Gritty scenes of Dublin in the 1970s
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by Ben Smoke
17h ago
In his new book, Dublin City, Suburbs & County 1970s, photographer Keith Nolan relives the spirit and warmth of the Irish capital. While enrolled in a boarding school in Dublin from 1958-1964, Keith Nolan discovered photography and was immediately hooked, devoting himself to it without a second thought. “I left college at the ripe old age of sixteen as my parents became aware that I wasn’t bothered about further academic achievements, only photography!” Nolan says. After assisting a local photographer who specialised in weddings and commercial work, and operated a colour film lab, Nolan w ..read more
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Inside the publishing house crafting visual histories of social change
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by Ben Smoke
2d ago
A new exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery tells the story of Café Royal Books through hundreds of titles charting shifting modern life. Back in 2005, abstract painter Craig Atkinson was steadily on course for a Masters in Fine Art when he came to realise the path before him was not his to walk. “The paintings were big, slow, heavy, cumbersome, and could only be shown in one place at a time,” he remembers. “I began to think about who I was painting for, and why. It started to seem quite self-indulgent.” Then 28, Atkinson wanted to make work that was an antidote to the problems posed by th ..read more
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Meet The Kroksbäck Kids, Sweden's Multicultural Skate Family
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by Pam
3d ago
How a Malmö skatepark created a sense of belonging in a neglected neighbourhood. It’s an exceptionally hot summer morning in Malmö. The Swedish city is in the midst of one of its most sweltering Julys on record. Although it usually struggles to manage 18 degrees in the warmer months, this year has seen the temperature hitting over 30 most days. As a result, the streets are considerably more quiet than usual. Kroksbäck skatepark is a case in point. As the midday sun reaches its peak, the all-concrete spot feels uncharacteristically peaceful, with barely a single spot of shade in sight. Across ..read more
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How to evict your landlord
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by Ben Smoke
6d ago
In this excerpt from his new book ‘Against Landlords’, lawyer and campaigner Nick Bano sets out a road map to ending private landlordism. The housing crisis is a tale of conflict. The system of housing wealth in Britain is characterised by conflict between renters and owners, conflict between generations, between regions, between racial groups. The simple fact that underpins the bitterness we feel about our housing situation is that, in each case, the more disadvantaged of each of those groups is transferring wealth to the better-off. Renters prop up house prices, as each month they justify t ..read more
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Erin Axelman: ‘Ignorance keeps the pro-Israel narrative alive’
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by Ben Smoke
6d ago
The Israelism director talks about the film’s morphing impact, Israel’s colonialism, and being accused of being anti-semitic. When Erin Axelman was growing up in rural Maine in the 2000s, they often struggled with their Jewish heritage. The local Jewish community was small, and they largely felt disconnected with the wider diaspora. “I was made fun of for being Jewish as a kid,” Axelman recalls. “Not super intense anti-semitism, but it made me feel different and people made fun of you for being oppressed [historically].” The idea of Israel as a home for people like themselves, propped up by a ..read more
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A surreal window into the ‘walled garden’ of North Korea
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by Ben Smoke
1w ago
Tariq Zaidi’s 40 day journey around the secretive state are captured in his new photobook, ‘ North Korea: The People’s Paradise’. In 2019, just one year before North Korea completely closed its borders, photographer Tariq Zaidi was huddled among a group of tourists at the Chongam Kindergarten in Chongjin, a city towards the northeast tip of the country. Accompanied by guides, the group were receiving a tightly-curated tour of the facilities, including a musical show performed by children of the school in its main auditorium. Ever the curious type, he decided that he wanted to see ot ..read more
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Stars of stage and screen unite for Palestine
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by Ben Smoke
1w ago
Oscar winners, politicians and film professionals are among those who have donated lots to the Cinema for Gaza auction, raising money for Medical Aid for Palestine Latest figures show almost 35,000 Palestinians have been killed, with over 75,000 wounded in Israeli attacks since October 7th. Conditions on the ground in Gaza continue to rapidly deteriorate as huge swathes of the strip have been laid waste by Israeli bombs. Schools, bakeries and vital infrastructure have all been targeted as only minimal shipments of aid have been allowed through. Just last week seven aid workers including three ..read more
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5 Stories to read on International Romani Day
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by Isaac Muk
1w ago
Today, April 8, celebrates Roma people and culture around the world, while challenging the issues and persecution they face. Revisit some of our best features challenging stereotypes and highlighting their stories. Today, April 8, marks International Romani Day. With discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities remaining “troublingly persistent” in the UK and beyond, we stand in solidarity with members against racism and oppression. To mark the occasion, we revisit five Huck stories that celebrate the beauty and resilience in Romani communities and cultures from the ..read more
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Teezee is using his platform to take African voices global
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by Ben Smoke
1w ago
The Nigerian musician, producer and label owner has built a reputation for being a mouthpiece for nonconformists. Hearing Yoruba or pidgin used to be something third-culture kids might only hear at home or over the phone. Fast forward to Afrobeats’ global spread and its rise in prominence in pop hits is as fast as the ‘millennial whoop’ was in the 2010s in the UK and US music charts. With such cultural dominance comes the idea that there is a winning recipe for pop music coming from the continent. “I think there was a format of how Afropop feels and when you’re not doing that format, people d ..read more
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In Photos: Finland’s folk ice swimming fanatics
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by Alex King
1w ago
To survive their savage winter, many Finns swear by the miraculous benefits of Avanto: cutting an ice hole on a frozen lake and taking a dip. Pain. Immense pain. There’s no other way to describe the experience of Avanto, or Finnish ice swimming. The first step into the near-freezing water send shivers running up the legs, straight to the brain. Without allowing a moment for hesitation, I keep following the stairs down into the dark waters. As each new piece of bare skin makes contact with the water, alarm signals flood the brain and muscle control shifts to autopilot. Avanto is a Finnish folk ..read more
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