated for a ‘tintype’ portrait of a couple called Thea Adler and Maxwell Schultz, from a series called Surfland, created with the Victorian photography process wet plate collodion. Sternbach is a visiting artist at the Cooper Union art school and a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and the Penumbra Foundation, where she teaches courses the wet plate collodion process “Sternbach uses early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and environmental portraits and her work centres on man’s relationship to water,” Taylor Wessing said in a statement. “Her long-term projects involve the pursuit and understanding of the Western landscape and the series Surfland, which features tintype portraits of surfers.” 16.02.20 #1 Thea+Maxwell (Thea Adler and Maxwell Schultz) was taken in February 2016 at Davenport Landing, Santa Cruz, California, USA. Sternbach says: “This is the first image I made in February when I was invited to give a talk and book signing in Santa Cruz. My hosts and I planned a shooting day prior to the event and they arranged for several …



Images of the Feminist avant-garde in the 1970s shine a light on an artistic movement too long overlooked

October sees the launch of Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s, a 12-week exhibition at The Photographer’s Gallery in Central London. BJP sat down with curators Gabriele Schor and Anna Dannemann to discuss a collection that celebrates seeks to challenge ‘accepted social conventions, including the mechanisms and male dominance of the art industry.’


Osman Omar, who says he will run for president of Somalia for the second time in 2016, wraps himself in an American flag while preparing for a community dinner to break the fast at sundown during the holy month of Ramadan. The event drew dozens of people, including Somali community leaders and the Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto © Arthur Nazaryan

Portraits of the 30,000 Somali Diaspora in Minneapolis, America

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.



BJP’s Portrait Issue 2016, with Portrait of Britain

The magazine also includes longform features on Nadav Kander’s most recent portraiture series, Charlie Kwai’s stunning London street photography, and the picture editors of some of the world’s top magazines. After settling in Kentish Town, North London, Kander established himself as on the most in-demand commercial portrait photographers in the world – taking iconic pictures of people like Barack Obama and Desmond Tutu, David Beckham and David Lynch. In 2009, Kander started to work on more conceptual, landscape-orientated series. His series Yangtze, the Long River won the prestigious Prix Pictet, while his series Dust, which documents sites of Soviet nuclear testing on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia, and Bodies, a series of nudes covered in marble white dust, were exhibited at London’s Flowers Gallery. Daily Presentations is his latest series, a mediation on modern Britain, through a series of serendipitous portraits of strangers. Charlie Kwai is a self-described shy man, who began his life as a photographer by taking landscapes. That changed when the London-based artist started to walk the streets of his hometown, …


BJP Staff