Editorial

MISHA VALLEJO: SECRET SARAYAKU

MISHA VALLEJO: SECRET SARAYAKU

BY PATRYCJA ROZWORA

Misha Vallejo (b. 1985, Ecuador) has been working on a long-term project which takes a lyrical and kaleidoscopic framework and avoids ethnographic clichés to delicately document how traditional lifestyles and beliefs deal with modernity. In conversation with GUP Magazine, he elaborates on Sarayaku, a community of Kichwa people living on the banks of the Bobonaza…

JILLIAN FREYER – 42 WAYNE

JILLIAN FREYER – 42 WAYNE

GUP Team

Throughout her work, Jillian Freyer (b. 1989, US) uses female bodies to explore the experience of touch, and of emotional and physical endurance. Witnessed events and staged performances serve as a way to seek new intimacies between herself and her subjects. Physical sensations sourced from personal experience show up in subtle details that reveal exposed…

Sara Perovic: My Father’s Legs

Sara Perovic: My Father’s Legs

By Linda Zhengová

In ‘My Father’s Legs’, Sara Perovic (b.1984, Croatia) explores the role of the male figure in the adult relationships of women. In her book, she combines newly created images of her partner’s legs with archival photographs of her father, a tennis teacher posing in specific textbook positions. Perovic reveals that her father’s strong love for…

We’re In It, Together – Soft Borders vs Hard Realities

We’re In It, Together – Soft Borders vs Hard Realities

Erik Vroons

Valerio Vincenzo (b. 1973, Italy) photographed landscapes along the borders between European countries at peace (including the non-Schengen states). Before, between 2007 and 2016, he already covered the Schengen area, which amounts to 16.500 kilometres. These frontiers – made manifest by an electric fence, a river, a milestone and so on – signify a division…

Carolyn Drake: Knit Club

Carolyn Drake: Knit Club

By Linda Zhengová

New Queer Photography: Edited by Benjamin Wolbergs

New Queer Photography: Edited by Benjamin Wolbergs

By Linda Zhengová

‘New Queer Photography’, edited by Berlin-based art-director Benjamin Wolbergs, contains exquisite sampled concerned with the latest developments of queer art expression by way of photography – confronting our heteronormative gaze and most commonly, the artists reflect on a desire for self-presentation while putting socio-cultural values and taboos to test.

Gui Christ: Fissura

Gui Christ: Fissura

By Linda Zhengová

Initially successful in advertisement and commercial photography, Gui Christ (b. 1980, Brazil) later decided to pursue a career as a documentary photographer. Since 2015, he focuses mainly on pressing social issues in Brazil and other regions in South America. He recently self-published a book, ‘Fissura’, by which he explores an infamous region of São Paulo…

Délio Jasse – J’ai le Devoir de Mémoire

Délio Jasse – J’ai le Devoir de Mémoire

GUP Team

Délio Jasse (b. 1980, Angola) is known for applying analogue techniques (painting, slide projection) to vernacular images (found passport photos, family albums) that reference the colonial history of Europe and deeply connect with diasporic issues. These appropriations and creative interferences support the “unfixing” of history, offering a fresh take on complex processes related to identity…

Euro Vision – Europe, An Imagined Destination

Euro Vision – Europe, An Imagined Destination

Erik Vroons

Between the 1960s and ’80s, the expansion of cheaper air travel sparked the holiday package boom to European “sun, sea and sangria” destinations such as Benidorm and Torremolinos. It was also a golden age of travel that began to place the delights of luxury hotspots on the French Riviera and Italy’s Amalfi Coast – previously…

Lucia Sekerková Bláhová – Vrăjitoare

Lucia Sekerková Bláhová – Vrăjitoare

GUP team

Lucia Sekerková Bláhová (b. 1991, Slovakia) photographed the “vrăjitoare”, or witches, of Romania’s Wallachian Roma community. She collaborated with ethnologist Ivana Šusterová, an expert in the everyday life and culture of the Roma community. Together, they documented how ancient traditions have transitioned into the modern world through savvy social media promotion and live-streamed rituals.

Diana Tamane: Flower Smuggler

Diana Tamane: Flower Smuggler

By Linda Zhengová

Diana Tamane (b. 1986, Latvia) is a visual artist working between Tartu, Estonia and Riga, Latvia. In her work, she primarily uses the medium of photography in addition to video, sound, text and archive.

Michal Chelbin – How To Dance The Walz

Michal Chelbin – How To Dance The Walz

GUP Team

Michal Chelbin (b. 1974, Israel) spent three years traveling around Ukraine, documenting life inside the country’s military boarding schools. Her pictures are populated by young boys dressed in immaculate regimental uniforms and official military attire, and young girls wearing lace-trimmed maid’s costumes and bridal dresses.

Momo Okabe: Ilmatar

Momo Okabe: Ilmatar

By Linda Zhengová

‘Ilmatar’ (published by Mandrake) is the first Japan-published book by Momo Okabe (b. 1981, Japan), centred around the birth of her daughter. Okabe is a trans and asexual woman who reflects on the mythical image of the modern ritual of childbirth that excludes sexual intercourse. Her use of colours and choice of subjects and objects…

VALERY POSHTAROV: THE MONK AND HIS FAITH

VALERY POSHTAROV: THE MONK AND HIS FAITH

GUP Team

Valery Poshtarov (b. 1986, Bulgaria) has created black and white portraits of monks* from different monasteries in Bulgaria. These portraits are presented as diptychs, with each priest juxtaposed with his rosary. Within the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, this string of beads is typically used to provide a physical method of keeping count of the number of…

Cemre Yeşil Gönenli: Hayal & Hakikat: A Handbook of Forgiveness & A Handbook of Punishment

Cemre Yeşil Gönenli: Hayal & Hakikat: A Handbook of Forgiveness & A Handbook of Punishment

By Linda Zhengová

Cemre Yeşil Gönenli (b.1987, Turkey) is an Istanbul-based photographer, artist and visual storyteller. In her recently published book Hayal & Hakikat (translating into Dream & Fact), Gönenli presents cropped images of prisoners’ hands found in the photo albums of Abdul Hamid II, the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

ELENA HELFRECHT: PLEXUS

ELENA HELFRECHT: PLEXUS

GUP Team

The work of Elena Helfrecht (b. 1992, Germany) revolves around inner space and the phenomena of consciousness, emerging from an autobiographical context and expanding into the surreal and the fantastic – and even, at times, the grotesque. Helfrecht grew up in the Bavarian countryside, and the folklore and landscapes of her childhood are rooted in…

Gabriele Cecconi: TiàWùK

Gabriele Cecconi: TiàWùK

By Patrycja Rozwora

Gabriele Cecconi (b. 1985, Italy) is concerned with the socio-political and environmental issues of our time but also the relation between culture and power, specifically its representation in the visual arts. 

Vasantha Yogananthan: Afterlife

Vasantha Yogananthan: Afterlife

By Patrycja Rozwora

Over the course of seven years, Vasantha Yogananthan (b. 1985, France) travelled to various parts of India to develop his long-term project titled ‘A Myth of Two Souls’. The work draws inspiration from the Ramayana, one of the largest ancient epics in world literature.

Hortus by Lilia Luganskaia

Hortus by Lilia Luganskaia

Visual artist Lilia Luganskaia creates Hortus: a visual investigation of the language of plants 

Visual artist Lilia Luganskaia creates Hortus: a visual investigation of the language of plants

Final exhibition of Bird in Flight Prize 2020

Final exhibition of Bird in Flight Prize 2020

Alex Blanco

The international photography contest Bird in Flight Prize 2020 is ready to showcase its 10 short-listed photographers chosen by the international jury of curators, photographers, artists, and photo editors from the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and Sweden.

The Aerial Sublime: Being In The World From A Distance

The Aerial Sublime: Being In The World From A Distance

Erik Vroons

Kacper Kowalksi (b. 1977, Poland) has been observing seemingly infinite landscapes from the sky for over 20 years now. Up in the air, when he’s flying in his gyrocopter and simultaneously photographing the world below, he doesn’t think much. He just acts, with an instinctive response to the awkwardly beautiful scapes beneath him.

Bart Koetsier: Parisian Wanderings

Bart Koetsier: Parisian Wanderings

by Erik Vroons

Bart Koetsier (b. 1975), a Dutch portrait and documentary photographer based in Paris, loves wandering the streets, to just go out for a stroll – or what in French could be described as a ‘dérive’: an unplanned journey through an urban landscape in which you’d drop your everyday relations to that environment and let yourself…

Tyler Mitchell: I Can Make You Feel Good

Tyler Mitchell: I Can Make You Feel Good

By Patrycja Rozwora

Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995, United States) works across various genres to explore and celebrate a new aesthetic of Blackness. Via Tumbler, Mitchell would often come across photographs of attractive young models, looking careless and free. He immediately felty inspired. However, he rarely saw such kind of images portraying Black people. Since then, his entire body…

Raymond Meeks: ciprian honey cathedral

Raymond Meeks: ciprian honey cathedral

By Patrycja Rozwora

Much of the work by American photographer Raymond Meeks (b. 1963) focuses on memory and place; the way in which a landscape can shape an individual and, in the abstract, how a place possesses you in its absence. In his new book, ‘ciprian honey cathedral’, Meeks captures the process of moving and relocating. In his…

Polar Night: A Visual Poem on an Arctic Town

Polar Night: A Visual Poem on an Arctic Town

Alex Blanco

A strong fascination with the paradox of light and darkness prompted San Francisco-based Mark Mahaney (b. 1979, United States) to make a personal journey to Utqiagvik. With Polar Night, the photographic result of this Nordic quest, he reports on endurance, isolation and survival. As he witnessed, the unnatural lights that flare in the sun’s absence…

Reinout van den Bergh: Eboundja

Reinout van den Bergh: Eboundja

By Patrycja Rozwora

Reinout van den Bergh (b. 1957, The Netherlands) went back and forth to Cameroon for several extended trips between 2011 and 2017, attempting to document the changing reality of one specific village in this West African country: Eboundja.

Ulrich Lebeuf: Khaos

Ulrich Lebeuf: Khaos

GUP Team

Ulrich Lebeuf (b. 1972, France) has covered every ‘act’ of the Gilets Jaunes protests since November 2018 – as a photojournalist. With KHAOS, he approaches this period of unprecedented social struggle with a renewed eye; far removed from more conventional ways of visualising news stories, from the formal and information-led constraints of editorial assignments. This…

Elsa Leydier: Transatlántica

Elsa Leydier: Transatlántica

by Patrycja Rozwora

In 2015, the French artist Elsa Leydier (b. 1988) moved to Rio de Janeiro Brazil) and started exploring Brazilian and other South American societies. Through her work, the artist invites the audience to question the dominant ways in which photography is exploited to represent the image of the territory and its supposed natural environment.

Antigone Kourakou: Episodes

Antigone Kourakou: Episodes

GUP Team

The work of Antigone Kourakou (b. 1979, Greece) discreetly leads us to the threshold of a quite unanticipated, silent introspection. By stirring up deep-rooted images and moments, her photography prompts the viewer to fill in the blanks. These elliptical scenes and oblique personas define unresolved circumstances that ignite our imaginative faculties.

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.

Irish Travellers

Irish Travellers

In autumn 2017, Rebecca Moseman (b. 1975, United States) was given the opportunity to photograph a closed Irish community, one that still maintains a culture and traditions whose origins are lost in time. These so-called Travellers are a proud and reclusive people, who split off from settled Irish society at least 1,000 years ago. Rebecca had the…

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.