• A musical composition based on repetition and the continuous interweaving of points and counterpoints, as well as a disturbed, amnesic state, the fugue is at the heart of Roe Ethridge’s work. For over ten years Ethridge has used this idea of the fugue to create layered images that are both easily legible and confounding, building them into series full of twists, turns and dead-ends. He spoke with Marc Feustel about how he came to juggle his commercial work with his fine art photographs, his love for the fugue and how his relationship with his mother was the inspiration for his latest project, Sacrifice Your Body. MF: Marc FeustelRE: Roe EthridgeMF: How did you start out with the Sacrifice Your Body project and what was the inspiration behind [...]

  • Photojournalists have lost their lives in pursuit of reportage from danger zones around the world. But the medium has had relatively few prisoners of conscience. China’s Liu Xia certainly qualifies as the most prominent, incarcerated now and for the past several years in the Beijing apartment she shares with her imprisoned husband, Nobel Peace Prize awardee Liu Xiaobo.In 2012-2013 I had the privilege of organising the international tour of an exhibition of her work, “The Silent Strength of Liu Xia,” a group of 26 b&w images made between 1996 and 1999 by this dissident Chinese artist, photographer, and poet, while her husband Liu Xiaobo was serving a sentence in a forced-labor camp. You’ll find information about the show at the website I publish and edit, liuxiaphotos.com, the [...]

  • Pedro Alfacinha has spent the past five years working at the highly respected publisher MACK. This autumn he is opening a new gallery in Lisbon, representing an exceptional list of both homegrown, and international artistic talent. At a time when the international media seems solely interested in Portugal’s economic turmoil, Harry Hardie talks to Alfacinha about his commitment to employing photography to create an exciting and positive future.HH: Tell me a bit about your background, I know you were obviously at MACK, where you have been for some time, but before that?PA: I was born in Lisbon and in 2006 I moved to London. I had been interested in photography all along, and decided very early that I wanted to study in London. In 2007 I enrolled in [...]

  • The five winners selected for display in Daniel Blau Gallery’s annual 5 Under 30 exhibition each display an engagement with issues of social alienation and loss of cultural identity.  Now in its second year, the competition aims to provide a gallery showcase for young and emerging photographers from across the world.Upon entering the Hoxton Square gallery, the modestly scaled prints (none measuring longer than 15 inches) invite the viewer to look closer at the details evident in each image.  These include the intricate carvings inscribed in the bark of the Ficus Macrophylla tree, photographed in the Giardino Garibaldi in Sicily, which forms the subject matter of Middlesex University graduate Oliver Eglin’s series, Markings.  Ficus was originally imported from Australia where aborigines would strip its bark for use as pigment in [...]
  • Photographed in sourced furniture shops across the UK, Il Mondo Dolce or The Sweet Life is a series of studies focusing on the gaud and grandiose of design details found in the shop displays.Lucy Sparks is a British photographer, based in London.View the full series now available for licensing at Photoshot Picture Library All images © Lucy Sparks, 2013 | www.lucy-sparks.com [...]
  • Birefringence is caused when light passes through a material with molecules of no uniformity. When the material, in this case clingfilm, is stressed or layered the ray’s speed is altered, polarisation then causes a variety of colours to occur. By magnifying and capturing the results of this process the work looks into thephenomenon with a pseudo-scientific methodology; its objectivity being interrupted by the awe of the scientific.By working predominantly with camera-less photography, as well as projection and light installation, Flynn aims to make contact with the intangibility of light; its properties and phenomena. View the full series now available for licensing at Photoshot Picture LibraryAll images © Tom Flynn, 2012 | www.tflynn.com [...]