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‘A Girl’s Guide To Egg Freezing’ – new series by Juno Calypso for Topic.com


12 Aug - 2017

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Juno Calypso was commissioned for Topic.com to create a body of work illustrating the stages that women go through for freezing their eggs.
see HERE


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Applications now open for the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation Award


10 Aug - 2017

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The award is for documentary photography and is £10,000.
The prize must be used to complete a body of work, regardless of what stage the project is in. The subject matter must be related to issues of social and political importance. We do not welcome work that has been digitally manipulated or modified.
ENTER HERE
Deadline OCTOBER 10th


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Juno Calypso & Natasha Caruana’s ‘Self Love & Love Spell Masterclass’ Los Angeles, 7th August


5 Aug - 2017

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Artists Juno Calypso and Natasha Caruana invite you to join them in Los Angeles at The Museum of Broken Relationships for their Self Love and Love Spell Masterclass, August 7th
BOOK HERE


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Hannah Watson’s Top 5 exhibitions from this year’s Arles for BJP


20 Jul - 2017

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The director of TJ Boulting Gallery and Trolley Books on her five favourite at Arles this year – from the official programme and the Voies Off fringe
No matter how hard you try, sometimes Arles can be just like Glastonbury (sans mud) – lots of things going on and you get sidetracked, and don’t get to see the one thing you wanted to. However I did manage to get round a diverse group of exhibits this year, one of my favourites actually being the Alice Neel painting show at the Fondation Van Gogh. Here is my round-up of what I saw of note this edition.
The House of the Ballenesque, Roger Ballen
This was very talked about in Arles – an old ramshackle house that Ballen has taken over, to express somewhat of what goes on in his mind and informs his photography. Like a giant walk-in sketchbook, it’s part fun-house and part mental asylum, with lots of creepy figures and dolls heads stuck on mismatching bodies. It’s worth seeing because it’s a bit different, though it doesn’t quite feel like the main event – it’s more of a fun sideshow to his practice, but interesting nonetheless. Try to go on a quiet day, or you might get trapped in a small dark room for a bit longer than you might like (which actually could be fun…)
The Cow and the Orchid, Vernacular Colombian Photography, curated by Timothy Prus
The cow and the orchid are the two national icons of Colombia, and Timothy Prus, curator of the exhibition and the Archive of Modern Conflict, has been collecting photographs from Colombia for nearly a decade. It’s also an ode to a country but in a different way, there are layers and layers of vernacular imagery from all over the country literally placed on top of each other. As with his previous projects, it’s not a literal view – there are subtle connections and nuances and, by his own admission, there is much still to discover. This is an appreciative exploration of a place through photography and its people, and the affection, humour and curiosity are what binds it together. And there’s a juke box.
Iran, Year 38, curated by Newsha Tavakolian
One of the larger shows, this is a comprehensive view of work by 66 Iranian photographers artists and filmmakers, made since the revolution of 1979 and curated by Magnum member Newsha Tavakolian with Anahita Ghabaian. The most striking image was of a black-robed woman brandishing a machine gun – her hand obscures her face so at first glance you think she might be veiled, but in fact she is just defiantly blocking the camera’s access. She was one of many who occupied Tehran University a day after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, February 12th, 1979. This focus on the numbers – 38, 1979, 66 –  is very effective in the context of history when paired with imagery, it makes you question something which you might easily place in a contemporary context and understand something about society’s struggles, assumptions and contradictions. 38 years and still counting.
VR Arles Festival
Every festival seems to be embracing VR, and Arles did a very good job in the shade of Couvent Saint-Césaire with a selection of 20 works from fantasy to fiction, with a jury choosing the final winner. The one to watch however was Dreams of “O” by Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. With the figures swooping, diving and encircling you, this is what VR was made for.
Tokyo is Yours, Meg Hewitt
This show by Australian and relative newcomer Meg Hewitt is part of the Voies Off programme, the fringe satellite part of Arles. It’s also the title of her new book, which is already flying off the website. This work is a twisted ode to Tokyo, and even if it is high contrast black-and-white, its not an ode to the Moriyamas and Petersens of this world – it has a more curious, humorous take on things. Meg trained as a painter and started taking photos a few years back. I haven’t been to Tokyo yet but if I do I want to go with her.
Link to BJP HERE


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Robin Maddock speaking to A Small Voice podcast by Ben Smith


29 Jun - 2017

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Robin Maddock is latest photographer speaking to Ben Smith for his podcast A Small Voice. Talkin’ books and Gigi Giannuzzi.
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Photomonitor reviews Maisie Cousins’ solo show ‘grass, peonie, bum’


28 Jun - 2017

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While we may appreciate Cousins’ honesty, it is important to keep in mind what draws us to her images in the first place. Take, for instance, her use of colour. Pinks and purples, colours associated with femininity, with the qualities of being endearing or attractive, dominate; they become aggressive. Flesh, which ranges from yellow to grey, becomes unappealing. Still, there is something undeniably sensuous about Cousins’ palette. This is highlighted nicely in the smaller, adjacent gallery space, which is transformed through the use of gold, reflective foil on the floor and a deep shade of coral on the walls. Entering the space, we feel as though we are being swallowed by one of Cousins’ oily blossoms.
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Sian Davey and Hannah Watson in conversation at the BJP Breakthrough Awards Session


28 Jun - 2017

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Sian Davey and Hannah Watson director of Trolley Books will be in conversation this Friday 30th June at 2pm discussing her book ‘Looking For Alice’ as part of the BJP Breakthrough Awards Sessions.
Reserve your spot!
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Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter interview in iD talking about her work and all things hairy


28 Jun - 2017

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Synthetic hair is sometimes seen as trashy, associated with Halloween wigs and bad toupées, but Shoplifter, who has her studio in Brooklyn, sees things differently. She was first intrigued by hair as a material when she found her Icelandic grandmother’s cut-off hair braid in a vanity table drawer. “I was mesmerised by the sheer curiosity of being able to hold onto any part of your body; I felt like it was a relic that represented her youth and it touched me deeply for its beauty and strangeness,” she remembers.
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Gigi Giannuzzi’s photo by Nan Goldin will be part of ‘Italy on Photography’ conversation at the Italian Cultural Institute


27 Jun - 2017

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Gigi swimming in the blue grotto with light, 1997, by Nan Goldin. Part of tomorrow night’s conversation ‘Italy on Photography’ at the Italian Cultural Institute 7pm with Lorenza Bravetta, Marco Delogu, Simon Roberts and Hannah Watson from Trolley talking about Gigi Giannuzzi and his pioneering publishing with Trolley, starting with this book with Nan based on her time in Italy ‘Ten Years After’


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Maisie Cousins solo show ‘Grass, peonie, bum’ extended until Saturday 1st July


25 Jun - 2017

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Maisie Cousins solo show ‘Grass, peonie, bum’ at the gallery has been extended  until 1st  July due to popular demand.


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