All posts tagged: Portraiture

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 …

2020-09-08T01:18:46+01:00

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 …

2020-08-27T11:19:01+01:00

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.

2020-08-19T15:15:22+01:00

1854 Presents: Rory Lewis

23rd June, 6PM (UK Time) | Pre-register now to watch for free From 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography, 1854 Presents hosts free virtual artist talks, Q&As, panel discussions and more with leading figures in contemporary photography. This week, 1854 Presents: Rory Lewis. Rory Lewis is a dedicated portrait photographer who has spent over a decade capturing many of the world’s most recognised faces. Sitters have included the likes of William Shatner, David Cameron, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Iain Glen and Natalie Dormer. Rory’s images have been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic, with several of his portraits having been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London. In this free and exclusive live stream event, Rory will unpack his approach to portraiture alongside key sittings from his portfolio, including Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen and others. He will be discussing technique, lighting, direction and the broader inspiration behind his work. Pre-register now to watch for free, and stay tuned for more 1854 Presents livestream events View the archive of talks …

2020-07-22T11:13:37+01:00

“Will I ever see my freedom?”: Powerful Portraits of Daily Life from OpenWalls Arles 2020

OpenWalls is an international photography award exhibiting contemporary work in prestigious and historic locations around the world At work, at leisure, awake, asleep, in the street, in reflection. The everyday is, according to 20th century French philosopher Maurice Blanchot, that which is “most difficult to discover”: it is “what we are first of all, and most often”; it is ourselves, ordinarily. But the immediate proximity of our everyday renders its beauty hard to appreciate.  When ‘Daily Life’ was chosen as one of two themes for OpenWalls Arles 2020 — a look at the small moments, the ordinary routines, that make up human existence — we had no idea the exhibition would fall in such an extraordinary year. At the time of writing, the world is slowly emerging from lockdown, persisting through a pandemic that continues to magnify cracks in our systems. Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesotan police in May, the Black Lives Matter movement has erupted around the globe. Across oceans and borders, ways of thinking, acting and existing …

2020-07-21T17:37:05+01:00

BJP Staff