All posts tagged: Exhibitions

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 …


Black Country Echoes Festival open for business

Photographs by Richard Billingham, Brian Griffin, John Bulmer and Peter Donnelly showing the industrial and cultural heritage of England’s Black Country are on show in Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Light House as part of the Black Country Echoes Festival. Showing art and writing as well as photography, the festival aims to explore how the Black Country’s industrial past shaped JRR Tolkien’s writing in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery exhibition, and to display the region’s rich photographic history from the 1960s-90s in the Light House show. [bjp_ad_slot] Encompassing 25 venues spread across Wolverhampton, Walsall, West Bromwich, Bilston, Sandwell and Dudley, the festival will also include cinema screenings, a classic car show and The Forked Forest Path by Olafur Eliasson – an installation representing the forest cut down to make Mordor. Black Country Echoes Festival is open from 20 September to 17 January 2015. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


Wapping Project Bankside re-opens in Mayfair

From Southbank to Mayfair, The Wapping Project Bankside has upped sticks to London’s trendy Dover Street. Occupying the top floor of 18th century Ely House, where antique dealer Mallett is based, the photography and film gallery opens its doors today [Thursday 18 September] with an exhibition of work by Dutch photographer Juul Kraijer. [bjp_ad_slot] The exhibition is Kraijer’s first solo outing in the UK, and features a number of the photographer’s Surrealism-inspired photographs. Subverting expectations of what traditional portrait photography might entail, Kraijer seeks to manipulate reality, using models as vehicles for ideas rather than as subjects in ‘straight’ portraits. Sometimes she uses creatures in her images to question the traditional hierarchies between human and animal, model and accessory; a snake, for example, may be draped around the model’s head as if it were a headpiece. “I discovered Juul Kraijer’s work in September 2013, at an exhibition in Amsterdam’s exquisite photography gallery, the 18th century Huis Marseille,” says gallery director Jules Wright. “Two months later I staged a contemporary photography exhibition in London’s equally beautiful Ely House. I saw instantly that Juul’s unsettling work would sit perfectly …


Personal truths from Huck

To mark its second documentary photography special issue, Huck magazine is holding an exhibition of images by some of today’s most talented photojournalists. Personal Truths is on show in east London from today (16 September) until 26 September, and includes work by photographers Guy Martin, Andrew McConnell, Matt Eich and Shannon Jensen, among others. The exhibition, which is part of the The Shoreditch Design Triangle, ponders the nature of documentary photography, and asks if it can ever be truly objective, or whether “all photography is a carefully framed, personalised version of the truth”. Championing the featured photographers’ personal perspectives by sharing the story behind the body of work that has had the greatest impact on their life, the exhibition seeks to “cut through the silence that often surrounds documentary photography… towards a deeper, more powerful truth”. Personal Truths is at 71a Leonard Street, London,  EC2A 4QS, until 26 September. There is a private view tonight (Tuesday 16 September), from 6-8pm. Please RSVP by clicking here. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


View from a window

An exhibition of photographs taken from train windows is on show at London’s St Pancras International station. World Off Track features images of landscapes and people taken by New York-based photographer Jarret Schecter, and marks the tenth anniversary of The Denan Project, a non-profit organisation which provides healthcare, education, and assistance to disadvantaged people in the developing world. [bjp_ad_slot] The images were taken during train journeys in countries including the US, China, Russia, India, Brazil and Japan, among others. Through his images, Schecter presents a socio-economic commentary of the world that is literally “off track”, and asks London commuters to reflect on lives far removed from their own. World Off Track, curated by Hannah Watson of Trolley Books and Emma Blau, is on show in the Market Area of St Pancras International station until 18 September. For more information, or to make a donation, visit Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


BJP Staff