• As a certain gold and white (or was it blue and black) dress showed the world to frustrating effect earlier this year, there is very little that can be said to be objective when it comes to how we experience colour. Gregory Barker recently spoke with the Canadian artist Jessica Eaton about ongoing photographic colour experiments.  GB: Gregory BarkerJE: Jessica EatonGB: All of your work, up to this point, seems to be fundamentally an examination of a process or method—in other words, an experiment. I wonder at what point during the process do the images that will end up as part of the final series emerge, and at what point do you call time on the experiment? Do your experiments have conclusions? JE: There are many little conclusions, [...]

  • Whether you’ve bought one photograph or one hundred, the term “collector” has a somewhat euphemistic meaning in the art world – particularly in galleries and auction houses – as someone who spends money with them. Other favourites are “acquire” – as in buy – and “place” – as in sell to. Being a collector is a pleasure and a privilege, but navigating a mystifying and mostly unregulated market, where the goods for sale have little intrinsic value other than to be appreciated, can feel elitist and off-putting. This is a shame, considering how immensely hard it is for an artist to actually make a living from their art (so I’m told, photographer and academic Charles Traub says to his students “if you can imagine being anything else other than [...]

  • Like stills from a deranged nature documentary—more David Lynch than David Attenborough—Yoshinori Mizutani's Pop Art parakeets dart across colour-saturated skies. Looking up, Mizutani takes aim, shooting the squadrons of feral dandies that take flight at dawn and dusk above Tokyo's cityscape. With their rose-ringed necks and acid-green feathers, these bicoloured immigrants are the offspring of birds that were introduced in the 1960s and 70s and can now be found in their hundreds, roosting in trees and perched on the telegraph wires that slice through urban vistas.There are no two ways about it, spotting birds in Japan's metropolis that were once native to the subtropics, in this case southern India and Sri Lanka, is bizarre—as it is in any of the other global locations where the descendants of pet [...]

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    This autumn sees the return of Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair, bringing the best of international photography and publishing to the Westergasfabriek from 18 to 20 September for the fourth year running. This time the programme is bound to be bigger, louder and brighter as the Fair merges with another event, Unseen Festival, transforming the city into a platform for urban intervention from 18 to 27 September. Watch Foam Talent Winners team up with the Staatsliedenbuurt neighbourhood residents, Prinsengracht old hospital turn into an installation art venue and former Citroën Garage into an exhibition space. The Photo Fair, with a focus on undiscovered, unknown and unseen work presented by photographers, publishers and galleries will feature the already loved Unseen Book Market, The Unseen Collection and The Unseen Living Room. Following last [...]
  • Cosmology has been a keen interest of civilisations past and present, a practice that extends to times before recorded history. The ancient man most probably looked up at the skies and asked probing questions about space and our origins, a theme that still captivates us today, and where answers have not been found we’ve often resorted to using our imagination.This follows the line of thought Alexandra Lethbridge takes when addressing space in her self-published photobook The Meteorite Hunter. She describes the work as an archive of a search for meteorites and the places they come from, a work based on the impulse to search for evidence of lunar visitors within our everyday landscape. Arran Milne recently corresponded with Alexandra Lethbridge to discuss how she approaches the subject of space in [...]
  • Visual artist Lucia Pizzani (www.luciapizzani.com), the joint winner of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014(www.photofusion.org/hotshoe-photofusion-award-2014) along with filmmaker David Jackson, currently has a solo exhibition titled A Garden for Beatrix showing at the Cecilia Brunson Project (www.ceciliabrunsonprojects.com) in London until 24 July. In the following Q&A, Miranda Gavin, who selects the winners in this annual competition, discusses Pizzani's approach and the work she produces using ceramics, photography (including wet-plate collodion processes) and film.Her recent body of work, A Garden for Beatrix, is inspired by Beatrix Potter and her findings on fungi at a time when few women were involved in science. Miranda Gavin (MG) Lucia Pizzani (LP) MG: Your work uses sculpture, performance and photography, can you tell me more about why you work across these different art forms? LP: I started doing photography when I was a teenager [...]