Crude Metaphors

Harley Weir: Sea Change

  • A new collaboration between Danish-born, New York-based artist Asger Carlsen and outlandishly visionary Roger Ballen is due to come out in the near future. A few images have been crafted, but the entire body of work, including the process, is still in fieri. No final title has been agreed yet, although Place of the Inside-Out is the working title they are considering at this embryonic stage of the project, as reveals Carlsen during our Skype conversation. There will be a release with Mörel Books, the publisher who discovered and supported Carlsen’s work, as well as a touring exhibition, but it’s early days and my comments are based on a sneak preview of six images.  A Vice photo editor came up with the idea of a Ballen/Carlsen collaboration after [...]

  • Having spent her entire career creating highly personal, visceral photographic essays on troubled locations, Rosalind Fox Solomon has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. In 2010, she was commissioned by Frederic Brenner to take part in This Place, a photographic initiative taking its inspiration from the likes of the Farm Security Administration and involving photographers such as Jeff Wall, Stephen Shore and Josef Koudelka. It intends to build a portrait of the current state of Israel and the West Bank. Gregory Barker recently corresponded with the American photographer to see what she discovered in the Holy Land.  GB: Gregory Barker RFS: Rosalind Fox SolomonGB: Am I correct in thinking you grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a stone's throw from the Appalachian Mountains? In my [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • This Halloween we present to you the work of Alexander Binder - a self-taught photographer who for the past few years has been producing photographs of things that go bump in the night. Zak Dimitrov: Your images are incredibly atmospheric, perhaphs even mystical. Tell us more about yourself and how you became involved with photography?Alexander Binder: The mystical and eerie character of my images probably has to  do with the place where I grew up. I was born in the Black Forest, a rural area in South-west Germany. Fairytales, fables and old traditions play an important role in the local culture. These stories about giants, demons and witches caught my attention when I was a child and they are still my favorite source of inspiration.My introduction to photography was rather unspectacular. [...]
  • Grégoire Pujade’s hauntingly beautiful new book, A Perpetual Season, takes on a dreamlike journey through an undefinable city. Sadie Spring recently spoke with Pujade to find out more.Sadie Spring: You describe A Perpetual Season as a ‘photographic trail through a dream like city’, was this the intention when you started the work?Grégoire Pujade : I’m continually drawn to work in this peculiar photographic space that intertwines the mundane with the enigmatic; so in many ways, yes, this was the intention. I suppose many viewers will be familiar with the book’s backdrop of a generic ‘western’ city, but they may also be unsettled by its stubborn indeterminacy. Although the images obviously don’t stem from a 'straight' documentary practice, they can still be viewed as some derivative form of street photography. We [...]
  • Miniclick curates a series of free, Brighton based photography talks, film making events, discussions and experimental events designed to explore new ways of looking at photography. Sadie Spring spoke to Jim Stephenson, founder of Miniclick, and co-curator Lou Miller, about the organisations new program of events ‘Another Way of Looking’ as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe and Brighton Photo Biennial. Sadie Spring: What exactly is Miniclick and what did you set out to achieve when you first set up the organisation four years ago?Miniclick: Miniclick started off as a series of monthly photography talks in Brighton. Initially we were putting on one talk a month by a different photographer, focusing on stories and ideas rather than kit and cameras. This, and making the talks free, meant they could be accessible [...]