Friday, December 27, 2019

Bangkok: Naked Beaty by Sylvie Blum

“Naked Beauty” Sylvie Blum, a fine art photography exhibition, to be held from Jan. 25 -  Mar. 25, 2020 at MOCA BANGKOK.

Sylvie Blum, Naked Beauty Series  is her world famous "Big Cat Series" and her "Animal Series” as well as 200 Polaroid images showing her very own diary over the past 20 Years from 1999 - 2019.



Where:

MOCA Bangkok
5th  B Fl., Benchachinda Building
499 Kamphaengphet 6 Road, Ladyao,
Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Thailand
Website


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

London: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition

© Sirli Raitma
7 November 2019 – 16 February 2020

£6/ £5 (concessions)

£3 tickets for under 25s on Fridays
£3 tickets for concessions and over 60s Monday - Wednesday 10:00-11:00am

Free for Members

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition, showcases a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. The exhibition of fifty-seven works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.

More information: Here

Monday, October 28, 2019

Brussels: Denis Dailleux Egypte/Ghana

Do not miss the incredible work of Denis Dailleux at Box Gallerie in Brussels.



He will be at the closing reception on November 2, 2019 from 4 to 8 PM.


More information: HERE

Friday, October 25, 2019

Amsterdam: Brassaï

Foam is proud to present the first retrospective of Brassaï in the Netherlands. The French photographer of Hungarian descent is considered a key figure of 20th-century photography.








Brassaï (1899- 1984) created countless iconic images of 1930s Parisian life. He was famous for capturing the grittier aspects of the city, but also documented high society, including the ballet, opera, and intellectuals - among them his friends and contemporaries like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse. The exhibition at Foam traces his career with over 170 vintage prints, plus a selection of drawings, a sculpture and documentary material.

Brassaï gathers many of the artistic facets of the photographer, from photos to drawings of female nudes. It is organized in twelve thematic sections: Paris by Day, and by Night, Minotaure, Graffiti, Society, Places and Things, Personages, Sleep, Pleasures, Body of a Woman, Portraits – Artists, Writers, Friends and The Street. Each is very different from the next – reflecting the diversity of Brassaï’s photographic work.

Brassaï is organised by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with Foam.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

London: Shot in Soho at Photographer's Gallery

Although the area of Soho is relatively small (one square mile) and bordered by some of London’s richest and most commercialised streets, it has remained a complex place of unorthodoxy, diversity, tolerance and defiance.

Shot in Soho is an original exhibition celebrating Soho’s diverse culture, community and history of creative innovation as well as highlighting its position as a site of resistance.

John Goldblatt Untitled, from the series ‘The Undressing Room’, 1968 © John Goldblatt Courtesy of the artist’s estate

Through a range of photographs, ephemera and varied presentations, the project reflects the breadth of life in a part of the capital that has always courted controversy and celebrated difference. It comes at a time when the area is facing radical transition and transformation with the imminent completion of Cross Rail (a major transport hub being built on Soho’s borders) set to make a landmark impact on the area.   

This is a rare opportunity to see outstanding images from renowned photographers including William Klein, Anders Petersen, Corinne Day, alongside other photographers whose work in Soho is lesser known such as Kelvin Brodie, Clancy Gebler Davies and John Goldblatt. The show also includes a new commission by Daragh Soden.

The exhibition draws on the history, the myths and the characters of this hotbed of unpredictability, disobedience, eccentricity and tightly-knit communities.

Part movie-set, part crime scene, part unfolding spectacle, Soho in recent decades has been the centre of the music, fashion, design, film and the sex industry – a place of unresolved riddles, a place of shadows and also somewhere to call home for incoming French, Italian, Maltese, Chinese, Hungarian, Jewish and Bengali communities – perhaps here is the prototype for multicultural open London.

Aston­ishingly Soho has remained a village at heart – maybe due in part to the way it was purposefully hidden from view behind Nash’s sweeping Regent Street crescent – there tucked away and locked within a tight street grid that has remained unchanged for centuries.

In many ways Soho has remained London’s rebellious teenager. It has been a place where anything goes and as creative as it has been sleazy.

At the Photographer's Gallery until February 9, 2020
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Anders Petersen Soho, 2011 © Anders Petersen Courtesy of the artist

London: Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography

Exploring the rich history of food photography through some of the leading figures and movements within the genre including: Nobuyoshi Araki, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans and Weegee.

Encompassing fine-art and vernacular photography, commercial and scientific images, photojournalism and fashion, the exhibition looks at the development of this form and the artistic, social and political contexts that have informed it.

Weegee Phillip J. Stazzone is on WPA and enjoys his favourite food as he’s heard that the Army doesn’t go in very strong for serving spaghetti, 1940 © Weegee/International Center of Photography,


Food has always been a much-photographed and consumed subject, offering a test ground for artistic experimentation and a way for artists to hone their skills. But even the most representative images of food have rarely been straightforward or objective. Food as subject matter is rich in symbolic meaning and across the history of art, has operated as a vessel for artists to explore a particular emotion, viewpoint or theme and express a range of aspirations and social constructs. With the advent of social media, interest in food photography has become widespread with the taking and sharing of images becoming an integral part of the dining experience itself, used as instant signifiers of status and exacerbating a sense of belonging and difference.

Feast for the Eyes looks particularly at how food is represented and used in photographic practices and brings together a broad-range of artists all of whom harness the history and popularity of food photography to express wider themes. Crossing public and private realms the works on show evoke deep-seated questions and anxieties about issues such as wealth, poverty, consumption, appetite, tradition, gender, race, desire, pleasure, revulsion and domesticity.

Presented over two floors, and featuring over 140 works, from black and white silver gelatin prints and early experiments with colour processes to contemporary works, the exhibition is arranged around three key themes: Still Life traces food photography’s relationship to one of the most popular genres in painting and features work that is both inspired by the tradition and how it has changed in the course of time. Around the Table looks at the rituals that takes place around the consumption of food and the cultural identities reflected through the food we eat and people we eat with. Finally, Playing with Food shows what happens when food photography is infused with humour, fun and irony. The exhibition will also feature a number of magazines and cookbooks which provide an additional visual and social history of food photography.

Feast for the Eyes traces the history and effect of food in photography, simultaneously exploring our appetite for such images while celebrating the richness and artistic potential of one of the most popular, compulsive and ubiquitous of photographic genres.

Exhibition organised by Aperture, New York
Curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff

At the Photographer's Gallery until February 9, 2020
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Martin Parr New Brighton, England, 1983–85 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Milan: Rankin from Portraiture to Fashion

In the first its kind, Rankin's first solo exhibition in Milan since his 2016 Fashion Week project Outside In, Rankin: From Portraiture to Fashion allows the iconic photographer to experiment with one of his most complex gallery productions to date. Showcasing Rankin's picks of his favourite images - including those of his best known subjects and his more conceptual work. Rankin: From Portraiture to Fashion is an archival tour through Rankin's best known work and introduces this industry-leading photographer to a new generation of photography collectors. Taking place across four months this show will rotate work, constantly evolving in time with Milan's cultural calendar - celebrating, amongst others, Vogue Photo Festival (November), Fashion Film Festival (November) and Women's Fashion Week (February). Allowing the photographer to explore not only his own work but the cultural appetites and changing moods of a leading European city.

Eva in Green 2010, Elle Russia, Model: Eva Green © Rankin  
On view at 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS from October 18 until February 24, 2020

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Friday, October 11, 2019

London: Open Space presents Ubiquitous Surfaces at SEAGER Gallery

14 - 30 November 2019
Curated by: Rita Aktay

OPEN SPACE presents Ubiquitous Surfaces, an exhibition that explores two kinds of surface that have become integral to the human experience; the surfaces of the city and the surfaces of images; the architectural facade and the screen. The two are not separate, but they increasingly resemble each other; the discolouring of a facade is now most reminiscent of a degrading image.


A view from Eyüp by Ara Güler (1975). Image courtesy the artist and Open Space

Ubiquitous Surfaces brings together works by nine Istanbul-based artists, as well as works from the Huma Kabakcı Collection. Taking Istanbul as a case study, the artists’ works collectively explore how the production and recording of images shape our relationship with the city. The exhibition follows from a series of talks, titled Not / Seeing The City, which took place at SALT in Istanbul, with exhibiting artists Oddviz Collective, Alper Şen (Artıkişler Collective) and Serkan Taycan, who discussed developing technologies of vision and their place in understanding urban transformations.

The works of Serkan Taycan, Larissa Fassler and Erdal İnci all reference Taksim Square, a politically significant public space in Istanbul. Looking at it through different means of image-making, from GIFs to cartography, the artists follow the surface movements of people on the concrete expanse, observing, tracing and rearranging their interactions. Oddviz Collective, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar and Lara Ögel look more closely at the actual surfaces of walls, facades and streets, which have become the sites of inscription for political histories. The surfaces they play with are the interfaces between the city and its inhabitants, carrying both expressions and erosions. Ara Güler, Berkay Tuncay, Artıkişler Collective & Sevgi Ortaç’s works question how images build collective visual memories of the city. Reaching from mid-century analogue photography to handy-cams and broken jpegs, they look at how images disseminate meaning and affect.

All of these artists record, document, reproduce, montage, erase and manipulate images of the city - either those that are formed directly on its surfaces, or those transposed onto screens, in an effort to process the density of information and find new possibilities for interaction.



Boat and workers at the dock by Ara Güler (1957).Image courtesy the artist and Open Space



Open Space
Open Space is an itinerant arts organisation that supports emerging creative practices and promotes dialogue in the arts through an annual programme of projects in unexpected spaces. Since its inception Open Space has collaborated with various projects and organisations including Alt, Block Universe, Delfina Foundation, IKSV, The Art Department and SALT. Previously Open Space Contemporary, Open Space has re-launched in 2019 with its first annual programme and a new visual identity. openspacecontemporary.com

Rita Aktay
(b.1997, Istanbul) completed her BA in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths University and is currently undertaking an MFA in Curating. In her research she focuses on the epistemological, political and affective dimensions of visual technologies. Her recent work includes ‘Here We Are All Moving Images’ as part of DeMo Festival and the artist residencies she curated at Hartslane Studios, London.

Still from Centipedes by Erdal Inci (2015).Image courtesy the artist and Open Space 
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Monday, October 7, 2019

Hong Kong: Ed van der Elsken: Hong Kong 1959–60

3 Oct 2019 – 28 Feb 2020

Ed van der Elsken: taken from his book "Hong Kong the Way It Was“
© Ed van der Elsken courtesy of F11 Fotomuseum




Celebrating its 5th birthday, F11 Foto Museum is proud to present “HONG KONG the way it was”, an exhibition of over 130 beautiful photos taken in 1959 -1960 by Ed van der Elsken (1925 – 1990), one of the most influential Dutch photographers in the 20th century. This will be the first time the HONG KONG series is shown in its entirety.

In this collection, van der Elsken shows his great warmth and hope for old Hong Kong, which he described as the “prettiest of harbour cities” during his 13-month round-the-world trip.  While staying in Hong Kong for three weeks, he was able to capture the essence of cityscapes, town views and people of the city at that time.  There is a touch of familiarity in these prints, yet there are also many fascinating “new” objects, practices and building structures that are long gone.  Through van der Elsken’s eyes, visitors can reminisce and discover the disappeared Hong Kong of times past.

The exhibition is open for public viewing from 2pm to 7pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays (closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays). Please email to info@f11.com, or call 6516 1122 for group visit appointment.

Admission Fee: HKD100 for adults.  HKD50 for students and seniors aged 65 or above.  Free admission for the disabled and children aged 11 or below.

Guided tours are available every Saturday and they are free with Museum admission

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Cape Town: The Other Side of Christmas by Barry Salzman

On view at Deepest Darkest Gallery in Cape Town November 7 - December 29, 2019




Barry Salzman is an award-winning contemporary artist who currently works in photography, video and mixed media and whose projects have been shown widely around the world. His photographic work in particular, began with a fascination for the practice as a teenager, during a time when it served as a way for him to grapple with the racial segregation in Apartheid South Africa.

Today, his work continues to explore challenging themes around social, political and economic narratives, often coming down to the core concept of identity. Acutely relevantand brave in its willingness to confront, Salzman's photography garnered the 2018 International Photographer of the Year Award in the Deeper Perspective category at the International Photography Awards (IPA).

Born in Zimbabwe, Salzman's family relocated to South Africa, but he elected to leave the country in the mid 1980s, and has been based in New York City, USA for the last 30 years. That being so, his experience of the USA has largely been limited to Manhattan, with the artist identifying more as a New Yorker than an American, and a naturalized citizen at that. He struggled to assimilate into American culture, often identifying as "foreign" to his fellow Americans - a tension which bleeds into his work and forms the basis for his exhibition, The Other Side of Christmas. He currently lives between Cape Town and New York.

In his artist statement for the show, Salzman writes: "When the time came for me to consider the next phase of my life as an artist, I first set out to understand what other parts of America really looked like. I wanted to see beyond the flimsy veil of its official image of equality and opportunity, comfort and confidence - 'the land of the free and the home of the brave'."

To do so, he set out across the Southern USA, documenting his observations through the lensand building a substantial body of work exploring and responding to this stimulus. In The Other Side of Christmas, Salzman mines numerous themes - identity, place, belonging - andin large part examines what it means to be an 'American'.

He began working on the resulting documentary series around the time of the 2014 American midterm elections, the precursor to the divisive 2016 Presidential elections and continued through Christmas of that year. Now, in 2019, the series has become even more pointed, not just in the America of the Trump administration, where issues of identity, naturalization, citizenship and belonging are so heightened; but across the socio-political globe, in a world irrevocably affected by mass movements of refugees and asylum seekers. The Other Side of Christmas's penetrating gaze can indeed be extrapolated outwards.

In its stylistic execution, the photographic series draws on the rich tradition of the road trip -that journey of discovery that the open road presents and its capacity to facilitate understanding. Salzman states: "As I traversed the country, it was blatantly apparent that for many Americans, perhaps even the majority, the lives they live have little bearing on the promise of that often romanticised dream held by so many who seek to be 'American'.

"An historic and defining example of the road trip across America as the subject and vehicle of the documentarian is provided by Swiss photographer Robert Frank - specifically, his workin 1955 to 1956. Indeed, Frank inspired subsequent explorations by many other photographers, including Salzman, who duly credits Frank as an influence.

Frank's ambition for "observation and record of what one naturalized American finds to seein the United States..." was instrumental in terms of his memorialization of the everyday: "I speak of the things that are there, anywhere and everywhere - easily found, but not easily selected and interpreted."

The same level of engagement and intense powers of observation are revealed in Salzman's own ouevre. South African contemporary art commentator Ashraf Jamal describes Salzman's The Other Side of Christmas as "a sobering reminder that there is no indifferent place" (using the description by poet Rainer Maria Rilke).

"No matter how dispassionate or detached our everyday encounters might appear," Jamal writes in his thoughtful essay on Salzman's project, "it is within these fleeting moments that our existence assumes its deepest traction. We know ourselves best not through special or extraordinary circumstances, but in-and-through the indifferent bilge and bric-a-brac whichis the binding sump of life."

Jamal's essay goes on to note the depiction of fleeting moments - everyday objects, the forgotten the discarded, the abstract. This includes the presence of the exhibition's central theme, Christmas, which is captured most directly in three photographs, where aless-than-festive season is commemorated by randomly placed, dejected-looking Xmas garden decor and an unlit star on a lone lamppost.

Apparent too is the lack of physical human presence: "It is the mise-en-scene of everyday life, the structures both man-made and natural which are uppermost in the photographer's sight-line," comments Jamal.

In Salzman's collection of photographs we see too the fingerprints of other artists who havebeen informed by Frank. These include some of the genre's luminaries - Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Todd Hido and South Africa's David Goldblatt - all of whom Salzman credits with influencing, either directly or indirectly, his own work.

The Other Side of Christmas will be showing at Deepest Darkest gallery in Cape Town from 7 November to 28 December 2019.The opening evening on Thursday 7 November 2019 begins at 18h00 and forms part of First Thursdays. 

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London: Inspiring Photographs Collecting for the Future

The Photographs Department is one of the most active areas of collecting within the National Portrait Gallery. Within a remit that covers both contemporary and historic periods, an important area of new acquisitions aims to respond to recent political, social and cultural events. Such photographs not only celebrate the achievement of individuals who are making contributions to Britain and the world, but also are part of considerations about ideas of British identity that are increasingly relevant, such as ‘Who are we?’ or, ‘How does portraiture represent us and our stories?’  In working towards our major transformation project, Inspiring People, the Gallery’s biggest ever development, these questions have taken on particular significance. They have challenged our thinking about the strengths and the limits of the Collection; of who is seen and who is not represented.

Maisie Williams by Miles Aldridge 2017

Alongside contemporary musicians and politicians, the display includes women photographers, BAME artists and sitters, and members of the LGTBQ community, highlighting the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to represent diversity. The photographs in this room bring to light achievement in a wide range of fields and public life, reflecting the multiplicity of ideas and backgrounds shaping debate and marking the present, but also inspiring us towards the future.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

France: 26th Bayeux Calvados-Normandy award for war correspondents

From 7 to 13 October Bayeux will be hosting the 26th Bayeux Calvados-Normandy award for war correspondents. The town, the Department of Calvados, the Normandy Region and their partners are organising a unique event devoted to a singular profession - that of the war correspondent. Through this profession, the event will be seeking to decipher past, current and alas future conflicts via three debate evenings, an evening award ceremony, eight original exhibitions, screenings of films and documentaries, activities for school children, a book fair and the unveiling of a commemorative stone at the Reporters' Memorial.

Witnesses to both major and little known conflicts, men and women ranging from the most eminent senior correspondents to reporters beginning their careers will all be pressing the pause button in the capital of the Bessin region. They will be there to shed light and provide insight into the darkest regions of the planet and award prizes to the best photographic, television, radio and print reports; to raise questions about and explain what their work is for, and to pay tribute to colleagues who have been imprisoned, killed or have disappeared.

Last year's anniversary edition will be remembered by 40,000 people and provided a clear demonstration of the need to create a resource centre. The content of this years event, whose president is the British photojournalist Gary Knight, will be further strengthened with a virtual reality experience provided by the BBC and an additional exhibition. The programme includes: 40 years of war in Afghanistan, an exhibition of testimonies from Aleppo, the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, a focus on Venezuela, a country which is also the subject of a debate evening, and a tribute to the work of Alfred Yaghobzadeh on walls around the town, designed to make passers-by stop and think.

In the face of news and information being disseminated more and more rapidly, we believe more than ever that young people are a crucial audience. We are organising residencies, the "15-Year Olds' Perspective", HCR-Ouest-France encounters, an AFP day, the Normandy Region Prize awarded by students and apprentices, Prix Bayeux classes, and encounters with the Dysturb collective, all of which are opportunities to provide education about news and information, raise awareness and awaken curiosity in young people who are discovering the world and, like ourselves, trying to gain a better understanding of it.

Check out the program HERE
© Yannis Behrakis / Reuters  


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Friday, September 27, 2019

AAP Magazine#8 STREET

Street Photography Contest Call for Entries.



Our eighth printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Street".

Encyclopedia Britannica defines Street photography has "a genre that records everyday life in a public place."

Photographers have been documenting their environment since the invention of photography. The image "View of the Boulevard du Temple" by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, shows a Parisian street in 1838. Later encouraged by improvements in the portability and quality of cameras many photographers decided to record urban life. Charles Nègre, Eugene Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Andre Kertesz, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier Bresson, Brassaï, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Vivian Maier, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, William Eggleston... are amongst the many iconic photographers who captured changes in the fast-paced world of life in towns and cities.

Capturing the essence of the urban lifestyle is now both a popular form of art and an important medium of communicating the heart and soul of a society and its people.

Send us a cohesive body of work or portfolio - capturing the weird and wonderful moments unfolding around you! The subject is completely up to you. Any capture method or process, whether digital or analog, including monochromatic toning, is welcome.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning portfolio published in AAP Magazine#8, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the eighth printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com.










1st Place Winner
Cash Prize: $500 (US Dollars).
Exclusive interview and winning portfolio published in AAP Magazine, Volume 8: Street
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Blurb.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

2nd Place Winner
Cash Prize: $300 (US Dollars).
Winning portfolio published in AAP Magazine, Volume 8: Street
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Blurb.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

3rd Place Winner
Cash Prize: $200 (US Dollars).
Winning portfolio published in AAP Magazine, Volume 8: Street
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Blurb.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

Particular Merit Mention
The next twelve winners (ranked from 4 to 15) will have their submitted portfolio published in AAP Magazine Vol.8.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Paris: Joel Sternfeld

Opening on Saturday October 12 from 3 to 8 pm
October 12 - December 21st, 2019
108 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris

Xippas Paris is pleased to announce Joel Sternfeld’s first personal show with the gallery. The exhibition features 13 large scale photographs from his renowned study American Prospects that have never been exhibited before. It will also celebrate the imminent release of a revised edition of American Prospects by legendary publisher Gerhard Steidl.

Joel Sternfeld is a renowned photographer, celebrated for pioneering color photography in the seventies and for his many groundbreaking works since then. His legendary American Prospects series (first published in 1987) depicts the grand and sullied landscapes of America and helped to usher in a new breed of contemporary photographers, making him one of the most influential artists of his generation.





In the late seventies, aware of the environmental and social changes sweeping through America, Joel Sternfeld set out on road trip in a Volkswagen camper van, with the intention of depicting a country poised between bright hopes and dark possibilities. Undertaken during the end of the Carter era and most of Reagan’s, his journey took him throughout the United States. Now, 40 years later, in a time of global climate and political uncertainty, the questions raised by these pictures appear more urgent than ever and give further meaning to the title chosen for this exhibition.

When the book American Prospects was published in 1987, its historic importance was immediately recognized. Writing in the Guardian Sean O’Hagan has noted that “American Prospects is now regarded as a classic. With its merging of the deadpan and the ominous, it has been as influential on succeeding generations of documentary photographers such as Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places or William Eggleston’s Guide”.

The historical context of photography is equally significant to fully grasp the importance of American Prospects: when Sternfeld set out on his journey, fine art color photography was in its infancy. Using an 8’x10’ large format camera, seeking a vantage point high above and back from his chosen scene he was able to forge a new vision, which presented the contingencies of human and natural events in a form reminiscent of master narrative tableaux, slowly revealing their secrets through intimate details.

In the show are compelling images that remind us of the complexity of the American experience. A family in West Virginia stands beside an open pick-up truck filled with their earthly belongings including a box of Cornflakes, resonant of Millet’s Angelus painted a century before. Sheep graze beside a Basque shepard’s wagon: behind them, the multi-million dollar vacation homes of Sun Valley Idaho, in log cabin style. Hundreds of men gaze at a woman in a bikini contest in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Beside them on the wall a lone figure swings on a “jungle gym” reminding us that the primordial is never far from the surface. And in a painful reminder of the origin of the American Experience, three Navajo native Americans sit on a red Arizonan mesa and gaze off into the distance where lies a suburban development. Sternfeld thus depicts an America of wealth, exuberance, excitement and simultaneously of inequality and social complexity.

Although the many innovations of Sternfeld’s American Prospects bear echoes of European landscape painters such as Patinir and Brueghel its application to photography was ground breaking.
As Kerry Brougher, Chief Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum has written in the introduction of to the book: “If the contamination of paradise has often been Sternfeld’s subject, he has likewise tainted the purity of photography in order to capture the condition of America. His shift from spontaneous snapshot to picture making helped open the gates for a new type of photography now practiced by Gregory Crewdson, Rineke Dykstra, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Jeff Wall among many others…”


Joel Sternfeld (b.1944, New York) is a renowned photographer, celebrated for pioneering color photography in the seventies and for his many groundbreaking works since then. He is the author of 17 books including the recently published Our Loss.
His oeuvre sits within the American documentary tradition of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, exploring social and political issues, while carrying a strong sense of poetry and wry humor. It is now embedded in art history and has contributed significantly to landscape theory.

His legendary American Prospects series (first published in 1987) depicts the grand and sullied landscapes of America and helped to usher in a new breed of contemporary photographers, making him one of the most influential artists of his generation.

Joel Sternfeld is recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships, a Prix de Rome and the Citybank Photography award. His works is held in major public collections around the world: Museum of Modern Art (New York), Whitney Museum of Art (New York), Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Fotomuseum Winterthur (Zurich), Albertina Museum (Vienna), the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) etc.

He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, where he holds the Noble Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History.


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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Amsterdam: Exhibition Opening, Talk and Artist Dinner with Sarker Protick

iMPACT DOC presents

'Of River and Lost Lands'

by Sarker Protick

20 September - 27 October 2019

Press preview (20 September)
Exhibition opening (21 September)
Artist talk during Unseen Open Gallery Night (21 September)
Artist dinner (22 September)
Other side programs (t.b.a.)
 
 
 
'Of River and Lost Lands'
2011 – 2018
 
 
‘Of River and Lost Lands’ is presented at  iMPACT DOC as a photographic exhibition accompanied by an audio-visual installation that depicts a grey, melancholic landscape of river Padma (Ganges) in Bangladesh.

At first, the place seems abandoned; drowned, broken houses and floating trees are all that remains. These are traces of life that were once here. As the series continues, the land and the people come into view and find their place in the story. Together they portray a complex relationship between nature and human beings  that is intimate yet ruthless, defined by  dependency and destruction.

The exhibition shows the direct, visible and  palpable effects of changes in climate in the final form of irregular devastating monsoons, resulting in increased river erosion in Bangladesh. Most of the places seen in these photographs do not exist anymore. As a result, these photographs survive as visual  documents of such vanished lands.
 

About Sarker Protick
Sarker Protick is a visual artist from Bangladesh. Protick makes work that explores the materiality of time and disappearance. His portraits, landscapes and photographic series engage philosophically with the specificities of personal and national histories. Incorporating detailed observations and subtle gestures the works enter into personal spaces, often minimal and atmospheric.

Protick was named in British Journal of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’. He is the recipient of Joop Swart Masterclass, Magnum Foundation Fund, World Press Photo award, Australian Photobook of the Year grand prize. His work has been shown in museums, galleries and festivals including, Chobi Mela, Art Dubai, Paris Photo, Hamburg Triennial, 4A, Singapore Art Week, Dhaka Art Summit, Latvian Contemporary Museum of Photography, Noorderlicht and more.

Protick is currently represented by East Wing Gallery.
 


 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Athens: Fokion Zissiadis "Icebergs: From Genesis to Extinction"

Opening on 16th of October, Fokion Zissiadis’ photo exhibition "Icebergs: From Genesis to Extinction" will be hosted at the Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos str. in Athens - Greece, for the period of 17 October - 17 November, 2019. Zissiadis body of work on the Icebergs of Greenland - Denmark, will be exhibited as a very vivid perspective of large-scale pictures (3m. length) along with sound effects, featuring the sounds of Arctica composed by Lolipop Studios of Thanassis Zlatanos.




A journey to Greenland’s natural breathtaking beauty. A wayfaring to explore the Arctic and the greatness of the ever-floating icebergs, the most spectacular phenomenon of the Polar region. An adventurous reconnaissance masterfully captured that takes precedence at the photography exhibition of Fokion Zissiadis’ “Icebergs from Genesis to Extinction”, at the Benaki Museum from 17th October till 17th November 2019, curated by Stavros Kavalaris, under the auspices of the Embassy of Denmark in Athens.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Budapest: Nude photo exhibition by Kondor and Török

Pajta Galéria and Kondor Stúdió will organize a collaborative photo exhibition entitled "Blue and Black: the Nude" starting late July, featuring pictures of internationally acclaimed photo artists László Kondor & László Török, organizers tell Budapest Business Journal.

©Laszlo Kondor and Torok Laszlo all rights reserved


Morning in the Studio (1984) by László Kondor.
The exhibition features side by side displays of the artists’ widely diverse treatment of the human form.

The exhibit includes 80 images spanning from 1973 to 2015. The photos are selected from Törökʼs and Kondorʼs extensive archives, revisited with an eye for what the collections have in common rather than how they are different. They contrast and compare their long fascination with the human form.

"The pair discovered some surprising similarities between their works, but, like a slant rhyme, there is a close but not always exact correspondence of the meanings," the organizers say.

The women in Törökʼs photos are washed in sky-blue (his trademark), set in visually challenging constructions. Many of the images were created with and in tribute to others at the heart of a photographic community centered on him and Pajta Galéria in Salföld.

Architecturally stylized

Kondorʼs black and white photographs were taken during his time in America running a successful commercial studio in Chicago. They are stark and architecturally stylized a crystallization of form, according to the organisers. This is the first exhibition of this work in Hungary.

Kondor is better known for his work as a witness to world events ranging from the Vietnam War, with its anti-war violence on American streets, and the political halls of Chicago’s iconic Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902 – 1976). 

The exhibition will run from July 27-October 15 at Kossuth Lajos u. 31 in Salföld (166 km southwest of Budapest, on the northern shore of Lake Balaton). The gallery is open for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., and by other times at appointment.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

UK: Cindy Sherman

 Do not miss Cindy Sherman's first UK retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London

This major new retrospective will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day, and will feature around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.

Focusing on the artist’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion, the exhibition will explore the tension between façade and identity.

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© Cindy Sherman. Courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Germany: Natalie Christensen The Deconstructed Self

WHERE:
Galerie Minimal - Gallery for Minimalism
Mittenwalder Str. 57, 10961
Berlin, Germany
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WHEN:
Vernissage Events: Saturday, August 3, 2019
5pm – 6pm Artist talk
6pm – 10pm Official Vernissage

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Photo Walk with Natalie Christensen
3pm – 5:30pm

Throughout the Exhibition – Guided Tours of The Deconstructed Self
Friday, August 8, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, August 23, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, September 6, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, September 20, 6pm – 10pm

Friday, October 4, 2019: 6pm-10pm Finissage



Galerie Minimal, Berlin is proud to present a solo exhibition by photographer Natalie Christensen.



Speaking on The Deconstructed Self, Christensen states: “In 2014 I moved from the state of Kentucky to Santa Fe, New Mexico leaving my lifelong home and my 25-year career as a psychotherapist behind. While it was an exciting moment it was also a time of questioning and reflection.



Like many artists who have come to New Mexico, I was immediately drawn to the distinctive Southwestern light. The beauty of the natural environment is evident to most people; however, my interest was to explore the more banal peripheral landscapes that often go unnoticed by the casual observer. I began by photographing color fields and geometric shapes. I was interested in the way light and shadow could spark complex narratives, and I quickly became aware that these isolated moments in the suburban landscape were rich with metaphor. Closed and open doors, empty parking lots and forgotten swimming pools drew me to a scene; yet it was my reactions to these objects and spaces that elicited interpretation and projection.



As a psychotherapist, I learned the art of asking the question – in many ways these photographs are an extension of that work. The symbols and spaces in my images are an invitation to explore a rich world that is concealed from consciousness.  And the scenes are an enticement to contemplate narratives that have no remarkable life or history yet tap into something deeply familiar to our experience; often disturbing, sometimes amusing…unquestionably present.”



About Natalie Christensen: The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art named Natalie Christensen as one of “Ten Photographers to Watch”. Christensen’s photography has been exhibited in London, Dusseldorf, New York and Los Angeles. The Royal Photographic Society in the United Kingdom has presented her artwork and a lecture by the artist. As one of five invited photographers for “The National 2018: Best of Contemporary Photography” at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, her work was bestowed the purchase prize and thereby added to the museum’s permanent collection. Collaborative site-specific projects have been put forth by Iconic Standard Vision Billboard, Los Angeles; El Rey Court, Santa Fe; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and Peckham Levels, London.



About Galerie Minimal: Florian Wassily Kazimirski and Fabian Willi Simon have created a place in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg where people can deal with the topic of minimalism both artistically and philosophically. In addition to regular art exhibitions, various presentations and courses, such as mindfulness workshops and photo walks, are part of the concept. "Minimalism is zeitgeist for us. Considering the challenges of our time, it is a holistic and sustainable approach to be happy with oneself and one's environment in unison. Our art is the visualization of this idea, which we want to make accessible to the people." --Florian Wassily Kazimirski


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Paris: Erwin Olaf Palm Springs

Do not miss "Erwin Olaf Palm Springs" at Galerie Rabouan Moussion in Paris, France May 18 to July 27, 2019



To mark the forty years of Erwin Olaf’s career, Galerie  Rabouan  Moussion  is  presenting  a  French  exclusive  of  his  latest  series:  Palm  Springs. This  exhibition  of  photographs  and  videos  also  celebrates  fifteen  years  of  collaboration between   the   Dutch   photographer   and   the   Paris gallery.


PALM SPRINGS CONCLUSION OF A TRIPTYCHFollowing  Berlin  (2012)  and  Shanghai  (2017),  Palm Springs concludes his triptych on changing cities.  Berlin  was  produced  at  a  time  when  dark  clouds  were  heaping  up  over  Europe  with  the  questioning of freedom of expression, democracy and  the  transmission  of  power  from  the  older  generation to the younger.In Shanghai, a hypermodern Chinese metropolis, Olaf  examines  what  happens  to  an  individual  in  the midst of 24 million people.With Palm Springs it is climate change that is at the heart of his thinking; his treatment is reminiscent of America in the 1960s.

“There are many thorns in Olaf’s California – and people  show  less  optimism  than  in  his  previous  series. Palm Springs could be the third part of a trilogy  or  the  third  series  with  a  new  tone  that  is  now Olaf’s. It is becoming increasingly clear that Erwin Olaf is no longer playing (if, that is, he ever really  was).  Berlin,  Shanghai,  Palm  Springs... all  poisoned  in  various  ways,  all  betraying  their  promise, leaving only profits – and losses.” Francis Hodgson




“Palm Springs (2018) is at once a progression (this is the first time I have photographed landscapes) and a step back. I returned to the 1960s. I love the mid-century details in Palm Springs and the stories they evoke. I had studied Gordon Park’s photos, a very different way of seeing America than that of  Norman  Rockwell.  What  interested  me  was  the  stylized  documentary.  I  wanted  to  introduce  the real world a little more. I loved all the details of  the  places  we  photographed,  for  example  a  yellowed  lawn  because  it  was  very  hot  and  dry.  My  team  was  preparing  to  spray  it  green,  but  I  preferred to leave it as it was because it was the reality of our time, where the climate is changing, while we stay in our closed communities. Reality is  creeping  into  the  paradise  we’re  desperately  trying to maintain. As a story emerged during the work and selection of photos, I began to consider this as a parable about the distribution of wealth, so  unjust  and  so  unsustainable  in  the  long  run,  between the different classes of our society.”  Erwin Olaf


“What I’d like to see in my photographs is a perfect world  with  a  crack  inside.  My  job’s  to  first  make the image attractive enough to make people want to  look  at  the  story  I  tell  them,  and  then  to  give  them a slap in the face.”  Erwin Olaf


ERWIN OLAF AND THE RABOUAN MOUSSION GALLERY
It is no coincidence that it was with the Erwin Olaf exhibition, Waiting, that the gallery celebrated the opening  of  its  new  space  on  rue  Pastourelle  in  Paris  in  2015.  This  baptism  is  a  testimony  to  a  collaboration  going  back  almost  15  years  to  his  first exhibitionParadise, Mature and Separation, the title of his three emblematic series. Erwin Olaf has lived and worked in Amsterdam since the early ’80s.  He  was  discovered  by  the  international  art  scene with his series Chessmen, which won him first prize in the Young European Photographer contest in 1988.Since  then  he  has  explored  the  social  issues  and  taboos  of  our  society  on  issues  of  gender,  sensuality,  despair  and  grace.  After  his  major  solo  exhibition  Emotions  at  La  Sucrière  de  Lyon  in  2013,  the  2016  annual  nocturnal  arts  festival  Nuit  Blanche  marked  a  new  stage  in  the  artist’s  refined, singular career, with the realization of a site-specific work projected on the facades of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris (Paris City Hall), That Nuit Blanche allowed him to establish his reputation in France.In 2017 the gallery presented the images produced for band Indochine’s album 13, a series inspired by Henry Darger.

GALERIE RABOUAN MOUSSION
11, rue Pastourelle75003 Paris

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

London: “Street photography: Shooting around London” A workshop by Giacomo Brunelli

Dates: 5-6-7 April 2019
Location: London
Description: Workshop designed for amateurs and professionals who want to improve their photographic vision and build a portfolio. Digital or Analog photography welcome.



Program:
-Introduction to photography
-How to start a photographic project
-Shooting Central London
-Learn how to frame and shoot strangers
-Review of the shooting
-Editing your work
-How visual storytelling can be used to develop a concept
-How to edit and sequence to reveal a narrative
-How to publish a book
-Find the right publisher for your work
-How to approach commercial galleries, editors and magazines
-Sell your work to collectors.

Friday 5th April: 3pm - 7pm
Saturday 6th April: 10am - 6pm
Sunday 7th April: 10am - 6pm

Fee: £275
Info and booking
giacomobrunelli@gmail.com







The workshop will be held between Central London (for the shooting) and Wimbledon (for the reviewing/editing).

Biography
Giacomo Brunelli (b. Perugia, 1977) moved to London 10 years ago and has since then published 3 books, “The Animals” (2008 Dewi Lewis Publishing), “Eternal London” (2014 Dewi Lewis Publishing) and “Self Portraits” (2017 Editions Bessard).
In 2014 he was commissioned by The Photographers’Gallery (London) to produce a body of work over two years, “Eternal London”.
His work has been exhibited at The Barbican (Uk), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Uk), BlueSky Gallery, Portland (Usa), Format Festival, Derby (Uk), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Germany), Nordic Light Festival (Norway), Noorderlicht Photofestival (The Netherlands), Photofusion, London (Uk), Delhi PhotoFestival (India), Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland) amongst others.
He has had shows at commercial galleries like The Photographers’Gallery (London), Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica, Usa), Galerie Camera Obscura (Paris), Robert Morat Galerie (Berlin).
It has been featured widely in the press including BBC (Uk), The Guardian (Uk) and The Telegraph (Uk) amongst others.
In 2015 he was commissioned by the Deichtorhallen to produce the “Hamburg” series and in 2018 he completed his latest body of work on New York.
He photographs with a camera from the 60s and he prints his black and white prints in his darkroom.

All About Giacomo Brunelli: HERE
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London: Florence Henri at Atlas Gallery

The Atlas Gallery in London is pleased to present the exhibition Reflecting Bauhaus: Photographs & Paintings by renowned Bauhaus artist Florence Henri (1893–1982). The showcased works, which will also be for sale, are on view from 28. March to 18 May 2019.

Portrait Composition, 1930 Gelatin silver print. ©Martini & Ronchetti courtesy Archives Florence Henri  

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Friday, March 22, 2019

France: Ooshot Award, Winners Exhibition

Exhibition of the first Ooshot Award winners April 19 - 28, 2019 at the Magasins Généraux

Ahmed, 21 yo, Somali. "Sneakers like Jay-Z"
© Ambroise Tézenas & Frédéric Delangle for Emmaüs Solidarité.


The Ooshot Award is extremely pleased to show in exclusivity the first images of the new project of photographers Ambroise Tézenas and Frédéric Delangle, winners of the Ooshot Award 2018. This new photo series, made possible by the prize’s 10.000€ endowment, follows the first project "Sneakers like Jay-Z" commissioned by Emmaüs Solidarity.

"To break the boundaries between art and commercial photography", is the main ambition of this new prize. The Ooshot Award is hosted for its first edition for fifteen days at Les Magasins Généraux, a creative centre located in the heart of the "Grand Paris" created by the award-winning advertising agency BETC. You will also discover a selection of works by the 26 nominees shortlisted for the 2018 edition of the Ooshot Award.

Discover the first public exhibition of the Ooshot Award on April 19th.
OOSHOT AWARD, THE EXHIBITION
April 19 - 28, 2019
Magasins Généraux – 1, rue de l’Ancien Canal, 93500 Pantin (Paris)


More information: HERE
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Nantes, France: Kosmos by Amélie Labourdette

"KÓSMOS", AMÉLIE LABOURDETTE
Exhibition at the Beaux-Arts school of Nantes


Amélie Labourdette's new series, "Kósmos", will be unveiled at the Beaux-Arts School of Nantes during a group show entitled "This other world which is also ours" and curated by Thé-Mario Coppola. The new series, made during two residencies in the USA, is composed of 45 stunning Piezography prints.

Meet the artist during the opening on March 28th!

Opening Thursday 28 March 2019 at 6.30pm
Exhibition from March 28th to May 11th, 2019

More information: HERE
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Singapore: Undescribed #4 at DECK

Undescribed is an annual platform conceived by DECK to support emerging artists who have recently graduated from local and overseas art institutions. The exhibition presents works that challenge current image-making practices, suggesting new ways of approaching photography and the moving image within the field of art today.

Undescribed aptly labels the ‘unknown’ stage of these emerging creators, a period of potential and experimentation, both for their individual practices as well as their explorations into the medium of photography.

This year’s selection is made by visual artist, Robert Zhao, and director of DECK, Gwen Lee.





Undescribed #04 runs from 6 to 30 March 2019.


Photographers: Adar Ng, Dea Ratna, Ernest Wu, Jonathan Liu, Lim Zeherng, Quinn Lum
Where: DECK is located at
120A Prinsep Street
Singapore 187937

More information: HERE
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

AAP Magazine #6: B&W

10 days left to submit your work!

Our sixth printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Black and White".
Black and white photography evokes poetry, nostalgia. The timelessness of black and white images focuses on its subjects, highlights contrasts, lines and enhances the power of light.


Send us your images - series preferably- celebrating the beauty and the power of black and white photography. The subject is completely up to you. Any capture method or process, whether digital or analog, including monochromatic toning, is welcome. The contest is open to any B&W photography interpretation, from photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nude, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art or documentary photography.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning image(s) or full portfolio published in AAP Magazine#6, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the sixth printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com.

Reveal yourself

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Paris: Thierry Clech

Sous leur paupières de porcelaine at Galerie Argentic
March 7 - March 16, 2019


More information about the exhibition: HERE 

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

London: Martin Parr "Only Human"

Where: National Portrait Gallery

When: March 7 - May 27, 2019




This major new exhibition brings together works by one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers, Martin Parr. Including recognisable photographs alongside works never before exhibited it will focus on one of his most engaging subjects – people.

The exhibition will include portraits of people from around the world, with a special focus on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness, explored through a series of projects that investigate British identity today.


Find out more: HERE

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Québec: Valérian Mazataud Grand Nord

Exhibition presented as part of festival Art Souterrain 2019.
February 28th – Avril 6th 2019

Opening Reception: February 28th, 5:30pm



Project description

Valérian Mazataud is a journalist, photographer and artist deeply invested in exploring new strategies to engage the viewer in this age of media. Since July 2018, he has been working on Grand Nord, a project based on photography workshops offered to residents of Montréal-Nord.

During these workshops, retirees, adults and teenagers invited to revisit photo archives from their neighborhood discovered a rich image-based popular history: from community celebrations to romantic trysts; from turnip fields to shopping centres; from the village of Sainte-Gertrude in the 1940s to refugees from the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Through their aesthetic choices, research, role-playing, and collaborative work with the artist, workshop participants recreated these scenes to produce new images based on their own local history.

Mazataud’s work embodies a reflection on documentary approaches in photography, and the relative nature of their objectivity. Having been struck by the strength of the social bond in Montréal-Nord, he committed himself to a collaborative process with members of the community. At Skol, he is presenting the photo series and sound recordings that emerged from these workshops.


More information: HERE

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Amsterdam, NL: Santu Mofokeng Stories

February 15 - April 28, 2019
foam Fotografiemuseum
Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam
pressoffice@foam.org
www.foam.org

This year marks the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president.

From the Series Train Church. Photograph by Santu Mofokeng (b.1956) © Santu Mofokeng Foundation. Image courtesy of Lunetta Bartz, MAKER, Johannesburg and Steidl GmbH.


South African photographer Santu Mofokeng (b. 1956) famously documented daily life during and after apartheid. Foam presents a large-scale retrospective, containing a selection of his most important visual essays and featuring many unpublished works from the artist’s private archives.

The exhibition Santu Mofokeng – Stories brings together a number of important photographic essays by Mofokeng made in his native South Africa. Amongst the series on show is his first and most celebrated visual essay Train Church (1986), portraying the spontaneous religious rituals that occurred on the Soweto-Johannesburg commuter train. Other (many yet unknown) images portray life in the townships of Soweto and Dukathole; political protests leading up to the abolition of apartheid, and the historic election of Nelson Mandela as president in 1994. Together, the series narrates how the rapidly changing political climate in South Africa affected daily life across the country. Raised in the township of Soweto, Mofokeng photographed South African communities from the inside, painting a nuanced and dynamic portrait of a complex society in transition.

More information: HERE
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