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Simone Sapienza’s alternative view of Vietnam

Charlie surfs on Lotus Flowers, which addresses the control of the one-party Communist government, and United States of Vietnam, which looks at the slow victory of capitalism over communism and its consequences for Vietnam’s economy. Using a combination of a staged, typological form of photography in United States of Vietnam, and a more autonomous, naturalistic style for Charlie surfs on Lotus Flowers, Sapienza intends to leave something for the viewer to work out. “They have to try to put their feet in the author’s shoes,” he says. “They just need to get the leitmotiv of your project, not the full, descriptive content. In that exchange lives the real core of the project.”

2018-03-06T13:44:04+00:00

Breakthrough Awards 2017: getting the inside track from the judges

“A good project could be one of many different things,” says Vivienne Gamble, director at Seen Fifteen Gallery and Peckham 24. “Sometimes it will be the story that the photographer is telling that sets their project apart. The storytelling power of photography is one of the reasons that I’m most drawn to the medium. “I’m drawn to experimental projects, and to artists who are playing with or pushing the boundaries of photography,” she continues. “When it comes to choosing projects to show in the gallery, I look for ones that are going to expand beyond the confines of the gallery walls.” Gamble is one of the judges for this year’s BJP Breakthrough Awards, along with Emma Lewis, assistant curator at Tate Modern, Diana Markosian, photographer at Magnum Photos; Emma Bowkett, director of photography at FT Weekend Magazine; Maisie Skidmore, online editor at AnOther; Juno Calypso, artist; Hayley Louisa Brown, founder and editor of BRICK magazine and Lisa Farrell, head of exhibitions and events at British Journal of Photography. Now in their third edition, there are …

2017-05-05T11:50:07+00:00

Breakthrough Awards: Jan McCullough one year later

It was while leafing through a 1950s manual for military wives she’d found in a secondhand shop that photographer Jan McCullough came up with the title for Home Instruction Manual. The innovative project, which explores the concept of the ideal home, scooped the Northern Ireland-based photographer first prize in the Graduate – Series category of last year’s BJP‘s Breakthrough Awards. Renting an empty home for a month, she decorated it according to contemporary DIY advice she found online and photographed the results in a deadpan, deliberately amateurish style. For the Breakthrough group show in East London’s Truman Brewery, McCullough decided to include a huge roll printed with this advice alongside her pictures. Showing her work in this way kickstarted an interest in more experimental exhibition strategies, and McCullough has discovered “an enthusiasm for the possibilities of a physical installation in a gallery context”. “I’m interested in developing this aspect of my practice, considering new ways to present my work specific to its subject,” she continues. “I want to play around with how my installations could …

2017-05-08T15:30:24+00:00

BJP Breakthrough – what are the judges looking for?

The deadline for the BJP Breakthrough award has been extended. You now have until 11 May to submit your work! We’ve designed this award to connect the next generation of photographers with the established photography industry. Four winners will have their work exhibited in East London, published by the BJP, and will also receive a state of the art Olympus E-M10 camera.  For full details go to our dedicated BJP Breakthrough website. But what are we looking for from the entrants? Laura Pannack, the British social documentary and portrait photographer who has won prizes at the World Press Photo, The Sony World Photography Awards, The Magenta Foundation and Lucies IPA, says: “I’m looking for something that strikes me emotionally. It needs to have concept and aesthetic to equal measure. I want to be inspired and feel like the image has a personal relationship to the photographer. An image that start a conversation and show the passion and interest of the image makers curiosity and creativity.” British Journal of Photography’s Editorial Director Simon Bainbridge, who has guided the magazine for the last 11 …

2015-05-07T10:50:14+00:00

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