All posts tagged: Danish

BJP #7862: Look & Learn

In our third annual edition focusing on photography education, BJP visits schools around the world to discover what it takes to “see photographically”. From one of the oldest photography schools in the UK, to pioneering institutions in Germany and Denmark, tutors stress the need to appreciate the mechanics of a photograph – light, shape, space and perspective. “Our bodies learn to adapt to the camera that is shaping our experience,” explains Thomas Sandberg, photographer and co-founder of the Ostkreuz School for Photography in Berlin.


How to dance at a heavy metal music festival

Danish photojournalist Jacob Ehrbahn has covered a range of complex and challenging subject matter, from his award-winning Daily Life series – which followed the humdrum poverty of the American Rust Belt community of Youngstown, Ohio – to the Earthquake Aftermath, Kashmir collection, documenting the devastated towns and cities of the disputed Indian territory. For his latest book however, Ehrbahn has taken on a very different challenge: capturing the intensity of headbanging – a style of dancing associated with heavy metal music. Headbanging involves the violent shaking of the head in time with the down-beat of rock songs. Dancers thrust their heads back and forth, in circular motions, and side to side (the ‘Demon’s Whip’), making their (usually, long) hair flow wildly and chaotically. Variations within the style are numerous. The ‘Hammer of Thor’ technique involves the bashing of one’s fist on the knee in time with the cranial thrust itself, whilst the ‘Whiplash’ – one of the most hazardous moves – dispenses with musical timing, favouring a frenetic, fit-like shudder. The ‘Arschloch’ headbang, which involves the regular full-body bang …


The re-enactments of Aboriginal history that won the Tokyo International Photography Competition

A series that includes portrait ‘re-enactments’ of archival images of Aboriginal people has won this year’s Tokyo International Photography Competition (TIPC). The Wake: Re-enacting the Spencer & Gillen photographic archive by Danish photographer Christian Vium was selected from eight shortlisted entries to be awarded the Grand Prix. Vium, who is a photographer, filmmaker and anthropologist, made his winning work in Central Australia between May and June 2014. His aim, he explains, was to creatively respond to the photographic archives of anthropologists and photographers Frank Gillen and Baldwin Spencer, who produced a comprehensive record of aboriginal life between 1875 and 1912. At the time, Vium had been researching the Spencer & Gillen archives at the Victoria Museum in Melbourne via the online digitised collection, “I wanted to revisit their cardinal work and use it as a point of departure for a contemporary dialogue about how we see and represent ‘the Other’,” says Vium in a statement about his work. “I went into the field with a selection of photographs divided into three categories: the portrait, the …


BJP Staff