All posts tagged: Photo Agencies

Revisiting the characters of her childhood by getting up close and personal with strangers

Street photographer Michelle Groskopf’s images let us know what fascinates her right away. “Street photography acts as a time machine for me. It has this funny way of allowing me to revisit the characters and tone of my childhood. “Even though I’ve spent my life trying to get as far away as possible from the small Canadian suburb I grew up in, when it comes to my work it seems clear to me that I’m just trying to make my way back home.” Teen culture, femininity and suburbia all feature heavily in her work, which has been featured in the likes of Vice, Fotografia Magazine and Conde Nast Traveler. “I’m interested in the places where the suburbs intersect with the city,” Groskopf says. “The sorts of attitudes, fashion and geometry these spaces tend to inspire in the people traversing them. I have a desperate desire to get as close up to these details as possible. For that reason my world tends to be one full of tension. People tend not to like being scrutinised.”  Now represented by international photo agency INSTITUTE, …

2015-11-03T17:38:54+00:00

Institute announces new members

The latest members to join photography agency Institute have been revealed. Photographers Vincent Fournier, Lee Grant and Claire Martin have contributed to a wide variety of publications, which include: The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, and Wallpaper*, among others. Vincent Fournier, born in Burkina Faso in 1970, is currently based in Paris. His work, which combines documentary and staged photography, questions perception and reality, and explores the element of dream and mystery in scientific and technological research. “Vincent Fournier is someone we have admired for a long time”, says Institute executive director, Matt Shonfeld. “I believe he is one of the best image-makers in the world today.” [bjp_ad_slot] Lee Grant is a documentary and portrait photographer whose exploration of migrant life in Australian suburbia examines identity, integration, and inhabited landscapes. “Grant has created a niche in photography”, says Shonfeld. “Given her Korean-Australian heritage, the work is partly autobiographical.” Fellow Australian Claire Martin trains her lens on marginalised communities within prosperous nations. With a degree in social work, but choosing to take a path of photography, “Martin’s work is more reportage in aesthetic …

2014-10-14T17:19:52+00:00

JIHAD 2.0

Before he was killed in Libya, war photographer Tim Hetherington talked of “the feedback loop” – the self-perpetuating link between the reality of conflict and its portrayal in popular culture. But where such fictions were once tightly controlled, the internet has opened the floodgates, creating an ever-increasing circle that is seemingly more gruesome than ever before. A few months before he died, Hetherington submitted to Vanity Fair a series of photographs of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. At the time, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was getting a re-release. The designers at Vanity Fair mixed the images up, mistakenly using Hetherington’s shots to illustrate a review of the famously conceptual rendering of war. It was an ironic mistake. Just before the photographer died covering the uprising in Libya, he wrote of what he termed “the feedback loop” – the way in which servicemen echo fictional depictions of war while in combat, and vice versa. “You had this idea that young men in combat act in ways that emulate images they’ve seen – movies, photographs …

2014-08-26T12:02:34+00:00

Emerging talent in the Magnum Photos Workshop Showcase [updated]

Last year, Magnum Photos and British Journal of Photography announced a special partnership around education that sees the world’s longest-running photography magazine work with the participants of Magnum Photos’ international workshop programme to showcase selected portfolios online. Initiated in 2007 as part of Magnum’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the workshops provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established professionals. In May and June, Magnum ran workshops in Budapest, with photographers Chris Steele-Perkins and Ian Berry, and in Copenhagen, with Olivia Arthur and Jacob Aue Sobol, who each chose a participant to be featured in British Journal of Photography. Here we showcase a selection of images from the four selected photographers, who also share their experiences of working with their mentors. [bjp_ad_slot] Karina Tengberg Karina Tengberg took part in the Copenhagen workshop and was selected by Jacob Aue Sobol. Family is about the people who are closest to her, she says – her own family – but the series is also about everyday life – “taking a bath, dancing around the …

2014-08-28T12:12:32+00:00

Magnum elects Sohrab Hura as newest nominee

Magnum Photos has named Indian photographer Sohrab Hura as its latest nominee. The announcement was made following the agency’s annual general meeting, which took place in New York at the weekend. “Olivia Arthur and Susan Meiselas encouraged me to apply,” Hura told BJP on the phone earlier today. “I was a bit nervous and scared in the beginning about what it would mean to be a Magnum nominee, and to be out there in the photo world. I’ve been working on my own for a long time and I’ve been quite cut off from the photo scene, enjoying the freedom. But then I got lots of welcome emails from Magnum photographers. A lot of them told me to keep doing what I do, and to not change myself for Magnum. In fact, I’m trying to switch off from knowing that I got selected, so I can focus on my work… It feels like something to try out, to see if being part of something works for me. I’m quite excited because a lot of us [photographers] were inspired by and looked up …

2014-07-04T20:28:53+00:00

Channel 4 airs Zed Nelson immigration film

Zed Nelson has never shied away from covering difficult topics, and in his new documentary film, which premieres tonight on Channel 4, he stays true to form. The 30-minute film, Europe’s Immigration Disaster, tells the story of the Lampedusa migrant boat tragedy, which took place on 03 October last year; 360 of the estimated 500 people on board a boat headed for Europe drowned off the coast of the Mediterranean island after the vessel capsized. The migrants had been making their way from North Africa to seek asylum in Northern Europe. Nelson’s film tells their story through testimonies from the survivors. The Institute photographer was commissioned to make the film by Channel 4 for its investigative current affairs programme, Dispatches. The commission came shortly after the disaster and following a three month-long residency that Nelson had been doing with arts organisation Photoworks in Rome. During the residency, Nelson had started to develop a photography and film project about migration in the Mediterranean. [bjp_ad_slot] “Channel 4 liked what I’d done and wanted me to leave the next day …

2014-06-30T10:44:16+00:00

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus killed [update]

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and reporter Kathy Gannon were in Khost in eastern Afghanistan covering the run-up to the presidential elections when an Afghan policeman approached their vehicle at a security checkpoint. “[He] yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47,” the Associated Press reports. “He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested.” Gannon survived the attack but was wounded twice and is now being treated in a local hospital. In a statement to his staff, Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of AP, said: “It is with grief and great sadness that I let you know that photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been killed while working in Afghanistan […] Those of you who worked with Anja know what a life force she was: spirited, intrepid and fearless, with a raucous laugh that we will always remember.” AP’s vice president and director of photography Santiago Lyon, who has known and worked with Anja for 22 years, adds: “Anja was one of the most …

2014-04-04T15:43:26+00:00

VII Photo adds five photographers to two-year mentor programme

First launched in 2008, the VII Mentor Program pairs emerging photographers with VII Photo’s members who, for a period of two years, will help them build and develop their skills and professional practice, as well as create relationships with editors, publishers and galleries, says the agency. While the VII Mentor Program used to be a one-on-one educational and professional opportunity for young photographers, VII Photo Agency is now looking to expand the scope of the programme. “We are in the planning stages of expanding the programme to add more mentees and also stage annual meetings and more,” says VII Photo member Ed Kashi. “Our idea is to establish a programme that allows us to create more camaraderie and deeper collaborations.” But the agency’s plans will be dependent on external funding. “Over the coming months, the agency will be seeking partnerships with other organisations to increase the opportunities it can offer to the mentored photographers,” the agency explains in a press statement. In the meantime, five young photographers will be joining the VII Mentor Program: Poulomi …

2014-03-25T10:07:34+00:00

BJP Staff