All posts tagged: Portraiture

Mental and physical turmoil flow in David Uzochukwu’s surreal portraits

Each year, British Journal of Photography presents its Ones To Watch – a group of emerging image-makers, chosen from hundreds of nominations by international experts. Throughout September, BJP-online is sharing their profiles, originally published in issue #7898 of the magazine. David Uzochukwu is one of five Ones to Watch selected by British Journal of Photography to exhibit as part of Futures festival, which takes place throughout October. David Uzochukwu’s contorted bodies ripple through space — bent, tense, naked. A figure lies beside a pink lake, its back turned, red oozing from beneath its waist. A nude, amorphous form strides out before the ripples of a sunset, arms elongated; muscles tensed. A bare torso emerges from swathes of long grass; a limp figure, with jagged fins, lies slumped atop another man.  “I always want to build a haven through my images, perhaps it is in response to how the spaces I move through receive me,” reflects the 21-year-old photographer, represented by Galerie Number 8, whose fantastical frames carve out space for the multifaceted forms that inhabit …


Just Pictures, curated by Antwaun Sargent

“For this generation of emerging image-makers, the photographer’s eye is illimitable: a picture is just a picture,” writes Antwaun Sargent, curator of a new exhibition opening at projects+gallery in St Louis, Missouri, this Thursday. Just Pictures features the work of Arielle Bobb-Willis, Yagazie Emezi, Joshua Kissi, Mous Lamrabat, Renell Medrano, Ruth Ossai, Justin Solomon and Joshua Woods — photographers who work in the intersection of fine art, fashion photography, and social commentary. In 2019, Sargent published The New Black Vanguard (2019), a book that explores what it means to be a contemporary young black photographer, creating work and thinking about blackness. Much in the same vein, Just Pictures presents a cohort of photographers whose work belongs just as in museums as they do in fashion magazines and social media feeds. Crucially, their work is inspired by an urge to show life as they find it — something that has hitherto been missing. In a statement provided by the gallery, Sargent describes these artists as: “Image-makers who are working between the commercial and conceptual, by creating …


Portrait of Britain 2020: The winners

View the 200 shortlisted and 100 winning images In the wake of Brexit and the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Portrait of Britain 2020 compiles a vibrant record of modern Britain at a momentous time in our history. Set to comprise one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary portrait photography ever held, the winning portraits have been selected by industry-leading judges including Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director of British Journal of Photography, Martin Usbourne, co-founder of Hoxton Mini Press and Parveen Narowalia, Digital Picture Editor at British Vogue. The exhibition will launch on JCDecaux UK’s nationwide network of digital Out-of-Home screens on 1 September, displaying the 100 winning images for one month throughout rail stations, shopping malls, high streets, bus shelters and beyond. The 200 shortlisted images will be published in the Portrait of Britain book, Vol. 3, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide from 1 October. “I hope my portrait can help audiences see that Black Dreams Matter, and inclusive representation can inspire future generations — which benefits everyone. To win is a …


Organ Vida 2020: Hesitant Images

The Croatian festival returns to Zagreb this September, presenting a program of exhibitions and events focused around the theme ‘Hesitant Images’ — work that sit in the intersection of fact and fiction. The featured works are based on images that are simultaneously real and constructed, but whose authenticity is manifested in their portrayal of the tensions of contemporary digital culture. “We are interested in images that are political primarily in terms of how rather than what they represent,” writes the festival in a statement. Alongside the main exhibition, which features the work of ten finalists selected from an open call, the festival will feature three site-specific exhibitions and installations by Meriem Bennani, Filip Custic and Victoria Sin. Organ Vida will run from 02 September until 04 October 2020. View the full program here.


BJP Staff