Interviews

Lu Yufan: Make Me Beautiful

By Linda Zhengová - 10/21/20

Lu Yufan (b.1991, China) is a writer and photographer currently based in Beijing and Tianjin. She graduated with an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths in London, where she acquired skills in combining photography practice with academic research.

Since 2018,...

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Katarzyna and Marianne Wasowska: Waiting for the Snow

By Patrycja Rozwora - 09/21/20

‘Waiting for the Snow’ is a long-term photographic project conducted by Katarzyna Wasowska (b. 1990, Poland) and Marianne Wasowska (b. 1988, France) that examines the phenomenon of Polish migration to South America during the partitions in the 19th century as well as ...

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Xu Guanyu: Temporarily Censored Home

By Linda Zhengová - 09/1/20

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. He was born and raised in a conservative family in Beiji...

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Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo: Slaghuis

By Linda Zhengová - 07/17/20

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

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JOEL JIMENEZ: CASTLE OF INNOCENCE

By Linda Zhengová - 06/10/20

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. As an artist, he also reflects on the...

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VALERIA CHERCHI: SOME OF YOU KILLED LUISA

By Linda Zhengová - 06/1/20

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. In her soon to be publish...

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LEWIS KHAN: THEATRE

By Linda Zhengová - 05/29/20

Lewis Khan (b.1990, the UK) is a fine art and commercial photographer from London, working with stills and moving image. His portrait-based work is a study of emotion, relationships, and identity. Khan’s photographs are intimate, and his process reveals his search to understand...

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ERIK KESSELS: SEXY SOFA

By Maria Ghetti - 05/15/20

In ‘Almost Every Picture’ 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 200...

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YANA WERNICKE & JONAS FEIGE: STAYATHOME.PHOTOGRAPHY

By Linda Zhengová - 05/4/20

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...

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

By Linda Zhengová - 04/27/20

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 st...

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POST-APOCALYPTIC FAIRY TALES: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH HAUST

ALEX BLANCO - 04/20/20

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...

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JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE: ZOMBIE

By Linda Zhengová - 03/18/20

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 n...

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JOHAN KRAMER: CAMERA DREAM

By Linda Zhengová - 03/9/20

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: doc...

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INTERVIEW: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ROGER BALLEN

LINDA ZHENGOVÁ - 03/6/20

‘The World According to Roger Ballen’ (Thames & Hudson, 2019) features photographs selected from across Roger Ballen’s career, along with installations created exclusively for an exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, last year. The exhibition closes on July 31st, 202...

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ERA MARE: VENICE VS THE SEA

MARIA GHETTI - 02/21/20

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 inhabitan...

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ROXY, 30 YEARS: AN INTERVIEW WITH CLEO CAMPERT

TIM VAN DIJK - 02/3/20

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

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SLANT: AN INTERVIEW WITH AARON SCHUMAN

By Linda Zhengová - 02/1/20

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

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WING AMBULANCE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELENA CHERNYSHOVA

ALEX BLANCO - 01/17/20

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

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AN INTERVIEW WITH CIRO BATTILORO

MARIA TERESA SALVATI - 12/20/19

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

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AN INTERVIEW WITH SEIF KOUSMATE

ERIK VROONS - 11/8/19

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

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RED ORANGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH DELANEY ALLEN

TIM VAN DIJK - 10/31/19

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

The title of your lat...

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FICTIONS BASED ON TRUTH: AN INTERVIEW WITH EVELYN BENCICOVA

TIM VAN DIJK - 10/29/19

Evelyn Bencicova (b. Bratislava, 1992) is a visual creative specialising in photography and art direction. Informed by her background in fine art and new media studies (University for Applied Arts, Vienna), Bencicova’s practice combines her interest in contemporary culture with academic researc...

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PARANOID SLEEP PSYCHOSIS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LIZA AMBROSSIO

MARIA TERESA SALVATI - 10/23/19

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

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GANGA MA: AN INTERVIEW WITH GIULIO DI STURCO

TIM VAN DIJK - 10/14/19

Over the course of ten years, Giulio Di Sturco (b.1979, Italy) travelled more than 4,000 km following the Ganges from its source in the Himalayas in India to its delta in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh. The trip resulted in the book Ganga Ma (published by GOST Books), consisting of a series of p...

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THE ANARCHIST CITIZENSHIP: AN INTERVIEW WITH NADINE STIJNS

TIM VAN DIJK - 10/4/19

Photographer Nadine Stijns (b. 1977, The Netherlands) and researcher Amal Alhaag (b. 1983, Egypt) have been collaborating closely with Somali artists such as photographer Mustafa Saeed (b. 1989, Somaliland) for some years. Together they are investigating the Republic of Somaliland: a self-declare...

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DOUG’S CABIN: AN INTERVIEW WITH KARIANNE BUENO

ALEX BLANCO - 06/20/19

Karianne Bueno (1979, the Netherlands) isn’t simply a photographer. She is a storyteller, using both visual and written language to conduct her projects. One of the recurring themes in her work is life outside of society. Her latest photobook Doug’s Cabin, featured in GUP #61, tells a...

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ÉPHÉMÈRE: AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL CUPIDO

ALEX BLANCO - 06/4/19

Photographer Paul Cupido (1972, The Netherlands), who was on the cover of New Dutch Photography Talent 2018, has just launched two photobooks: Continuum and Éphémère. Apart from creating an overview of his highlights, he underlines the concept of the impermanence of life – Cupido’s...

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INTERVIEW WITH ELENA SUBACH AND VIACHESLAV POLIAKOV

ALEX BLANCO - 04/18/19

Combinations of seemingly unrelated images, handmade collages, striking colours and use of flash make the images of Ukrainian photographers Elena Subach and Viacheslav Poliakov very attractive and almost exotic to the Western audience. However, the citizens of their motherland might never be able...

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SLOW MOTION: INTERVIEW WITH ROGIER HOUWEN

ALEX BLANCO - 04/1/19

Rogier Houwen’s (b. 1992, the Netherlands) thoughtful approach to photography makes his work a rare gem in our society obsessed with everything fast and new. GUP interviewed Houwen, who has been represented by Kahmann Gallery since 2015, about his new project Slow Motion, which is a meticulous ...

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DEATH BOOK: INTERVIEW WITH EDITH BERGFORS AND MATTHEW HOLROYD

ALEX BLANCO - 03/21/19

Death Book examines taboos that surround sex and death in contemporary society. It shows the unique point of view of editor Matthew Holroyd (b. 1980, Germany) and photographer Edith Bergfors (b. 1986, Norway). The creation of Death Book was especially important f...

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ENJOY LIFE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JAN DIRK VAN DER BURG

JORRE BOTH - 11/30/18

Jan Dirk van der Burg (1978, The Netherlands) was recently appointed ‘Fotograaf des Vaderlands’ (Photographer of the Nation). He is the ambassador of photography in the Netherlands for a year, which makes sense, seeing that he is a photographer of very Dutch phenomena. For #e...

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THE SPLITTING OF THE CHRYSALIS AND THE SLOW UNFOLDING OF THE WINGS

ANGELO ZINNA - 11/22/18

GUP sat down with Yorgos Yatromanolakis (b. 1986, Greece) to talk about his latest project, The Splitting of the Chrysalis and the Slow Unfolding of the Wings. Yatromanolakis, originally from Crete, spent a good time of his life in Thessaloniki. After returning to the Greek islan...

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11:00 AM & FOR BRIGITTE – INTERVIEW WITH TITUS SIMOENS

MARIA GHETTI - 11/8/18

The poetry in the photographs of Titus Simoens (b. 1985, Belgium) is always based on extraordinary meetings. Graduated from KASK in Ghent, Belgium, Titus was selected by the FOMU Antwerp’s annual magazine .TIFF as one of the most talented Belgian photographers. Simoens launches...

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CONCRETE DOESN’T BURN

ANGELO ZINNA - 10/3/18

Brussels-based photographer Bertrand Cavalier (b. 1989, France) has been selected for .tiff 2018, the annual publication for Belgian photography talent by Fotomuseum Antwerp. GUP talked to Cavalier about his latest body of work Concrete Doesn’t Burn, a research project that exp...

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STROKES

ANTHONY GUEVARA - 09/28/18

Tiane Doan na Champassak (b. 1973, France) explores themes of gender, sexuality, and desire in his work. The prolific artist mostly works in South East Asia, where he photographs female models that he obscures and renders anonymous in various ways, depending on the project he’s working on. An a...

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FORWARD ESCAPE INTO THE PAST

ANGELO ZINNA - 09/18/18

To host one of Jim Campers’ (b. 1990, Belgium) shows is not an easily accomplished task: as soon as you step into De Brakke Grond’s exhibition space and find yourself surrounded by recycled wood panels and perforated chipboards put in contrast to the whitewashed walls you rea...

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INFINITE TRAVELS

ANGELO ZINNA - 09/5/18

Armenian society today appears to be torn between its own millenary tradition, Soviet nostalgia and the desire to come closer to the West by finally emerging from the shadow of the Genocide. This multilayered culture is well represented within Lucie Khahoutian’s (b. 1990, A...

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A.L.M.A.: AN INTERVIEW WITH MAR MARTÍN

MARIA TERESA SALVATI - 07/18/18

Mar Martín (b. 1984), a Spanish photographer living in Berlin, has a cinematographic approach to photography. Her aesthetics are surreal and futuristic, her stories are open to interpretation. Her images are metaphors, giving the viewer the freedom to imagine the possible develo...

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HARMONY OF CHAOS: AN INTERVIEW WITH RENATO D’AGOSTIN

ANTHONY GUEVARA - 06/19/18

Renato D’Agostin (b. 1983) is an Italian photographer who lives and works in New York. In preparation for his solo exhibition at Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam, he sat down with GUP to discuss his inspirations and his most recent developments.

At the age of 35, D’Agostin is going ...

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THE PAST IS NOT A FOREIGN COUNTRY: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARCELO BRODSKY

ERIK VROONS - 06/11/18

In the late 1960s, all over the world, workers and students demanded a radical change of ideas. Now, exactly fifty years on, the Argentinian artist and activist Marcelo Brodsky presents a compelling selection of archival images, taken from various sources, all related to the soci...

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AN OPTIMISTIC APOCALYPSE: AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID LACHAPELLE

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 06/3/18

American photographer David LaChapelle (b. 1963) is known for bridging the gap between pop culture and conceptual art: he’s portrayed celebrities and shot commercial work as well as exhibited his photos in galleries as autonomous artworks. Yet, no matter his subject or clie...

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THE (UN)IMPORTANCE OF A FAMOUS FACE: AN INTERVIEW WITH AUDREY TAUTOU

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 02/28/18

Audrey Tautou (b. 1976, France) hardly needs introduction – she achieved international recognition as an actress for her starring role in the 2001 movie Amélie, and has since become a prominent figure in movies and in our collective celebrity culture. She recently revealed her ongoing inte...

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SETTING THE STAGE IN NORTH KOREA: AN INTERVIEW WITH EDDO HARTMANN

ANTHONY GUEVARA - 02/21/18

Dutch photographer Eddo Hartmann (b. 1973) visited North Korea four times between 2014 and 2017 to produce the images for the exhibition Setting the Stage: Pyongyang, North Korea—a series for which he recently won first place in the 2018 LensCulture Exposure Awards. The series ...

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TAKING POSITION: AN INTERVIEW WITH RAFAL MILACH

ERIK VROONS - 01/4/18

In the last decade or so, we have witnessed the rise of a strong generation of Polish photographers. Rafal Milach (1978) is probably one of the best known among them. He is co-founder of the collective Sputnik, and has been working on long-term projects concerning former Soviet and European p...

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NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND: AN INTERVIEW WITH NATAN DVIR

MARIJE PÖPPING - 12/19/17

In his series Platforms, New York based photographer Natan Dvir (b. 1972, Israel) reveals the city’s subway culture through an almost painterly study of underground architecture and body language. Set within the frames of subway columns, each image is composed to give a larger ...

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SAFE IN THE ARMS OF POWER: AN INTERVIEW WITH JIN QIN

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 12/12/17

In her series Enigma, Chinese photographer Jin QIN (b. 1976) revisits the anxiety of youth. She places symbols from her school years in astronomical settings, creating light-hearted digital collages that merge the complexity of human problems with the naiveté of chi...

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VISUAL POETRY: AN INTERVIEW WITH GILLIAN HYLAND

MARIJE PÖPPING - 10/24/17

Irish photographer Gillian Hyland (b. 1982) creates mesmerizing staged images, presented as film stills or theatrical moments. Each scene is based on her own poems, and depicts characters in human dramas and isolated emotional situations. Now, she’s self-publishing her first ph...

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EVERYBODY LOVES TO CHACHACHA: AN INTERVIEW WITH BEGO ANTÓN

DANIEL MEADS - 10/12/17

Spanish photographer Bego Antón (b. 1983) focuses on the relationship between people and animals – a complicated set of interactions that includes animals that we eat, collect or call pets. In this interview, we talk with Antón about her latest series, Everybody Loves to ChaChaCha, that c...

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SHADOWS OF THE STATE: AN INTERVIEW WITH LEWIS BUSH

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 09/22/17

In his work Shadows of the State, British photographer and writer Lewis Bush (b. 1988) looks to a seemingly obsolete technology: numbers stations, which broadcast shortwave radio signals of a synthesized human voice reading mysterious strings of digits. While they were mainly known to operate...

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DUELLING DJS: MILES ALDRIDGE ON HIS COLLABORATION WITH MAURIZIO CATTELAN

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 09/21/17

English photographer Miles Aldridge (b. 1964) collaborates with Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960) in this new series of photographs, equal parts playful and perplexing. Set in an exhibition of Cattelan’s work at the Monnaie de Paris museum, the images bring living nude models toget...

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PLAYING PERFECTLY: ON OUTSOURCING CREATION TO MACHINES

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 08/29/17

The Trophy Camera is only interested in perfect images, and deletes anything deemed less. There’s no viewfinder, so you don’t get any real insight into what the camera sees, and you can’t review your failed images to see what might’ve gone wrong. In short, the camera knows better than...

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THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER: AN INTERVIEW WITH KLAUS PICHLER

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 07/25/17

Klaus Pichler (b. 1977, Austria) confronts credulity in his latest book, This Will Change Your Life Forever. In response to the booming business of energetic paraphernalia, and the spirituality it supposedly promotes, Pichler went in search of insight into the products making promises of salv...

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VISUAL RESURRECTIONS: AN INTERVIEW WITH VELIBOR BOŽOVIĆ

SHARON ZELNICK - 07/20/17

The Lazarus Project is a collaborative work produced by photographer Velibor Božović and writer Aleksandar Hemon that combines text and imagery, fact and fiction, and the past and the present. To produce their photo-infused novel, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book...

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TRAVELLING THE LIMITLESS MIND: AN INTERVIEW WITH KATRIN KOENNING

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 06/23/17

German photographer Katrin Koenning (b. 1978) migrated to Australia when she was 25 years old. This act of relocating came to have a great influence on her work: while in her first long-term series, Near, she documented the metaphorical and physical closeness of her family relationships, in h...

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TRYING TO GET ALONG IN YOUR WORLD: AN INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA DIMMOCK

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 06/5/17

In her new short film The Convention, American photographer and filmmaker Jessica Dimmock (b. 1978) portrays the emotional whirlwind of the annual Esprit Conference, a week-long convention of transgender women mainly in their fifties, sixties and seventies. Now in its 25th year, the meeting t...

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THE INFLUENCE OF AFFLUENCE: AN INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN GREENFIELD

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS - 05/15/17

Lauren Greenfield (b. 1966, USA) is a filmmaker and photographer whose new monograph, Generation Wealth, brings together more than 25 years of her work on the excesses of capitalist culture. Her biting wit and bright lights spare no one, as she deconstructs the devolution of ...

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KALLE BJÖRKLID

KALLE BJÖRKLID - 11/15/10

For one time only we did things differently. Kalle Björklid (1980, Kemi) interviewed himself. He was in charge. The only question asked was: Which burning questions would you yourself like to see answered?

Tell us a little about yourself and your approach to photography.<...

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