Editorial

Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles 2020

We invite you to a resistance edition. For there is also a photography that resists, stands up, opposes, denounces, frees, re-plays, re-invents and re-enchants.
The program of the 51st Rencontres d’Arles includes Charlotte Perriand, an architect who believed in a better way of living together and used photography to make her point. Her collection is widely exhibited to the public here for the first time. The program also features Chow and Lin’s contemporary work on poverty, a meeting between an economist and a photographer who reexamine the idea of poverty from both a geographical and a historical standpoint.

Rayon Vert

Swiss photographer Senta Simond (b.1989) arranged sessions between herself and her subjects – young female friends she has been closely acquainted with for a decade or so. In these somewhat outlandish photographs, a mix of colour and duotone, the young women come across as empowered, dreamy yet self-aware, and if anything is laid bare – be it a smile, a chest, or a leg – it reflects from the intrinsic performance of their femininity.

Peter Funch – The Imperfect Atlas

Climate change and its massive consequences is something we can no longer deny. However, the hard changes our nature and environment have to endure are not immediately visible to our eyes, which makes us blind and ignorant as the problems increase. It is this paradigm of perception and relation to place that photographer Peter Funch (b. 1974, Denmark) addresses in his new book, The Imperfect Atlas.

27 Good-byes

It started in 1991, with a sequence of snapshots that were made by the photographer to immortalise the moment of departure and to overcome the sadness of leaving her parents’ house in suburban Iowa, United States. At first, Dikeman considered these images a part of the larger ongoing body of work ‘Relative Moments’ (1986 – ongoing) that depicts her extended family’s routines: mornings at the breakfast table, household chores, celebrations, etcetera.

Watson Ink

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Paris Photo NY

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Exhibition: Night Watching by Rineke Dijkstra

Rineke Dijkstra (b. 1959, The Netherlands) is well-recognised for portraying specific social groups, such as mothers, adolescents, teenagers and soldiers. The key theme of her work – both still photography and video – is vulnerability, which she extracts from her subjects through the process of photographing on her large format camera. Through her photographic series, Dijkstra invites her viewers to follow her subjects as they transform over time, illuminating the variety of stages of adolescence and maturity.

José Luis Cuevas: On the Resistance of Bodies

The project On the Resistance of Bodies by José Luis Cuevas (b. 1973, Mexico) collects material that signifies violence and the vulnerability of the human body, such as photographs of crime scenes, (nude) portraits, morgue images and car accidents. Shot in Mexico City, the series represents the omnipresence of violence in the city’s culture as well as in Cuevas’ own life. Besides this, he addresses a wider concept of the political, economic and social systems that govern us.

Fatma Fahmy: Once There Was a Tram

Fatma Fahmy (b. 1991), an Egyptian documentary photographer, currently living in Cairo, has been selected as the first winner of the Daniele Tamagni Grant. The grant aims to encourage young photographers from the African continent to proceed a professional career in photography by providing a fully paid tuition for the Photojournalism and Documentography Course at the Market Photo Workshop School in Johannesburg, South Africa – including fully covered living expenses for one year, and curation of a new body of work to be presented at Festival Visa pour l’Image.

Time Atlas

The art practice of Niina Vatanen (b. 1977, Finland) is based on cumulating layers into her images through painting, cutting, staging and re-photographing. Her latest publication ‘Time Atlas’ (2019) includes playful interventions that highlight the primacy of sight as the inherent aspect of photography. The book attempts to address questions regarding time and our understanding of it. Specifically, “how visual memory, personal experience, and history intertwine.”

Aikaterini Gegisian: Handbook of the Spontaneous Other

Aikaterini Gegisian (b. 1976, Greece) is an artist of Greek-Armenian heritage who is currently based in both the UK and Greece. In her work, she generally explores the role of imagery in the construction of national and gender identities. In her latest monograph, ‘Handbook of the Spontaneous Other’ (published by MACK), she presents a wide range of found photographic material produced in Western Europe and the USA during the 1960s and 1970s. The title is a collection of 59 collages through which Gegisian recontextualises images from popular culture. Her sources range from pornographic magazines, tourist catalogues and National Geographic spreads where her goal is to subvert the way that the body, nature and pleasure have been represented in Western capitalist fantasies.

Johan Kramer: Camera Dream

Johan Kramer (b. 1964) is a renowned filmmaker and an advertising icon in The Netherlands. Between 1995-2006, Kramer was part of advertisement agency KesselsKramer and from 2006 onwards he started focusing on his personal projects: documentary and experimental films that are recognizable for their pure and honest sense of intimacy. Currently, he is represented by HALAL, an international production company and photography agency based in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Atelier Smedsby: Applications Open for Photography Workshop

‘The World According to Roger Ballen’(Thames & Hudson, 2019) features photographs selected from across Ballen’s career, along with installations created exclusively for an exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, last year. The exhibition closes on July 31st, 2020. The book, co-authored with Colin Rhodes, includes photographs of objects and works from Ballen’s own collection of Art Brut or ‘outsider art’.

Interview: The World According to Roger Ballen

The Atelier Smedsby offers a one-year distance learning class with three individual/group meetings in Paris. Founded in 2010 by photographers JH Engström(b. 1969, Sweden) and Margot Wallard (b. 1978, France), Atelier Smedsby was formed with the objective of increasing artistic independence via workshops.