Month: December 2014

Leica Meet: a lesson in organic photography communities

Some strangers met at London’s Southbank on an autumn’s day. The founding members of Leica Meet, Gavin Mills, Olaf Willoughby and Stephen Cosh, had met on Flickr. They started sharing images, realising they shared a passion for Leica-based photography. Then they met up, Leicas in hand, to photograph their environments together. The mutual appreciation and support for their work spurned a friendship between three men who had never met before. They decided to turn it into a regular meet, and to invite other Leica members. Some of the most valuable lessons come from interactions with other class members, Olaf Willoughby says of the early meets. “How they see, how they shoot, how they talk about their work. How their images are so different, even though we are all in the same location.” Over the course of the year, they expanded their admin team to include Eileen McCarney Muldoon, a fine art photographer in Rhode Island. Muldoon, Willoughby says, was able to balance the team with a feminine perspective and enable US representation for the group. Together, Leica …


Ones to Watch: the new magazine from British Journal of Photography

We’re welcoming in 2015 with ‘Ones to Watch’, our annual survey of global talent, showcasing 25 photographers we believe are on the verge of something big. To discover the next generation of photography, the magazine will be available at all good newsagents from the first week of January, or available to buy direct here. Put together from more than 300 nominations by photography experts from around the world, we’ve devoted 50 pages to emerging talent drawn from Tokyo to Mexico City. Over the next 12 months, these are the photographers we are betting on to make the breakthrough from recognition in their homelands to international success. [bjp_ad_slot] This issue is all about helping them on their way and, hopefully, putting them in front of the people who can help them realise their dreams, and bringing their work to wider attention. Our aim, as ever, is to make this a truly worldwide search. However, we can’t yet say that it’s truly representative (either in terms of the world, or the major centres of photography). Among the 25 photographers we’ve …


Phil Stern: 1919 – 2014

Phil Stern, the decorated veteran of the second world war who went on to capture the defining moments of cinema’s biggest stars, has died. Stern, known as “Snapdragon” by his friends in the industry, passed away at the age of 95 in Los Angeles after a battle with emphysema and congestive heart failure. Stern was given a camera at the age of 12, and spent his teens working as a cleaner in a photography lab in New York before getting a job as a local police photographer. His aptitude and mentality for photography was quickly apparent, but his life could have been very different. Once America entered the Second World War, Stern got the draft. At the age of 21, he was dispatched to the battlefields of North Africa, via training in the south of England. During the Battle of El Guettar in Tunisia during the spring of 1943, he was fragged by shell fragments. His right arm was incapacitated because the nerves in his neck were severed. Shrapnel had also lacerated the tendons  in his wrist, …


“God’s flock”

You may remember the image: a girl looks apprehensively at the camera, her fingers covering her mouth as stray strands of hair fall across her face. She is dressed simply – in a patterned dress – and sits in sparse surroundings. This portrait of a young Mennonite woman – Margarita Teichroeb – won the 2012 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (and made the cover of BJP). The judges praised the use of muted colours, the image’s “otherworldly feel”, and its timeless quality. Indeed, it is an image that could have been taken many decades ago; there is little to suggest this is a contemporary portrait. Its creator is Spanish photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera, who between 2010 and 2011 spent time in Santa Cruz in Eastern Bolivia, photographing the Mennonite communities that live and work there. These are notoriously tight-knit communities, isolated colonies that are “remote and difficult to access” as Ruiz Cirera writes in the text for his new book, Los Menonos. They are people, he tells us, who view themselves as “God’s flock”, and …


Eduardo Leal – Forcados

“Portuguese forcados lie somewhere between the bullriders of the Americas and the bloodier bullfighters of Spain,” says Eduardo Leal, Leal, who is graduating from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Masters at London College of Communication in 2014. “Unlike in Spain, where the bull is stabbed to death if the matador wins the contest, the forcados wrestle the animal (its horns are capped) with their bare hands as a display of determination and bravura.” Leal embarked on the project in a bid to rediscover his country, he says. Having lived away from Portugal for some years, exploring its traditions would, he reasoned, allow him to get back to his roots. “I don’t support bullfighting, but Forcados have always captured my attention. I remember stopping in front of the television to look at these crazy men wrestling bulls and wondered what motivated them.” [bjp_ad_slot] Wanting to better understand this tradition, the 34-year-old set about fostering a relationship with a group of forcados; he was unable to take pictures straight away as it was necessary to spend time getting to know the …


Project Manchester – Dan Dubowitz and Alan Ward

In 2010, Manchester City Council partnered with engineering firm Laing O’Rourke to embark on an intensive multimillion pound refurbishment of two of the city’s historic buildings, its grade II listed Town Hall Extension and Central Library, both of which re-opened to the public in March this year. Photographer Dan Dubowitz and Alan Ward, artist book designer and publisher, were given unfettered access to the buildings during the renovations, spending 18 months creating Citizen Manchester, a project jointly funded by the developers, which draws on the idea that architecture can shape society and culture. “I believe there is an important dynamic between society and its buildings,” says Dubowitz, who previously collaborated on book projects with Ward including, The Peeps. Ancoats: the presence of absence, which focused on the regeneration of one of the city’s former industrial zones. “We create the buildings, but they shape who we are because of the way we experience them – for example, by physically walking through.” This idea of capturing the shifting relationship between Manchester’s flagship buildings and the city’s residents …


BJP #7831: Cool and Noteworthy

We call it Cool and Noteworthy, and it’s back again; our annual showcase of the people and projects that have caught our attention this year is on shelves now – or available to buy straight from the app store or BJP shop. It’s been a remarkable year, with photography projects the world over taking great exploratory leaps into the unknown. We take pride in championing the movers and shakers of photography land, however idiosyncratic they may be, but we’re also careful to pay due attention to the more traditional photographers to make their mark this year. It would be remiss to publish an annual photography review without paying homage to the brave new world of mobile photography, so you can find in these pages features on the secretive French collective #Dysturb, on the photographers who caught the wave of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Thailand and Hong Kong, on the new phenomena of drone-based consumer images, on the “friendly window watcher” Gail Albert Halaban, and on Jules Spinatsch, who co-opted the state-of-the-art security of the Vienna State Opera House …


Louis Porter – Crap Paint Jobs

Crap Paint Jobs is a visual record of the kind of badly bodged brushwork you probably come across on a daily basis without it barely registering your attention. But for Louis Porter they are one of numerous obsessions he documents and collects in his exploration of the vernacular of the terrain vague of the city. Put them together and they take on a mischievous quality, disrupting the mundane urban status quo with their jarring colour contrasts and can’t-be-bothered attention to detail. The series is part of a larger body of work, The Small Conflict Archive, for which the 36-year-old photographer, currently living in London, goes out in search of a collection of objects or phenomena, documenting “the subtle ways in which conflict permeates modern life”. He begins with a set of headings and topics as the starting point of his collecting habit: “Some of the subjects are quite blunt, like Suburban Swastikas or Bad Driving. Others are whimsical – Emergency Assembly Points. By ‘conflict’, I don’t mean the type that makes the evening news; I’m interested in the perforations in everyday …


Advertorial: Photographers – make the internet work for you

Photographers are well acquainted with the need for an online presence. A domain is not only a name for your website – it is nowadays a key marketing element for success.  However, domain names are often chosen in haste at the start of a photography business venture and are rarely revised. Technology company 1&1, a global leader in web hosting, are releasing 1000 new Top-Level-Domains over the coming years, and photographers can now benefit from business specific domain endings, including .photography or .camera. Newly created businesses often find their desired name has already been taken. But these new domains will allow start-ups unique and specific domain names. Wedding Photographer Ben Bull is just one of many to have already successfully registered a .photography domain name. He said: “After a career in sales, I decided to start my own business around four years ago. I’ve always been quite tech savvy and pretty up to date with the whole online world and domains. But it seems I was a little late off the mark. When it came …


AOP Awards and expo

Get down to the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 11-13 December to see cutting-edge technology and the AOP Awards exhibition. This year is the 31st anniversary of the awards, which have been expanded to 21 categories and were judged by luminaries such as Rankin, Tom Stoddart, Daniel Moorey (from Adam&EveDDB), Sarah Thomson (from Fallon) and Sarah Pascoe (from BBH). The two-level exhibition includes images from all the finalists in all 21 categories, including both AOP members and non-members. The Awards will be announced at a ceremony/party from 6pm-late on Thursday 11 December; tickets cost £20 for AOP members and £25 for non-members. This year the Awards are accompanied by a trade fair on 12 and 13 December, including cutting edge camera gear, new products and services for professional photographers from companies such as Linhof, Leica, Fujifilm and Direct Photographic. The event also includes a talks programme, with presentations from photographers such as Tim Flach and Matt Stuart, and from industry experts such as The Print Space’s Stuart Waplington. For more information, click here.


BJP Staff