Ruth Van Beek and the need to wonder

caption: © Ruth van Beek, The Situation Room (Two figures), 2018. When I regard van Beek‘s collages I immediately know they were made by a woman. There’s a feminine sensibility at play, an heritage of affective labour that is put to work. This idea of a visual heritage is not a reference to a nostalgic…

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≡ The Hyères School of Photography ≡

My love for the Hyères Festival is known. I’ve written about it and have featured a great deal of the authors shortlisted each year. The judging panel has been responsible for issuing a statement about what they want to see in contemporary photography and it has been bold and exciting, for Hyères always awards an…

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≡ the Photographer & the Archive ≡

I 445 Portraits of a man. More about the work HERE. Katherine Griffiths, Photobooth Project, since 1973. More about the work HERE. II Arianna Arcara & Luca Sanese, Found photos in Detroit 2009-2010. Thomas Sauvin, Beijing Silvermine. “For the past three years, collector Thomas Sauvin (French, b.1983) has visited a Beijing recycling center each month…

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┐ Eiffel Chong └

© Eiffel Chong, Untitled, from the series Royal Malaysia Police “I came across an abandoned police station and found identity photographs of the police personnel being scattered around. Most of them still look good, except for a layer of dust on top of the photographs. However, there were some that have been destroyed by the…

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┐ Sunil Shah └

© Sunil Shah, from the project Uganda Stories © Sunil Shah, from the project Uganda Stories © Sunil Shah, from the project Uganda Stories © Sunil Shah, from the project Uganda Stories “This project is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an interrogation of documentary photography in its use to reassemble fragments…

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┐ Burkhard von Harder └

© Burkhard von Harder, untitled, from the project Cold war in a trash bag © Burkhard von Harder, untitled, from the project Cold war in a trash bag Cold War in a Trash Bag is based on recently found anonymous Cold War photographic footage from the Ukraine. In the summer of 2010 thousands of abandoned…

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┐ Vincent Cordebard └

© Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur © Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur © Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur It’s one of those rare, and thus special occasions, when I find a body of work I completely connect…

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┐ Gunnel Wåhlstrand └

© Gunnel Wåhlstrand, © Gunnel Wåhlstrand, White Peacocks, 2007/2009 109 x 160 cm, ink-wash on paper “For eight years, Wåhlstrand has worked exclusively with a kind of re-development of private photographs, using black ink and water, a precise and time-consuming technique that she masters to perfection. The earlier body of motives consisted of her father’s…

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║ Erik Niedling ║

© Erik Niedling, Untitled #09, from the series Status, 2005   © Erik Niedling, Untitled #05, from the series Status, 2005 “Time of change. Germany, right in the middle. Everything seems new. And what a historic district! Only in one place things remain unaffected – as is generally known, a central location does not impair…

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