Editorial

CAMILA FALCÃO: ABAIXA QUE É TIRO

CAMILA FALCÃO: ABAIXA QUE É TIRO

by Talita Virginia

It is somehow complex to translate “Abaixa que é tiro”, the title of the latest series of Camila Falcão (b. 1977, Brazil). It is a reference to the reactions of the portrayed and their friends, who started commenting  'Abaixa que é tiro!', celebrating their bodies exposed on social media. The expression is used widely among…

JOSEF KOUDELKA: RUINS

JOSEF KOUDELKA: RUINS

By Linda Zhengová

Josef Koudelka's newest monograph ‘Ruins’ (published by Thames & Hudson), is a grand overview of Koudelka’s photographs captured throughout the Mediterranean in the span of twenty-eight years.

Txema Salvans: Perfect Day

Txema Salvans: Perfect Day

by Daniel Milroy Maher 

'Perfect Day' by Txema Salvans is a study of humanity’s stubbornness in the face of industrialisation and the destruction of its natural habitats.

JULIE POLY: Ukrzaliznytsia

JULIE POLY: Ukrzaliznytsia

By Linda Zhengová

In her latest monograph ‘Ukrzaliznytsia’ (named after the only railroad transportation enterprise in Ukraine), Julie Poly reflects on something else: her personal experience of being a train conductor.

Sandra Mickiewicz: Proud of the origin & Happy Club

Sandra Mickiewicz: Proud of the origin & Happy Club

by Patrycja Rozwora

Passionate with people and their stories, Sandra Mickiewicz (b. 1992, Poland) traces various communities and by gaining their trust, portrays their unique lifestyles and collective engagements.

Ken Light: Midnight La Frontera

Ken Light: Midnight La Frontera

By Linda Zhengová

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 captured the moments when they were exposed. A state of vulnerability and desperation is…

Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo: Slaghuis

Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo: Slaghuis

By Linda Zhengová

Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo (b.1993, South Africa) is an emerging photographer based in Johannesburg who in the past two years has been photographically exploring his parents’ owned tavern – a place where Hlatshwayo grew up and witnessed accounts of violence, sex and death.

Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gross: AYA

Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gross: AYA

By Linda Zhengová

Arguiñe Escandón (b. 1979, Spain) and Yann Gross’s (b. 1981, Switzerland) recently published their book ‘Aya’ (Editorial RM) follows the path of their predecessors to capture the Peruvian Amazonia.

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer edited by Erin O’Toole

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer edited by Erin O’Toole

By Linda Zhengová

‘Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer’ is a title originally published by MACK in conjunction with a large-scale exhibition at SFMOMA from January 4 – August 9, 2020.

LINDLEY WARREN MICKUNAS: MATERNAL SHEET

LINDLEY WARREN MICKUNAS: MATERNAL SHEET

By Linda Zhengová

In ‘Maternal Sheet’, Lindley Warren Mickunas is reflecting on the complexity of parent-child relationships and the conceptual weight of carrying the past.

AGNIESZKA SEJUD: HOAX

AGNIESZKA SEJUD: HOAX

By Linda Zhengová

To highlight the occurrence of propaganda, manipulation of information and distribution of lies in Poland, Agnieszka Sejud adopts the techniques of collage and digital manipulation to reflect on the reality of post-truth and fake news in her home country.

NICO KRIJNO: LOCKDOWN COLLAGES

NICO KRIJNO: LOCKDOWN COLLAGES

By Linda Zhengová

Visual artist Nico Krijno (b. 1981, South Africa) is based outside of Cape Town, living on a rural farm where both his studio and house are located. With his wife and two daughters away, Krijno started to work on this series of ‘lockdown’ collages in acute seclusion. The resulting images reflect the newly found space…

Scott Caruth: ملثم (‘Molatham’)

Scott Caruth: ملثم (‘Molatham’)

By Patrycja Rozwora

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

LEONARD SURYAJAYA: FALSE IDOL

LEONARD SURYAJAYA: FALSE IDOL

By Linda Zhengová

In his award-winning project ‘False Idol’, Leonard Suryajaya creatively documents the process and feelings surrounding the course of his Green Card application.

SANTOLO FELACO: SPLEEN

SANTOLO FELACO: SPLEEN

By Linda Zhengová

In his latest series ‘Spleen’ Santolo Felaco (b. 1984, Italy) explores the notion of melancholy by investigating the society’s current state of mind, posing underlying existential questions about the era we now live in.

MARIA DABROWSKI: ODSŁONIĆ

MARIA DABROWSKI: ODSŁONIĆ

By Linda Zhengová

Maria Dabrowski (b. 1988, The Netherlands) researched her family roots, revealing a story of expatriation, war crimes and trauma.

BRANDON TAUSZIK: PALE BLUE DRESS

BRANDON TAUSZIK: PALE BLUE DRESS

By Linda Zhengová

In ‘Pale Blue Dress’, Brandon Tauszik (b. 1986, the USA) documents the world of Civil War Re-enactments in northern and central California.

GIULIA PARLATO: DIACHRONICLES

GIULIA PARLATO: DIACHRONICLES

By Linda Zhengová

Giulia Parlato (b.1993, Italy) is an artist based in London and Palermo. She focuses on staged photography connected to themes of history, myths and object-hood.

SAM GREGG: BLIGHTY

SAM GREGG: BLIGHTY

By Linda Zhengová

Sam Gregg (b.1990, the UK) spent many years abroad – up to the point he almost forgot what it means to be British. His ongoing project ‘Blighty’ is a search for Gregg’s heritage in the streets of London.

SHANE LYNAM: FIFTY HIGH SEASONS

SHANE LYNAM: FIFTY HIGH SEASONS

GUP Editorial

Even though his passport says he is Irish, photographer Shane Lynam (b. 1980) seems to have a deep connection with France. His project Fifty High Seasons is focused entirely on the development of the Languedoc-Roussillon coastal region in southern France, known as the "Mission Racine". Over the period of 7 years, Lynam visited and photographed…

AFRICAN COSMOLOGIES

AFRICAN COSMOLOGIES

By Linda Zhengová

‘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.

JOEL JIMENEZ: CASTLE OF INNOCENCE

JOEL JIMENEZ: CASTLE OF INNOCENCE

By Linda Zhengová

Joel Jimenez (b. 1993) is a Costa Rican visual artist based in Barcelona, Spain. Generally, his interest is in space and its possibilities to convey human conditions; how the universe correlates with social issues in our contemporary society.

MARIA MAVROPOULOU: INNER STATE

MARIA MAVROPOULOU: INNER STATE

By Linda Zhengová

Maria Mavropoulou (b. 1989, Greece) completed her studies (MFA) at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2018. ‘Inner State’ is a series of photographs she created as a student, between 2014-2016, documenting the atmosphere of crisis in Greece.

THADDÉ COMAR: HOW WAS YOUR DREAM?

THADDÉ COMAR: HOW WAS YOUR DREAM?

By Linda Zhengová

Thaddé Comar (b.1993, France) is a Paris and Lausanne based photographer juggling between commissions, editorials and personal projects. ‘How was your dream?’ is his latest documentary series portraying the recent Hong Kong protests, realised between June and October 2019.

VALERIA CHERCHI: SOME OF YOU KILLED LUISA

VALERIA CHERCHI: SOME OF YOU KILLED LUISA

By Linda Zhengová

Valeria Cherchi (b. 1986, Italy), raised in Sardinia, is interested in telling tangible character-driven stories themed around the meaning of the 'unspoken', motivated by the need of exploring personal memories that shed new light on history.

LEWIS KHAN: THEATRE

LEWIS KHAN: THEATRE

By Linda Zhengová

Lewis Khan’s latest project and book ‘Theatre’ is situated in the context of the contemporary landscape of UK healthcare and reflects on the potential privatisation of the NHS in addition to the universal human qualities of strength and fragility.

BRYAN SCHUTMAAT: VESSELS

BRYAN SCHUTMAAT: VESSELS

By Linda Zhengová

XIAOXIAO XU: WATERING MY HORSE

XIAOXIAO XU: WATERING MY HORSE

By Linda Zhengová

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.

CRISTIANO VOLK: MÉLAINA CHOLÉ

CRISTIANO VOLK: MÉLAINA CHOLÉ

By Linda Zhengová

Cristiano Volk (b. 1987, Italy) photographically explores the concept of melancholia, an enduring feeling of great sadness or even a form of extreme depression.

MAYUMI HOSOKURA: NEW SKIN

MAYUMI HOSOKURA: NEW SKIN

By Linda Zhengová

‘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.

FRANÇOIS-MARIE BANIER: BATTLEFIELDS

FRANÇOIS-MARIE BANIER: BATTLEFIELDS

By Linda Zhengová

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.

ERIK KESSELS: SEXY SOFA

ERIK KESSELS: SEXY SOFA

By Maria Ghetti

In 'Almost Every Picture' by Erik Kessels is a series of books focusing on found amateur pictures. Each volume in the series arrives from a collection of “vernacular” photographs sourced from flea markets, the internet and from found photo albums. These publications (the first one dating from 2001) touch on both social history and personal…

John Divola: Chroma

John Divola: Chroma

By Linda Zhengová

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 visual metaphor for the phenomena that fascinate him. The book features images created…

Centralia: Poulomi Basu

Centralia: Poulomi Basu

By Linda Zhengová

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 due to the lack of (Western) media reporting. It is a state-led war in India driven…

HENRIK SPOHLER: HYPOTHESIS

HENRIK SPOHLER: HYPOTHESIS

By Linda Zhengová

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 address the world of science and research in analytical documentary images and…

JEAN-MARC CAIMI AND VALENTINA PICCINNI: LOCKDOWN RAMADAN

JEAN-MARC CAIMI AND VALENTINA PICCINNI: LOCKDOWN RAMADAN

By Linda Zhengová

Artist duo Jean-Marc Caimi (b. 1966, France) and Valentina Piccinni (b. 1982, Italy) came to a creative approach to document the rather extraordinary and unprecedented celebration of Ramadan, the Islamic holy feast, in 2020. For ‘Lockdown Ramadan’ they made screen shots from live streaming sessions of famous Imams with thousands of social media followers, but…

MARIA KAPAJEVA: DREAM IS WONDERFUL, YET UNCLEAR

MARIA KAPAJEVA: DREAM IS WONDERFUL, YET UNCLEAR

By Linda Zhengová

Maria Kapajeva (1976, Estonia) is from Narva, and the epicentre of her hometown is the Kreenholm textile mill, which went through a long redundancy process from 1996 up until its full closure in 2009. Almost everyone in Narva has a relative who used to work at the mill, as did Kapajeva’s parents. The production was…

MARIA LAX: SOME KIND OF HEAVENLY FIRE

MARIA LAX: SOME KIND OF HEAVENLY FIRE

By Linda Zhengová

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 roots, a small town in Northern Finland which was initially a hotspot for…

27 GOOD-BYES

27 GOOD-BYES

by Deanna Dikeman

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.

The Trap

The Trap

by Vincent Desailly

The word ‘trap’ has multiple definitions but as a music genre, associated with hip hop, it has seen an explosive growth most recently, with artists appearing on top 40 charts all across the globe. However, as also becomes clear in this book by Vincent Desailly (1989, France), the roots of ‘trap’ remain in the city…

PETER FUNCH – THE IMPERFECT ATLAS

PETER FUNCH – THE IMPERFECT ATLAS

by PETER FUNCH

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 of perception and relation to place that photographer Peter Funch…

AGNIESZKA SEJUD: HOAX

AGNIESZKA SEJUD: HOAX

By Linda Zhengová

‘HOAX’ by Agnieszka Sejud (b. 1991, Poland) is a story of Poland’s self-delusion. Sejud sheds light on a country where European political standards are considered radical and the mere idea of separating church from the state immediately creates unrest and turmoil. To highlight the occurrence of propaganda, manipulation of information and distribution of lies, Sejud…

AIKATERINI GEGISIAN: Handbook of the Spontaneous Other

AIKATERINI GEGISIAN: Handbook of the Spontaneous Other

By Linda Zhengová

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 Other’ (published by MACK), she presents a wide…

IGNACIO COLÓ: AT THE SAME TIME

IGNACIO COLÓ: AT THE SAME TIME

By Linda Zhengová

Ignacio Coló (b. 1980, Argentina) has a background in photography history and filmmaking and he is currently working for a major Argentinian newspaper Sunday Magazine of La Nacion. For ‘At the Same Time’, his latest photography project, he documented the life of the 51-year-old twin-brothers Eduardo and Miguel Portnoy, who have never lived apart since…

YANA WERNICKE & JONAS FEIGE: STAYATHOME.PHOTOGRAPHY

YANA WERNICKE & JONAS FEIGE: STAYATHOME.PHOTOGRAPHY

By Linda Zhengová

In anticipation on the global outbreak of Covid-19, artists all over the world initiated various ways to create from the confines of their homes. Among these ‘artistic outbreaks’ is ‘stayathome.photography’, founded by Yana Wernicke and Jonas Feige – two Berlin-based photographers. Their online platform supports showcasing photographic conversations between self-isolated photographers.

ALEXEY VASILYEV: MY DEAR YAKUTIA

ALEXEY VASILYEV: MY DEAR YAKUTIA

By Linda Zhengová

Alexey Vasilyev (b.1985, Russia) provides an insider and honest perspective on his homeland. In his ongoing series ‘My Dear Yakutia’, he portrays the way people live in the largest region of Russia throughout the year.

MAFALDA RAKOŠ: A STORY TO TELL, OR: REGARDING MALE EATING DISORDERS

MAFALDA RAKOŠ: A STORY TO TELL, OR: REGARDING MALE EATING DISORDERS

By Linda Zhengová

Mafalda Rakoš (b. 1994, Austria) is based between Vienna and Amsterdam, and recently graduated from the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her work can be considered an intersection between art, documentary photography and journalism – a crossroad on which she stresses the themes of safety, pain and trauma.

MADHAVAN PALANISAMY: APPA AND OTHER ANIMALS

MADHAVAN PALANISAMY: APPA AND OTHER ANIMALS

By Linda Zhengová

In ‘appa and other animals’, Madhavan Palanisamy (b. 1975, India) introduces his dad as the main source of inspiration. Last year, his father suffered from a partial stroke that, unfortunately, made him immobile.

ANNA EHRENSTEIN: TOOLS FOR CONVIVIALITY

ANNA EHRENSTEIN: TOOLS FOR CONVIVIALITY

By Linda Zhengová

In this interview with GUP, Anna Ehrenstein talks about her multidisciplinary project ‘Tools for Conviviality’ – for which she recently won the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020.

POST-APOCALYPTIC FAIRY TALES: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH HAUST

POST-APOCALYPTIC FAIRY TALES: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH HAUST

ALEX BLANCO

Elizabeth Haust (b. 1992, Russia) has a background in photography, film and painting. Her work has been presented in museums, galleries and photo festivals all over the world including 5TH Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, GASK Gallery in Prague, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, London National Portrait Gallery to name but a…

MYRIAM BOULOS: TENDERNESS

MYRIAM BOULOS: TENDERNESS

By Linda Zhengová

Myriam Boulos (b.1992, Lebanon) came to world right after the Lebanese Civil War. The country was fragmented and required urgent transformation.

MICHAEL SWANN: NOEMA

MICHAEL SWANN: NOEMA

By Linda Zhengová

Michael Swann (b. 1990, the UK) is currently completing his MA in Photography at the University of West of England (UWE Bristol). For, ‘Noema’, his latest body of work, he investigates the search for the presence of the Virgin Mary.

ECHOES SHADES: AN INTERVIEW WITH PIOTR ZBIERSKI

ECHOES SHADES: AN INTERVIEW WITH PIOTR ZBIERSKI

ALEX BLANCO

In Echoes Shades Piotr Zbierski (b. 1987, Poland) focuses on people living close to nature and communities cultivating primordial rituals. The artist's spiritual approach to photography has caught the attention of many world-famous museums, including the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (KMoPA), Japan.

ANDREJS STROKINS: COSMIC SADNESS

ANDREJS STROKINS: COSMIC SADNESS

By Linda Zhengová

In his project ‘Cosmic Sadness’ Andrejs Strokins (b. 1984, Latvia) offers novel perspectives on street photography by capturing his surroundings with a phone while using blue, desaturated and grainy filters – aimed to evoke the ‘blues’ as experienced in the current ‘digital’ generation, a common sensed feeling which lingers somewhere between nostalgia and melancholia.

REDUCCIÓN: FELIPE ROMERO BELTRÁN

REDUCCIÓN: FELIPE ROMERO BELTRÁN

Erik Vroons

Rayon Vert

Rayon Vert

Erik Vroons

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, dreamy yet self-aware, and if anything is laid bare –…

INTERPRETING THE PLACE: ISRAEL ARIÑO

INTERPRETING THE PLACE: ISRAEL ARIÑO

LAURA KOOLEN: PERFECTION

LAURA KOOLEN: PERFECTION

By Linda Zhengová

Laura Koolen (b.1995, the Netherlands) is a Dutch photographer who uses staged photography to challenge social taboos and delve into human frailty. In her graduation project ‘Perfection’, she explores the unrealistic ideal of beauty in society driven by perfection.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE: ZOMBIE

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE: ZOMBIE

By Linda Zhengová

Jean-François Lepage (b. 1960, France) began his career as a fashion photographer in the early 80s. Lepage often revisits his photographs after the shoot itself in order to dismantle and interfere with the images he captures. By cutting the negative and positive films to build new multiple images, his artistic practice hovers on the borderline…

MOUNTAINS, MEMORIES, AND MAGNITUDE

MOUNTAINS, MEMORIES, AND MAGNITUDE

TIM VAN DIJK

No mountain has ever moved, but they just appear as if they could crush an entire village to nothing but dust without any remorse. At the same time, they seem to look over us, as colossal guardians. This paradox might relate to the sublime, the experienced greatness of something while not being able to put…

José Luis Cuevas: On the Resistance of Bodies

José Luis Cuevas: On the Resistance of Bodies

The project On the Resistance of Bodies by José Luis Cuevas (b. 1973, Mexico) collects material that signifies violence and the vulnerability of the human body, such as photographs of crime scenes, (nude) portraits, morgue images and car accidents. Shot in Mexico City, the series represents the omnipresence of violence in the city’s culture as well as…

Fatma Fahmy: Once There Was a Tram

Fatma Fahmy: Once There Was a Tram

Fatma Fahmy (b. 1991), an Egyptian documentary photographer, currently living in Cairo, has been selected as the first winner of the Daniele Tamagni Grant. The grant aims to encourage young photographers from the African continent to proceed a professional career in photography by providing a fully paid tuition for the Photojournalism and Documentography Course at the Market…

EXHIBITION: NIGHT WATCHING BY RINEKE DIJKSTRA

EXHIBITION: NIGHT WATCHING BY RINEKE DIJKSTRA

By Linda Zhengová

Rineke Dijkstra (b. 1959, The Netherlands) is well-recognised for portraying specific social groups, such as mothers, adolescents, teenagers and soldiers. The key theme of her work – both still photography and video – is vulnerability, which she extracts from her subjects through the process of photographing on her large format camera.

ALBA ZARI: THE Y

ALBA ZARI: THE Y

By Linda Zhengová

At the age of twenty-five, Alba Zari (b.1987) found out that she and her brother don’t share the genes of their Thai father. This sparked a search for her biological roots, the only clue being a name written on a business card.

JOHAN KRAMER: CAMERA DREAM

JOHAN KRAMER: CAMERA DREAM

By Linda Zhengová

Johan Kramer (b. 1964) is a renowned filmmaker and an advertising icon in The Netherlands. Between 1995-2006, Kramer was part of advertisement agency KesselsKramer and from 2006 onwards he started focusing on his personal projects: documentary and experimental films that are recognizable for their pure and honest sense of intimacy. Currently, he is represented by…

ATELIER SMEDSBY: APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

ATELIER SMEDSBY: APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

ALEX BLANCO

The Atelier Smedsby offers a one-year distance learning class with three individual/group meetings in Paris. Founded in 2010 by photographers JH Engström (b. 1969, Sweden) and Margot Wallard (b. 1978, France), Atelier Smedsby was formed with the objective of increasing artistic independence via workshops.

INTERVIEW: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ROGER BALLEN

INTERVIEW: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ROGER BALLEN

LINDA ZHENGOVÁ

‘The World According to Roger Ballen’ (Thames & Hudson, 2019) features photographs selected from across Ballen’s career, along with installations created exclusively for an exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, last year. The exhibition closes on July 31st, 2020. The book, co-authored with Colin Rhodes, includes photographs of objects and works from Ballen’s own collection…

ISABELLA CONVERTINO: TO SHOOT THE SUN

ISABELLA CONVERTINO: TO SHOOT THE SUN

Having herself experienced the consequences of this cultivated heteronormative masculinity, Isabella Convertino (b. 1998, United States) now investigates male privilege, its growth, and its erosion.

​ZOOPARK PUBLISHING COLLECTIVE: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE EDITORS

​ZOOPARK PUBLISHING COLLECTIVE: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE EDITORS

ALEX BLANCO

Zoopark is a publishing collective consisting of two Russian-born visual artists: Tatyana Palyga (b. 1982 Russia) and Alexander Bondar (b. 1982, Russia). Their collaboration started in 2010, when the duo, who have been mixing photography, video, texts, graphics and illustrations in their own artistic works, decided to self-publish their books and zines.

LOÏC SEGUIN: HALF-LIGHT

LOÏC SEGUIN: HALF-LIGHT

For Loïc Seguin (b. 1970, France), the way to deal with mourning was to establish direct connections with people around him. He finds these people in Belleville, a multi-ethnic and vibrant Parisian neighbourhood where he approaches locals from all walks of life – around the subway station, in cafés and on the streets.

Niina Vatanen: Time Atlas

Niina Vatanen: Time Atlas

By Linda Zhengová

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 aspect of photography. The book attempts to address questions regarding time and our understanding…

EXHIBITION: FOLLOW ME BY GUY BOURDIN

EXHIBITION: FOLLOW ME BY GUY BOURDIN

By Linda Zhengová

Guy Bourdin (1928 – 1991) is internationally recognized for his provocative and convention resisting images. This May, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow will present Bourdin’s retrospective exhibition which will feature more than fifty of the artist’s most iconic works, created between the 1950s and the mid-1980s.

FEDERICO ESTOL: HÉROES DEL BRILLO

FEDERICO ESTOL: HÉROES DEL BRILLO

Each day in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, a group of 3000 masked shoe shiners flood the streets. They disguise themselves in order to avoid recognition and discrimination, as their job is looked down upon by society. The photobook Shine Heroes is the result of a three-year collaboration between the artist Federico Estol (b.…

ERA MARE: VENICE VS THE SEA

ERA MARE: VENICE VS THE SEA

MARIA GHETTI

Era Mare (It Was Sea) addresses the most recent floods in Venice (Italy), initiated by photographer Matteo de Mayda, graphic designers Andrea Codolo & Giacomo Covacich (Studio Bruno) and Francesca Seravalle, who curated the project – in a spirit of solidarity with the Venetian inhabitants who have been affected by the floods between 12 and…

OVER.STATE

OVER.STATE

Over.State is the first photographic project from Ilias Georgiadis (1990, Greece). It is a personal story of a young and lost person who is searching for freedom and love – an effort to explain the human condition of expressing intimacy, closeness and freedom.

SERGEY MELNITCHENKO: FUNDAMENTAL SPACE EXPLORATIONS OF NAKED SINGULARITY

SERGEY MELNITCHENKO: FUNDAMENTAL SPACE EXPLORATIONS OF NAKED SINGULARITY

By Linda Zhengová

In his ongoing project ‘Fundamental Space Explorations of Naked Singularity’, Sergey Melnitchenko poses existential questions. As he sees it, human beings are singular creatures who constantly try to define themselves within the scale of the universe, which most often results in a feeling of alienation.

GETTING ACROSS: COLLABORATIVE ILLUSTRATIONS OF LIFE IN THE WAITING ROOM

GETTING ACROSS: COLLABORATIVE ILLUSTRATIONS OF LIFE IN THE WAITING ROOM

ERIK VROONS

Photography can help raise awareness and elicit empathy for the matters at stake – even it might sometimes be necessary to bend the message towards a more subjective and conceptualised direction. Today, we – the ‘visually literate’ audience – are seemingly ready to accept alternative approaches to the photographic documentation of social issues, including migration.…

​PIOTR ZBIERSKI – ECHOES SHADES

​PIOTR ZBIERSKI – ECHOES SHADES

In his art practice, Piotr Zbierski (b. 1987, Poland) touches on the meta-kinship between people who do not necessarily share the same culture or the same beliefs. For his recent project Echoes Shades (soon to become a book) he spotlights people living close to nature and communities cultivating primordial rituals to honour their ancestors. With…

MASHA SVYATOGOR: EVERYBODY DANCE!

MASHA SVYATOGOR: EVERYBODY DANCE!

By Linda Zhengová

Masha Svyatogor (b. 1989, Belarus), a visual artist currently based in Minsk, primarily works with the medium of photography. The title of her series ‘Everybody Dance!’ is a reference to a phrase exclaimed in the Soviet comedy film ‘Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future’, directed by Leonid Gaidai. But it also refers to her own…

FUKUSHIMA NOW

FUKUSHIMA NOW

Benjamin Kis (1986, Germany) started out as an autodidact, self-trained artist, followed by obtaining a Bachelor of the Arts in Munich. His main focus is on documentary photography and portraits, and he is often drawn to stories that are not widely accessible.

ROXY, 30 YEARS: AN INTERVIEW WITH CLEO CAMPERT

ROXY, 30 YEARS: AN INTERVIEW WITH CLEO CAMPERT

TIM VAN DIJK

Cleo Campert (b. 1963, Netherlands) started photographing club nights at the infamous RoXY in 1989, and then continued to work as a party photographer throughout the years. In 2015 and 2016 she documented the Dutch festival culture, focusing on both the crowded events and the serene landscapes in which they are situated; the natural environments,…

SLANT: AN INTERVIEW WITH AARON SCHUMAN

SLANT: AN INTERVIEW WITH AARON SCHUMAN

By Linda Zhengová

Aaron Schuman (b. 1977, USA) is a photographer, writer, lecturer and curator based in the United Kingdom. In 2019 he published SLANT, a photographic investigation of police reports as featured in the local newspaper of Amherst, Massachusetts: a small, quiet town in New England. SLANT can be viewed as an intriguing interplay of text and…

EXHIBITION: TO HANS BY VIVIAN KEULARDS

EXHIBITION: TO HANS BY VIVIAN KEULARDS

By Linda Zhengová

Vivian Keulards (b. 1970, the Netherlands) breaks her silence around the addiction and death of her brother Hans, who was only thirty-eight years of age when he died in a hotel room in Berlin. His sudden cardiac arrest was caused by drug abuse. To Hans presents a personal story with a universal mission: to expose…

N E W F L E S H

N E W F L E S H

By Linda Zhengová

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…

PROJECT ICEWORM

PROJECT ICEWORM

DUNCAN WOOLDRIDGE

Curator, critic and artist Duncan Wooldridge reflects on Anastasia Mityukova’s (ongoing) Project Iceworm. In the present moment, in a culture with almost simultaneous communication, we have begun to sense that distance has virtue. The proximity of our pictures brings to the continuous present an endless observation, a continuous recording, with place overlapping and becoming indistinct.…

WING AMBULANCE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELENA CHERNYSHOVA

WING AMBULANCE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELENA CHERNYSHOVA

ALEX BLANCO

Elena Chernyshova (b.1981, Russia) investigates the daily lives of communities in the context of environmental, political, and economic changes. For two winters already, she has been visiting the remote Turukhansky District, north of the Arctic Circle, to collect visuals for her personal project in progress: Wing Ambulance.

EXHIBITION: ADORNED – THE FASHIONABLE SHOW AT FOAM

EXHIBITION: ADORNED – THE FASHIONABLE SHOW AT FOAM

Until 11 March 2020, Foam Museum Amsterdam presents Adorned – The Fashionable Show. Although the title might suggest so, the show is not purely centred around the concepts of fashion or what we wear. Rather, the main focus is on the notions of culture and identity, which continue to evolve over time.

AN INTERVIEW WITH CIRO BATTILORO

AN INTERVIEW WITH CIRO BATTILORO

MARIA TERESA SALVATI

Ciro Battiloro (b. 1984) is an Italian photographer based in Naples. In his work he analyses the human being and its relationships, lived in contexts of discomfort and social neglect. Recently, his research focused on Southern Italy neighbourhoods (Rione Sanità in Napels, Quartiere Santa Lucia in Cosenza) which, after historical processes and building policies, suffer…

JUAN BRENNER – INSIDIA

JUAN BRENNER – INSIDIA

For Insidia, a personal project, Guatemala-born photographer Juan Brenner revisits his past after 10 years of sobriety. It altogether reflects on his years of addiction to drugs, night of wandering and the according chaos – and all the absurdities such a state of being brings along.

BIEKE DEPOORTER AT NRW-FORUM DÜSSELDORF

BIEKE DEPOORTER AT NRW-FORUM DÜSSELDORF

From November 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020 the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is showing the work of five series from Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium). This constitutes the most comprehensive solo exhibition of the photographer to date.

OBAKE

OBAKE

The work of Célia Hay (b. 1991, France) questions image production with a highly physical approach to the image. She is interested in what happens between individuals during the shooting of images, and aims to capture their interaction and the deeper connection at that very moment. Hay’s images show people spacing out, during moments of wandering or…

SOLE HARLEM

SOLE HARLEM

In the series Sole Harlem, Louise Amelie (Germany, 1991) and Aljaz Fuis (Germany) show the neighborhood of Harlem – only and purely Harlem. The series is the result of a year of living in and walking around this New York neighborhood. Everything you see in the photographs is Harlem: the buildings, the streets and all…

AN INTERVIEW WITH SEIF KOUSMATE

AN INTERVIEW WITH SEIF KOUSMATE

ERIK VROONS

Seif Kousmate (b. 1989, Morocco) dedicated himself professionally to photography in 2016. Since then, he has been working on different projects concerned with social issues: slavery in Mauritania, youth and poverty in Morocco, and Rwandan society 25 years after the genocide. GUP talked to Kousmate about his work.

SWIMMING CLASS AND JUNGLE BEES

SWIMMING CLASS AND JUNGLE BEES

Jurre Rompa (The Netherlands, 1990) grew up in Amsterdam and is specialized in portrait and documentary photography. Here he worked for a dutch film distributor and then moved to the island of Zanzibar for six months where he started his career as a photographer. He started his own photography practice as an autodidact and creates…

GÜLE GÜLE

GÜLE GÜLE

Güle Güle (goodbye in Turkish) is a collection of photographs by Jean-Marc Caimi (b. 1966, France) and Valentina Piccinni (b. 1982, Italy) about the changing Turkish society. The series focuses on the country’s capital, Istanbul, and shows the multiple facets of modern life in Turkey, reflecting a situation visibly marked by change and instability.

THE COLLECTIVE LANDSCAPE

THE COLLECTIVE LANDSCAPE

For The Collective Landscape, Eddo Hartmann (1973, The Netherlands) was inspired by the concept ‘Collective Landscape’ by British landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, who sees the landscape as a collective art project made by civilisation. Hartmann emphasises this concept by using artificial lighting to areas that are being modified by scientist doing actual research in…

DARK WATERS

DARK WATERS

TIM VAN DIJK

Since the beginning of the 1990s, countless refugees have tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to leave North Africa and to reach the safe havens of Europe. Some were successful in doing so, while others met their fate in the water.

RED ORANGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH DELANEY ALLEN

RED ORANGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH DELANEY ALLEN

TIM VAN DIJK

In the project Red Orange, Delaney Allen (United States) takes on the genre of American road trip photography, following the likes of great names such as William Eggleston and Walker Evans. GUP asked him about this project and his two years on the roads of California.

FICTIONS BASED ON TRUTH: AN INTERVIEW WITH EVELYN BENCICOVA

FICTIONS BASED ON TRUTH: AN INTERVIEW WITH EVELYN BENCICOVA

TIM VAN DIJK

Evelyn Bencicova (b. Bratislava, 1992) is a visual creative specialising in photography and art direction. Informed by her background in fine art and new media studies (University for Applied Arts, Vienna), Bencicova’s practice combines her interest in contemporary culture with academic research to create a unique aesthetic space in which the conceptual meets the visual.…

PARANOID SLEEP PSYCHOSIS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LIZA AMBROSSIO

PARANOID SLEEP PSYCHOSIS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LIZA AMBROSSIO

MARIA TERESA SALVATI

Liza Ambrossio (b. 1993, Mexico) lives and works between Madrid and Paris. She began her artistic practice in Mexico City at the age of sixteen, when she asked a housekeeper to steal photographs from family albums. Ambrossio portrayed her passage from adolescence to adulthood, with a strong desire to destroy the world she came from,…