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Framing life on Bristol’s margins

This article is printed in the latest issue of British Journal of Photography: The Portrait Issue.  For his latest project, Chris Hoare chronicles life in his home city following a period of political upheaval On 07 June 2020, in Bristol, southwest England, a bronze statue of slave trader Edward...

Picturing the anxiety of Brexit Day

This article will be printed in the upcoming issue of British Journal of Photography: Performance, launching 16 February. Sign up for an 1854 subscription to receive it at your door.  Alejandro Acín’s new book chronicles the 24 hours leading up to the UK officially ending its relationship with the EU ...

Ian Bates’ poetic response to the American Midwest

Made over the course of seven years on the road, Ian Bates’ Meadowlark meditates on the people and places of a region often misunderstood by outsiders When Ian Bates started work on his new photobook, Meadowlark, in 2014, he was 24 and just out of photojournalism school. Brought up in New Jersey, the second-most densely populated US state, the young...

Creative Brief: Circus magazine’s Jackson Bowley

This article is printed in the latest issue of British Journal of Photography: The Portrait Issue.  Now in its second issue, Circus is absurdly large anti-beauty magazine. Here, its founder tells us more about its ethos and production process Founded in 2020, Circus is a bold and anarchic celebration of beauty photography....

Editor’s picks: stories you might have missed in January

Journey through Sari Soininen’s transformative acid trip, the new Centre for British Photography, and the photo journal keeping Hanoi’s scene alive in some of this month’s most read stories Self Portrait with Pocket Square © Sarah Maple “We have the privilege of starting something new”: Inside...

Frederic Aranda: “Portraiture fails when it is about the photographer”

© Frederic Aranda, OpenWalls Arles 2021 Single Image Winner. Shooting the likes of Anna Wintour, Marcus Rashford, Damien Hirst and Margaret Thatcher, the three-time OpenWalls Arles winner reflects on what makes a good portrait.  “As soon as I started taking pictures, I wasn’t interested in being anything...

Beyond dependency: The battles of Nan Goldin

Nan in the bathroom with roommate, Boston, 1970s As nominations pour in for Laura Poitras’ All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Daisy Woodward speaks to the film’s director about shame, bravery, and Goldin’s life in activism In the opening scene of All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Laura Poitras’s new documentary about the life...

Ernest Cole’s apartheid record expanded in Amsterdam

A major exhibition at Foam presents newfound material from Cole’s extensive documentation of apartheid in South Africa In 2017, a Swedish bank contacted Leslie Matlaisane, nephew of the late Ernest Cole. They had 60,000 negatives languishing in three safety deposit boxes, and Matlaisane, they explained, needed to collect them....

Community and validation: Leica Women Foto awardees on their career-changing wins

The award-winning photographers Rosem Morton, Rania Matar and September Bottoms discuss validation, community and empowering women through photography On a summers day in 2018, nurse, photographer and safety trainer, Rosem Morton, was raped. It was a traumatic, shattering event which, in the weeks that followed, left her overwhelmed, afraid and seeking...

Mark Power’s chartered waters

Shannon. Thursday 4 April 1996. Southerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 in northwest. Occasional rain. Moderate or good. The Magnum photographer talks to Ravi Ghosh about reissuing The Shipping Forecast, his seminal book navigating the British Isles’ 31 sea areas Mark Power sits in his Brighton studio, trying in vain to think...

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