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VIDEO: Cristina de Middel, Benedicte Kurzen and Robin Maddock show different sides of Nigeria

It isn’t often a group photography show can boast the names of Cristina de Middel, Benedicte Kurzen and Robin Maddock. This collaboration, titled Shine Ur Eye, brings together and explores their recent response to living in Lagos, Nigeria, while contrasting each photographers’ dramatically different photographic process. Each photographer found themselves in Nigeria for different reasons, and have responded to the complex layers of Nigerian society in different ways. Exhibited together, their work forms an original photographic essay on Nigeria, recognising the intermingling traditions and practices that shape Nigerian culture. British photographer Robin Maddock is displaying, for the first time, digitised images he discovered in the Nigerian National Museum archive. It contains, he says, “piles of slides, many in a state of decay, like a treasure trove.” The slides are presented as found, with no interference from the photographers, save to present these ethnographic images of masks and other objects as significant insights into Nigerian cultural history and heritage, as well as fascinating photographic records in their own right. The Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel, a former photojournalist, began working  conceptually with the first self-published …

2015-07-10T15:40:33+00:00

VIDEO: How do you teach someone to see?

Our first issue solely dedicated to education is on sale now. We profile some the best, the most innovative, most unusual art schools and photography workshops around the world, and talk to the leading teachers in the business, to try and learn whether there’s a secret recipe for a great photographer. Buy the latest issue from the BJP shop.  Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

2015-06-08T14:25:14+00:00

VIDEO: What did Offprint London at the Tate Modern mean for independent publishing?

Last week, Offprint London, an art publishing fair with a focus on photobooks, took over the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. We spoke to Yannick Bouillis and Bruno Ceschel, founders of what was at the time the biggest photobook fair in Europe, about the current state of independent publishing in London, and what it means for Britain’s photography culture. Coinciding with Photo London, the fair attracted more than 150 artists, independent and self-publishers, selling photography books, zines, posters, prints and magazines. In collaboration with Tate Modern and curator Simon Baker, Offprint London dedicates a special space for photobooks, inviting independent photobook publishers from all over the world. Along with photography, books on contemporary art, graphic design, literature, poetry, philosophy, and experimental music were on sale. Across the weekend,  a series of workshops and performances were organised by Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy. The fair was designed to “showcase an alliance between printed strategies and digital cultures within the art world, presenting concrete examples of the contemporary dissemination of artistic practices.” Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your …

2015-06-25T16:28:26+00:00

VIDEO: Goran Tomasevic, War Photographer

Goran Tomasevic has photographed conflict for over 20 years in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Few people will have heard his name, but he’s authored some of the defining images of modern warfare. At an exhibition of his work at the Nordic Lights festival in Norway, Tomasevic talks to BJP about dealing with his emotions, losing his friends, and staying sane in life-threatening situations.

2015-06-02T15:41:01+00:00

VIDEO: Exploring Nelli Palomäki’s portraits of childhood

Have you ever studied a picture of your mother or father when they were children, unaware of their future, oblivious to the presence of you. They are at once so familiar, yet so unknowable; so clearly the person you so intimately love, and then at a remove, happy and free in a context devoid of you. Photography is an existential medium, for it preserves moments that existed before you did. It was only by some abstract, biological constellation of random events that allowed this child in the picture to create and raise you. Here is evidence of life before they gave you life. “While time gnaws away at the faces of us and our close ones, we return to look at the pictures from our past,” Nelli Palomäki says. The Finnish artist’s photography starts from a truism – that beyond beauty, beyond concept, it’s the simple photographs of our loved ones, taken in a time before memory, that maintain the ability to move us the most. And make us question the most. “As beautiful or poignant as an image …

2015-05-22T14:17:07+00:00

VIDEO: How motherhood changes us

At the Nordic Lights Festival in Kristiansund, Marie Sjøvold exhibited her new series, Midnight Milk, a personal exploration of her own pregnancy – how becoming a mother for the first time, and witnessing the slow death of her grandmother to Alzheimer’s, fundamentally changed the contours of her life. “The stage for motherhood is set long before a child is born,” says Sjøvold in a filmed interview with BJP. Using her own body as subject, Midnight Milk builds on her previous project Dust Catches Light, exploring with an unflinching honesty how the sudden breathing, needful presence of her daughter challenged and changed her sense of independent self. Sjøvold interviewed a lot of different women about their experiences of motherhood before she began Midnight Milk. “There was one thing in common,” says Sjøvold. “This ambivalence and conflict about the new role of motherhood, this changing of roles, this new responsibility, the new state of mind of motherhood. “You go from being an individual to being part of a family,” Sjøvold says. “It’s a whole new life. But this conflict comes from your past, your own childhood, from society, from …

2015-05-20T12:29:16+00:00

VIDEO: Roger Ballen – Outland

The New York photographer Roger Ballen has spent decades photographing the most extreme fringes of South African society. But this is not a documentary project, but a dark cavity into our collective psychology. “I started to work with the subjects in a theatrical, performative way,” Ballen says in our exclusive video interview. “I was there to transform reality.” Ballen is a hugely contentious figure in South Africa. Making his home there in the early eighties, Ballen began to provide the world with powerfully provocative portraits of marginalised, poverty-stricken communities – an uncomfortable reminder of the failings of the Apartheid system. Ballen was at first rooted in the socio-documentary tradition. But then he began to evolve. His photographs began to step beyond the role of witness into a complex portrayal of documentary fiction.  Here, poor whites, transplanted to the cities, take on theatrical role-plays within the pictures, acting out their position as social outsiders in an interplay with Ballen’s own symbolistic leanings. Removed from any established use-value as social documentation, the disturbing photographs ask uncomfortable questions of the viewer. As …

2015-05-07T11:56:43+00:00

VIDEO: Nick Waplington – Working Process

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Nick Waplington is racing around, negotiating busy traffic on a rainy east London day. He currently lives in New York, but today he and his assistant are preparing and finalising the prints and framing for his upcoming exhibition, Working Process, behind-the-scenes photographs of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, which are now on show at Tate Britain. As we drive down Old Street, he points to a building and says: “The first time I met Lee [McQueen] was at a party there in 1995. I was with Phil Poynter, at that time editor of Dazed & Confused, and the stylist Katy England, and we met Lee, Robbie Williams and Kate Moss. “We drank all night and they ended up dressing up Kate with design ideas. Lee and I became good friends, and as a shy man he only really trusted me to photograph him.” Waplington’s exhibition, which is curated by Simon Baker, shows some of the fruits of that friendship. McQueen commissioned Waplington in 2008 to document the preparation for what was to become the Horn of Plenty collection …

2015-04-23T18:11:24+00:00

VIDEO: What is an Instameet?

In Derby, a group of people gathered. They had never met, but they seemed to know each other. They began to walk through the city, taking and sharing photographs. Derby was host to an Instameet, the physical creation of the remarkable online community that has grown, around the world, around a mutual love of photography. BJP joined in to find out more… See their photography with the hashtag #Formatmeet, or join the next one, in Derby tomorrow. Find out more here. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday. For students and recent graduates, apply for our new award BJP Breakthrough, and get your work exhibited in East London and published in our magazine.

2015-04-21T16:12:04+00:00

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