All posts tagged: IdeasTap

A photographer’s epic journey across India

“This story you cannot tell, only recording the work as it is,” says photographer Vasantha Yogananthan. In a black blazer, black jeans, black cardigan and a floral shirt, Vasantha Yogananthan is as mellifluous as his photography. Scans of these – slate and rainbow squares on cream paper – lie fanned on the table. The 29-year-old Paris-based photographer has just gained the resources to develop his epic seven-book project, A Myth of Two Souls, which we discuss at the BJP office in Old Street, London. He’s won a £5,000 grant in the international category of the IdeasTap and Magnum Photographic Award, after finishing in the top three of 823 applicants. He is in a good mood. “The challenge is: how do you tell this story for people in the West?” says Yogananthan, whose mother is French and father is Sri-Lankan. “People will see the pictures and miss what the project is about. We are working on finding an editorial strategy where we can invite the audience to discover India the same way I am discovering it.” The project is to …


Peter De Haan blames government for closure of arts charity

Peter De Haan, the founder of IdeasTap, has blamed government austerity for the impending closure of the arts funding and education charity, which provides funds for young creatives at the start of their career. After announcing this week the charity will close in June, with the loss of seven jobs and an end to a community-based website of almost 200,000 people, De Haan has described himself as “bitter” for the perceived lack of support his charity have received from the Arts Council and other government departments that deal with the creative industries. “I’m bitter because I see other organisations that play the politics, that get the money and waste it. They’re appalling,” he says. [bjp_ad_slot] “I can’t even get a response from Ed Vaisey,” he says of the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. “It’s unbelievable.” The charity has received more than 90 per cent of its £13m total funding since its creation in 2008 from De Haan’s philanthropic trust, the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust. But De Haan, who inherited from his father …


IdeasTap and Magnum Award announces finalists

IdeasTap has named the photographers who will go through to the next round of its annual competition, which it runs in partnership with Magnum Photos. Of the 18 photographers selected from three categories for the 2014 IdeasTap and Magnum Photographic Award, a jury of industry professionals chose nine to go through to the next stage of the competition. [bjp_ad_slot] They are: Albert Elm; Jack Latham; Sophie Green; Karolina Jonderko; Magda Rakita; Sarah Amy Fishlock; Adél Koleszár; Álvaro Laiz; and Vasantha Yogananthan. On the judging panel were: Lucy Davies, commissioning editor of photography at The Telegraph; Peter Marlow, Magnum photographer; Jonathan Bell, editorial and publishing representative at Magnum Photos; and Souvid Datta, 2013 IdeasTap Photographic Award winner. The Award, now in its fifth year, aims to showcase and celebrate emerging photographers who are working within documentary photography. Each of the nine shortlisted photographers will receive £1500 to shoot a new project, and will also be mentored by a member of Magnum Photos. The three overall winners will be announced in May 2015 and awarded prizes that include £5000 in cash and paid internships at the Magnum Photos offices in either London or New York. To …


BJP Staff