All posts tagged: Exhibitions

An English Landscape

“I have written about surveillance, and am critical of it, but I don’t think images can make arguments,” says Trevor Paglen. “They can only draw attention to things and help people learn how to see. They can only hold things up for consideration – but holding things up for consideration is very powerful.” Paglen was speaking at the opening of his installation at Gloucester Road Underground station – a 62m photograph of an idyllic English landscape which extends along the whole of one of the platforms. Slotted in between 19 brick arches decorating the wall, the image creates the trompe d’oeil effect of looking out into the countryside – a vista that includes the white domes of an American Surveillance Base. It was commissioned by Art on the Underground and will be on show for one year; it has also been included in 75,000 leaflets that will be distributed in all zone 1 Underground stations in London. “Other people have tended to work with each space between the columns; I thought the columns create a very nice Arcadian view and wondered what would happen if I thought of them as …


IdeasTap and Magnum Photos announce award winners

Abbie Trayler-Smith, Souvid Datta and Lee Price have been named winners of the 2013 IdeasTap and Magnum Photos Photographic Award. Each photographer wins £5000; in addition, Datta and Price will receive paid placements with Magnum Photos in London or New York. Panos Pictures member Trayler-Smith won the 31+ age category with The Big O, a long-term personal project that looks at childhood obesity; Mumbai-born Datta won the 16 to 22 category with his series that looks at the human cost of pollution in China; and Manchester photographer Price was named winner of the 23 to 30 category for his series, Against the Order of Nature, which explores LGBT communities in Uganda.  The announcement was made last night at the Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane in east London, where an exhibition of work by all nine shortlisted photographers is on show until 25 May. [bjp_ad_slot] The award, now in its fifth year, aims to identify, showcase and celebrate emerging documentary photographers, and to help them “take their careers to the next level”. Self Publish, Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel, who was one of the judges, said: “We were looking for projects we felt were heading …


Feminist Actionism – Friedl Kubelka and Valie Export

Friedl Kubelka, a 68-year-old photographer from Vienna, is looking at the first self-portrait she ever published. It is 1972; she is posing in front of a mirror in a Parisian hotel she rented by the hour. She is 26, dressed in nothing but high-end lingerie, twisting her lithe body in front of a mirror, everything on show for nobody but her camera. In a deep, grainy monochrome, Kubelka looks fantastic; aggressively sexual, yet so vulnerable she might break into pieces. But how does she feel, looking at them now? “I think what a pity I was such a nice-looking young girl and I was so unhappy,” she says in a soft Austrian accent. “I see a very pretty and very unstable, very very very melancholic girl.” Pin-ups We’re in the Richard Saltoun Gallery off Oxford Street on the opening night of an exhibition Kubelka will share with her fellow Viennese feminist artist Valie Export, looking at a series of pictures Kubelka now calls her Pin-ups. They were taken almost at a whim: “I had some …


Labyrinth Photographic exhibition open

For the third year running, Labyrinth Photographic showcases work created by its clients in the last 12 months. On display at the east London-based analogue hand printing lab is work by photographers who include: Tyrone Lebon, Jennifer Pattison, Spencer Murphy, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Kate Peters, Zed Nelson, Gareth McConnell and Olivia Arthur. “A Year In Development is a celebration of analogue photography and the art of hand printing,” say the organisers in a press statement. “The exhibition features more than 70 images shot solely on film.” Labyrinth Photographic was founded in 2011 by John McCarthy, Cosimo d’Aprano and the late Jeremy Ramsden. It is one of a small number of labs in London dedicated to film development and hand printing. The exhibition is on at Four Corners Gallery in Bethnal Green, London, until 2 May 2014. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 6pm


Observance, an exhibition by The New York Times’ James Estrin

James Estrin is usually the one writing about new photography exhibitions. The senior staff photographer and co-editor, with David Gonzalez, of The New York Times’ Lens has presented the work of hundreds of photographers, often for the first time, in the four years since the blog’s inception. This month, however, the spotlight is on him as an exhibition of his work goes on show at the Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, 92nd St Y Center in New York. He answers BJP‘s questions. BJP: The exhibition is called Observance. Has this been a particular project you’ve been working on, or is it a curated exhibition of images you’ve taken over the years? James Estrin: I’ve been interested in photographing spiritual experience for pretty much all of my photographic life. Whenever I can, whether by assignment or through my own story ideas, I try to make photos around the subject. About half of the photos were taken in 2005 during a three-month personal project published in The New York Times. The rest were taken between 1999 and last year during various assignments for …


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