All posts tagged: Exhibitions

Photography competition calls for entries

Brighton-based gallery One Eyed Jacks is offering photographers the chance to compete to have their work shown in a month-long group show in January 2015. The Open Call, with a top prize of £500, is open to both professional and amateur photographers working across all genres of photography. There is no theme, and all portfolios will be considered. “Discovering new work and reaching out to new talent is the greatest buzz for a gallerist,” says gallery director Matt Henry. “We’ve decided to launch our first Open Call to unearth new gems and to create a fantastic and eclectic group show.” Instead of inviting a jury to oversee the submission process, Henry has decided upon a single individual to curate the exhibition. “This Open Call will mark the first of many submission-based shows that allow one person to execute his or her unique vision,” says Henry. “British Journal of Photography’s Gemma Padley will curate our first show.” The deadline for entries is 01 November 2014. For more information, and to enter, click here. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


A view on Chechnya

“Some deaths we know. Others we forget”, writes Edouard Carmignac in the prologue to Davide Monteleone’s photobook, Spasibo. Carmignac alludes to the code of silence that ravages the Russian region of Chechnya, a former enclave of brutal oppression, violent conflict and rampant corruption, and the subject of documentary photographer and 4th winner of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award Davide Monteleone’s series, Spasibo. Loosely translated as ‘thank you’, the photographer uses the word ironically for his poignant study of Chechan life under the tyrannical rule of Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov. [bjp_ad_slot] Published by Kehrer and priced at £40, the book contains striking black and white images that convey not the war-torn, blood-stained visions of the Republic’s past, but of a modern Chechnya. Monteleone takes the reader on an incisive journey through Chechnya’s myriad landscape, traversing snow-scattered mountains, neo-classical Stalinist constructions, gilded mosques, and run-down towns, to explore the complex identities and cultures of those who call the region home. Monteleone’s monograph possesses a sensitivity that captures the beautiful banality of his subjects. As Spasibo’s narrative gradually unfolds, an apparent undercurrent of ambiguity and emotion is …


A small festival with big ambitions

It may be a small island in the Channel, but Guernsey has once again shown its enduring dedication to photography. Now in its fourth year, Guernsey Photography Festival, which is run by a small team of photography professionals, has proved that geographical location is no bar to attracting some of the world’s top photography talent. The festival, which runs until 18 October, is headed up by Jean-Christophe Godet, who has been at the helm since its inception in 2010. The 2014 edition of the festival, which takes ‘Faith, Family, and Community’ as its theme, features work by more than 20 international photographers, who include Abbas, Elinor Carucci, David Moore, Iñaki Domingo, Jason Larkin, and Liz Hingley. [bjp_ad_slot] Work from many of the featured photographers is displayed on specially-designed panels that are positioned in various locations across the island’s centre (in the Market Square and Terrace, and at Liberation Monument, among other places), a deliberate move to bring photography directly into the public realm, say the organisers. Other work is installed in more conventional gallery spaces, such as The Greenhouse Gallery (Domingo), and …


The Dodo Effect

In June 2008, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin swapped their east London studio for Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Embedded with the British Army, they arrived during the deadliest month of the entire war – the day after they arrived, a fixer for the BBC was dragged from his car and executed, then nine Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide attack. The following day, three British soldiers were killed on patrol.The celebrated conceptual photographers left their cameras at home, however, instead ‘documenting’ each event by rolling out 50m-long pieces of photographic paper at 7m intervals and exposing them to the intense Afghan sun. “The results deny the viewer the cathartic effect offered up by the conventional language of photographic responses to conflict and suffering,” the pair claimed, exhibiting the end result with the title The Day Nobody Died. Broomberg and Chanarin, both 43 and from South Africa, have become increasingly interested in the depiction of war – last year they won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for War Primer 2, a repurposing of Bertolt Brecht’s …


Abstraction of the real

Oliver Hartung’s images present a view of the Middle East that sometimes gets lost amid images of war and conflict. His are images that privilege found objects on urban streets, and subtly call to attention colourful street paraphernalia – posters, graffiti, statues, and murals – to show a quieter, more ordinary side of life in these troubled regions. Hartung’s recent book Iran, ein Kinderbuch, (images from which are shown in the above slideshow), was shortlisted for the 2014 Unseen Dummy Award in Amsterdam, and also for the Dummy Award Kassel 2014. [bjp_ad_slot] The book, whose titles translates as ‘Iran – A Children’s Book’, is a work-in-progress, he explains, which “examines the visual culture of Iran, and the result of (so far) three journeys to Iran between 2011 and 2012. It comprises images that have profane political or religious content, taken from propaganda, murals, war cemeteries and advertising, [and] is part of an ongoing personal long-term project on the Middle East, which I started in 2007.” When Hartung, a former freelance photographer for the New York Times, and current lecturer in photography at the Academy of …


Great Heights

Are these photographs for real? Yes, they certainly are – Korean photographer Ahn Jun may sometimes use a harness if she’s leaning over the side of a building to photograph her feet, but she really is leaning over the side of a building, or leaping up onto its edge. Her project is titled Self-Portrait and, she says, it’s a kind of performance without an audience. “There was a day when I recalled my adolescent years,” she explains. “I was sitting on the edge of my apartment in New York and looking over the cityscape. I had a thought that suddenly my youth was coming to an end and I could not figure out the future. I sat on the edge and looked down. Then I saw the empty space, the void, and there was a sudden change in my perspective on life and death, present and future. The vision of the cityscape I was witnessing was not real for that moment – I felt the illusion of beautiful buildings was just like the future, or …


Building Sight

One of the first subjects photographers turned to when photography was invented was architecture. Given the limitations of early cameras, it was crucial that buildings, unlike people, did not move. Or talk back, for that matter. And, importantly, if you argue that a primary mission of early photographers was to symbolise the imperialist enterprise by making an inventory of the material things of the world – which the colonialist powers largely owned – then architecture was one of the camera’s most vital subjects. [bjp_ad_slot] For example, PH Delamotte’s 1855 album about the removal of the Crystal Palace to its final site in Sydenham is not only one of the great examples of early architectural photography, it is first and foremost a company report. It provides the first example of the qualities the writer David Campany invests in the photography of architecture – that it is document, publicity and commentary. Actually, Campany also adds art, but we’ll come to that later. His thoughts on photography and architecture appear in the catalogue Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture …


Art and War

In the centenary year of World War I, the Art Institute of Chicago is marking this important milestone by celebrating the work of American pioneering photographer Edward Steichen. Currently on show across four of the Art Institute’s galleries is a selection of aerial war photography attributed to Steichen, and his later fashion and glamour portraiture for Condé Nast publications. Featuring photographic material from the Art Institute’s collection, the exhibition was inspired by a single album of more than eighty aerial photographs belonging to the museum. [bjp_ad_slot] “I came across this album and became curious about it,” Michal Raz-Russo, assistant curator in the department of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, tells BJP in a telephone conversation. “Steichen had annotated and captioned almost every page in the album, and I wanted to learn more about what it was and where it came from. The deeper I dug, the more fascinating it became, and that’s when the question emerged – how does a photographer go from being a champion of fine art photography to making aerial photographs in World War I and then become the highest paid, …


Rebecoming exhibition

Currently on show at Flowers gallery in London is the inaugural 1000 Words Photography Magazine exhibition, Rebecoming: The Other European Travellers. The exhibition features new work by four photographers who won the 1000 Words Award for European photographers back in August 2012. Henrik Malmström from Finland, Lucy Levene (Great Britain), Czech photographer Tereza Zelenkova, and Virgílio Ferreira from Portugal, each took part in an eighteen-month mentorship programme, which included workshops with photographers Jeffrey Silverthorne, Antoine d’Agata and Patrick Zachmann. [bjp_ad_slot] The winning photographers were chosen by a panel of photography experts: Simon Baker, curator of photography at Tate; Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery in London; Dewi Lewis of Dewi Lewis Publishing; and Tim Clark and Michael Grieve, editors at 1000 Words Photography Magazine. The Award is an initiative with The Other European Travellers, a project co-ordinated by Cobertura Photo and co-organised by Atelier de Visu and 1000 Words. “We are delighted to unveil never-seen-before works from the four winners of the inaugural 1000 Words Award,” says editor and exhibition curator Clark. “The commissions were produced over the course of three very intense workshops during 2012 and 2013, and intend to …


Channel Four

The fourth edition of Guernsey Photography Festival kicks off this weekend with a packed programme of talks, tours, workshops, portfolio reviews, film screenings and exhibitions that continue across the next month. Taking ‘Faith, Family, and Community’ as its theme, the festival features a range of talks scheduled for today and tomorrow (Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September). [bjp_ad_slot] On the Friday, photography archivist Gareth Syvret will be discussing the role of the archive in contemporary photography, while Michelle Sank, David Moore, Greg Hobson and Jason Wilde will discuss recent personal projects. Other speakers taking part in talks across the opening weekend include: Arno Brignon, Michele Palazzi, Dana de Luca, among others. BJP’s senior reporter Gemma Padley will be in Guernsey for the opening weekend, and will be taking part in a talk with photographers Massimiliano Gatti, Alfonso Amendros, Inaki Domingo, and Andrei Nacu on Saturday 20 September. Now a bi-annual festival, the 2014 edition features exhibitions by photographers including: Broomberg and Chanarin, Abbas, Jason Larkin, Michelle Sank, Elinor Carucci, Nick Ballon, Mateusz Sarello, and David Moore among many others. For a full programme visit the Guernsey …


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