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Remembering the Srebrenica Massacre

On the afternoon of 11 July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces claimed the town of Srebrenica, where tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims sought refuge. In the following days, more than 8,000 men and boys were killed, thousands of girls and women were raped, and over 20,000 people were deported. The massacre is the worst mass killing to take place on European...

Hackney in the 80s: Recovering a forgotten archive of working-class life

The Rio in Dalston is London’s oldest community-run cinema. It was established as a non-profit arts centre in 1979, and in the early-80s, the basement was transformed into a workshop and recording studio for community-led initiatives such as feminist film collective Women’s Media Resource Project, and the Tape/Slide Newsreel Group, a radical photography...

Urban architecture with EyeEm: The winners

Defined patterns. Symmetric lines. Brutalist environments.  Partnering with our friends at EyeEm on one of their weekly photography missions, we asked you to submit your best images of urban architecture for the chance to be featured on BJP-Online. Handpicked by Simon Bainbridge, editorial director of British Journal of Photography, we’re...

Disposables: A personal exploration of contemporary Japan

Dan Bailey and I speak over the phone in late-May, from our respective homes in locked-down Tokyo and London. Among some of the things we share in common, there is one, which is most significant: we have both spent 18 years of our lives living in Japan. Bailey moved there in 2002 to teach English — “I thought I’d be gone for a year, now it’s been 18”...

1854 Presents: Sunil Gupta

9th July, 6PM (UK Time) | Pre-register now to watch for free From 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography, 1854 Presents hosts free virtual artist talks, Q&As, panel discussions and more with leading figures in contemporary photography. This week, 1854 Presents: Sunil Gupta. Born in New Delhi, India, before migrating to...

A love letter to the queer counterculture of NYC in the 70s and 80s

Peter Hujar was a central figure in the downtown-bohemian-scene of New York City, which emerged at the end of the 1960s and flourished until the advent of the AIDS epidemic in 1980. Intellectuals Susan Sontag and Fran Lebowitz were among his friends, along with fellow artists Paul Thek, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz. Hujar photographed his companions...

City Metro: Jamel Shabazz’s ode to New York’s Subway

For many, New York City’s subway system is simply a means of getting from A to B. Its 36 lines connect eight million residents from across the city’s five boroughs, shuttling them from the upper reaches of yhe Bronx, beneath the skyscrapers of Manhattan, then east to Queens, south to Brooklyn, and across the ferry to Staten Island. But, down...

LUMIX Stories for Change: Frederick Paxton describes the making of his new project in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

LUMIX Stories for Change is an ongoing collaboration between British Journal of Photography and Panasonic LUMIX that celebrates the power of photography in driving positive change. Three photographers were awarded a grant and LUMIX S Series kit to create a new body of work around the themes Inclusion and Belonging. Here, Frederick Paxton explains what...

The Anti-Racism photography fundraiser

The Anti-Racism photography fundraiser — which runs for three weeks from 03 to 24 July — comprises £100 prints from over 100 photographers. Contributing artists include Renell Medrano, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Myles Loftin, Amber Pinkerton, Michael Bailey-Gates, and many others; the complete list can be found here. The sale is raising money for...

Maxim Dondyuk rebuilds a lost archive of life in Chernobyl

In 2015, after two years of documenting the Ukranian Revolution, “I just wanted emptiness and silence,” says Maxim Dondyuk. “I decided to concentrate on a project where there wouldn’t be any people.” The photographer had visited Pripyat, the Ukranian “ghost city” ravaged by Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster of 1986, as a photojournalist ten years...

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