Month: August 2016

African Portraiture at the Unseen 2016 Fair and Festival

For the latest edition of Unseen Photo Festival, the entire Spaarndammer neighbourhood of Amstrerdam is to give itself up to photography and interaction, by giving visitors the chance to have portrait taken by artists such as South African artist Zanele Muholi in Face to Face: African Portraiture. Unseen Photo Fair, which takes place at the Westergasfabriek terrain to the West of Amsterdam’s city centre, will also be orientated around Self Publish Be Happy publisher Bruno Ceschel and artist Lucas Blalock’s “focus on augmented reality in photography.” British artist Clare Strand will also give Unseen festival-goers the chance to win her work with a fun fair-hoopla. Here’s what to catch at this year’s Unseen: Face to Face: African Portraiture Studio portraiture is a long standing tradition within the history of photography on the African continent. This year, Unseen will create its own pop up studio outside at the Westergasfabriek, inviting established and young emerging artists from leading African countries to document the visitors of Unseen. The project will highlight this integral part of African’s cultural heritage. Artists across the continent …


BJP’s Portrait of Britain exhibition to launch across the UK on 1st September

We asked you to show us the modern face of Britain. And while much has happened in the six months since that might challenge our long-held notions about our national identity, the 100 portraits chosen provide a reflection on who we really are, away from the rhetoric of politics and the discourse of division. Envisaged as an exhibition by the people, of the people and for the people, Portrait of Britain was initiated as an open call for photographs that celebrate this country’s unique heritage and diversity. Selected from nearly 4000 entries, the winning portraits capture young and old, reflecting not just the multiformity of British people, but also the myriad of styles and approaches to contemporary photographic portraiture. There is formality and craft in photographs such as Phil Sharp’s profile view of musicians and producer Dave Okumu, which features on our cover. Others are more casual, a moment observed and captured, like Celia Topping’s photograph of her son meeting his newborn brother for the first time. There are portraits that directly refer to the many nuances …


The Champagne Suite © Juno Calypso

Enter BJP’s International Photography Award 2017

One photographer will be selected by a panel of elite industry experts to receive a three-week solo exhibition at TJ Boulting, an innovative gallery in the heart of London, plus a £5000 production grant from the UK’s leading pro-lab, Metro Imaging. Confirmed judges for this year’s edition include Brett Rogers OBE (Director, The Photographers’ Gallery), Michael Mack (Founding Director, MACK Books), Nadav Kander (Photographer) Simon Bainbridge (Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography), Hannah Watson (Director, TJ Boulting), with more to be announced soon. Travel to London and hotel accommodation will be provided if the successful applicant is based outside London, allowing them to oversee the installation of their show and attend the opening night. The winning photographer will also have their work published across British Journal of Photography’s print and digital channels, and showcased globally on WeTransfer, the world’s leading file-sharing platform reaching over 80 million creatives a month. Now in its 11th year, the IPA has established itself as an invaluable gateway into the established photographic community. Previous winners include Juno Calypso, Felicity Hammond, Dominic Hawgood, …


Horror Film The Exorcist the inspiration for new Danh Vō exhibition

The exhibition is centered around Vō’s expansive 2015 installation, named after lines spoken by the demon in the infamous William Friedkin film The Exorcist, from 1973. Vō suspends over 600 mammoth fossils from the late Pleistocene period, as well as a carved ivory figure from the 17th century, from the ceiling throughout the gallery, its corridors and stairwells. The installation was first presented at the Crystal Palace, Museo Nacional Centro de Reina Sofía, Madrid as part of the 2015 exhibition Banish the Faceless / Reward your Grace. Danh Vō, pronounced yon voh, was born in 1975 in Bà Rịa, Vietnam. After the Communists’ victory and the fall of Saigon, the Vo family and 20,000 other South Vietnamese were brought in 1975 to the island of Phú Quốc. When he was four-years-old, Danh and his family fled South Vietnam in a homemade boat and was rescued at sea by a freighter belonging to the Danish Maersk shipping company. The family members settled in Denmark,  and the events that led up to their flight from Vietnam, and their assimilation into Nordic culture, are reflected in …


Complex Problems, Simple Solutions at Roman Road

Broadly defined as the use of language that has a persuasive or impressive effect, rhetoric was at the heart of social and political life in ancient Greece and Rome. Dating back to the 4th century BC, it was an esteemed practice among Greek speakers who would adopt this art of communication to influence their hearers towards a certain course of action. While rhetoric is often regarded as speech that lacks sincerity, it is essentially the skill of a speaker to use reasoned argument to persuade. The question is, as Tom Esam addresses in his first solo exhibition at Roman Road: have politicians lost the art of rhetoric? Esam has dedicated his contemporary practice to exploring the ways in which slogans and imagologies are used in advertisements, charity promotions and political campaigns. Often using his surname and image in his artworks, he highlights the ways in which such propagandist tools can be used to create covert systems of ideals and anti-ideals that aim to influence our behaviours and opinions. With his Complex Problems, Simple Solutions, Esam expands …


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