Month: December 2013

Call for entries: what makes a good selfie?

Like them or loathe them, selfies are part of the contemporary photographic landscape and now the National Portrait Gallery is getting in on the act. Photographers have until 5 January to submit their images for a chance to be included in The Curated Ego: What Makes a Good Selfie? at the central London gallery. A panel of judges will choose two photographers to show and discuss their images made in response to the selfie at the panel discussion event, which takes place on 16 January. The event has been organised by London-based creative space, Studiostrike, in association with the gallery. On the judging panel is BJP deputy editor Diane Smyth, Tim Clark, editor at 1000 Words Magazine, and photographer Tom Hunter. “We want see how today’s photographic artists are dealing with the selfie,” say the organisers in a press statement. “This could be through photographic representation in social media, examining self and selfhood, documenting life changes, and creating memory… The panel will be looking for dynamic and thought provoking approaches to the concept, which challenge and engage with …


Magnum Photos Workshop Showcase: Angelo Cirrincione

Earlier this 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 program to showcase selected portfolios online. Initiated in 2007 as part of Magnum’s 60th year anniversary celebrations, Magnum’s workshop programs provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established photographers. In November, Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin hosted a workshop in Paris, France. At the end of the one-week event, he selected Angelo Cirrincione’s portfolio to be featured in British Journal of Photography. “I think of all the students work Angelo embraced fully the spirit of the brief and brought back pictures that were carefully seen,” says Franklin. “Angelo produced photographs of fashion show extras at the edge of this popular but somehow ridiculous extravaganza.” [bjp_ad_slot] We spoke to Angelo about his experience. BJP: What is our project story about? Angelo: It is a project born the same day of the workshop, this idea “Mode à Paris” came to …


Magnum Photos Workshop Showcase: Anjali Tirkey

Earlier this 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 program to showcase selected portfolios online. Initiated in 2007 as part of Magnum’s 60th year anniversary celebrations, Magnum’s workshop programs provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established photographers. In October, Magnum photographer Abbas hosted a workshop in India. At the end of the one-week event, he selected Anjali Tirkey’s portfolio to be featured in British Journal of Photography. [bjp_ad_slot] We spoke to Anjali about her experience. BJP: What was your project about? Anjali: Delhi. A rural Delhi, often unseen. Cattle living along with men. Taken care by the women. These women collect the fodder grass, feed, milk, clean the cowshed, make cowdung cakes, churn butter. They do everything; apart from the other household chores. Sometimes, they are helped by the children. They are oblivious of the Delhi we know. And …


$4000 up for grabs in Photographic Museum of Humanity grant


The Photographic Museum of Humanity is an online museum dedicated to contemporary photography that presents an exhibition each month “made with a selection of photos and works handpicked among those uploaded by the selected professional photographers of its community,” say the founders. [bjp_ad_slot] The grant, which attracted submissions from more than 1100 photographers in int first edition last year, is organised to help “finance talented photographers and discover new talents.” This year, the competition will be judged by Magnum Photos member Alec Soth, Brazilian curator Iatã Cannabrava, PMH Young Award Winner Diana Markosian, and BJP’s Olivier Laurent. The deadline for entries is 24 February 2014. For more details and to enter, visit the Photographic Museum of Humanity’s website.


“The smartphone is just another tool… it’s the story that matters.”

Last night saw the launch of FLTR, Apptitude Media’s new smartphone photography magazine, at the Apple Store in Regent Street, London. A good crowd turned out despite the poor weather to hear FLTR editor and associate editor of British Journal of Photography, Olivier Laurent, photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind and smartphone photography consultant Oliver Lang discuss the impact smartphones have had on their lives and work, and the impact of these devices more widely on photography. [bjp_ad_slot] Laurent opened the discussion with an introduction to the new weekly magazine, which is produced by the team behind British Journal of Photography. He spoke about how the introduction of the iPhone and other smartphones revolutionised the way we think about and take pictures. “Massive changes are happening in this industry, but it’s not negative change,” Laurent told the audience. “If you use a smartphone in a smart way, if you incorporate it into your work, it’s just another tool. It doesn’t really matter what you’re using as long as the story is there. That is what matters.” VII photographer Taylor-Lind gave a presentation about how she …


New smartphone photography magazine launched

Created by the team behind the multi-award-winning British Journal of Photography magazine, FLTR is designed to be an authoritative voice within the booming worldwide community of smartphone image creators, and includes exclusive interviews with both amateur and professional photographers, highlighting the latest techniques, apps, devices, trends and accessories in smartphone photography. The first issues of FLTR feature a thought-provoking article by Fred Ritchin, professor of photography and imaging at New York University and former picture editor of The New York Times Magazine, writing about the impact smartphones would have had during traumatic events such as the 9/11 attacks on the US. Further pieces include an interview with Instagram superstar VuThéara Kham, one of the most popular French Instagrammers, a profile of The New York Times Magazine’s director of photography, Kathy Ryan, who makes extensive use of Instagram to share her own images and source photographers for commission, and a look at the popular Everyday Africa project, among many other articles. The weekly publication is built around a clean, intuitive user interface, bespoke for iPhone. Edited by Olivier Laurent, associate editor of British Journal of …


Contemporary photography for sale at Fishbar Photo Market

The annual Fishbar Photo Market returns for its third edition and will feature an impressive range of work for sale. From 14 to 22 December visitors to the east London gallery will be able to buy a range of contemporary photobooks and prints from independent publishers including Mörel Books, Here Press, Oodee and Trolley, as well as from photographers including Laura Pannack, Chloe Dewe Matthews, Lorenzo Vitturi, and Broomberg & Chanarin. Work by Fishbar founders, photographers Olivia Arthur and Philipp Ebeling, will also be for sale. The Fishbar Photo Market kicks off this Saturday from 11am and will then be open daily from 11am – 7pm until 22 December. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available on both Saturdays. Fishbar is also hosting an evening event with Hackney Slam poet Sam Berkson of Dalston Anatomy renown. ‘Night of Spoken Word at the Fishmarket’ will take place on Wednesday 18 December. For more information visit:


Project Pressure: Photography in the name of science

“Climate change is the biggest problem of our time, without any doubt,” says Danish born photographer Klaus Thymann. For the past five years he has been working on Project Pressure, a collaborative effort between photographers and scientists to record the more than 300,000 glaciers that exist around the world and their rapid disappearance. Shooting for magazines such as National Geographic and Wired, Thymann turned artistic director when he first came up with the concept for Project Pressure: “It was my initiative, but I didn’t want to take control of it; I didn’t want to be in charge.” Instead, he brought together a group of lecturers, NGO specialists and financiers to form a board of directors. “I wanted Project Pressure to be democratic, with lots of different input,” he says. “We registered the organisation as a charity in the UK and since then we’ve been partnering with scientific organisations around the world.” The goal behind Project Pressure is to create an archive of free-to-use images that will help scientists, researchers, educators and local communities study and …


Building the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa

In July 2005, Canadian photography teacher and lecturer Michael Tardioli made a decision that would change his professional life for good. Keen to develop and expand on his teaching methods, Tardioli, who had been instructing photography at a local college in Ottawa, decided to found his own educational institution– the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa (SPAO). With the help of a group of 20 students, Tardioli (whose background is in printmaking) designed, built and equipped the school from scratch in just 43 days. “Two students became five, and then someone said, ‘Why don’t you open up your own place’?” he recalls. “Five students became 10, 10 became 15, and then we had 20 students.” It was a lot of hard work, says Tardioli, who donated photographic equipment and funded the project using student fees. “We had no air conditioning and it was the height of summer, so it was exhausting, but it was a whole different level of excitement – the kids were really motivated.” The school, which has recently appointed Tony Martins as director of …


Connecting art in an app

If there’s an app for everything, why not create one to buy art? That was exactly the thinking of the team at Artsy. And while it might not be a totally original idea, the company has the knowhow and resources to create an app with big ambitions to shake up the world of collecting. Designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch iOS 7, the free app was created as a mobile extension to New York-based company Artsy, an online platform selling contemporary and historical art, including photography. Partnering with more than 600 international galleries, museums and art fairs, including the British Museum, Gagosian, the White Cube and Frieze, and boasting around 60,000 works of art (of which 36,000 are for sale), Artsy endeavours to make its vast database of art accessible to anyone with an internet connection, its creators say. Computer science graduate Carter Cleveland founded Artsy five years ago in a bid to transform how people learn about, share and buy the art shown at galleries, museums and art fairs internationally. The app is …


BJP Staff