And what of Nature Photography?

When Finninsh photographer Esko Männikkö won the Deutsch Börse Photography Prize in 2008, an article by the Guardian posed a significant question; “Will this bring wildlife photography into the mainstream?” It is interesting to reconsider such a query in light of this year’s Deutsche Börse finalist Jochen Lempert and his installation of black and white images of the natural world. Männikkö, a self-titled “photographer of fish,…

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Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery, 04/05/2014 The tantalisingly broad criteria of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize never fails to kindle an eclectic catalogue of artistic endeavours. This year brings together adolescent memories of reckless hedonism, war torn landscapes and an unobtrusive hummingbird in mid-flight. The works of the four shortlisted artists, on exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, have…

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Ajamu: Photographing The Black Queer Body

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery blog, 29/03/2014 Growing up as a black, gay male in 1980’s Conservative Britain, Ajamu’s work tells of the struggle for self-identification experienced by so many during a period rife with racism and homophobia. Yet, as much as his work deals with the difficulties involved in inhabiting this complex area…

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery blog 16.03.2014 Wander through Open Eye Gallery’s latest exhibition Letizia Battaglia: Breaking The Code of Silence‘ and you will likely grimace at the cold-blooded murder, grieve at the devastating loss of life and shudder at Sicily’s violent, corrupt past. It is only once you transverse this emotional horizon that you…

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Picturing Prostitution

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery blog, 27.01.2014 In a provocative redressing of a universally stigmatised subject,Redeye’s event Picturing Prostitution, hosted at Open Eye Gallery, exposed a refreshing perspective on the sex work trade. In her series Precious, Jane Hilton explores the lives of sex workers in remote Nevadan ranches. The only state in which prostitution is legal, this…

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