Editorial

Stephen Gill: A Retrospective

Stephen Gill: A Retrospective

By Laura Chen

Stephen Gill (b. 1971, Bristol) is a British conceptual image maker who mainly draws inspiration from his immediate surroundings and constantly pushes the limits of the photographic medium to catalyze a unique, visual language in which documentary coincides with chance, experimentation and intervention.

Jamie Hawkesworth: The British Isles

Jamie Hawkesworth: The British Isles

By Laura Chen

Jamie Hawkesworth’s (b. 1987, Suffolk) has become known for his depictions of all that appears simple and mundane — a subject matter that instigated a photographic project which took 13 years to complete: his most recently released work 'The British Isles'.

Antony Cairns: CTY

Antony Cairns: CTY

by Laura Chen

Antony Cairns (b. 1980) has been taking photographs since the age of 15 and continues finding himself mesmerized by the mysteries of the ever-evolving medium and ever-changing faces of metropolises. His ongoing project ‘CTY’ (an abbreviation of ‘city’) sees the expansion of his oeuvre and is a testimony of his devotion to his subject: urban…

Francesco Merlini: The Flood

Francesco Merlini: The Flood

By Linda Zhengová

Francesco Merlini (b.1986, Italy) is a Milan-based photographer who focuses on long-term documentary projects that merge the worlds of both photojournalism and the symbolic. Recently, together with VOID, he published a photobook ‘The Flood’, featuring images from Georgia’s capital – Tbilisi. Particularly, his project showcases the story and the impact of the city’s major flooding…

Kensuke Koike and Thomas Sauvin: No More, No Less

Kensuke Koike and Thomas Sauvin: No More, No Less

By Laura Chen

In 2015, artist and collector Thomas Sauvin acquired an exercise book, produced by an unknown photography student from Shanghai University in the early 1980s. During a studio visit from collage artist Kensuke Koike, the two agreed the material was the perfect playground for Koike’s boundless imagination. The result of the experiment is their first collaborative…

Juliana Gómez Quijano: Las Dos Hebras (The Two Strands)

Juliana Gómez Quijano: Las Dos Hebras (The Two Strands)

by Laura Chen

Colombian photographer Juliana Gómez Quijano’s (also known as Juno) interest lies in research and reflection on scientific knowledge. In her project ‘The Two Strands’ (‘Las Dos Hebras’), she builds a bridge between the world of science and her personal experiences by investigating the genetic and emotional bond that unites her with her twin sister. By…

Simon Lehner: The mind is a voice, the voice is blind

Simon Lehner: The mind is a voice, the voice is blind

by Laura Chen

Simon Lehner (b. 1996, Austria) gave shape to his ongoing series ‘The mind is a voice, the voice is blind’ in late 2019, a year before he was diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). In essence, the series studies the cognitive dialogue at play between memories and the conscious, and explores how we process,…

Mathias de Lattre: Mother’s Therapy

Mathias de Lattre: Mother’s Therapy

By Linda Zhengová

Paris-based artist Mathias de Lattre (b. 1990, France) developed a specific interest in natural psychedelics, in particular, hallucinogenic mushrooms. After more than four years of research and photography, ‘Mother’s Therapy’ brings together the artist’s work on psilocybin (a naturally occurring hallucinogen produced by a myriad of fungi), mycology and medicine – together they define an…

PHmuseum 2021 Mobile Photography Prize: GUP Selection

PHmuseum 2021 Mobile Photography Prize: GUP Selection

Erik Vroons

PHmuseum is a curated platform dedicated to contemporary photography. Its focus – to find innovative ways to display photography, engage, educate, and connect – is very much in line with ours and so we, the GUP editorial team, have joined forces with PHmuseum to shortlist 10 entries for their 2021 edition of the Mobile Photography …

Rick Schatzberg: The Boys

Rick Schatzberg: The Boys

By Laura Chen

In his latest photobook ‘The Boys’, published by powerHouse Books, Rick Schatzberg (b. 1954) delivers a journey from the 1970s to the present to tell a profoundly moving story of an ageing friendship. In this lively documentation of a shared history, he delves into themes of time, memory, place, identity, bonding and mortality.

Moyra Davey & Peter Hujar: The Shabbiness of Beauty

Moyra Davey & Peter Hujar: The Shabbiness of Beauty

By Linda Zhengová

On the initiative of Galerie Buchholz in Berlin, Canadian artist Moyra Davey (b.1958) was invited to curate the archive of the late American photographer Peter Hujar (b. 1934-1987). To correlate with her own practice, she categorized his work into clusters such as NYC, animals, water, and bodies while picking photographs that were rarely shown before.…

Lucile Boiron: Mise en Pièces

Lucile Boiron: Mise en Pièces

By Linda Zhengová

For her second monograph, French photographer Lucile Boiron (b.1990, France) combined self-portraits, still lifes and images taken during the process of cosmetic surgery. Inspired by the initial transformation of bodies through medical procedures – cutting, reworking and stitching – Boiron was compelled to turn the camera lens on herself when COVID-19 hit the world. During…

Jim Goldberg: FINGERPRINT

Jim Goldberg: FINGERPRINT

By Linda Zhengová

In 1995, Jim Goldberg (b. 1953, the USA) has published his seminal project ‘Raised by Wolves’ as a photobook where he explored the lives of a troubled youth living on the streets of California – a work spanning over ten years (1985-1995). Unveiling their realities filled with addiction, abuse and violence, Goldberg put into spotlight…

Anabela Pinto: Precious Things

Anabela Pinto: Precious Things

by Sophie Beerens

The cult of technology takes center stage in Anabela Pinto's photographic series Precious Things, as she explores mankind's precarious relationship with the devices that have come to dominate our social and domestic lives. Obsolete technologies of a bygone era collide with the strangely mechanical human protagonists of Pinto's photographs, all of whom are bathed in…

Carlota Guerrero: Tengo un dragón dentro del corazón

Carlota Guerrero: Tengo un dragón dentro del corazón

By Linda Zhengová

Spanish photographer Carlota Guerrero (b.1989) presents her first monograph ‘Tengo un dragón dentro del corazón’ (translated as ‘I Have a Dragon in my Heart’) containing her early works, latest projects and commercial assignments. In the world of art, fashion and social media the artist is well known for her unique mythical aesthetics and depictions of…

Tom Butler: Self Portraits

Tom Butler: Self Portraits

GUP Team

English photographer Tom Butler (b. 1979) contorts his body, holding elegant poses that show only the top of his head. “The work reads like a contemporary dance piece; Butler’s body casting shapes that confuse and intrigue — his bald head the small, ever-present reminder that the contortionist is indeed a person and not some kind…

Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning

Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning

by Sophie Beerens

Documentary photographer Louie Palu (b.1968, Canada) feels right at home in the perennial cold of the Arctic region. In a place where daily temperatures average minus 50 degrees Celsius, and one can go for days, if not weeks in near darkness, nature reveals its true, omnipotent power — and yet, the Arctic is warming up…

Polaroid Performative Action

Polaroid Performative Action

Erik Vroons

Born Alan Schaefer in the Bronx in the early 1940s, April Dawn Alison became herself by providing a place to play, a stage, as it were, for the persona trapped inside. But this might have been a rather lonely game: neither Alan’s family nor his neighbours knew about April until after (s)he – or they…

Igor Elukov: Book of Miracles

Igor Elukov: Book of Miracles

by Sophie Beerens

The photographs of Igor Elukov, collected under the title ‘Book of Miracles’, encapsulate a delicate balancing act between accident and calculation. One would be so willing to believe that each of these images is purely a culmination of fortuitous circumstances, yet every one of them is in fact an intricately crafted independent…

Mélanie Wenger: Sugar Moon

Mélanie Wenger: Sugar Moon

by Sophie Beerens

In one of the many striking images of documentary photographer Mélanie Wenger's project Sugar Moon, we see hunting outfitter and taxidermist Erik Grimland unloading the large, taxidermied bust of a zebra from his trailer in Amarillo, Texas — a trophy from his daughter Sydney's successful hunt in South Africa two years prior. Grimland and his…

A GARDEN REVISIONED: INGE MEIJER

A GARDEN REVISIONED: INGE MEIJER

George King

Dutch visual artist Inge Meijer has a knack for studying sites and tracing archives – excavating the memories of a chosen location with a rich range of research tools. During an artist’s residency in Gwangju, South Korea, Meijer delved into the past life of a soon-to-be-demolished building, unraveling a range of private histories that required…

Tomasz Liboska: Turn Round

Tomasz Liboska: Turn Round

By Linda Zhengová

In the past years, Tomasz Liboska (b. 1976, Poland) documented the Upper Silesian region in Poland, right on the border with the Czech Republic. The area is known for its industrial production, especially coal mining which became the main source of income for the locals and growth of the region already since the 18th century.…

Alfredo Bosco: Forgotten Guerrero

Alfredo Bosco: Forgotten Guerrero

By Linda Zhengová

In his reportage project ‘Forgotten Guerrero’, Milan-based photographer Alfredo Bosco (b. 1987, Italy) concentrates on the social and political climate of Guerrero, Mexico – a state, responsible for the largest production and export of heroin in the country. The state is ruled by criminal organizations and drug cartels who constantly fight for power over the…

PHotoESPAÑA 2021: A GUP Selection of Highlights

PHotoESPAÑA 2021: A GUP Selection of Highlights

Erik Vroons

Every year since 1988, the photography and visual art festival PHotoESPAŇA turns Madrid (and many other locations in Spain) into a kaleidoscopic hyper-museum filled with a wide variety of exhibitions – ranging from the most ‘traditional’ to the very contemporary. Both the range and the enduring character of PHE are an achievement, and this year’s…

Julia Fullerton-Batten: Looking out from Within

Julia Fullerton-Batten: Looking out from Within

By Linda Zhengová

The portraiture of Julia Fullerton-Batten (b.1970, Germany) is highlighted by us for its peculiar hyper-realism and cinematic aesthetics, characterized by surreal settings and dramatic lighting.

Mattia Balsamini: In Search of Appropriate Images

Mattia Balsamini: In Search of Appropriate Images

By Linda Zhengová

The exploration of oneself became an important aspect of COVID-19 related confinement. Our needs and desires became loud when taken away from us. By being forced to adjust and re-define our values and behaviour, a new space for previously unknown possibilities and perspectives opened up. This urge to turn the suspended time into something unique…

Mark Templeton: Ocean Front Property

Mark Templeton: Ocean Front Property

By Sophie Beerens

Ocean Front Property, an image and audio based work by sound artist and photographer Mark Templeton, is a meditation on our obsessive wanderlust —  as he dreams of distant shores from the landlocked province of Alberta, Canada. "I was in search of water and the effect its absence had on me," writes Templeton on the impetus…

Ryu Ika: The Second Seeing

Ryu Ika: The Second Seeing

By Linda Zhengová

Sometimes, we become so immersed in the cycle of life, that we forget to take a step back and question where we are actually going. This paradox of life is the theme of Ryu Ika’s first monograph ‘The Second Seeing’ (published by AKAAKA). Through her lens and exploration of places such as Inner Mongolia, Japan,…

Oğulcan Arslan: All The Rivers Flow In The Nuthouse

Oğulcan Arslan: All The Rivers Flow In The Nuthouse

by Sophie Beerens

Ogulcan Arslan’s ‘All The Rivers Flow in the Nuthouse’ reads as a heartfelt ode to a friend suffering from schizophrenia, but also as a sharp critique of the dehumanization suffered by adolescents placed under the so-called protection of state clinics in Turkey. Arslan's earnest photographs and writing depict the nuances of a forced seclusion, and…

Ci:CLO Bienal ’21 Fotografia do Porto: The Horizon is Moving Nearer

Ci:CLO Bienal ’21 Fotografia do Porto: The Horizon is Moving Nearer

Sophie Beerens

On the occasion of the Bienal ’21 Fotografia do Porto taking place from the 14th of May until the 27th of June, comes an exhibition that brings together the works of eight visual artists, each tackling a diverse array of topical issues facing the world today on both the local and global stage.

Diana Michener: Twenty-Eight Figure Studies

Diana Michener: Twenty-Eight Figure Studies

By Linda Zhengová

In her latest photobook ‘Twenty-eight Figure Studies’, published by Steidl, American artist Diana Michener (b.1940) photographed stills from pornographic films. Her way of working with the pornographic material subverts the hyperreality of the medium into something more ambiguous, contemplative – and by way of decontextualization, even strangely intimate.

Philippe Braquenier: Earth Not A Globe

Philippe Braquenier: Earth Not A Globe

By Sophie Beerens

Triggered by the strangely Orwellian phrase ‘alternative facts’— a flagrant redefining of demonstrable falsehoods as truth by authority figures, introduced in the early days of the Trump administration — photographer Philippe Braquenier (b. 1985, Belgium) immersed himself in a community espousing ideas in the vein of this new mode of ‘alternative truth’: the Flat Earth…

Dawn Kim: Whistling in the Dark

Dawn Kim: Whistling in the Dark

by Sophie Beerens

'Whistling in the Dark' by the artist Dawn Kim (b. 1989, South Korea) presents a growing collection of black and white photographs taken at various locations across the United States and abroad — bound not by the restraints of a contained and centralized subject, but instead hinting at a collective notion or feeling activated by…

Joanna Piotrowska: Stable Vices

Joanna Piotrowska: Stable Vices

By Linda Zhengová

Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska (b. 1985) explores systems of power and potential forms of resistance through the medium of photography. In her latest photobook ‘Stable Vices’ (published with MACK) she showcases three photographic series, together reflecting on the themes of protection, freedom and oppression. The distinct bodies of work are accompanied by essays written by…

Bebe Blanco Agterberg: A mal tiempo, buena cara

Bebe Blanco Agterberg: A mal tiempo, buena cara

By Sophie Beerens

Bebe Blanco Agterberg (b. 1995) explores the murky waters of historical truth through the lens of post-Francoist Spain, and the far-reaching implications of the Pact of Forgetting (Pacto del Olvido), a political decision brought about by both Leftist and Rightist parties in the wake of the void created by dictator Francisco Franco's passing in 1975. 

Yichen Zhou: Untitled & Daily Talk

Yichen Zhou: Untitled & Daily Talk

By Sophie Beerens

Every year, artist Yichen Zhou (b. 1986, China) returns to the expansive plains of her birthplace of Inner Mongolia. There, she creates surreal images — usually depicting herself, performing a series of acts ranging from the futile to the absurd, isolated in the center of the natural environment. The captivating simplicity of the photographs in…

Mattia Parodi & Piergiorgio Sorgetti: The Missing Eye

Mattia Parodi & Piergiorgio Sorgetti: The Missing Eye

By Linda Zhengová

Recent scientific studies and academic papers written by scholars such as Rosalind Krauss, George Bataille and Roger Caillois have revealed that people who are blind since birth are able to dream in images, providing space for different ways of interaction surpassing mere visuality. Such research has sparked a new collaboration between two Italian photographers Mattia…

Journal of Grievances Vol. 3: Fool’s Paradise

Journal of Grievances Vol. 3: Fool’s Paradise

By Linda Zhengová

The notion of collaboration seems to be defining the new era of pandemic-created works. Or perhaps to be more precise – collaboration on distance which results in unique artistic expressions and creative projects. One example of a one-of-a-kind artistic outcome can be considered the third volume of the ‘Journal of Grievances’ – Fool’s Paradise. This…

GRÉGOIRE PUJADE-LAURAINE: DOUBLE ORBIT

GRÉGOIRE PUJADE-LAURAINE: DOUBLE ORBIT

By Sophie Beerens

For Double Orbit, Gregoire Pujade-Lauraine (1981, France) photographed buildings, from almost aggressively angular structures to curiously anthropomorphic, swirling concrete shapes. The strange architectural idiosyncrasies documented hide in plain sight on the peripheries of expansive Western metropolitan cities, in secret passageways and side streets, or under the shadow of acclaimed landmarks and grand architectural wonders. 

Cansu Yıldıran: The Dispossessed

Cansu Yıldıran: The Dispossessed

By Sophie Beerens

Deep in a valley of the Kusmer Highlands, in the Black Sea region of Turkey, lies the village and ancestral homeland of photographer Cansu Yıldıran: Çaykara. Tradition decrees that the women of this village may not own the homes or the land that they live in — that right belongs to men, exclusively. Yıldıran photographed…

Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

By Linda Zhengová

Ming Smith is the first African American female photographer whose work has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her poetic gaze and experimental photography, reflective of the 20th century African American experience, has now been composed into a large retrospective monograph published by Aperture and Documentary Arts. Covering four…

Isabelle Wenzel – Body Movin’

Isabelle Wenzel – Body Movin’

GUP Team

“Let your backbone flip but don’t slip a disc, let your spine unwind, just take a risk.” This excerpt from the Beastie Boys song Body Movin’ very much applies to the artistic work of Isabelle Wenzel (b. 1982, Germany), whose career is defined by an extensive, and remarkably consistent, series of unusual, distorted poses in…

John Divola: Terminus

John Divola: Terminus

By Sophie Beerens

Some eighty miles from Los Angeles, California, at the southwestern edge of the arid and perpetually sunny Mojave Desert, lays the abandoned remnants of George Air Force Base. In 2015, this base gained a new occupant, in the form of renowned visual artist John Divola.

Joana Choumali: Ça Va Aller

Joana Choumali: Ça Va Aller

GUP team

Joana Choumali (b. 1974, Ivory Coast) expresses her artistic vision through photography and mixed media, touching on issues of identity and notions of beauty in relation to the body. Much of her practice focuses on Africa and derives from her own experience as a black African woman. The common denominator in Choumali’s work is a…

AL J THOMPSON: REMNANTS OF AN EXODUS

AL J THOMPSON: REMNANTS OF AN EXODUS

By Sophie Beerens

Al J Thompson's Remnants of an Exodus is a project that could never have arisen from the photographer-as-tourist, or the photographer-as-investigative journalist — that much can be felt within the powerful emotion that resonates in his images. The affection and earnest intimacy, evidenced for the people and places of his former home, can only necessarily…

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara

By Linda Zhengová

Santa Barbara is the debut monograph by Diana Markosian (b.1989, Russia), recreating the story of her family’s journey from post- Soviet Russia to the U.S. in the 1990s. The project pulls together staged scenes, film stills, and family pictures in an innovative and compelling hybrid of personal and documentary storytelling. Weaving together re-enactments by actors,…

Interpretation Under Arrest: Visualisations of Detention

Interpretation Under Arrest: Visualisations of Detention

Erik Vroons

What is the status of the photograph in the context of imprisonment? Can a dossier of collected files and documents help us arrive at the essence of incarceration when questions of visibility, ethics and aesthetics intersect? Two recent publications touch on this dilemma in seemingly opposite ways. One is related to the bureaucracy of an…

Thomas Vandenberghe: In the time before us, there was a time before us

Thomas Vandenberghe: In the time before us, there was a time before us

By Sophie Beerens

The works of Belgian photographer Thomas Vandenberghe (1985) can come across as vaguely familiar – like a whistled melody one can't quite place. These images indeed arrive from a place of familiarity, being the mementos we may have once held in our hands, or kept safe and treasured in a box. Tattered and ripped, they…

Camillo Pasquarelli: Monsoons Never Cross the Mountains

Camillo Pasquarelli: Monsoons Never Cross the Mountains

By Linda Zhengová

In the past five years, Camillo Pasquarelli (b.1988, Italy) has been intensively working in the valley of Kashmir, a disputed region between India and Pakistan since 1947 and currently one of the most militarized zones on the planet.  ‘Monsoons Never Cross the Mountains’ is now published as a photobook that, alongside showcasing the portrayal of…

VINCENT DELBROUCK – CHAMPÚ

VINCENT DELBROUCK – CHAMPÚ

GUP team

Vincent Delbrouck (b. 1975, Belgium), also known as “V.D.”, spent of a lot of time in Havana as a photographer at the end of the 1990s. Then he left Cuba for years. When he returned, in 2014, he didn’t want to make a documentary about the people of Cuba, but to discover a new light…

Riccardo Dogana: Panopticon

Riccardo Dogana: Panopticon

By Sophie Beerens

Riccardo Dogana's latest work, Panopticon, is unified in its source: the inexhaustible database that is Youtube. Through a highly personal selection process, Dogana photographed fragments from uploaded videos, often exploiting motion blur, or the graininess reminiscent of surveillance-camera footage, to create images purposefully ambiguous in nature — appropriated images redesigned to confuse the viewer, and perhaps…

Yurian Quintanas Nobel: Dream Moons

Yurian Quintanas Nobel: Dream Moons

By Linda Zhengová

With ‘Dream Moons’, Yurian Quintanas Nobel gives a sneak-peak into the confines of his home. Not in a mundane but in a rather uncanny and surreal manner. Nobel already began his project back in 2015 when he started to explore the diverse possibilities of photography. In Nobel’s world, everything is strange and unstable.

Cecilia Sordi Campos: Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba

Cecilia Sordi Campos: Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba

GUP Team

In this project, Brazilian-born, Melbourne-based photographic artist Cecilia Sordi Campos (b. 1989) considers the parallels between her migration to Australia and her separation from her partner of ten years, and how this has impacted the life she’s living. Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba is her artistic exploration of emotional transition after the end of a marriage,…

Diego Moreno: Malign Influences

Diego Moreno: Malign Influences

By Linda Zhengová

Diego Moreno’s (b. 1992, Mexico) imagery dives deep into his psyche to reflect on the heavy presence of the Catholic church in Mexico and his subsequent struggle of expressing his sexuality. In the project ‘Malign Influences’, he graphically intervenes his family archive through the use of coloured pencils, graphite, Chinese ink, markers or materials such…

Efrem Zelony-Mindell: Primal Sight

Efrem Zelony-Mindell: Primal Sight

By Linda Zhengová

After the establishment of colour photography, black-and-white has become a choice, an intention. Exploring this intriguing aspect of the medium, Efrem Zelony-Mindell brings together 146 international artists and curates their work into an almost two-hundred pages volume called Primal Sight. All the selected artists have one thing in common—in one way or another, they shape…

Nicola Lo Calzo: Binidittu

Nicola Lo Calzo: Binidittu

By Sophie Beerens

San Benedetto, Benedict of Palermo, São Benedito, Binidittu — the man, born Benedetto Manasseri to enslaved Africans in Sicily in 1524, is known by many names, and as a unique figure of defiance and self-determination…  Binidittu, by Nicola Lo Calzo (b. 1979, Italy), is an intricate series that examines the condition of contemporary African migrants…

Silvia de Giorgi: Landscapes Pieces / Liquid Landscapes

Silvia de Giorgi: Landscapes Pieces / Liquid Landscapes

GUP team

By experimenting with alternative photographic processes as well as using drawing and on-site rock rubbings, Silvia De Giorgi (b. 1992, Italy) aims to reveal experiential knowledge of the natural environment that encompasses both its physical and social past. She is drawn to sites where the land is marked by traces of elemental forces (such as…

Prin Rodriguez – Los Hijos de Pariacaca

Prin Rodriguez – Los Hijos de Pariacaca

GUP Team

Pariacaca is the name of an “apu”, a divinity embodied in a mountain in the Peruvian Andes, located between Lima and Junin. The importance of Pariacaca in Andean spirituality predates the process of Spanish colonisation in the 16th century, when local religions and belief systems were wiped out. Stories and myths about Pariacaca were collected…

Gerardo Vizmanos: Searching for Utopia

Gerardo Vizmanos: Searching for Utopia

BY SOPHIE BEERENS

For photographer Gerardo Vizmanos, searching for utopia has never been about utopia itself – never a quest to make tangible a concept that so escapes physicality, nor one to define ideal states of being. Instead, Vizmanos utilizes the pursuit of utopia — that is, a study of the conscious act itself, which necessarily implicates a…

Erik Kessels & Thomas Sauvin: TALK SOON

Erik Kessels & Thomas Sauvin: TALK SOON

By Linda Zhengová

In times of all the COVID-19 related dread, we are also witnessing a new wave of creative initiatives. Particularly, a wave of collaborations between artists is emerging all over the world (such as stayathome.photography and Tomaso Clavarino & Patrizio Anastasi’s book, which we recently featured). In line with this trend, we hereby review a recently…

Path To ‘Glory’ – Justine Tjallinks On Her Work in Progress

Path To ‘Glory’ – Justine Tjallinks On Her Work in Progress

by Erik Vroons

Justine Tjallinks (b. 1984, The Netherlands) is a self-taught photographer who began her career as an art director, working with several leading fashion titles. Since 2014, she has applied her talents to the realm of art portrait photography, specialising in capturing the uniqueness of individuals and the diversity of human beauty. Even though a sense…

SÉBASTIEN CUVELIER: PARADISE CITY

SÉBASTIEN CUVELIER: PARADISE CITY

By Sophie Beerens

Sebastien Cuvelier’s Paradise City is a project born out of discovery — the discovery of a manuscript containing journal entries and photographs belonging to his late uncle, created during a trip to Persepolis, Iran, almost half a century ago. This leads Cuvelier into embarking on a quest of his own, re-tracing his uncle’s steps in…

Tomaso Clavarino & Patrizio Anastasi: Ballad of Woods and Wounds

Tomaso Clavarino & Patrizio Anastasi: Ballad of Woods and Wounds

By Linda Zhengová

‘Ballad of Woods and Wounds’, a collaborative effort by Tomaso Clavarino and Patrizio Anastasi, raises awareness of the situation around the Monferrato and Roero Woods that besiege the commune of Cocconato d’Asti in northern Italy – a region located just a few miles away from one of the most COVID-19 affected areas in the country.…

Ângela Berlinde: TRANSA: Ballads of the last sun

Ângela Berlinde: TRANSA: Ballads of the last sun

By Linda Zhengová

‘TRANSA: ballads of the last sun’, a book by Ângela Berlinde, reflects on the rapid destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. It contains, and is inspired by, numerous indigenous myths and tales, such as that of Iracema (“the virgin of the honey lips” in José de Alencar’s 1865 novel). In Alencar’s legend, Iracema is an indigenous…

Marta Bogdańska: SHIFTERS

Marta Bogdańska: SHIFTERS

by Patrycja Rozwora

For her ongoing project SHIFTERS, Marta Bogdańska (b. 19??) – a visual artist, photographer, filmmaker and cultural manager based in Poland – took on a challenge: presenting a history of the world, from the perspective of animals.

LEONARD SURYAJAYA: FALSE IDOL

LEONARD SURYAJAYA: FALSE IDOL

by Linda Zhengová

Leonard Suryajaya (b. 1988), a Chinese-Indonesian artist living in Chicago, had to face the American authorities and their cynical questioning regarding his immigration. His project False Idol reflects the process surrounding the course of his Green Card application – a rather estranging experience.

Archiwum Protestów Publicznych (Archive of Public Protests)

Archiwum Protestów Publicznych (Archive of Public Protests)

By Patrycja Rozwora

The Archive of Public Protests is a collection of photographs documenting visual traces of social activism and grassroots initiatives in Poland, opposing unjust political decisions and, most importantly, helping to underscore breaches of democratic norms and human rights – an unfortunate and dangerous sign of our times.

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

Carolyn Drake (b.1971, the USA) is a Magnum photographer who generally works on long-term photo projects that tend to re-examine dominant historical narratives in a creative way. Her approach to the medium of photography is defined by collaboration where the binaries of the author and subject, the real and fictional are interrogated. Drake’s latest project…

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…