All posts tagged: Exhibitions

A street preacher in New York appeals to Wall Street to repent; 2011
© Christopher Anderson / Magnum Photos

Examining the 1% through the lens

With defiantly left-wing political candidates all over the globe sweeping to prominence on agendas condemning inequality, issues such as gentrification, wage disparity and the allocation of resources have moved from the academic lecture halls to the streets and living rooms. With the public discourse beginning to reach fever pitch, Time associate photo editor Myles Little’s ambitiously international group exhibition One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Inequality grapples with this era-defining issue by depicting those at the top of the pyramid. The group exhibition will be touring all continents, taking in Pingyao, Dubai, Berlin, Lagos, Lishui, Guatemala City, Sarajevo, Sydney, Chicago, Aberystwyth and Addis Ababa. Photographers exhibited include Zed Nelson, Christopher Anderson and Juliana Sohn. “It’s a topic that’s hard to avoid these days, whether you’re interested in photography, or politics, or economics. The Pope has spoken very eloquently about it, even billionaires have spoken out against it,” Little says. “Living in New York City, it’s in your face everyday. It’s Dickensian here, you see the best and the worst of everything very close together, …


© Mike Harvey from the series Taxi

The creative collective bringing Welsh photography to the forefront

While Scotland has formed a modern sense of civic nationalism and England publicly grapples with its own ideas of self-definition, the contemporary Welsh identity hasn’t been as thoroughly excavated. The creative response from artists can often be the most potent, yet the most famous writer to hail from Wales wrote, “Land of my fathers, and my fathers can keep it”. Dylan Thomas, now revered as a Welsh cultural titan, loved Wales but was ambivalent about Welsh nationalism. Perhaps then, referencing him is as bold a way to nail your colours to the mast as any. For A Fine Beginning, the Welsh photography collective who take their name from Thomas’s unfinished novel, it’s a signal of intent. The collective’s second group exhibition, Made in Wales II, will be showing at Cardiff MADE from the 9th to the 19th September, going on to London in November and finally in North Wales in March 2016. The Welsh photography collective and eponymous blog was brought together by Swansea-born James O. Jenkins as a platform for people to share work …


Rijksmuseum wing opens with 20th-century photography exhibition

With its breathtaking, grand exterior and ornate, lavish interiors, the Rijksmuseum in the heart of Amsterdam is a sight to behold. On 13 April 2013, the museum re-opened amid much pomp and circumstance after a 10-year closure for refurbishment; today [1 November 2014] sees the completion of that process as a new exhibition wing – Philips Wing – opens its doors to the public. The first exhibition in the new 13-gallery strong space, which was designed by Spanish architects Cruz and Ortiz, is Modern Times: Photography in the 20th Century. Featuring more than 400 vintage prints from the museum’s 20,000-strong 20th-century collection, the exhibition explores photography’s social and artistic developments throughout the last century – a century in which photography came of age. From its scientific beginnings, to the rise of photojournalism in the 1930s, the boom in amateur photography, development of colour photography, and struggle to be accepted as ‘art’, photography has undergone a huge amount of change in its relatively short history. With this as their guide, curators Hans Rooseboom and Mattie Boom present their print selections under seven key themes, which include: ‘Daily life’, ‘The camera at war’, …


Grimaldi Gavin’s inside job

“The number of people we’ve had in to see this show have been unbelievable,” says Julie Gavin, co-director of Grimaldi Gavin on the gallery’s new show Fuel present: Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files, which opened on 17 October. “We had 50 people in on Monday morning alone,” chips in her partner, Camilla Grimaldi. “And our audience has been interesting,” adds Gavin. “We’ve had our established collector base come and find it interesting, but we’ve also had some very different, much younger people who maybe we wouldn’t ordinarily attract.” It’s easy to see why – curated from the archive of criminal tattoo photographs held by the Fuel design group and publishing house, this exhibition is an extraordinary insight into the Russian underworld’s inky symbolism. Collected – and often shot – by expert criminologist Arkady Bronnikov between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s, the images were originally put together to help break the convicts’ code and have a stark formalism, and often palpable tension, that makes for very interesting viewing. Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell, the directors of …


Eye of a master

Many photographers will hold off having a retrospective of their work for as long as possible, often out of fear that looking back on their career will in some way spell the end of it. Stephen Shore – whose work has been exhibited many times in various ways over the years – is one such photographer, but even he has given in to a retrospective, although he is making work as fervently as ever. Simply titled Stephen Shore, the current exhibition at Madrid’s Fundación Mapfre claims to be the first retrospective of the American photographer’s work. Featuring some 320 photographs, many of them original prints, the exhibition stretches across two levels in the gallery and is loosely divided into themed sections encompassing the photographer’s earliest work, his most famous colour photographs, images from his lesser known black and white, and conceptual periods, right through to his most recent digital colour work shot in Ukraine, and in Winslow, Arizona, some of which has barely been seen. The show, which continues in Madrid until 24 November 2014, and is due to tour to Arles, Berlin, Turin, and Amsterdam, takes what it refers to …


Grand visions

Eerie and unsettling yet strangely mesmerising, Noémie Goudal’s photographs demand attention. From her 2012 series Haven Her Body Was, which we featured in our October 2012 print issue, to the recent Observatoires series, included in an exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall, Goudal has never shied away from interrogating photography’s potential to trick the eye. “I really like this play between what we know and what we can see,” Goudal told BJP in 2012. “I like having this kind of game where you’re not sure if [what you’re looking at] is constructed or found. I try to give some clues but not too many so there’s a space for people to come in and invent their own stories and links between the pictures.” Two years on, Goudal’s landscape-inspired images continue to keep viewers on their toes. The Paris-born London-based photographer currently has new work on show at Edel Assanti in South London as part of In Search of the First Line. At the exhibition’s core are images from Observatoires, a series of imposing black and white images inspired by geomorphic architecture – constructions that draw on nature – among other work. In these …


Photography by the sea

A trip to the seaside is fun at the best of times, but it’s even more enjoyable when there is a photography festival taking place at the same time. Currently on show in venues across Brighton and Hove is the region’s sixth Brighton Photo Biennial (BPB14), a month-long celebration of photography. Produced by arts organisation Photoworks, the Biennial features a core programme of more than twenty photography exhibitions on the theme of ‘communities, collectives and collaboration’, plus an extensive supporting programme of events (talks, screenings and workshops). Among the standout exhibitions is the excellent Amore e Piombo, curated by Federica Chiocchetti and Roger Hargreaves of Archive of Modern Conflict. Featuring archival press photographs from the Rome-based agency Team Editorial Services, television news footage, and Italian photobooks of the period from the Martin Parr collection, the exhibition delves deep into the political turbulence, terrorism, conspiracy, kidnap and murder that took place in 1970s Italy. Artfully and intelligently curated to compliment the grand interior of the historic Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, (television screens and photographs are nestled into bookshelves, and presented on raised platforms in the space), Amore e Piombo looks afresh at a tangled and murky chapter …


Photography – what’s on

Opening on Saturday 18 October in Birmingham is photographer Jon Tonks’s first solo UK exhibition, Empire [pictured]. Tonks journeyed across the South Atlantic for several weeks, exploring life on four remote islands – the British Overseas Territories of Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and St Helena. The series was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Vic Odden Award this year, and a book of the work was published by Dewi Lewis in June 2014. Empire, the exhibition, co-produced by the Library of Birmingham, Midlands Art Centre (Mac), Ffotogallery in Cardiff, and Impressions Gallery in Bradford, will be on show at Mac in Birmingham until 04 January 2015. Tonks will be giving a talk on 04 November. For more details, click here. The second edition of multimedia and photography festival Night Contact takes place on Saturday 18 October. Running as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, Night Contact will showcase a range of photography and mixed-media projections in indoor and outdoor spaces across central Brighton. Artists include: Jason Fulford, Melanie Manchot, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Joanna Piotrowska, Rick Morris Pushinsky, and Isabelle …


Davide Monteleone’s Spasibo

“Whenever you take a picture, of course you get involved,” Davide Monteleone tells an expectant audience during a tour of his new exhibition, Spasibo, at London’s Saatchi Gallery. “I always joke that I spend more time drinking tea and talking with people than taking pictures, but then all of this [talking and building relationships] will come out at one point or other in a picture.” The Italian photographer, and member of VII photography agency, is in London for the opening weekend of his Carmignac-winning exhibition. Monteleone won the fourth Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award for his work in Chechnya, and spent four months, based in Grozny, producing work off the back of his winning proposal. More than thirty of his images are on show at the London gallery until 03 November. The Award, now in its fifth year, is the brainchild of Edouard Carmignac – director of the French foundation of the same name. The Award’s aim is to provide one photojournalist each year with the financial means (€50,000), and support to produce an in-depth photographic report. Carmignac sets the theme (every …


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