• Recent graduate Rebecca Scheinberg deploys the language and efficiency of advertising imagery to reference itself, creating a wholly unique clarity of vision. Vivid and sensuous, she enhances the formal qualities of her subjects, including the classic photographic genres of the still life and the nude. Ambiguous in their source, the images could be outtakes from Scheinberg’s own commercial shoots, or equally borrowed images already in circulation from other contexts. Glossy and seductive, the glamourous veneer of the work shields a deeper, more thoughtful critique of capitalism and commodity culture beneath the surface.  Tohu Va Bohu is an installation comprising a set of large framed photographic prints, a reflective aluminium shelf supporting smaller mounted prints and an illuminated display cabinet with six revolving iPads showing moving images. Between surreal-like [...]

  • There is something beautiful about the mindset of a cryptozoologist - to be so convinced of the existence of mythical beings that they can look at the dreary world around us, and find it overflowing with the evidence of something magical.  In much the same way, photography has the unique ability to take cold hard facts, and through a kind of alchemy, transform them into something so much greater.  You won’t find the photographer Michael Lundgren trekking through the mountains in search of Sasquatch, but you might find him in the desert, transforming what he discovers there into unknowable monuments. Gregory Barker recently caught up with the American photographer to find out if the two activities are really all that different.  GB: Gregory Barker ML: Michael Lundgren GB: What [...]

  • Few publishers ever truly become household names, even fewer printers ever achieve such esteem, however, one man over the course of a lifetime spent at the press and in the company of some of the world’s most notable photographers has done just that.  GB: Gregory Barker GS: Gerhard Steidl GB: Let’s begin at the very beginning. How did you get started as a printer? GS: When I started, I had no idea I would work as a printer. I wanted to do photography. I had my camera, I had a darkroom and I wanted to design posters and printed matter with my own photography. Right at the beginning I had no idea about printing, but I designed a poster with my own photograph for a student play [...]

  • History has come to an end many times in Europe, and with each successive conclusion, memories thought consigned to the collective unconscious have only returned to haunt the continent.  Compelled to examine the effects of the recent Eurozone crisis, Lewis Bush travelled across Europe in 2012 to discover how the cycle of collective amnesia could have returned with such vengeance.In each of Lewis Bush’s images, history threatens to recommence once more as traces of the past return in the most incongruous of details, cracks in the steel and plastic sculpture which sits at the entrance of the European central bank, bullet marks scattered across a Franco-Prussian war monument, a no-entry sign lies at the foot of the gates to a synagogue in Budapest.  Partly inspired by the cliffhanger conclusion of [...]
  • As founder and director of PhotoIreland and The Library Project, Ángel Luis Gonzalez has a lot on his plate. Alia Thomas talks to him about the PhotoIreland festival and what’s next.  AT: Have you always had an interest in photography and image making? ALG: I would like to think that as kids we all have an interest in image making and are, in many cases, motivated to work on it. It helps build a reality separated from ours, allowing us to test it, to experience it and talk about it in the third person. It is an experimental abstraction that serves to question the limits of our reality - the one offered to us as kids where the colouring ends. From the abstract to the concrete, isn’t that great? The issue is [...]
  • Katharine Cooper was born and raised in Africa, but as an African of European descent, she was part of the minority growing up. She talks to Alia Thomas about the significance of her series, “White Africans”, and touches upon the issues that are still present within parts of the African community. Deryl Barlow Dressed As Cleopatra With Greyhounds - Montagu, South Africa 2013AT: How did your interest in photography come about?  KC: I grew up surrounded by it. My father is a photographer – he studied journalism, edited the local paper and had a darkroom at home.  At first I swore I would never become a photographer – I hated the chemicals and the hours of hard work. Then one day, I picked up one of my father’s cameras – [...]