Get to know the Arab Image Foundation
British Journal of Photography
by Diane Smyth
2d ago
Preservation Survey of Photo Jack Albums project © Rachel Tabet Set up in Beirut in 1997, the AIF has become a key institution in the region – and has now expanded in a larger public-facing home Arab Image Foundation was established in Beirut in 1997 by photographers Fouad Elkoury and Samer Mohdad with artist Akram Zaatari, in response to the lack of photographic archives in Lebanon and beyond, and the destruction of those that remained. Without public funding, and despite disasters such as the civil war, car bombs, the 2020 explosion, and an ongoing financial crisis – the Lebanese pound was ..read more
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Picturing the swift and overlooked end to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict
British Journal of Photography
by Ravi Ghosh
5d ago
All images © Rebecca Topakian Rebecca Topakian watched on alongside Russian soldiers as ​​Nagorno-Karabakh was absorbed into Azerbaijan In September 2020, an Azerbaijani offensive in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region reignited a decades-long conflict with Armenia. Since the first war in the early 1990s, the enclave – which is situated in south-western Azerbaijan – had been governed as an Armenian republic, continuing hundreds of years of Armenian ethnic habitation. The second war lasted six weeks and redrew the map of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenians losing nearly three-quarters of their terri ..read more
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The complex, changing relationship between artist and Lagos
British Journal of Photography
by Diane Smyth
1w ago
From the series Lagos: The History of Quietude © Chris Iduma Chris Iduma grew up in the suburbs, but now is searching for moments of peace among the bustle Lagos is classed as a megacity, with a population well over the 10 million needed to earn the label. Estimates of the total number of people living there vary, but Chris Iduma puts it at more than 25 million. That makes Lagos the most populated urban centre in Africa, and one of the biggest in the world. “A decade or so ago it was maybe 13 million, so it’s doubled in 10 years,” Iduma says of the Nigerian city. “If you see the rush and th ..read more
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Lebohang Kganye wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize
British Journal of Photography
by Ravi Ghosh
1w ago
© Lebohang Kganye The South African artist has been recognised for her sociopolitical mixed-media show in Amsterdam Lebohang Kganye has been awarded the 2024 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. The South African artist has been recognised for her exhibition Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home – presented at Foam, Amsterdam, last year – which explores South African conceptions of home, belonging and identity in a mixed-media presentation. Kganye’s installation Mohlokomedi wa Tora is currently on display at The Photographers’ Gallery in London alongside works by her fellow 2024 nom ..read more
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An audience with Mickalene Thomas
British Journal of Photography
by Elisa Medde
1w ago
Tell Me What You’re Thinking, 2016. Photograph on aluminum 40 x 50 in. 101.6 x 127 cm. MTPH16-09. All images © Mickalene Thomas Ahead of a major touring exhibition in the US and UK, the artist talks through her polymathic reimagining of the portrait – and of society itself As soon as the Zoom call starts, Mickalene Thomas’ smile fills the screen. She greets me with a warm “Hello”, immediately followed by “Sorry, but this is going to be a bit on the move”. She is on the phone in her house, preparing to get in a car to reach her next appointment, due in a little more than an hour. I see she is ..read more
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Vivienne Gamble on stretching Peckham 24 into multiple futures
British Journal of Photography
by Diane Smyth
1w ago
Suture the detached pictures unravelling before us. From the series Unravelling, 2024 © Bindi Vora / Commissioned by UAL Decolonising Institute and National Museums Northern Ireland © Bindi Vora Themed Back to the Future, the South London festival is expanding in scope and duration “This year we’re thinking about artists going back into the past and trying to piece things together – where there are gaps in information or memory or narrative,” says Vivienne Gamble. “And we’re looking at rereading images, at not taking everything on surface level as it’s currently written.” We’re discussing Pec ..read more
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Derry via Tokyo: How an outsider captured the Troubles in colour
British Journal of Photography
by Mark Durden
2w ago
All images © Estate of Akihiko Okamura Akihiko Okamura photographed the Vietnam War before arriving in Ireland – and his view of the North’s sectarian violence was uniquely poetic Akihiko Okamura’s photographs of the North of Ireland during the early part of the Troubles are subtle and resonant. There are no others quite like them. The Memories of Others, a beautifully presented show at Photo Museum Ireland, confirms the brilliance and exceptionality of this work by the Japanese photographer. The Dublin exhibition is the first substantial show of Okamura’s Irish work and includes previously u ..read more
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‘It’s important now more than ever’: Slidefest Palestine comes to London
British Journal of Photography
by Philippa Kelly
2w ago
© Rehaf Batniji In a one-off event at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Slidefest brings together five photographers exploring overlooked aspects of Palestinian life “What I really enjoyed was that a lot of the people who came to Slidefest weren’t the kind of people who would normally go to a gallery opening, you know?” asks Mohamed Somji from his home in east London. “They were just people who were interested in learning more about the world. That’s really where it started.” Somji has just arrived in the capital from Dubai, where he is the director of gallery and community organisation Gulf Phot ..read more
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Overlooked artists to get their dues at Photo London 2024
British Journal of Photography
by Diane Smyth
3w ago
Exploration I © Maheder Haileselassie, courtesy the artist and Koop Projects Curated by Charlotte Jansen, the Discovery section is the destination for more experimental and emerging artists “I’m really happy with how it has shaped up because we have galleries from far and wide,” says writer and editor Charlotte Jansen, who is curating this year’s Discovery section at the Photo London Fair. “It’s a very high standard of work, and a nice representation of a global community.” Gathering galleries which are about eight years old or less, Discovery is a place to find lesser-known artists and their ..read more
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Lishui: the ‘small’ Chinese city with big photo ambitions
British Journal of Photography
by Diane Smyth
3w ago
All architectural renders of the The Lishui Photography Culture Center courtesy the Center Investment in a vast new photography centre illustrates the scope of the city’s cultural reach, adding to China’s stature as a global photo destination In October 2024, a huge new photography museum is due to open in Lishui, south-east China. The Lishui Photography Culture Center cost 309 million yuan (approximately £34.7million) to build over two years and will have a total construction area of 34,221 square metres, of which 15,150 square metres is devoted to three floors of exhibition space. By way of ..read more
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