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Seen Fifteen reopens

As we begin to see galleries around the UK opening their doors to the public, a familiar bustle of culture breathes life into these spaces once again. Joining them this week is Seen Fifteen, nestled in the heart of Peckham, London and the home of the much celebrated Peckham 24 Festival  – which would have celebrated its fifth edition this summer – as well as a dynamic programme of exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery welcomes visitors back with a new exhibition Hurry Up Please It’s Time, a title taken from a line of a poem by TS Elliot, which he wrote during the last pandemic. The show, which brings together the work of five contemporary artists and photographers including Maya Rochat and Laura El-Tantawy, breaking from the scheduled summer programme and instead focusing on the pandemic experience. Jo Dennis, Elena Helfrecht and Martin Seeds will be exhibiting work that was made during the Covid-19 lockdown, with each artist ruminating on the effect this moment has had on our environment. BJP speaks to the founder …

2020-09-08T10:17:59+01:00

Carmignac Photojournalism Award: 10 years of reportage

Situated on an island off the coast of southern France, surrounded by glistening blue waters and nestled within pine-tree forests, is the Villa Carmignac — a gallery and sculpture garden belonging to French entrepreneur Édouard Carmignac and the foundation he established in 2000. The land, back then a Provençal farmhouse originally built in the 1980s, was acquired in 2015. An underground extension was built to accommodate 2,000 square meters of exhibition space, and in 2018, it opened to the public. Surrounding the gallery is an impressive sculpture garden and 18 permanent works of art, situated within a national park that famously provided a backdrop to Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film Pierrot le fou. Inside, visitors are asked to remove their shoes to ensure complete silence, contributing to a serene experience which only accentuates the sobering nature of the work currently on show. Established in 2009, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award exists as part of the foundation’s “three axis”, alongside the villa, and the foundation’s collection of over 250 works of art, by artists including Andy Warhol, Basquiat, …

2020-08-11T09:49:43+01:00

Ooshot Award: an exhibition of commissioned photography

One winter night at a charity shop in Paris, a young Afghan refugee named Zaman arrived at the store. He had travelled for sixteen months from Kabul in a flimsy pair of flip flops, and was looking for a new pair of shoes. When presented with the selection of footwear on offer, Zaman said, “Not ugly sneakers – sneakers like Jay-Z”. This anecdote was the starting point for photographers Ambroise Tézenas and Frédéric Delangle, leading to a project that questions the social function of clothing for refugees. Sneakers like Jay-Z was commissioned by the charity Emmaüs Solidarity – who currently run over 600 second-hand shops in France – and is the winning project of the inaugural Ooshot Award. The Ooshot Award is the first photographic prize dedicated to commissioned photography. Valerie Hersleven, founder of the award, wants to break the boundaries between art and commercial photography, pointing out that some of the greatest photographs in history were made under a commission. One of her favourite images, Tears by Man Ray, for example, was created for the mascara brand …

2019-06-05T10:12:26+01:00

Those who eat fish from the cyanide lake improve their sex life

In 2013, a proposal to initiate Europe’s largest gold and silver mining project in Roșia Montană, Romania, sparked a series of anti-government protests in dozens of cities across the country. The proposal is still awaiting a parliamentary decision, but among its many contentions are the long-term health effects ofcyanide poisoning – a potentially deadly chemical used to extract gold – and the suspicion of fake documentation, prompted by vested interests within the government. Belgian photographer Tomas Bachot travelled to Romania in 2015, intending to create a documentary project about the state of the mining conflict. After months of travelling through several cities, one of his couchsurfing hosts reacted negatively to his photographs, and said she was unable to support his vision of her country. “I was shocked, because as an image-maker you’re always open to hear feedback, but you’re also scared,” says Bachot. “I realised what I really needed to do, rather than just observing the place and the situation. I realised that what I was doing was a very limited way of meeting people …

2019-03-19T15:33:36+01:00

The 2019 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize goes on show

Now in its 22nd year, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is awarded each year to image-makers who’ve made the biggest contribution to the medium in the previous 12 months in Europe. This year the shortlisted artists are: Laia Abril, for her publication On Abortion; Susan Meiselas, for the retrospective exhibition Mediations; Arwed Messmer, for his exhibition RAF – No Evidence / Kein Beweis; and Mark Ruwedel, for the exhibition Artist and Society: Mark Ruwedel. The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced at The Photographers’ Gallery on 16 May 2019.

2019-06-05T10:28:03+01:00

BJP Staff