Author: Sarah Allen

Sanibal Island. 1976. An outtake from the session for the record Black and Blue. Photo by Hiro. ©The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones – 53 years in photography

At over 500 pages and weighing 10 pounds, Taschen’s new photographic survey of The Rolling Stones reflects the magnitude of the band’s 53-year-long career. Philip Townsend’s photograph of the band wearing checked suits and slightly awkward smiles on the eve of their first British tour is among the images to document the band’s bright-eyed and blues-obsessed beginnings. Shots from the height of fame follow, such as Michael Cooper’s saturated colour photographs, which capture the band draped in all the trappings of 60s psychedelia. The journey draws to a close with Anton Corbijn’s striking black and white shots of The Stones in 2005, visibly aged but lacking none of the spark of youth. For a publication that boasts the work of several prominent photographers – Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, Ethan Russell and Annie Leibovitz to name but a few – choosing a cover must have been difficult. A photograph taken by British photographer Gered Mankowitz is given the pride of place. Shot during the same session which produced the cover of the band’s 1967 album Between …


Shared Sight: Lina and Mengchun

Four years ago, in a bunker hidden beneath the streets of Beijing, two teenage girls, Lina and Mengchun, met for the first time. Now they share everything – even their sight. After a chance encounter with a stranger outside a McDonald’s restaurant, the Spanish photographer Albert Bonsfills was invited to one of these underground homes. It was during this visit, while photographing in the vast, darkened corridors of the underground complex, that his attention was drawn to a blonde figure. “To see blonde hair after three months living in China was really strange. This girl was tall and wore a bright pink coat; her long blonde hair was flowing down her back. I had to run after her.” The girl’s name is Mengchun Liu. She is an Albino, a congenital disorder which — along with a profound visual impairment — has singled her out since birth. Whereas Mengchun has retained 0.1 percent of her eyesight, her best friend Lina Dong, with whom she lives, works and shares everything, is completely blind. “If you are blind in China, there are only two options,” …


Lucie Foundation unveils its 2014 honorees

Now in its twelfth year, the annual Lucie Awards celebrates the greatest achievements in photography from around the world. Throughout the year, the advisory board at the Lucie Foundation nominates photographers across several categories. This year, candidates will be honoured in six divisions. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jane Bown, who has worked for The Observer newspaper since 1949. The British photographer is famed for her striking black-and-white portraits of notable public figures including many artists, musicians and film stars. She has equally photographed each British prime minster since WWII. American photographer Nan Goldin will be presented with the Achievement in Portraiture award. Her debut publication The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, released in 1986, is among her most critically acclaimed work. Depicting imagery of her friends and family, the series deals with issues of marginalisation in a visceral yet intimate manner. British photographer Martin Parr will receive the Achievement in Documentary award. The Magnum photographer’s critical eye and singular approach to documentary have won him international acclaim, and he has forged successful side careers within …


The sobering photography of Nick Hedges

Make Life Worth Living features 100 of British documentary photographer Nick Hedges’ images taken for the housing charity Shelter between 1968 and 1972. The exhibition, at the Science Museum’s Media Space in London, includes black-and-white vintage photographs printed in 1972, many of which transport the viewer into the domestic spaces of poverty-stricken families living in cities across the United Kingdom. [bjp_ad_slot] “It’s very hard to see past the myth of the ‘swinging sixties’”, Hedges tells BJP at the exhibition’s recent press launch. Sixties radicalism, however, had a significant influence on Hedges, and inspired him to pursue a career as a documentary photographer. The exhibition, which is on show until 18 January 2015, was co-curated by Greg Hobson, curator of photographs at the National Media Museum, alongside independent curator Hedy van Erp. Although donated to the NMM in 1983, Hedges’ images were rarely exhibited. The current show offers an opportunity to see the collection together for the first time. Previously, Hedges imposed a restriction on the images to protect the anonymity of the subjects. “We decided that …


Photobook Awards

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation has unveiled the shortlist for its fourth photobook awards. The prize celebrates the best photobooks published in the past year. This year’s edition is divided into three categories, including the inaugural Photography Catalogue of the Year category which, according to the organisers in a press statement, will be awarded to “the publication, publisher, or institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of 2014.” There are five nominations in this category, including Mark Cohen’s Dark Knees, the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Photobooks: Spain 1905–1977, and The Catalogue Box, published by Verlag Kettler/The PhotoBook Museum. [bjp_ad_slot] There are 12 books nominated in the Photobook of the Year category. These include The Big Book by W. Eugene Smith, Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor, Ruth van Beek’s The Arrangement, and Peter van Agtmael’s Disco Night Sept. 11, previously featured on bjp-online. 2013 Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism winner Davide Monteleone is also nominated for his series Spasibo, which explores Chechnyan identity and the republic’s complex history. Spasibo – the exhibition – will be shown at the Saatchi Gallery in …


BJP Staff