Thursday, December 3, 2020

Belgium: Sandro Miller: Malkovitch, Malkovitch, Malkovitch! Homage to Photographic Masters

 Gallery FIFTY ONE and FIFTY ONE TOO are proud to present the remarkable portrait series ‘Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich! Homage to Photographic Masters’, by the American photographer Sandro Miller (°1985) with the American actor John Malkovich in the leading role.

© Sandro Miller


For this project, Miller went back to the iconic images that have always inspired and moved him in his career as a photographer and recreated these memorable classics with his close friend and muse John Malkovich as his model. By getting into the skin of the master photographers who created these images, Miller tried to understand what makes these shots so captivating and how they changed the art of portraiture in photography.

Under Miller’s close direction, Malkovich masterly transformed himself into a diverse set of characters, ranging from John Lennon to Marilyn Monroe and Picasso to Dorothea Lange’s iconic ‘Migrant Mother’. Regardless the age or gender of the original model, Malkovich was able to mentally go to that specific time and place and convincingly become that person.


© Sandro Miller
© Sandro Miller

 On view at Fifty One Gallery until January 30, 2021

More information: HERE

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Annual Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest Exhibition

The Annual Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest is pleased to present an exhibition featuring this year’s winners. It is Russia’s best platform to discover new photojournalists and develop high standards for documentary photography in Russia and the world. Young photojournalists from 75 countries competed in the contest. In 2020, there are about 5000 submissions selected. 

The 2020 winners include young photographers from Russia, the US, France, India, Italy, Spain, Iran, Bangladesh, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Belarus, South Africa, China, and – for the first time – the UK, Austria, Argentina, Brazil and Haiti. 

In 2020 the contestants have been judged by the star-studded team including directors and photo editors from the world’s leading photography and news media outlets, as well as international gallerists.


Discover the exhibition here: HERE


The exhibition is open from 22.10.2020 to 31.03.2021.



Sunday, October 25, 2020

France: Denis Dailleux at Pau



Photographer Denis Dailleux is exhibited from October 9 to January 9 at the Parvis, cultural space Leclerc in Pau. After Ouka Leele or Raymond Depardon, a new program of very high quality for the room next to the bookstore of the shopping center. Denis Dailleux was awarded the prestigious World Press photo in 2000 for his series "Mother and son" photographed in Egypt. One of these award-winning shots is displayed in Pau amidst other exceptional Egyptian series. Le Parvis also invited another part of the Dailleux collection with its incredible photos of Ghana and the fishing port of Accra.

Find out more about Denis Dailleux: HERE

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Bangkok: Apertruth

 “APERTRUTH”, a group invitational exhibition by Chinese Photographer, Western culture has been deeply influenced by the social relation between generality and depth since the time of Plato. Now, we live in a unique moment in history, as the world is united by the models that were born of these ideologies, we are seeing the battle of truth and reality manifesting itself in many ways. Regional problems have expanded to have global consequences. 


The easy access to knowledge has made truth debatable. In the year 2020, society is undergoing a complicated trial with how it sees itself. For this group exhibition, we see ourselves peering through the lens of 8 Chinese photographers, A Dou, Yanchu SUN, Xiaoliang HUANG, Yanfang DU, Marc YANG, Wei ZHANG, Bo HE, Lanpo ZHANG, each of them is exploring the forms of truth. 

We divided them into 2 groups, to explain and show the different perspectives of being. This exhibition will open on 22 August – 25 October 2020 at Art Centre Bldg. (2nd floor), Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok.


More information: HERE

© Adou

© He Bo
© Huang Xialiang

Monday, September 21, 2020

The netherlands: Angels of the Sea by Stephan Vanfleteren

From September 18 until April 5 2021, The National Maritime Museum and The Dutch National Portrait Gallery show 'Angels of the Sea, a touching portrait exhibition by Stephan Vanfleteren.

Stephan Vanfleteren (Belgium, 1969) is one of the most famous portrait photographers in the Low Countries. Angels of the Sea, created in 2016, consists of a series of poignant portraits of young people from the maritime school Royal Work IBIS in Bredene, Belgium. Vanfleteren was charmed by the children who grew up in a protected environment in their traditional sailor suits. He photographed the 108 students of boarding school IBIS: the angels of the sea. A selection of these can be seen in the exhibition in The National Maritime Museum.

'Every child is entitled to a visible horizon, even when it storms at sea.' Stephan Vanfleteren about the angels of the sea.


 Sean, Koninklijk Werk IBIS, Bredene, België, 2016 © Stephan Vanfleteren


Noah, Koninklijk Werk IBIS, Bredene, Belgium, 2016 © Stephan Vanfleteren

 Find out more about the exhibition: HERE

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Paris: Sarah Moon - Past Present

 SARAH MOON Past Present
18 Sept 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

The Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris is presenting the exhibition PastPresent, devoted to the work of Sarah Moon. Active in France and abroad since the late 1960s, she is recognised as a great fashion photographer; but she is far from limited to this single field, and the aim of this exhibition is to reveal the singularity of a photographic and cinematic oeuvre fluctuating between reflections and transparency, mirages and obscurity.

As an adjunct to her career as a model, in the early sixties she started working as a self-taught photographer. Commissions began to come in and in 1968 her collaboration with Corinne Sarrut on the Cacharel image drew attention on the male-dominated international fashion scene. Her advertising campaigns, posters and magazine work were marked by an immediately recognisable imagination, with the women who peopled her images seemingly suspended in the course of a narrative sprinkled with literary and filmic references.

The death of her assistant Mike Yavel in 1985 saw Moon turn to personal projects in addition to the steady influx of commissions. Various themes recur in her photographs, as part of an endless quest for the unexpected and the moment when time stands still.

Opting for a strictly non-chronological approach to this exhibition, the artist has chosen an interweaving of eras, typologies and subjects that illustrates their reciprocal porousness. The main strand – a selection of her films, mostly adapted  from popular tales – provides an ongoing narrative that invites visitor interaction. Each film – Circus (2002), Le Fil rouge (The Guiding Thread, 2005), Le chaperon noir (Little Black Riding Hood, 2010), L’Effraie (The Barn owl, 2004), Où va le blanc? (Where Does the White Go?, 2013) – serves as a kind of stopover where the images are orchestrated and come to life.

The exhibition is rounded off by the room in the permanent collection dedicated to Robert Delpire (1926–2017), Sarah Moon's companion for forty-eight years. Photographs, posters, books and films cover the multiple activities of this key figure in French cultural history: one of its most important publishers, creator and artistic director of the Delpire advertising agency, and founder of the Centre National de la Photographie, which he directed from 1983 to 1996.

The catalogue, containing essays and tributes, is published by Paris Musées.

Curator : Fanny Schulmann

More information: Here


Sunday, August 9, 2020

France: Corps D'Hommes by Laura Stevens

 5 September - 31 October
Vernissage Saturday 5 September 17h - 19h

Galerie Miranda
21 rue du Château d'Eau, 75010, Paris
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"23 November, II," (2018) Archival pigment print, 30x45 cm, Edition of 10.

 "In a quest for a personal vision of masculine beauty, Stevens photographs the bodies of men of different ages with a gaze that is observant, curious, open and sensual yet not sexualized. Stevens is interested in the lines and forms created by the men's poses, finding beauty and humanity in each unique body, irrespective of their proportions. Thus exposed, the men are simultaneously virile and vulnerable; muscled and gracile; confident and shy. With great simplicity and a soft photographic palette that recalls realist painting, Stevens captures their individuality with a contemporary feminist vision that is fundamentally egalitarian."

"23 January, III," (2018) Archival pigment print, 90x60 cm, Edition of 8. 
 Laura Stevens website

Monday, July 13, 2020

Amsterdam: Vivian Maier - Works in Color

Now at Foam 1 June - 13 September 2020

This spring Foam presents the colourful works of Vivian Maier in the new exhibition Works in Color.

Mostly known for her black and white photography, Vivian Maier is an icon in American street photography. A genre mainly dominated by photographers such as Robert Frank, Joel Meyerowitz and Lee Friedlander. Maier’s observant eye as an unknown outsider and as a woman makes her work a significant addition to the canon of photography. This exhibition at Foam focuses on a lesser-known aspect of her work: over 60 colour photographs from the period between 1956 – 1986.

Works in Color shows street scenes in Chicago, - the city where Maier lived for much of her life - featuring people, objects, billboards and shop windows. Her work in colour seems altogether playful and tongue in cheek.

Vivian Maier (New York, 1926 – 2009) spent her entire life taking photographs, alongside her work as an au-pair. Her photographic work was not discovered until after her death when a box of negatives was offered for sale at a local auction. Maier spent a large part of her youth in France, giving her an outsider perspective on daily life in the United States. This exhibition follows the previous exhibition Vivian Maier – Street Photographer, which showed her black and white photographic work in 2014 at Foam.

© Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy Maloof Collection and Howar, Location unknown 1956

This exhibition is made possible in collaboration with the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York.

More about the exhibition here

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Belgium: Karel Fonteyne - The Circle

Exhibition/ To commemorate the 70th birthday of the artist photographer Karel Fonteyne and his 50 year career, Hangar presents a major retrospective of his work through a selection of 200 images.

As a flagship figure in Belgian and international fashion photography, Karel Fonteyne’s career in that genre spanned more than 15 years. His rather experimental style gave rise to pioneering images that went beyond classical fashion photography. In 1996, he decided to give up fashion photography to develop a more personal work. Karel Fonteyne is non-conformist. He plays with codes, deconstructs reality and prefers the complex to the obvious. “Generally, I don’t photograph what I see but what my mind reflects”.

The exhibition is neither linear nor chronological, but rather circular. The spectre of the present will not prevent the visitor from grasping Karel Fonteyne’s work because his images are ageless and out of time. Like a journey through the photographer’s mind, one jumps from photo to photo, from black and white to colour, from staged to spontaneous, from conceptual to fashion photography. The concept story has a direct influence on the variety of techniques. Concurrently homogeneous and heterogeneous, personal and universal, his work is an invitation to construct one’s own narrative.

Spread over the three floors of Hangar, the exhibition is composed of different chapters, where sensuality, esotericism, nature, solitude and humour combine to create a particular atmosphere of his inner world. Karel Fonteyne’s images awaken the senses and transport us into another universe. They tell a story without words.

A retrospective book entitled Spell will be published in September to coincide with the exhibition.

Biography/Born in 1950 in Antwerp, Karel Fonteyne lives and works between Belgium and abroad. Active since 1968, Karel Fonteyne began his career in art photography. He is fascinated by Tarjei Vesaas’ book “Fuglane” and by South American authors such as Borges, García Márquez and Cortázar, but also by the psychology of Bergman’s films, which got him started in photography.

He entered the fashion world at the end of the 1970s and worked for prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Interview, Bazaar, Marie-Claire etc.. He also worked with designers such as Martin Margiela, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dries Van Noten, Marina Yee, Walter Van Beirendonck and Dirk Van Saene from the outset.

His work has been exhibited in prestige venues such as the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP, Paris) (FR), Bozar (BE), Festival d’Arles (FR), Fotoforum Kassel (DE), Museo Fundació Joan Miró (ES), Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo (ES), ICC Antwerpen ( M KHA [Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art]) (BE), Noorderlicht International Photo Festival Groningen (NL), Biennale de Photographie Condroz (BE), among others.

Karel Fonteyne has several publications to his credit: Entre chien et loup (1980), See Stars (1987), Black Earth (1990), Pistoleros (2007), Tales of Silence (2014), and Spell which will be released in September 2020.

Where: Hangar Photo Art Center
PLace du Châtelaun 18
1050 Brussels
More information: HERE

Opening days / 3 - 4 septembre 2020
Exhibition / 5 septembre – 24 octobre 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Belgium: Hangar Photo Art Center Reopening

25 years of photo works / Ruud van Empel
19 May - 18 July 2020 (new dates)

Exhibition/ The exhibition, on a museum scale, brings together more than 90 emblematic photographic works by Ruud van Empel. Twenty-five years of creation are presented through the most striking and beautiful images of his career, some of them iconic. The exhibition will gather enigmatic portraits, lush nature, and early works. As a pioneer in digital construction, Ruud van Empel presents for the first time an exhibition of such a large scale. During three months, the entire career of the artist will be displayed in one place. The exhibition aims to discover or re-discover an accomplished and extraordinary work. The show will allow the public to observe the evolution of Ruud van Empel’s work over his life, particularly concerning the mentalities and the technological developments in photography. Hangar proudly welcomes this globally acclaimed photographer with whom it has build a close professional relationship.

Ruud van Empel has already exhibited in Hangar twice: In 2017, as part of the second edition of PhotoBrussels Festival, and in 2018 with a solo show in Hangar front space (street front). The exhibition will be divided into three main themes: Nature, with 25 large unpublished photographs (ground floor), Portrait, with a selection of 30 photographs from the past ten years (first floor) and the Early works, with 15 small photographs from his beginnings, and a video screening (second floor). 

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Monday, April 20, 2020

All About Photo Awards 2020 Winners On YouTube

Thank you to all the participants who made this contest possible. 
We also couldn't have done this without our prestigious jurors: 
Elizabeth Avedon (Photography book and exhibition designer, independent curator and writer) Laurent Baheux (Photographer, UN Ambassador for the environment and active protector of wildlife) Alex Cammarano (Founder and CEO of Daylighted) 
Julia Dean (Photographer, Educator, Writer, and Executive Director/ Founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography - LACP) 
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel (Photographer, Founder & Editor of All About Photo) 
Ann Jastrab (Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA) 
Juli Lowe (Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery) 
The winner and Photographer of the Year 2020 is Monica Denevan (USA) with her image "Across the River, Burma" from the series "Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma." 
The second-place winner is Gabriele Galimberti (Italy), the third-place winner is Rebecca Moseman (USA), the fourth-place winner Nadia De Lange (Switzerland) and the fifth-place winner is Nicole Cambre (Belgium). 
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Germany: Peter Lindbergh - Untold Stories

Untold Stories is the first ever survey exhibition curated by Peter Lindbergh himself.

Linda Evangelista, Michaela Bercu and Kirsten Owen, Pont-à-Mousson, 1988 © Peter Lindbergh (courtesy Peter Lindbergh, Paris)

Born in 1944 and raised in Duisburg, the German photographer spent two years working on an uncompromising collection of 140 photographs that will shed an unusual light on his colossal oeuvre, spanning from the early 1980’s to the present day.

The exhibition offers an extensive, first-hand look at images that are usually short-lived, being mostly commissioned by monthly fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Rolling Stone or W Magazine. Lindbergh’s comprehension of fashion photography is that it can – and should – exist very well without putting fashion in the center. His images transcend their own context, becoming part of contemporary culture and photographic history. Untold Stories celebrates the legacy of Peter Lindbergh, who passed away in September 2019, while showcasing this master’s highly personal approach to fashion photography.

An exhibition of the Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, in cooperation with the Peter Lindbergh Studio and with further venues at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt and MADRE in Naples.

Karen Elson, Los Angeles, 1997 © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy Peter Lindbergh, Paris)  
Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany: Website

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Do you think that photography can help raise awareness about Climate Change ?

Global climate change is evident and has noticeable effects on the environment. It affects all regions of the world. The polar ice caps are melting and the level of the oceans is rising. In some regions, extreme weather events and precipitation are becoming more frequent, while others are facing increasingly extreme heat waves and droughts. Many plants and animal species are endangered. Some terrestrial, freshwater and marine species have already moved to new territories. Plants and animals will be in serious danger of extinction if the average temperature of the planet continues to rise uncontrollably.

Scepticism is a significant barrier to public engagement when we should all act as one. But if facts and words don't curve their little trust in what they are told, can an image make a difference?

We asked renowned and committed photographers the same simple question:
Do you think that photography can help raise awareness about Climate Change?

Discover their personal and heartfelt answers as well as their astounding images to convey their message. 

Read the first article here

Photo Ed kashi/ VII Photo Agency

Read the second article here

Photo Ragnar Axelsson

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Friday, February 28, 2020

London: Lillian Bassman, Redefining Fashion

It's a Cinch, Carmen, New York, Harper's Bazaar, 1951

A solo exhibition of work by Lillian Bassman (1917-2012), renowned as a modernising force in post-war fashion photography, opens at Atlas Gallery on 27 February (until 18 April 2020). A fashion photographer at Harper’s Bazaar in the 1950s – 1970s, Bassman was famous for her high-contrast images of society women, actresses and models. Reworking early negatives in the 1990s, Bassman accentuated the stylised vision she had begun exploring in her early career, attracting a new wave of interest in her work. A selection of black and white photographs from both periods will be on display.

Bassman’s work was significant in emphasising the power of elegance, mystery and gesture in fashion. “[Lillian Bassman] makes visible that heart-breaking invisible place between appearance and the disappearance of things” (Richard Avedon). Her prints, developed in high contrast and carefully over-exposed, are abstract, luminous, soft yet captivatingly dramatic. The models become silhouettes, consumed by blankets of light and darkness; only the curve of an eye in profile, the gentle sweep of a jawline or a tiny nose peeping out from under a large hat give any indication of their features.

Bassman’s career in photography started under the guidance of legendary Alexey Brodovich (1898-1971), Art Director at Harper’s Bazaar. After being appointed co-art director of Junior Bazaar in 1945, Bassman’s images were published in Harper’s from 1950-65. At Harper’s, Bassman helped foster the careers of photographers Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Arnold Newman and Louis Faurer. Bassman herself spent long hours in Harper’s darkroom developing and manipulating her images to achieve her signature style. She explained to one interviewer: “I tried to make my pictures soft and flowing. I was never interested in the straight print and I was trying out soft-focus effects by printing through tissue or gauze and vignetting with ferricyanide bleach.”

Lillian Bassman (1917-2012), Barbara Mullen, Harper’s Bazaar, New York, c.1958. © The Estate of Lillian Bassman  
49 Dorset Street London W1U 7NF

Lillian Bassman : Redefining Fashion
27 February – 18 April 2020

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Belgium: Seydou Keïta and Norbert Ghisoland at Gallery 51

To launch its 20th year of existence, Gallery FIFTY ONE is delighted to present its upcoming duo-show including studio portraits by Norbert Ghisoland and Seydou Keïta. Both coming from different backgrounds and eras, they share quite a few similarities. The studio portraits of ordinary people, taken in different social contexts, give us a glimpse of how both photographers captured the surrounding society within the small constraints of their studios.

Seydou Keïta (Mali, 1920 - France, 2001) has been introduced to the art world by the gallerist in 1995 - even before the official opening of the gallery in 2000. Keïta has been a part of the represented artists ever since. He belongs to a generation of African photographers who enjoyed an international recognition only at a later stage of his life. This exhibition will only feature life-time prints signed by the artist.

Keïta started making furniture and spending a lot of time as an apprentice of Pierre Garnier, who had his own studio. Just like a few other Malian photographers such as Kouyaté and Sidibé he learned the trade and soon realized that there was an enormous demand for individual pictures. This drove him to open his own studio in 1948. Up until then, western settlers had had a lot of trouble convincing the local population of having their pictures taken as they believed they would lose their identity. With Keita all became different: he was part of their community and let them choose the image that would be given to the close family or friends.

From then on people queued up to have their pictures taken. The sole desire of people posing in front if Keïta’s lens was to look their best. To accomplish this, Keïta gave them costumes, accessories and furniture to further enhance their appearance. Men, women and children, all look perfectly elegant. If we look beyond the aesthetics of the black-and-white pictures, Keita shows us a portrait of Malian society in full transition.

Finally Keita was to become the country's official photographer, and stopped working in 1977. Nevertheless, it took many years for his work to get the proper recognition and be included in the famous "Rencontres de Bamako”.

Norbert Ghisoland (Belgium, 1878 - 1939) comes from the coal-mining region of "Le Borinage", in Belgium where he opened his shop and studio. He was able to attract a whole crowd of people wanting to be photographed either as individuals or in groups. Not only local miners came by but also middle-class people, military men, clergymen, sportsmen, young and old. Norbert Ghisoland chose the setting and poses of his models, either in a specific decor or in front of a white backdrop, always capturing them in a most positive way.

Ghisoland showed a lot of emotion towards all his models. They either sit or stand with their hands folded or with one hand simply resting on the shoulder of a friend or relative posing next to them, all of them without a trace of a smile on their faces as they come from Le Pays Noir, the local coal-mining area.

Tormented by the pre-war times and worried at the thought of his son being called up in the army, Norbert Ghisoland passed away in 1939 at the age of 61, leaving behind a unique testimony about his fellow people of the coal mining era.

Ghisoland’s work has been shown on an international scale on several occasions with the 2013 Venice Biennale as a highlight.

This exhibition creates an interesting dialogue between two studio-photographers from different time periods and locations, but aiming to achieve the same goal: to create a moment of peace and quiet in the rough day to day lives and entertaining their models using accessories such as watches, hats, bikes, etc., that weren’t available to everyone at that time. 

More information: HERE
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Switzerland: Rankin Disruption

© John Rankin
Photographer Rankin launches his first solo exhibition at Petra Gut Contemporary Gallery, showcasing iconic portraits and never-before-exhibited Polaroids from top shoots.

Celebrating the start of their gallerist and artist collaboration, Rankin has joined forces with Zurich based Petra Gut to explore his boldest portraiture. From international superstars to dancers and models, Disruption is a unique tour through the emotion, intimacy and humour evident in Rankin’s portrait and beauty work.

“I’ve always been obsessed with people. I want to get to know everyone and know everything about them. I think this is why I love portraits as I get to spend one-on-one time with the great and the good and really find out what makes them them. Disruption is the first time I’ve had a show that is really all about that emotional connection. The works show sadness, happiness, nervousness and confidence. Just like my portrait and beauty photography, this exhibition is all about a connection and a feeling.”

Opening up the door further into his artistic practice and the photographer/model relationship, Disruption also sees Rankin explore his Polaroid archive to find one of a kind frames. Taken between the 1990’s and early 2000s, these images are unique snapshots from some of Rankin’s best known shoots. Taking familiar subjects from unfamiliar angles, these Polaroids reveal close-up and behind-the- scenes views of beauty, fashion, nudes and advertising.

The most revealing display of what makes beauty and portraiture exciting and essential artforms, Disruption is a personal take on faces both known and unknown.

Rankin : Disruption
6th February – 20th March, 2020
Petra Gut Contemporary
Nüschelerstrasse 31
8001 Zürich, Switzerland
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© John Rankin

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Netherlands: Temps Zero

Since 2012, the international collective Temps Zero – led by photographer and curator Stéphane Charpentier and sound artist Alyssa Moxley – has been bringing together a new generation of international experimental visual and sound artists. The group travels across European cities in ever-changing line-ups, with poetic exhibitions, improvised concerts and workshop presentations.

© Gabrielle Duplantier
This collectively supported art project is like a close-knit family of outsiders, looking for their place in an unruly world. The participants find each other in their existential drive for freedom and the intensely creative impulses that result from it. Together they fuse photography, video, sound art and music into penetrating sensory experiences.

From January 16 to April 12, 2020, Temps Zero settles in Groningen and presents an interactive installation in the Noorderlicht studio. In the halls, images are combined with multi-track sound that responds via sensors to the movements of visitors. A continuous projection is shown in a film room with a specially composed score.

© Martin Bogren
Photos and video
Michael Ackerman, Gaël Bonnefon, Martin Bogren, Lorenzo Castore, Stéphane Charpentier, Clara Chichin, Adam Grossman Cohen, Damien Daufresne, Gabrielle Duplantier, Theo Elias, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Marco Marzocchi, Lorena Morin, Patricia Morosan, Alisa Resnik, Gilles Roudière, Gilles Roudière M Schueppel and Marie Sordat.

© Michael Ackerman
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Friday, January 31, 2020

Milan: Stefano de Luigi "Televisiva"

Stefano De Luigi's unpublished project "Televisiva" will open at the Other Size Gallery by Workness in Milan on February 5, 2020.

© Stefano De Luigi / VII
The 32 black and white photos, on view until April 10, focus on the Italian television universe of the nineties, its history, backstages, and characters, returning the still image of an epoch that speaks to us in a dramatically current way even today.

Between satire and restlessness, De Luigi's photography scrutinizes the sequined surface of the television show, represented as a carnival microcosm of showmen, dancers and circus creatures born from the imagination of the TV authors, and returns a grotesque human representation that becomes a metaphor for the politics and society of today's Italy. Twenty-five years after its birth, as a prophecy, "Televisiva" denounces the system of screamed words and fake news, of easy sensationalism and of behavior patterns which, between fascination and demagogy, has been translated from the virtual dimension of television to political debate and everyday life in the real country.

© Stefano De Luigi / VII  
More information: HERE
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Monday, January 27, 2020

Switzerland: René Burri, Explosiion of Sight at the Musée de l'Elysée

René Burri, Albisguetli, Zürich, Suisse, 1980 © René Burri / Magnum Photos. Fondation René Burri, Courtesy Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
René Burri was born in 1933 and died in 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. Throughout his life, he was on the front line of global history. He joined Magnum Photos in 1955, becoming one of its members in 1959. Over the course of his career spanning almost sixty years, he travelled to Europe, the Middle East, North, Central and South America, Japan and China, recording with lucidity and acuity most of the momentous events of the second half of the 20th century. Numerous influential people were also captured by his lens including Picasso, Le Corbusier, Niemeyer, Barragan, Giacometti and Tinguely. In 1963, he produced his iconic portrait of “Che au cigare” (Che with Cigar), which brought him to the attention of the public.

From January to May 2020, curated by Marc Donnadieu and Mélanie Bétrisey, the institution has scheduled a new retrospective of his life’s work entitled René Burri, Explosions of Sight. The bonds between René Burri and the Musée de l’Elysée are strong, and anchored in the institution’s history. In 1985, when it was opened as a “museum for photography”, Burri attended for his friend Charles-Henri Favrod. Two years later, his photographic project “Les Ruines du futur” (The Ruins of the Future) was presented. In 2004, the museum hosted his first retrospective. In 2013, Burri decided to set up a foundation in his name at the Musée de l’Elysée.

This new exhibition is the culmination of diligent research and studies carried out by the Musée de l’Elysée teams since 2013 on the entire René Burri collection in family archives and the Magnum Photos archives in Paris and New York. It aims to offer a new perspective on all Burri’s myriad creative activities throughout his life. It reveals a more personal and secret side to one of the most influential photojournalists of our time with a great many often previously unpublished documents: contact sheets, study prints, films, models for books, exhibition projects, notebooks, collages, watercolours, drawings, etc.

Based on a long, chronological “Lifeline” leading visitors through the nine rooms of the Musée de l’Elysée’s two exhibition levels, this project develops twelve “Focal Points”, each showcasing a decisive element of Burri’s creative process in the broadest sense of the term: Cinema; Structures; Myself and the Others; Che; China; Television; Magnum; Book; One World; Colour; Collages; Drawings. In this exhibition, René Burri is shown to be modern and inventive, committed and facetious, curious and generous, unifying and a mentor, a rebel and poet, impassioned and fascinating and above all, particularly explosive!

René Burri, Autoportrait, Coronado, Nouveau-Mexique, 1973-1983 © René Burri/Magnum Photos. Fondation René Burri courtesy Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

More information: Museum Website

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sweden: Daido Moriyama A Diary

The exhibition A Diary is a room filled with many layers of a real life, and an (artist’s) “I”. Daido Moriyama’s life is his images. He works insistently every day, collecting what he sees, does and passes by. He has been on
a journey his whole life, at times extremely local, photo-graphing his neighbourhood in Tokyo, but also on long trips to America and Europe. The different parts of the world are treated with the same honesty, especially the same frenetic movement forwards. Stop and take a photo, move on. There is no hierarchical idea in his choice of motifs and this is reflected in the works in the exhibition. Certain photographs are raw, almost dissol-ving into abstraction but they still share a distinctive photographic expression with the quiet, contemplative street scenes or self-portraits in hotel rooms. He has a way of creating decadent still lifes out of the most banal objects, giving them an almost fetishist quality.

Daido Moriyama earned himself a reputation early on as a provocative street photographer, but his work also bears witness to the fact that a life contains many days of so many different encounters and emotional states, from despair to tenderness, from the dirty to the clean. The photographs in this exhibition stems from nearly fifty years of image creation, which cannot be read chronologically or in thematic groupings. The reproduc-tive characteristics of photography are important to Daido Moriyama. He sometimes takes photos of his own photos, which he in turn photographs, in something that resembles a game with his own body of work. His photographs have been reproduced on coffee mugs, skateboards and t-shirts. The images are there to be encountered by many people, both in exhibition spaces and publications – they should never be exclusive.

It seems particularly appropriate that a photographer as prolific, popular and influential as Daido Moriyama is this year’s Hasselblad Award winner, since the Hasselblad Foundation’s support and presentation of photographic art is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Curators: Sara Walker & Louise Wolthers
The exhibition consists of photographs taken since the 1960s until the present. They are all lambda prints produced 2019.

Until February 9, 2020
Götaplatsen 6, 412 56 Göteborg, Sweden
More information Hasselblad Foundation


Thursday, January 16, 2020

France: Sebastiao Salgado at Polka Galerie

January 31 - March 14, 2020

Serra Pelada, State of Para, Brazil, 1986

Following his studies at São Paulo University in Brazil and at Vanderbilt University in the United States, Sebastião Salgado worked with the International Coffee Organization for which he traveled extensively. It is during these trips that he started taking pictures, and in 1973, he left his job to begin a career in photography. He has never stopped travelling since. He partnered with photo agencies such as Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos up until 1994, at which point he and his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado, founded the Amazonas Images agency.

His projects are conceived and created as long-term endeavors, and presented in exhibitions and books which are characterized by a strong visual coherence. From 1977 to 1984, Salgado journeyed through Latin America and visited its most remote mountain villages. The resulting photographs were published in Otras Americas in 1986. Salgado began another extensive project that same year examining the global production system, and for which he traveled to twenty-six countries. His goal was to reveal and explain the evolution of manual labor. Published under the French title “La main de l’homme”, the book Workers was released in 1993.

In 1994, Salgado started focusing on the constant increase in human migration caused by political events. Throughout the rest of the decade, he published thirty-six stories on this serious topic. He assembled them in Migration, published in 2000 along with The Children, which highlighted the plight of the youngest of these refugees.

His photo essays have been largely rewarded. For instance, he received the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography in 1982, a World Press Photo in 1985, and a Visa d'Or at the Visa pour l'Image festival in 1990.

Salgado's commitment goes beyond his photographs. In 1998, he successfully converted the land he had inherited from his family in Brazil into a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra, whose aim is to replenish the country's depleted Atlantic forest. Furthermore, having collaborated with Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization on numerous occasions, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

Since 2004, Salgado has been working on a new monumental project entitled Genesis; a collection of black and white photographs of landscapes, fauna, flora, and communities who still live according to ancestral ways and traditions. 

Serra Pelada, State of Para, Brazil, 1986  

More about the exhibition: HERE

12, rue Saint-Gilles
75003 Paris, France