All posts filed under: 1854 Awards

Portrait of Humanity: Meet our three overall winners

As part of the prizes for the inaugural Portrait of Humanity award, three photographers have been given first, second and third place, each receiving a share of a $10,000 award grant, to create a project related to the movement. In first place, and receiving $5,000 is Priscilla Falcón Moeller, whose winning portrait was taken in Regla, a small borough of Havana, Cuba. “When I took the photograph, my project Teddy Bear Dream was in the midst of completion,” she explains. “I had found a community that made me feel at home and connected, we’d spend hours in the local park playing and dreaming.” On one of those days, Falcón saw Orlando resting on the merry-go-round. “His gaze struck my soul, I kneeled and took his portrait,” she says. “After I took it, he did not move and I did not speak. It was powerful.” Falcón Moeller plans to use the grant to complete a project she has been working on for the past two years. “Pain from the Faith explores and gives a voice to …

2019-10-11T15:14:04+01:00

Female in Focus: Buttons For Eyes

Priya Kambli physically manipulates old family photographs and then rephotographs the altered artefacts. In her Female in Focus winning series, she employs a variety of materials, particularly those that are grounded in everyday use. Flour, turmeric, and strips of wallpaper embellish old pictures of her childhood in India. “I re-contextualise these familial associations for my own artistic and creative purposes,” explains Kambli, “But also as a way of embellishing my past and connecting it to the present.”  The photographer is interested in using her own experience of emigration to contribute to the broader cultural debate on migrant narratives. “As significant political forces try to suppress the concerns of those who are perceived as different, the need to present a variety of perspectives is simply more urgent,” says Kambli. “Sharing our stories has a civic and social impact.” While Kambli’s need to decipher and address her family photographs is personal, the work always touches on universal themes, with the potential to start a dialogue about cultural differences and global similarities.  Kambli describes the process of creating …

2019-10-03T13:24:25+01:00

Female in Focus: Cosmic Drive

“Cosmic Drive primarily explores the way humans handle ignorance,” says Katinka Schuett of her Female in Focus winning series, which examines the contradictory spheres of fantasy and hard science. “I am interested in our perceptions of space, and the question of whether or not life can be found in the universe.” Schuett is as concerned with fantasy as she is with facts, merging the two to consider the illusions we create when there is a void of information.  The photographer’s interest in outer space was initially people-driven – she began Cosmic Drive by photographing people who catalogued possible UFO sightings and extraterrestrial phenomena in Germany. “I’m fascinated by humans’ preoccupation with things that are not visible or tangible,” explains Schuett.  Many of her photographs play on clichéd tropes of space travel. In one image, an alien lies on a hospital bed as if undergoing a medical examination, its face an exact replica of aliens in Hollywood films and science fiction books, and in another, an index finger is bright red and lit up, like the …

2019-09-26T16:01:23+01:00

Female in Focus: Meet the winning photographers

This year, British Journal of Photography launched its inaugural Female in Focus award, with an open call inviting female-identifying photographers to submit their work to be part of an exhibition at United Photo Industries Gallery, during Photoville in New York. The aim of the exhibition was to bridge photography’s gender imbalance and to elevate the work and careers of women. The two winning series and 20 winning single images have now been chosen, and the first Female in Focus exhibition will open at United Photo Industries Gallery on 22 October 2019, and run until 15 November 2019. One of the defining features of the exhibition is that there is no strict theme. Each image has been shot through the female gaze, a perspective that rarely frames the images we see. However, beyond that, the photographs vary hugely in style and subject matter, resulting in a diverse exhibition.  Among the winning single images is Nancy Newberry’s photograph, The Sentinels, which has been taken from her series Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings, a contemporary Spaghetti Western staged …

2019-09-24T13:32:04+01:00

Announcing our second OpenWalls 2020 exhibition

Earlier this summer, we celebrated the opening of our very first OpenWalls exhibition in Arles, during the 50th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles. We also welcomed entries to the second edition of the award, calling photographers to interpret the theme Growth. Now, Galerie Huit Arles is expanding next year’s exhibition space to accommodate the work of 20 winning images responding to the theme Daily Life. OpenWalls is an international award aimed at creating opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work around the globe. Following the success of our inaugural edition, next year, the OpenWalls exhibition will also take place in Arles. The award will culminate in two group shows held at Galerie Huit Arles, a 17th century mansion and gallery space that has been at the heart of photography in Arles for over a decade. The first group show, for which the open call ended earlier this summer, will feature 48 single images and two bodies of work. Entries to the second group show are now open; this will feature 20 winning images. The theme …

2019-09-10T16:04:16+01:00

Meet this year’s Carte Blanche Laureates

Carte Blanche is a programme aimed at discovering talented emerging photographers and artists. For the past three years, it has been promoting the work of students in art and photography, establishing itself as a crucial step for aspiring young artists.  Open to Masters and Bachelor students throughout Europe, four chosen laureates have been selected to exhibit their portfolios at Paris Gare du Nord train station during Paris Photo, gaining industry exposure among the world’s foremost gallerists, curators, collectors and artists. This year, the laureates comprise Samuel Fordham, Chris Hoare, Fernando Marante and Giulia Parlato,each selected for their nuanced approach to photography. Samuel Fordham Samuel Fordham is an MA Photography student from UWE Bristol, UK. He is a multidisciplinary artist, manipulating photography, text, moving image and sound to explore hidden narratives around childhood, family welfare and equality.  His most recent project, C-R92/BY, documents the forced separation of families in the UK. The work seeks to investigate how family members maintain a relationship with each other when they have been physically and geographically removed from one another’s …

2019-09-09T09:59:33+01:00

OpenWalls Arles 2020: The privilege of peace

We are expanding the exhibition space for OpenWalls Arles 2020. As part of this second open call, we are highlighting photographers whose work relates to the theme: Daily Life. Calls open on Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 2pm (UK time). “American suburbs are, or at least were, the American Dream,” says Taylor Dorrell, “but for kids growing up there, they’re a boring place they want to leave.” Dorrell’s series White Fences explores the lives of teenagers growing up in suburban communities in America’s Midwest. Centred around New Albany, Ohio, where he grew up, the project reflects on the mundanity associated with suburban life, but also captures the beauty of uneventfulness. “There are peace and privilege in this boredom,” he explains. “The suburbs are where nothing happens, but where former generations aspired, and fought, to get to.”  Dorrell began shooting White Fences after completing several projects that focused on US politics. In 2016, he photographed Swing State, which followed the presidential election in Ohio, observed through rallies and protests. “I was interested in making something in …

2019-09-05T16:53:07+01:00

OpenWalls Arles 2020: Daily Life on the remote island of Eigg

We are expanding the exhibition space for OpenWalls Arles 2020. As part of this second open call, we are highlighting photographers whose work relates to the theme: Daily Life. Calls open on Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 2pm (UK time). The Hebridean Isle of Eigg is a ferry ride away from the Scottish mainland. Owned by the people living there, the community of Eigg was one of the first to buy its home from a rogue Laird. Last year, the community celebrated the 20th anniversary of its £1.5 million buyout of the island. As a result, self-sufficiency and independence are intrinsic to the community. “Life on the island is deeply rooted in friendships and the sharing of burdens,” explains photographer Danny North. “There are no police, no crime, and everything works perfectly.” North began photographing the people of Eigg after feeling lost living in Deptford, South London. On a previous holiday in Skye, a skipper had told him about an island with a population of less than 100. “I was going through great personal turmoil,” …

2019-09-05T16:13:32+01:00

OpenWalls Arles 2020: “Photographing daily life is the purest challenge for a photographer”

We are expanding the exhibition space for OpenWalls Arles 2020. As part of this second open call, we are highlighting photographers whose work relates to the theme: Daily Life. Calls open on Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 2pm (UK time). “In 2001, I was living in New York and staying less than a mile from the World Trade Center,” says Nguan. “I looked up at the Twin Towers every day from my street.” Nguan has spent his career making work across the globe: from Coney Island to his home city of Singapore. The photographer’s work is distinct. Each image employs the same pastel colour palette, which Nguan achieves by only ever photographing during the final two hours of daylight.  They are not the kind of photographs that come to mind when thinking of a catastrophe like 9/11, but each still was taken in response to it.  “On 9/11, I did not hear the news of the first plane hitting the North Tower at 8:46am, or watch both towers fall shortly after, because I went to …

2019-09-05T16:11:58+01:00

Portrait of Britain 2019: Shortlisted and winning photographers

Every September for the past three years, Portrait of Britain has taken over high streets, rail stations, shopping malls and airports across the United Kingdom, transforming JCDecaux screens into celebrations of the many faces of modern Britain, and its contemporary photographic talent. This year is no different. As much a celebration of photography as a celebration of our country’s people, Portrait of Britain has become the largest contemporary portrait exhibition ever held.  Last year, British Journal of Photography also produced the first Portrait of Britain book — a physical embodiment of the work of the shortlisted and winning photographers. Published by Hoxton Mini Press, and distributed worldwide, the book was met with great acclaim and will be returning this year with 200 new images, each chosen for their nuanced reflections of the British people.  Among those shortlisted is James Tye for his photograph of Franko-B, a visual artist, professor and DJ. “I met him by chance at a zebra crossing in Whitechapel, over a decade ago,” says Tye, who shot the portrait specifically to enter …

2019-09-02T10:52:44+01:00

BJP Staff