BLOG

Francis Bacon described the omnipresence of pictures in his contemporaneous media landscape as being ‘bombarded by images all the time’, a phenomenon William Burroughs, using another aptly violent metaphor, experienced as a ‘continual barrage of images’.[1] The latter pointed out …

Richard Avedon

“I think all art is about control – the encounter between control and the uncontrollable.” From fashion photography, to portraits of a changing world, and up until his death in 2004, Richard Avedon had but one daily obsession: making art. …

William Eggleston

There are a number of pictures in William Eggleston’s Guide that include dogs happily wandering the dusty roads of Louisiana and Mississippi. The expressive characters of these dogs fit perfectly with the chance encounters of the people that have become …

Drew Nikonowicz

It was a great pleasure and an interesting exercise to have taken part in the judging process of the inaugural Photogrvphy Grant. Its premise is straightforward: Photogrvphy Grant awards $1000 annually to the applicant with the most inspirational photographic idea to …

Freya Najade

German native and Hackney inhabitant, Freya Najade has spent the last eight years exploring the landscape of East London’s canals. These manmade waterways have seen the city endure, change and shift over the centuries, but all the while they have remained a …

Herb Ritts

Is Herb Ritts to photography what William-Adolphe Bouguereau is to painting? A staged, dated and petit bourgeois idea of titillation? Or is he simply a reflection of a particularly artificial period in our recent history that gave us the “super model”? A period that …

Photographer Luo Yang is one of many emerging artists coming to light in a time of cultural and social change within China. In 2012, Ai Weiwei designated her one of the “rising stars of Chinese photography” (New Statesman). Yang’s film …

Wolfgang Tillmans

“Photography always lies about what’s in front of the camera, but it never lies about what is behind, it always clearly reveals the intentions that are behind… Allowing and being as prepared as possible for what might happen, while staying …

Mark Duffy Vote No. 1

How many times have you shouted at a politician on the television? How many times have you heard them repeat the same inane, lamentable sound-bite contrary to the argument at hand? The politician is a creature apart: they claim altruistic …

Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims started taking pictures to impress her father. Believing she was not pretty enough for his standards, she took photographs of beautiful women to get his attention. “Someone who doesn’t like museums is someone who doesn’t love women”, her …

kristall ohne liebe alexander binder

The work of German photographer Alexander Binder has been getting better in recent years. It has steadily moved forward from the graphic works that were more suited to obscure heavy metal album artwork, and have evolved into something that now …

Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs

While recently in Germany attending our media partner’s Portfolio Review event at the NRW-Forum for Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2016 we took in some of the many shows across the city. This was no small feat being as there were in …

Robert Mapplethorpe

In 1983, I was working as a trainee in the Modern Paintings department at Christie’s in New York. One of my duties was to be on the exhibition floor making sure clients inquiries would be attended. One particular winter morning …

Agence MYOP at Seen Fifteen

In our Profile series we talk to those brave souls who have established new ventures in photography; whether it is a gallery space, bookshop or a publishing title, we get to know the people behind the initiative to inspire and …

The Portfolio Review 2016 is an open forum of presentation and discussion where participants get feedback on their work, connect with each other and the jurors, and can win prizes. After three successful editions since 2012, it will take place …

Mariela Sancari

Those of us who have lost a loved one, or have found ourselves estranged from a family member such as a parent will find the subject of Mariela Sancari‘s latest photobook Moisés (published by La Fabrica) familiar and sympathetic. Having lost …

Bruce Conner Crossroads

At the behest of President Harry S. Truman, and under the leadership of King Juda, the Bikini islanders were evacuated from their Atoll in the Marshall Islands during March of 1946, and safely placed beyond the reach of what was …

Artist and SMBHmag Director Barry W Hughes is launching a new collaborative project. The dedicated Instagram account is a kind of sketchbook of images that are regularly collected, acting like a living archive. Due to the visual style being so …

Charles Johnstone

As an adolescent boy, enraptured by hormonal romanticism and never-ending erections brought on at the slightest suggestion, the fantasy world of sexual maturity seemed like an impossibility. Adolescent boys struggle with an aggressively visceral reaction to the visual world; they …

Clare Strand Getting Better and Worse at the Same Time

When first encountering Clare Strand’s photographic studies at Grimaldi Gavin one is baffled by their apparent simplicity. There appears to be no tangible visual information, or not enough to hold the gaze for long. In many instances they appear impassive, …

UAL Central Saint Martins

  Presented at UAL Central Saint Martins, London, 21st Century Photography: Art, Philosophy, Technique is a trans-disciplinary conference aiming to explore a series of themes that emerge from the understanding of contemporary photography as the basic unit of visual communication …

Max Pinckers

There was a palpable air of excitement when arriving in Liverpool to see how things were shaping up for LOOK/15, the third edition of Look: Liverpool International Photography Festival, which utilizes the many – and often outstanding – venues in …

Lorenzo Vitturi

Directors of Photo London and Candlestar, the company producing this fair, Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad can rest easy for now; they seemed to have had one goal with Photo London, and that was to put up a legitimate challenge …

Simon Norfolk

Last week (23/04/2015) the Sony World Photography Organisation announced the winners of the world’s largest photography awards, with American photographer John Moore winning Current Affairs Photographer of the Year for his project Ebola Crisis Overwhelms Liberian Capital and then taking home …

Coco Young Vanity

They say one should write about what one knows, has experienced in real life; and so it is with Coco Young, a former fashion model and artist’s muse who has swapped the catwalk for Art History and launched her career …

dennis dinneen small town portraits

You probably haven’t heard of Dennis Dinneen, but opening this month is a photography exhibition by the Irish portrait photographer and publican who quietly photographed his native town and surrounding area over much of his life. Amassing an archive of …

When my girlfriend first showed me pictures from Jenny Lewis’ One Day Young project my initial reaction was one of rejection. In a split second I rejected the portraits of mothers holding their newborn infants, within twenty-four hours after giving …

It would be wrong to say that 2041, published by Here Press and Lewis Chaplin (formerly of Fourteen-Nineteen, now of Loose Joints) is odd. In fact the book is quite sensible, sedate even. With the exceptions of some occasional fold …

Staging Disorder considers the contemporary representation of the real in relation to photography, architecture and modern conflict. The photographic exhibition includes selected images from seven photographic series that were made independently of each other in the first decade of the new millennium – Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin’s Chicago, …

formatportfolioreviews2015

The FORMAT International Photography Festival Portfolio Reviews will take place on Saturday 14 March 2015 at Derby College in Derby (the exact address will be sent to those who sign up). FORMAT has carefully selected 45* international experts in the field of …

It seems appropriate that German photographer Diane Vincent has produced a book such as Oben. Growing up in East Germany, and first attending a school specializing in music, the monochromatic images that form the series both reflect the greyness of …

rebecca scheinberg

The jury for Portfolio Review 2015 were: Michael Biedowicz (ZEIT Magazin), Gregory Barker (HOTSHOE Magazine), Hester Keijser (Curator), Kris Scholz (Artist), Alexa Becker (Kehrer Verlag), Ingo Taubhorn (House of Photography), Sheyi Bankale (Next Level Magazine), Clare Strand (Artist) and Anna Dannemann (The Photographers’ Gallery). ARTE Creative Award: Three commissions by …

john gossage nothing

American photographer John Gossage is usually someone whose name appears, or is quoted, in the history of photobooks for good reason. Long before the photobook became photography’s equivalent to the hipster’s beard, he had produced publications credited by many as …

kontinent awards 2015

International Kontinent Photography Awards 2015, the prestigious photography competition is now open for entries. Awards aim to honor best photographers in the world of photography and provide them global recognition and new opportunities. The winners will be selected by our …

eivind h natvig you are hear now

‘I’m nowhere else Than here Where the grass pulls away In between the trees Through the woods, This narrow path, Hardly more than animal tracks, Hardly more than a slight change of colour, A lighter shade of pale’ The title …