Posts tagged Photography
A Review of Ivar Wigan: Young Love at PM/AM, London

After two years living in downtown Jamaica, Ivar Wigan gives us a rare glimpse of dancehall culture in his recent series Young Love. The hustlers, dancers, street-runners and families that make up the community all come together in the former car park that's now PM/AM gallery. The photos are not shot at random but are thoughtfully composed to communicate an honest and natural impression of his subjects, most of who have never left Jamaica due to rigid visa restrictions.

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A Review of Femininities: Guy Bourdin at Maison Chloé, Paris

The exhibition pairs archival pieces with shoots by Guy Bourdin, the photographer who photographed Chloé the most. This past Sunday, in the midst of Paris’s busy Couture Week, the French luxury fashion house Chloé unveiled its new cultural space, the Maison Chloé. The beautifully restored, multifunctional Belle-Époque building houses the brand’s archives and showrooms, but four of its five stories are dedicated to a public exhibition space, which was inaugurated this past weekend with the show “Femininities—Guy Bourdin.”

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A Review of Peckham 24 in Peckham, London

As the art world elite concluded their annual Photo London gathering at Somerset House, Peckham was just warming up by presenting a festival of exhibitions that encompassed a network of Peckham-based artists, galleries and curators. Founded by Vivienne Gamble and Jo Dennis, Peckham 24, is a 24-hour celebration of contemporary photography. The festival is spread across a variety of locations in Peckham, including The Bussey Building, Copeland Park and other local galleries. Far from the exclusivity and structure of Somerset House, the non-ticketed festival instead welcomes a wide audience to see a diverse selection of photography.

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An Interview with the American Photographer Chase Hall in the East Village, Manhattan

Raised in California, the multifaceted photographer and painter Chase Hall now lives in the East Village, New York. Before moving to Manhattan to be surrounded by fellow artists, he worked in LA as an assistant on fashion shoots and did some commercial photography. Known for his work’s optimism and carefree aesthetic, Chase is all about the process, and believes we ought to see more of the effort behind even the most spontaneous works of art. 

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A Review of Uni-Verse by Anouska Beckwith at Palm Tree Gallery, Kensington

Last Friday saw the opening of photographer and multidisciplinary artist, Anouska Beckwith’s first London solo show, showcasing her own imagined Uni ~ Verse. Held at the Palm Tree Gallery on Portobello Road, the exhibition came after Beckwith’s 2015 New York solo debut Transcendence, in addition to recent group shows in London, Paris and Switzerland. Inside the gallery was an immersive organic installation of moss, shrubbery and branches set to ‘encourage gratitude and respect for the natural environment’ amongst the audience.

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A Review of Raphael Albert's Miss Black and Beautiful Exhibition at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place in Shoreditch, London

The photographer Raphael Albert (1935-2009) established himself as a cultural promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in West London between the late 1960's and 1980's. His archive documenting popular community events as well as his collection of model portfolios has allowed for a both extensive and detailed exhibition, which celebrates a community often overlooked within mainstream fashion and culture.

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An Interview with the British Photographer Kurtiss Lloyd off Brick Lane, London

The British photographer Kurtiss Lloyd and I first met at the Nomadic Community Garden off Brick Lane, London. There we spent an afternoon talking and taking photographs of the street art. Finding his way to photography through an interest in dance, Kurtiss grew up in an English mining town without any artistic training. But he soon found his way into the fashion world, collaborating with brands like Dior, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Philip Tracey. 

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A Review of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.

Co-ordinated by the sculptor Richard Wilson and described by him as “unpredictable, stimulating and startling”, this year's Summer Exhibition focusses on the importance of artistic partnership. Throughout the galleries, Wilson presents the viewer with the pairing of single pieces of work in an attempt to demonstrate the connection formed through creative dialogue. He seeks to showcase the power of art and its ability to create empathy, as we are reminded that we often observe it from a perspective other than our own.

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A Review of the Photo London Fair 2016 at Somerset House, London

Photo London was only launched in 2015 but this year’s event, held at Somerset House, was a world-class gathering. Founders Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad brought together 85 of the world’s leading photography galleries, supplemented by special exhibitions by the likes of photo-journalist Don McCullin, Russian photographer Sergey Chilikov and Turner-nominated artist Craigie Horsfield.

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The Vogue 100: A Century of Style Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London

When I think of Vogue, I simultaneously think of glamour, beauty, haute couture and a world of unaffordable luxury that I will never be a part of. As I turn page after page of the latest edition, sipping my almond milk latte in a Parisian café in the septième I am, however, momentarily convinced that I am indeed a part of this world. 

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A Review of Nick Danziger's Photography Exhibition Eleven Women Facing War, London

Nick Danziger’s current exhibition Eleven Women Facing War at the Imperial War Museum, London is a testimony to commitment to telling the stories of women affected by conflict and its legacy. Danziger has spent the last twenty-five years visiting the world’s poorest and most desecrated areas, using his lens to give a voice to those forgotten by the global media. 

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An Interview with the Photographer Anouska Beckwith in Le Marais, Paris

Anouska Beckwith is a British photographer living in Place des Vosges, Paris. We were first introduced by a fellow writer and I soon crossed the channel to interview her for Suitcase Magazine. As both a photographer and the founder of the all-female artists’ collective World Wide Women, she lives the bohemian dream surrounded by creatives in the City of Lights. Known especially for her nude photographs, and focus on the life, death and rebirth.

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The Bettina Rheims retrospective at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

Bettina Rheims is a French photographer known for her iconic portraits of female models as well as those of transsexuals, acrobats and strippers. Her oeuvre spanning thirty years is currently being exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris with a queue around the corner. Despite the sexuality of her work, there’s a sense of trust between the photographer...

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The Alice Springs Retrospective at Le Musee Europeene de la Photographie in Le Marais, Paris

Alice Springs was the pseudonym used by June Newton, the wife of the illustrious Helmut, and was previously known for her black and white photographs. However, within the setting of an 18th century mansion in the depths of Le Marais, we are shown a different side to the photographer. More intimate nudes...

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An Interview with Fashion Photographer Spela Kasal at Brasserie Barbès, Paris

The photographer Spela Kasal and I met this summer in Paris on the lawns of the British Embassy, where we flicked through art magazines. An award-winning photographer, she's worked for Vogue, Interview Magazine, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton amongst others. Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Spela modelled between Paris and New York, where she gained insight into the inner workings of the fashion industry

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The Taylor Wessing Photography Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, London

At present, autumnal London is overwhelmed by photography exhibitions, which vary immeasurably in their poignancy. As a result of digital innovation, we also face the bittersweet reality of our newfound passion for bombarding each other with images on Facebook and Tumblr. Although social media has some positive implications for visual culture, the sharing of millions of profoundly unexceptional images makes it increasingly challenging to sift through. 

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The Robert Mapplethorpe Retrospective at Le Grand Palais, Paris

The Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective at Le Grand Palais has truly ignited my obsession with his life long love affair with the elusive icon - and author of Just Kids - Patti Smith. It is an enthralling story of unconditional friendship, which goes deeper than sex, co-habitation or even fidelity. Above all, they bonded through their work and felt by magnified...

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Henri Cartier Bresson Retrospective at Le Centre Pompidou, Paris

The French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson’s work takes us on a journey through the twentieth century, decade by decade, capturing its changing atmosphere across a plethora of cultures. He lived from 1908 to 2004 and worked throughout his life to build this extraordinary, dynamic portfolio which stretches from Ghandi’s funeral in India to the Jazz Age in America and the horrors of both World Wars.

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