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The future of art spaces: How have photographers innovated?

Reading Time: 4 minutes With perspectives from Juan Brenner, Charlotte Schmitz, Harley Weir and Josué Rivas, we explore how the last year has changed the way photographers approach their practice It has been a tough year for artists. Across the globe, exhibitions, commissions, commercial deals and editorial shoots...

Ying Ang depicts her all-consuming transformation into motherhood

Reading Time: 3 minutes Through a layered and complex narrative, Ang sheds light on the challenges of matrescence The moment a woman becomes pregnant, she begins to experience extraordinary change. Her body swells and transforms, hormones fluctuate, and her psychological and emotional states undulate in ambiguity. Pregnancy and the arrival...

Thirty-two artists rework Jack Davison’s debut monograph

Reading Time: 3 minutes Collages, drawings, paintings and more annotate Davison’s original photobook, inviting us to contemplate the work anew Sinuous ants creep across hands clutching apples, while black scribbles obscure the rich creams and blues of a cloud, and thick strokes of brightly coloured paint coat a...

Looking back: Dawoud Bey engages history

Reading Time: 3 minutes This article was printed in the Power & Empowerment issue of British Journal of Photography magazine, available for purchase through the BJP Shop or delivered direct to you with an 1854 Subscription. In his first retrospective in 25 years, Dawoud Bey engages with African American...

100 years, 100 stories: Jenny Lewis’ latest photobook on the Hackney community challenges prejudices

Reading Time: 3 minutes JACK, 7 years old. ‘People are always stereotypical to me. Just because I’m a boy they say you can’t like pink, but I love pink. One of the first times I wore a skirt, my mum bought me a tutu. I looked in the mirror and I loved it. It makes me feel happy when I’m glamorous.’ © Jenny Lewis. Beginning...

Industry Insights: Ellie Burd on the ins and outs of working with an agency

Reading Time: 6 minutes In collaboration with Direct Digital – the leading international photographic equipment rental service – 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography presents Industry Insights, a series delving into the ins and outs of working in the photography industry. From getting signed, to building...

Now You See Me Moria poster campaign uses photography and social media to give voice to the giant refugee camp in Lesbos

Reading Time: 5 minutes Years after thousands of migrants arrived in the EU, they remain in temporary accommodation on the Greek island. Here, they take matters into their own hands and demand to be heard ‘We are humans humans humans humans humans […] too’ read the words on a poster from the recent Now You See Me Moria campaign. Moria is...

The fight for women’s freedoms: Looking back at history through photography

Reading Time: 8 minutes Nearly 60 years after the women’s liberation movement, women’s rights over their bodies are still pendular. Bodily autonomy is under constant threat. Despite the active dismantling of the gender binary and the affirmation of trans lives, mainstream culture is only just beginning to push beyond European standards of...

When I Was at Art School in the 90s

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here, we republish an essay from Marc Vallée’s latest zine: a reflection upon the lives of Vallée and his art school friends amid the walls of their vibrant east London home “How does one visually represent a community that has gone through so much?” Asks Marc Vallée. His zine When I Was at...

Xiaoxiao Xu unravels the ancient myths surrounding the Great Wall of China

Reading Time: 2 minutes Journeying along the historic structure, the photographer captures the reality of life as it is today, played out in its shadow Since the 2016 publication of her photobook, titled Aeronautics in the Backyard (by Netherlands-based The Eriskay Connection),  Xiaoxiao Xu has occupied an interesting position in contemporary...

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