All posts tagged: Cristina de Middel

National Portrait Gallery: In Focus

Each year the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery, showing off the shots that most impressed the judges in this prestigious worldwide prize. Since 2015 the gallery has also hosted a simultaneous In Focus exhibition, highlighting a new body of work by an internationally established photographer. Last year, the honour fell to Pieter Hugo; this year, Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel will present images exploring the sex industry in Brazil’s capital Rio de Janeiro. As one of the main prostitution hubs in Latin America, Rio has seen the business flourish in recent years – particularly with the added attraction of the Fifa World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Rather than focusing on the prostitutes, de Middel homed in on their clients, placing a small ad in the local newspapers in June 2015, asking them to come forward and take part in the project. “I was surprised by the response, but Rio is a very relaxed city when it comes to sex,” says de Middel. “There is …

2016-10-28T17:21:34+00:00

Image (c) Cristina De Middel

Friday 20 May: BJP joins Photo London to present an afternoon of film screenings

British Journal of Photography is screening a day of films today (Friday 20 May) at the Photo London art fair at Somerset House. One of  highlights of the programme is a free screening of James Crump’s acclaimed documentary, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2015), just released in the UK. The 72-minute film tells the story of how, in the late 1960s, a cadre of emerging New York artists sought to transcend the limitations of art. They were looking for a larger canvas to work on. Troublemakers mines previously unseen photographs to resurrect the lives of artists who made earthworks, rather than artworks, and whose creations still exist – on a monumental scale – in the desolate deserts of the American southwest. “In doing so, they thought they were going to end galleries,” says director James Crump, whose film explores how, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, such artists stood in direct contrast to the emerging, hyper-speculative contemporary art world of the day, and, evermore so, the …

2016-05-20T10:44:34+00:00

Cristina de Middel: Lady Isn’t Waiting

When I contact Cristina de Middel to ask for an interview, she’s in an airport. When we speak on Skype a few days later, she’s preparing for another flight later that day. When she sends us her images, she does so from a departure lounge. Talk to other photographers on the festival circuit, and de Middel is referred to with a lot of affection and a tiny bit of resentment. It’s as if they might be remembering an old friend they haven’t seen for a long time, and can’t help feeling a little rejected, a little jealous. For de Middel was, once, one of them. She was a photojournalist who no longer towed the editorial line, choosing to go it alone and focus on her own work, embracing a more conceptual approach, jettisoning the press for the art world. De Middel was hardly alone in doing this, and she was there, at the festivals, competing for attention like everyone else, necking the free wine at everyone else’s gallery launches, worrying about the bank account. Now …

2016-07-05T14:05:23+00:00

VIDEO: Cristina de Middel, Benedicte Kurzen and Robin Maddock show different sides of Nigeria

It isn’t often a group photography show can boast the names of Cristina de Middel, Benedicte Kurzen and Robin Maddock. This collaboration, titled Shine Ur Eye, brings together and explores their recent response to living in Lagos, Nigeria, while contrasting each photographers’ dramatically different photographic process. Each photographer found themselves in Nigeria for different reasons, and have responded to the complex layers of Nigerian society in different ways. Exhibited together, their work forms an original photographic essay on Nigeria, recognising the intermingling traditions and practices that shape Nigerian culture. British photographer Robin Maddock is displaying, for the first time, digitised images he discovered in the Nigerian National Museum archive. It contains, he says, “piles of slides, many in a state of decay, like a treasure trove.” The slides are presented as found, with no interference from the photographers, save to present these ethnographic images of masks and other objects as significant insights into Nigerian cultural history and heritage, as well as fascinating photographic records in their own right. The Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel, a former photojournalist, began working  conceptually with the first self-published …

2015-07-10T15:40:33+00:00

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