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A supernova remnant in the Milky Way about 13,000 light years from Earth.

When these incredible images are first seen, the nature of their true identity is far from what is on one’s mind. While these 10 bizarre objects from space might look fluffy or mossy, others seem to be drops of liquid …

The Hello Kitty character isn’t a cat. It’s an apple pie loving British third-grade school girl called Kitty White, her parents are George and Mary White, and she lives just outside London. Did you know that? She does in fact …

gregory eddi jones another twenty six gas stations

Most photographers and just about anyone who makes photobooks today will at some point reference Ed Ruscha’s 1963 book production Twentysix Gasoline Stations. The majority will have never held a copy in their hand or have even seen it in reality. …

One of the many great aspects of editing SMBHmag has been the opportunity to meet so many new people and make friends along the way. A couple of days before the opening of Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, I participated in …

There was one particular reason for my interest in going to the Brighton Photo Biennial this year: the need to see something different. I have been feeling jaded by the incessant streaming of the same names on display at festivals, …

Photographers have a complicated relationship with social media, and none more so than with the biggest of them all: Facebook. For photography professionals Facebook is a divisive entity that has managed to beat its way into our collective consciousness, forcing …

The global political system that prevails today is as self-interested as it was during the Cold War, which is why Russia for example behaves today as it did back in the 1960’s when it was under Soviet rule. Though the …

5 Favourites from Dummy Award 2014 The 48 entries that make up this year’s International Photobook Dummy Award from Fotobook Festival Kassel are as varied in size and subject as ever. It’s a great resource for those interested in photobooks …

Why Is Photography Such A Mind-Fuck? When contacted by the Central Saint Martins MA Photography students about contributing a short piece of text to STOP IT, the graduate catalogue (which also includes the MA Fine Art and MA Art and …

Sort Of A Spy: Finding Vivian Maier If ever a story were written about a photographer, Vivian Maier‘s would seem almost too contrived. From her physical description to her personal life and her family background, right the way through her …

Laura Hynd: Her Parents Dreams Transformed You need three elements for a good metamorphosis story: a wild, Arcadian landscape, a pair of lovers, and an unfolding sense of loss. Especially in Ovid’s transformative tales, there is an inescapable premise of …

Standing in Dublin’s renowned queer bar, The George, on Pride weekend, watching a drag show competition with beer in hand, the girl I was dating asked me “Do you feel uncomfortable here?” I took a drink, looked her in the …

11 Photographers Inspired By Space Being that much of of the science and culture surrounding space exploration uses the gathering of photographic images from technology such as the Hubble Space Telescope or the Mars Rover, it is no surprise that …

When the April blue sky turned grey and rain began to fall in Manchester it didn’t really matter anymore, we were off to the opening party for Seba Kurtis and his latest body of work Kif exhibiting at Manchester Photographic. …

Russia Makes Contact With Dublin There’s an underlying theme that connects the two individual projects that comprise The Contact at The Library Project in Dublin, Ireland. The exhibition is a kind of diptych in itself, with Stasis by Elena Bulygina …

Olmo Gonzalez Moriana: The Shockwaves of Love A supernova, like many phenomena in physics, is cyclical. The larger the star, the faster it consumes its energy and so the shorter its lifespan. The biggest and brightest stars will live fast …

Maciej Pestka: Chasing The Gangnam Ghost On first encountering The Life of Psy by Maciej Pestka, there were some reservations about its ability to move beyond a standard editorial photo story about an unofficial look-a-like of South Korean pop star …

Sometimes when a curator brings a group of artists together for a themed show the theme itself can be so specific there is a danger of losing connection with the viewing public. This is most common when a show is …

Maurice van Es: A Successful Portfolio Review Following our recent media partnership with the Portfolio Review 2014 (Düsseldorf Photo Weekend), our attention was drawn to the work of Maurice van Es, a Dutch photographer and recent graduate of the Royal …

Alexis Vasilikos: Uncovering Dimensions With Light It is a peculiar thing, that in this age of intellect and discovery, our understanding of the cosmos is best described by two theories seemingly incapable of blissful union. It appears our knowledge of …

Alberto Feijoo: Mosh Pit Memories and Teenage Kicks Alberto Feijóo’s book project Something We Used To Know is the last in our unintended series of Spanish Photographers Who Impressed at the PhotoIreland 2013 Portfolio Reviews in Dublin. The photobook Feijóo …

British Journal of Photography: Ones To Watch 2014 The British Journal of Photography recently launched its ‘Ones to Watch’ issue as “if you’re looking for something specific, you’ve got the internet. But a magazine should be about discovery – a place …

Jason Lazarus: Contemplating Nirvana and Other Stories “You dickhead…hahahaha!” That is what I actually said – aloud – while reading Nirvana by American artist Jason Lazarus, and published by London-based Here Press. It was in response to a ridiculous love-lorn story …

Having first encountered Gustavo Alemán’s project (No) Soy De Aquí, or, I Am (Not) From Here in English, during the portfolio reviews at PhotoIreland Festival 2013, it was clear this work possessed a number of recognisable characteristics of modern Spanish …

Janire Najera: Last Stand at Los Alamos We had the pleasure of reviewing Janire Najera‘s work from The Black Hole in Dublin at PhotoIreland Festival 2013. The Spanish photojournalist and curator has studied Journalism in Madrid, and Documentary Photography at the …

Aglu Books: Pocket Sized Inspiration When we talk about photobooks these days we generally talk about two main strands – the self-published book and the small independent publisher. Both of these strands are now incredibly popular and stand up quite …

Dan Holdsworth: The View From On High Dan Holdsworth’s book Blackout, much like the work itself, is a deceptive thing. The more you look at it, the more you know visually, yet doubt all the same. You doubt your eyes, the …

Paolo Woods: In A State Of Their Own Since 2010, Paolo Woods has worked on his long-term project STATE, set in Haiti where he resides. Living and working in this dilapidated country has given Woods not only a sense of the culture …

Variety Of Reason: Dummy Award 2013 It’s a difficult task to try and summarise the 55 shortlisted books for the 6th International Fotobook Festival’s Dummy Award. The collection of photobooks was recently displayed at PhotoIreland Festival, in Dublin city, the …

Science, Not Fiction These images of space probes may look like scenes from a Stanley Kubrick science-fiction film, but they actually come from the Great Images in NASA website:

Mor Ho Collective and RCA Photo MA students: Rural ‘Mor Ho’ Collective in collaboration with MA Photography students from Royal College of Art and Red Gallery present Rural, an exhibition of new works by Alix Marie, Tereza Zelenkova, Petra Kubisova, Katarina …

Florian Reischauer: Once Upon A Time… You may be aware of Florian Reischauer from his very popular photo blog project Pieces of Berlin, which has been online since 2010 and seeks to document the city mostly through candid street portraits …

With respect to Cristina De Middel, there will be no mention of the ‘A’ word in this review of her latest book, published by Self Publish Be Happy as part of their ongoing Book Club series (the previous installments were …