Editorial

Lu Yufan: Make Me Beautiful

Lu Yufan: Make Me Beautiful

By Linda Zhengová

Since 2018, Lu is doing research on the topic of Chinese plastic surgery industry. In the last 20 years, the number of performed plastic surgeries plummeted in the country. The facial interventions are particularly popular among females below the age of 30. Intrigued by the facts and rising social pressure, Lu decided to photographically explore…

IGOR PJÖRRT: BETELGEUSE

IGOR PJÖRRT: BETELGEUSE

GUP Team

For Igor Pjörrt (b. 1996, Portugal), who developed a fascination for astronomy in his late teens, Betelgeuse – a red supergiant star in the Orion constellation that is nearing its death – serves as a metaphor for the fragility of a queer relationship. More specifically, he draws parallels between this dying star and the experience…

EGOR FEDOSOV: 1:26-3:24

EGOR FEDOSOV: 1:26-3:24

GUP team

The works of Egor Fedosov (b. 2000, Russia), produced by using digital photography and post-processing techniques, are not just photography. His rather mysterious, high-contrast ‘rephotographs’ are reminiscent of the photocopied quality of ‘zines’ and are made according to such a printing concept.

Jasmine Clarke: Shadow of the Palm

Jasmine Clarke: Shadow of the Palm

by Patrycja Rozwora

Every now and then, Jasmine Clarke (b. 1995, USA) has a jamais vu, the phenomenon of experiencing a situation that one recognises in some fashion, but that nonetheless seems novel and unfamiliar. This is known to be a common experience of the children of parents who arrive from another country – a place the children…

PHILIP J BRITTAN: GHOSTS ARE REAL

PHILIP J BRITTAN: GHOSTS ARE REAL

GUP team

Philip J. Brittan (b. 1973, United Kingdom) has created a series of images based on long night walks. These images are as much about feelings experienced – the sense of a vanished world – as the representation of certain places.

Juergen Teller & Nobuyoshi Araki: Leben und Tod

Juergen Teller & Nobuyoshi Araki: Leben und Tod

By Linda Zhengová

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 reflect on life and death through their visual conversation.

Lin Zhipeng (no.223): Grand Amour

Lin Zhipeng (no.223): Grand Amour

By Linda Zhengová

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 commissioned work during a four-day stay at the Grand Amour Hotel in Paris. For his shoot, “223” had only two requirements: “All Asians. And older than 18!”

Mark McKnight: Heaven is a Prison

Mark McKnight: Heaven is a Prison

By Linda Zhengová

Mark McKnight (b. 1984, the USA) recently won the Light Work Photobook Award with his provocative monograph ‘Heaven is a Prison’, in which he explores queer intimacy in the rough terrain of Southern California’s high desert.

Marco van Duyvendijk: Valetudo

Marco van Duyvendijk: Valetudo

By Patrycja Rozwora

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 creative collaboration with one of his muses,…

Katarzyna and Marianne Wasowska: Waiting for the Snow

Katarzyna and Marianne Wasowska: Waiting for the Snow

By Patrycja Rozwora

Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography

Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography

By Linda Zhengová

‘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.

Carlo Rusca: Turistica

Carlo Rusca: Turistica

By Linda Zhengová

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 destination during the summer while the…

Eman Ali: Succession

Eman Ali: Succession

By Patrycja Rozwora

‘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 Waleson on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Place I Call Home’, and it explores Ali’s great concern for Oman’s uncertain political future.

RUTH MONTIEL ARIAS: BESTIAE

RUTH MONTIEL ARIAS: BESTIAE

By Linda Zhengová

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 ritualistic aspect of hunting.

Vikesh Kapoor: See You At Home

Vikesh Kapoor: See You At Home

by Patrycja Rozwora

In ‘See You at Home’ the Pennsylvania based photographer and musician Vikesh Kapoor (b. 1985) explores the latent sense of loss from one’s heritage, while ageing as an immigrant in a non-native culture.

Xu Guanyu: Temporarily Censored Home

Xu Guanyu: Temporarily Censored Home

By Linda Zhengová

Xu Guanyu (b.1993, China) is a Chicago-based artist. For his project ‘Temporarily Censored Home’, he returned to his parents’ residency in China where he grew up as a teenager prior to emigrating to the United States.

Sharon Castellanos: Duro de Morir

Sharon Castellanos: Duro de Morir

by Patrycja Rozwora

Castellanos’s first long-term project, “Duro de Morir” (which can be literally translated to “Hard to Die”), came to light on a journey to Cusco – located high up in the Peruvian Andes and once the capital of the Incan Empire.

LouLou d’Aki: They call us dreamers, but we’re the once who don’t sleep

LouLou d’Aki: They call us dreamers, but we’re the once who don’t sleep

by Patrycja Rozwora

The work of Loulou d’Aki (b. 1978, Sweden) evolves around the ideas of freedom, and how human beings are conditioned by social structures. Her long-term photographic project, ’They call us dreamers, but we’re the once who don’t sleep’, results from living in the Middle East for a while and observing the local youth.

Alex de Mora: Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar

Alex de Mora: Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar

By Linda Zhengová

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.

Ariko Inaoka: Eagle and Raven

Ariko Inaoka: Eagle and Raven

By Linda Zhengová

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.

André Penteado: Farroupilha

André Penteado: Farroupilha

by Patrycja Rozwora

Farroupilha is the third part of the Rastros, Tracos e Vestigios (Trails, Traces and Remains) project, in which the São Paulo based photographer André Penteado (b. 1970) reflects on the formation of Brazilian subjectivity.

Anthony Bila: Izambulo zabantwana Benkholo

Anthony Bila: Izambulo zabantwana Benkholo

by Patrycja Rozwora

In his series, ‘Izambulo zabantwana Benkholo’ Johannesburg based director and photographer Anthony Bila (b.1986) explores how young people in South Africa navigate between the religion they were raised with, and their identity that often develops in contradiction to that same religion.

Damian Heinisch: 45

Damian Heinisch: 45

By Linda Zhengová

In 2013, Damian Heinisch travelled from Oslo to Ukraine by train to follow the journeys once taken by his relatives.

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.…