Posts in Photography
A Review of the Art16 Contemporary Art Fair at Kensington Olympia, London

Art16 brings together an exciting roster of over one hundred contemporary art galleries from thirty countries all over the world, creating a highly immersive cultural experience for its visitors. The programme caters to both established and emerging galleries, providing a useful platform to exhibit artistic talent from a cross-section of diverse art scenes. Hosted at Kensington Olympia, London...

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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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A Review of the Performing for the Camera Exhibition at Tate Modern, London

Photography has been in use since the 19th-century as a means of documenting ephemeral forms of artistic expression that would otherwise be lost forever. The Tate Modern’s new major photographic exhibition Performing for the Camera shows how two separate mediums can be inextricably linked to one another. It includes an array of artists such as Yves Klein, Robert Mapplethore and Jeff Koons and brings together 500 images from the last 150 years which show how both mediums...

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An Interview with Fashion Photographer Will Milligan at Shoreditch House, London

The British fashion photographer Will Milligan and I first met in the Lake District when we were visiting the painter Beatrice Hasell-McCosh who I was posing for. Since then we’ve collaborated on editorial shoots everywhere from art gallery basements to abandoned film sets. Since moving into fashion photography, Will has photographed Luke Waller, Hugo Hamper Potts and Hugh Harris from the Kooks as well as...

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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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An Interview with the Artists and Photographers Walter & Zoniel at their Studio in Hoxton, London

The Formationist artists Walter & Zoniel live, work, sleep, breathe and create together. We met at their East London studio amidst the ‘brutalist’ architecture of Hoxton after being introduced by Marine Tanguy at a talk I gave with Lina Iris Viktor. Whilst drinking green tea in their matching boiler suits they showed me how they...

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An Interview with the Video Artist and Curator Diana Chire in her Hackney Studio, London

London-based Diana Chire and I first met at her guerilla exhibition Take! Eat! which was launched in opposition to the Frieze Art Fair. Her provocative show of female artists addressed gender, sexuality and social inequalities and is dedicated to making gender disparity an important conversation in the art world. When we met later in her Hackney...

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Ryan McGinley's Winter exhibition, Team Gallery, New York

The opening of Ryan McGinley’s new show “Winter” at Team gallery, New York on November 5th should of been one in which the audience viewed his icy works just minutes after feeling the icy winter winds winding themselves into their bones. This was however, not the case. New York this November has not yet required the Michelin man like suits and woolen stockings of Prairie children. 

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The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House, London

This autumn is the 1:54 Contemporary African Art fair’s third edition, with a staggering 14 of the 38 galleries coming from Africa to celebrate the multiplicity and diversity of contemporary African art. Led by Touria El Glauoi, the fair has built provincial art scenes in African countries, promoting artistic production and cultural identity amongst those artists. Designed by the award-winning architectural...

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The Whitney Museum of American Art designed by the architect Renzo Piano, New York

The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street is home to the leading collection of contemporary and twentieth century art in the US. Designed by the architect Renzo Piano, its new building has been the talk of New York. It was first opened in Greenwich Village, before moving up to Museum Mile alongside the Metropolitan, Guggenheim and Frick.

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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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Beard Photography Exhibition at Somerset House, London

Pogonophilia is not a crime. I must admit that there was an ulterior motive in my visit to Somerset House to catch the Courtauld’s TEDx conference. There is absolutely no escaping the allure of an exhibition purely dedicated to beautiful men with beards (especially with a charitable edge). Even the chunkier specimens resembled a Disney prince when their facial fuzz had been suitably styled. A veritable pogonophile (beard enthusiast), I immediately surrendered myself to the overwhelming...

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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 Gary Winogrand Exhibition at Le Jeu de Paume, Paris

Rejected from the blockbuster exhibitions due to December congestion, I was rather pleased with myself when I stumbled upon the Gary Winogrand retrospective at the Jeu de Paume, Paris. Most visitors would feel a sense of guilt in going to see an American retrospective when visiting Paris, but having near-exhausted all cultural possibilities when living in the city, I felt it was acceptable. Gary Winogrand (1928-84) was a street photographer who captured the vibrancy of post-war America in the mid-20th century...

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The Magnum Contact Sheets Exhibition at the C/O Gallery, Berlin

Following their glamorous re-opening, the C/O gallery have bounced back with the Magnum Photographic Agency’s contact sheet exhibition. The delayed final photograph and contact sheets give an intimate insight into the photographer’s creative process, exposing all of the imperfections, smudges and blurs. The comments scribbled down the margins add a sense of intimacy.

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An Interview with Publisher and Photographer Tom Coleman in Bristol.

Tom Coleman is a photographer, editor, curator and publisher that I met at his Unveil'd exhibition in Bristol. He lives and works in the South West of England, where he is a member of MACULA Collective – a community of young photographers, as well as being involved with art galleries and institutions. He runs Young Shot Press which showcases the work of contemporary photography.

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The Will McBride Retrospective at the C/O Gallery, Berlin

If you pass by Bridget Bardot jumping beneath her villa La Madrague, 1955, you will soon find yourself immersed in Will McBride’s delectable retrospective on the second floor of the C/O gallery. Known for pouring himself into his art, McBride captures the poignancy of the social context in which he works. He describes his photography as more of a moral venture than voyeurism, because of the responsibility he feels for his audience.

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