Reading All Book Reviews Essays Festival Review Film Releases Interviews Reviews Visual Analysis FILM RELEASE: MEMORY BOX: A FILM BY JOANA HADJITHOMAS & KHALIL JOREIGE Heralded by Screen Daily as ‘a vibrant, technically impressive approach to bringing personal material alive,’ MEMORY BOX is the new film from award-winning Lebanese filmmakers and artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Its powerful use of photography is used in exploration of themes of identity and time, as it delves into an adolescence set against the backdrop of 80s Beirut during the Lebanese civil war. ESSAY: Jane Taylor at the American Center of Oriental Research Jane Taylor’s photography collection, held at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan captures pivotal moments during the last 30 years in the Arab region and Asia, featuring subjects spanning cultural heritage to social history. INTERVIEW: RAVI AGARWAL, PHOTOGRAPHY CURATOR, SERENDIPITY ARTS FESTIVAL 2019 Joe Burrows speaks with photography curator Ravi Agarwal about his work producing two exibitions for Serendipty Arts Festival 2019. BOOK REVIEW: London Underground, Mike Goldwater Mike Goldwater delves below the surface and presents his archive of candid portraits set in 70s London in his new book, London Underground 1970-1980, from Hoxton Mini Press. REVIEW: Visual Dissent Peter Kennard takes us through the histories and techniques behind some of his most recognisable works. REVIEW: Tbilisi Photo Festival 2019 Joe Burrows spends ten days at Tbilisi Photo Festival 2019, the largest photography festival in the Caucasus. REVIEW: Shot in Soho Joe Burrows reviews The Photographers’ Gallery’s Shot in Soho. Curators Julian Rodriguez and Karen McQuaid present a comprehensive chronology of fifty years in Soho. REVIEW: THE POWER OF SYMPATHY - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF DAGMAR HOCHOVA Daniel Pateman reviews the UK’s first-ever retrospective of the work of Czech Photograher Dagmar Hochová, exhibiting at 12 Star Gallery. REVIEW: LEWIS CHAPLIN’S ‘MERCURY’ AT ROAMING PROJECTS Roaming Projects’ debut exhibition Mercury is the result of a six-year photographic and anthropologic project by London-based artist Lewis Chaplin that seeks to uncover the truths and mysteries that have shaped the representation of British-occupied Tristan da Cunha. REVIEW: Renata Buziak's 'Medicinal Plant Cycles' Daniel Pateman reviews Renata Buziak’s fascinating exhibition of “biochrome” and time-lapse photography Book Review: Henry Wessel’s Traffic/ Sunset Park/ Continental Divide Sasha Patkin reviews Steidl’s new book on Henry Wessel. This book presents three independent bodies of work by Henry Wessel, each being a precise sequence arranged to give the viewer the experience of what it felt like to pass through the territory described. REVIEW: TWO EXHIBITIONS AND A CONVERSATION WITH BRITAIN’S RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER DOROTHY BOHM Dorothy Bohm’s career in photography spans an incredible 75 years, having captured the ordinary lives of people in Europe, the Americas and the Far East. Having helped find the Photographer’s Gallery in London in 1971 and acting as Associate Director for fifteen years, her ability to observe the world around her has made her one of Britain’s greatest photographers. BOOK REVIEW: No Circus, Randi Malkin Steinberger “At once material and imagined, fantastic and ordinary, Malkin Steinberger’s No Circus opens the door to a world which is absurd in its anxiety, delightful in its dissolution, and, perhaps, already just next door.” – Sasha Patkin reviews Randi Malkin Steinberger’s forthcoming photobook No Circus. INTERVIEW: TATE BRITAIN CURATOR DR. CAROL JACOBI SPEAKS WITH ANN HAREZLAK ON ‘PAINTING WITH LIGHT’ Spanning 75 years across the Victorian and Edwardian ages, the exhibition ‘Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Ages’ showcases the experimental beginnings of photography right through to its flowering as an independent international art form. These are displayed alongside the paintings which they inspired and which inspired them. BOOK REVIEW: The Ongoing Moment, Geoff Dyer What could a writer have to say about photography? Cultural critic Geoff Dyer writes about photography in his acclaimed book The Ongoing Moment. REVIEW: Diana Matar @ Purdy Hicks Gallery In a quest for historic truth, Diana Matar has been documenting Libya and Egypt’s urban landscape for several years. The four series on show at Purdy Hicks Gallery are all connected by the invisible figure of a man, whose singular and mysterious fate became representative of Libya’s dark past. By Céline Bodin. REVIEW: Photo Romania Festival 2016 Our festivals editor Daniel Pateman travelled to Romania for the 6th edition of the Photo Romania Festival, discovering a bold international mix of abstract and journalistic photography, as well as a friendly network of passionate photographers. Taking place in the beautiful city of Cluj-Napoca, the festival comprised numerous in-depth presentations, which detailed a compelling array of artistic projects, and practical sessions were organised to cover specialist topics such as wedding, fashion, landscape and concert photography. REVIEW: Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers @ the Barbican Centre Daniel Pateman reviews the large exhibition comprising of 23 international photographers who documented Britain. The Barbican show was curated by famous British photographer Martin Parr himself. REVIEW: Martin Parr: Unseen City @ the Guildhall Art Gallery Daniel Pateman reviews the reknowned British photographer’s latest show at Guildhall Art Gallery. Unseen City presents colourful moments captured in the City of London, a collection of images hovering between document and critique. REVIEW: Secret Agent: Between Invisibility and Hypervisibility, curated by Hemera Sunil Shah reviews the group show, curated by the acclaimed curatorial collective Hemera, that re-addressed female representation’s history in its entangland layers of visibility and anonymity. Secret Agent featured artists Maud Sulter, Mathilde ter Heijne, Aura Satz, Ye Funa, Niina Vatanen and more. REVIEW: Masahisa Fukase: Solitude of Ravens @ Michael Hoppen Gallery A review of post-war Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase’s series Solitude of Ravens, a most personal work from a touching darkened vision. By Daniel Pateman. REVIEW: Lee Miller: A Woman's War @ Imperial War Museum Ellie Broughton reviews the photographs of Lee Miller, one of the most important female war photographers of the twentieth century. REVIEW: Some shows to see...and some to avoid. A January round up of shows in London, by Daniel Pateman. Some highlights: Alec Soth at Media Space, Julia Margaret Cameron at the V&A….and lowlights: Feminine Masculine at Photo50/ London Art Fair. REVIEW: MAGNUS ARREVAD’S BOY STORY A review of Boy Story, an exhibition of photographs by Magnus Arrevad showing vivid documentation of the international, subterranean scene of male performance. On view until January 31, 2016. REVIEW: Urban Photo Festival Daniel Pateman looks back on London’s ‘Urban Photo Festival’, considering how the diverse works challenged and added to the debate about what street photography can or should be. While the festival’s expansive, forward looking conception of Street Photography caused some people onsternation, others found their perceptions positively challenged, leaving them inspired to think further on the topic of Urbanism. INTERVIEW: In conversation with photography curator Kate Bush at Media Space The London Photography Diary spoke to curator of photography Kate Bush at the preview of Media Space’s current exhibition, Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth. REVIEW: Jurgen Klauke: Aesthetic Paranoia @ Annely Juda Fina Art Aesthetic Paranoia, is a series of nineteen photographs by German artist Jürgen Klauke presented at Annely Juda Fine Art. The large black and white prints of the eponymous series are somewhat of a trademark of the artist, since the 1980’s. REVIEW: Spencer Murphy: The Abyss Gazes Into You Daniel Pateman reviews Spencer Murphy’s new show, a series of enigmatic images selected by the photographer through a process of reflecting on his practice and how his internal relationship to themes such as nature and mortality, desolation and beauty, hope and despair, have been represented through the medium of photography. REVIEW: Shirley Baker: Women, Children, and Loitering Men Daniel Pateman reviews the work of British Documentary photographer Shirley Baker, currently on view at the Photographer’s Gallery. The show focuses on Baker’s 15 year period in the 1960s-70s, photographing in Hulme, Salford and Manchester. REVIEW: Tomoko Yoneda @ Grimaldi Gavin Daniel Pateman examines the multilayered work of Tomoko Yoneda in Beyond Memory, an exhibition of work exploring the effects of past historical traumas and political turmoil on the present day. On view at Grimaldi Gavin Gallery until August 7, 2015. REVIEW: Rob Ball: Dreamlands @ The Photographers' Gallery Rob Ball’s quiet and contemplative tintypes capture the disused site of Dreamlands in Margate and Coney Island’s amusement park in New York, Frances Green finds. ESSAY: Nan Goldin and Zhe Chen Analyzing the Concept of Photographic Communities through the Projects of Nan Goldin and Zhe Chen VISUAL ANALYSIS: Orogenesis by Kay Watson In depth visual analysis by Kay Watson on ‘Orogenesis’ by Joan Fontcuberta, which, according to Watson, is an investigation into the philosophy and politics of photographic representation, and role of the imaginary in the representation of space. ESSAY: Ideologies and Aesthetics of Sebastiao Salgado Sebastiao Salgado gained notoriety in the 1980s, when he photographed the famine and its effects in the Sahel region of Africa. Since then, he has continuously documented the most uncomfortable aspects of our contemporary world – human pain resulting from exploitation, terror of wars, and ecological destruction. REVIEW: Kaveh Golestan’s Prostitute series Coleen MacPherson looks back at Kaveh Golestan’s series Prostitute (1975-1977) which was on display at this year’s Photo London REVIEW: Clare Strand Getting Better and Worse at the Same Time Céline Bodin reviews Clare Strand’s experimental exhibition showing at Grimaldi Gavin until 6 Jun. INTERVIEW: LPD talks to journalist Gemma Padley Photography journalist Gemma Padley will be taking over our Instagram feed during the run of Photo London. LPD took the opportunity to chat with Gemma about her impressive career to date and her thoughts on the photography scene in London REVIEW: Nick Waplington / Alexander McQueen: Working Process @ Tate Britain In ‘Working Process’ photographer Nick Waplington gives a rare look behind the scenes of Alexander McQueen’s last collection. REVIEW: Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition From families hit by Ebola, to abandoned Italian nightclubs, including Bolivian women wrestlers and American teenagers on their prom night: the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition features some of the finest photographs of the year in the most diverse categories. ESSAY: Portraiture and Projection by Céline Bodin Appearances are bearers of meaning. Our first impressions of a person are concealed within our own imaging process. INTERVIEW: Director and photographer Bertil Nilsson After premiering his latest short film ‘Bromance’ on NOWNESS, a video channel showcasing contemporary culture through film, Miriam Otterbeck meets the Swedish artist Bertil Nilsson to discuss modern male relationships and how he employs varied mediums to explore movement and the human form. REVIEW: David Batchelor: Monochrome Archive @ The Whitechapel Gallery “Monochrome is abstract art’s exemplary form, and you only find it in cities. You can’t find it in nature.” INTERVIEW: with curator Sheyi Bankale Hemera curators Kay Watson and Jaime Marie Davis interview Sheyi Bankale, curator of Photo50 at the London Art Fair 2015, about his exhibition Against Nature. REVIEW: Coleen MacPherson introduces Guy Bourdin Guy Bourdin: Image Maker sheds new light on the infamous French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin. REVIEW: Suffragettes: Deeds not Words @ National Portrait Gallery The roots of the British feminist movement are explored in The National Portrait Gallery’s recent display Suffragettes: Deeds not Words. REVIEW: Eva Stenram @ Siobhan Davies Studios Helena Haimes takes us on a tour of the first UK exhibition of Eva Stenram’s surrealist series Parts (2013 – ongoing). REVIEW: Embracing Subjectivity in Jo Metson Scott’s The Grey Line Two years ago, Allan Sekula proposed that all ‘new documentary’ had a tendency towards ‘subjectivism’ and ‘authorial self-revelation’. Jo Metson Scott’s five year The Grey Line is a good example of what Sekula meant by this seemingly contradictory statement. VISUAL ANALYSIS: Masses of Labourers: A View on Edward Burtynsky Fangfei Chen analyses Burtynsky’s famous photograph in the context of Marxist theory of worker exploitation and her own experiences growing up in China. REVIEW: Constructing Worlds @ The Barbican Centre Constructing Worlds investigates the symbiotic relationship between photography and modern architecture. REVIEW: Re-picturing the Self: Francesca Woodman’s Self-Portraiture Francesca Marcaccio considers Woodman’s experimental and deliberately enigmatic approach to self-portraiture. REVIEW: Black Chronicles @ Autograph ABP Chronicles II is the first exhibition to be launched in conjunction with The Missing Chapter, a research project which seeks to explore the photographic narratives of migration and cultural diversity in relation to Britain’s colonial past. Letter from the Editor LPD editor Sarah Allen introduces herself and the platform.