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Juergen Teller & Nobuyoshi Araki: Leben und Tod

By Linda Zhengová - 10/8/20

Juergen Teller (b. 1964, Germany) and Nobuyoshi Araki (b.1940, Japan) can be both considered among the elite of contemporary photography. The latest collaboration between the two seminal photographers is ‘Leben und Tod’ (published by Steidl) where the authors...

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Lin Zhipeng (no.223): Grand Amour

By Linda Zhengová - 10/3/20

Lin Zhipeng (b.1979), also known under the alias “223”, is a Chinese photographer and writer currently based in Beijing. In 2018, he did a project during a four-day stay at the Grand Amo...

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Marco van Duyvendijk: Valetudo

By Patrycja Rozwora - 09/25/20

Some years ago, Marco van Duyvendijk (b. 1974) went through a dark and intense period of life. He had the feeling of falling apart, over and over again. With ‘Valetudo’, he took the loneliness and isolation that came with this existential episode as a starting point for a cr...

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Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography

By Linda Zhengová - 09/17/20

‘Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography’ published by Steidl and The Walther Collection brings together leading academics dealing with vernacular photography to discuss the social relevance of this type of imagery from various perspectives.

Vernacular photogra...

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Carlo Rusca: Turistica

By Linda Zhengová - 09/10/20

When Carlo Rusca (b. 1989, Italy) returned back to Locarno in 2016, after six years of working as a director of photography in Germany and Brazil, he felt estranged both by the fact how he remembered the town and the discrepancy between how Locarno is presented: as a touristic de...

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Eman Ali: Succession

By Patrycja Rozwora - 09/9/20

‘Succession’ is a cahier format artist book by Eman Ali (b. 1986, United Kingdom), who lives and works between London, Oman and Bahrain. The work was commissioned by Ffotogallery in Wales on on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Place I Call Home’, and ...

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RUTH MONTIEL ARIAS: BESTIAE

By Linda Zhengová - 09/6/20

In 2016, Galician photographer Ruth Montiel Arias (b. 1977, Spain) started following different groups of hunters in various batidas (hunting modalities) in Spain. ‘Bestiae’, as this 2-year project is titled, has now turned into a multi-layered photobook reflecting on the ritu...

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Alex de Mora: Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar

By Linda Zhengová - 08/25/20

In 2019, London-based photographer and film director Alex de Mora travelled to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. For his project ‘Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar’, he was particularly interested in documenting the city’s unrepresented hip-hop scene which exploded in Mongolia...

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Ariko Inaoka: Eagle and Raven

By Linda Zhengová - 08/24/20

Ariko Inaoka (b. 1975, Japan) started to photograph Erna and Hrefna, identical twins from Iceland, since 2008, visiting them every year to capture the very precious period of their growth from children to teenagers. They are always together and almost never fight with each other....

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Damian Heinisch: 45

By Linda Zhengová - 08/9/20

Damian Heinisch (b. 1968, Poland/Germany) is an Oslo-based artist who grew up in Germany, where he completed his MA in Visual Arts at the Folkwang School, Essen. Recently, he also won the Read More

JOSEF KOUDELKA: RUINS

By Linda Zhengová - 08/2/20

Long-standing Magnum member Josef Koudelka (b. 1938, Czech Republic) comes with a new monograph: ‘Ruins’ (published by Thames & Hudson) – a grand overview of Koudelka’s photographs captured throughout the Mediterranean in the span of twenty-eight years. While visi...

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Txema Salvans: Perfect Day

by Daniel Milroy Maher  - 07/31/20

‘This project aims to reveal the physical and emotional resilience of our species. In this resilience – paradoxically – lies the tragedy of being human. Where other species give up, ours is able to withstand a little more,’ writes Txema Salvans of his latest b...

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JULIE POLY: Ukrzaliznytsia

By Linda Zhengová - 07/26/20

Yulia Polyashchenko (b.1986, Ukraine) is a Kyiv-based photographer who goes by the artistic name Julie Poly. She is particularly known for her editorials in Ukraine’s Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, among many other fashion magazines. But in her latest monograph ‘Ukrzaliznytsia...

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Ken Light: Midnight La Frontera

By Linda Zhengová - 07/19/20

Ken Light (b. 1951, the USA), a renowned socially engaged photographer, re-visits his pictures taken between 1983 and 1987: night rides with the U.S. Border Patrol agents guarding the Californian/Mexican border. While the agents searched for migrants along the border, Light captu...

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AGNIESZKA SEJUD: HOAX

By Linda Zhengová - 07/6/20

The primacy of church, suppression of women, ethnic and sexual minorities, ecological problems, fake news and propaganda in Poland are all topics addressed in Agnieszka Sejud’s ‘HOAX’.

Scott Caruth: ملثم (‘Molatham’)

By Patrycja Rozwora - 07/2/20

Scott Caruth (b. 1990, Scotland) recently concluded a six years long research into studio portraiture photography from the West Bank. 

The title ملثم (‘Molatham’) literary translates ‘to cover one’s ...

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MARIA DABROWSKI: ODSŁONIĆ

By Linda Zhengová - 06/24/20

Maria Dabrowski (b. 1988, The Netherlands) researched her family roots, revealing a story of expatriation, war crimes and trauma. ‘Odsłonić’ her self-published monograph, consists of a collection of landscape and portrait photographs created between 2013-2016, making person...

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AFRICAN COSMOLOGIES

By Linda Zhengová - 06/15/20

‘African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other’ brings together 33 artists of African origins from around the globe in conjunction with the FotoFest Biennial 2020 exhibition. The included artists challenge traditional understandings of blackness and transnational histories in relation...

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XIAOXIAO XU: WATERING MY HORSE

By Linda Zhengová - 05/25/20

Xiaoxiao Xu (b. 1984, China), a Netherlands-based photographer with Chinese roots, observes both East and West from a distance in order to understand her identity and the stories behind the world she lives in. In her latest monograph, ‘Watering My Horse’ (The Eriskay Connecti...

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MAYUMI HOSOKURA: NEW SKIN

By Linda Zhengová - 05/20/20

‘New Skin’ by Mayumi Hosokura (b. 1979, Japan) is deeply inspired by the writing of feminist biologist/philosopher Donna Haraway – on the proposing of a novel vision on the concepts of identity, the body and desire in relation to our technological innovations. Hosokura incl...

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FRANÇOIS-MARIE BANIER: BATTLEFIELDS

By Linda Zhengová - 05/18/20

François-Marie Banier (b.1947, France) is a playwright, actor, novelist, artist, and photographer. His latest monograph ‘Battlefields’ (published by Steidl) contains images captured between 1994-2018 at Gay Prides in Brussels, London, New York, Paris and Rome. Besides the ce...

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John Divola: Chroma

By Linda Zhengová - 05/13/20

Throughout his photography career, John Divola (b. 1949, the USA) has approached a wide range of subjects, oscillating between the abstract and the specific. For his latest monograph ‘Chroma’ (published by Skinnerboox), Divola presents a series of images that function as a vi...

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Centralia: Poulomi Basu

By Linda Zhengová - 05/13/20

Poulomi Basu (b.1983, India) is a transmedia artist, photographer and an activist. Her first photobook ‘Centralia’ (published by Dewi Lewis), exposes hidden crimes of war where indigenous people fight for their survival; a conflict that remained largely invisible particularly...

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HENRIK SPOHLER: HYPOTHESIS

By Linda Zhengová - 05/13/20

Henrik Spohler (b. 1965, Germany) has worked as a freelance photographer since 1992 and from 2009 he became a professor of Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. In his latest monograph, ‘Hypothesis’ (published by Hartmann Books), he aims to add...

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MARIA LAX: SOME KIND OF HEAVENLY FIRE

By Linda Zhengová - 05/13/20

Maria Lax is a London-based photographer with a background in cinematography, which influences her photographic oeuvre highlighted with precise use of colour, and an amalgamation of fantasy and reality. In ‘Some Kind of Heavenly Fire’, her first monograph, she returns to her ...

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27 GOOD-BYES

by Deanna Dikeman - 05/13/20

Deanna Dikeman (b. 1954, United States) documented her parents’ life for nearly 27 years. In the images, we can see her mother and father – during different life stages – waving her good-bye as she drives away.

Climate change and its massive consequences is something we can no longer deny. However, the hard changes our nature and environment have to endure are not immediately visible to our eyes, which makes us blind and ignorant as the problems increase. It is this paradigm...

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AIKATERINI GEGISIAN: Handbook of the Spontaneous Other

By Linda Zhengová - 05/10/20

Aikaterini Gegisian (b. 1976, Greece) is an artist of Greek-Armenian heritage who is currently based in both the UK and Greece. In her work, she generally explores the role of imagery in the construction of national and gender identities. In her latest monograph, ‘Handbook of the Spontaneous Ot...

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Rayon Vert

Erik Vroons - 03/31/20

Swiss photographer Senta Simond (b.1989) arranged sessions between herself and her subjects – young female friends she has been closely acquainted with for a decade or so. In these somewhat outlandish photographs, a mix of colour and duotone, the young women come across as empowered, dre...

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Niina Vatanen: Time Atlas

By Linda Zhengová - 02/26/20

The art practice of Niina Vatanen (b. 1977, Finland) is based on cumulating layers into her images through painting, cutting, staging and re-photographing. Her latest publication ‘Time Atlas’ (2019) includes playful interventions that highlight the primacy of sight as the inherent as...

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N E W F L E S H

By Linda Zhengová - 01/27/20

What can queerness bring to visual culture? That is a question triggered by the recent title n e w f l e s h published by Gnomic Book. It introduces an abundance of artists who aim to bring across a new way of looking, detached from traditional understandings of gender and identity in the current...

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Campaign Child: Xiaopeng Yuan

By Alex Blanco - 12/6/19

Campaign Child by Chinese artist Xiaopeng Yuan (b. 1988, China), a Shanghai-based photographer, immediately takes off with confronting and rather absurd images: a breathless canary bird crushed down with a clean film on the floor; a hospital bed dripping with liquid; children s...

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SONGS OF THE WALÉS

By Marie Pöpping - 01/16/18

French photographer Patrick Willocq (b. 1969) spent several years of his childhood in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as he says, “at the age of six when your mind starts opening to the world.” Decades later, he followed the urge to reconnect with his early youth and moved back to ...

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