The work of Greek-Albanian photographer Enri Canaj (b. 1980) shows grim scenes, while his photos never look harsh.
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London-based Sophie Green has found and photographed people who share her name from all over England, collecting the results in her on-going project entitled ‘I am Sophie Green’. Intrigued by this inherent connection, and with a curiosity about the lives of the other Sophie Greens, she shot a series of enigmatic portraits. The project started in December 2011 and, so far, Green has photographed 20 Sophies she found over the internet, also including her own self-portrait in the series. We spoke with her about the hunt of Sophie’s, her experience of meeting them and the fascination a person with the same name carries.
Singapore-based photographer Sean Lee (1985) was one of the photographers selected for Slideluck Warsaw in October 2014, with his project Shauna. Between 2007 and 2009, Sean created another persona based on himself who was a woman: Shauna. The work began in the red light district in Siem Reap, where there’s a large transgender community. Every bar was a set and the streets were the stage. Maria Teresa Salvati interviewed him about what it means to play a part and the difference between truth and fiction.
For her series BOY, Parisa Taghizadeh photographed a young boy and the fairy-tale world he’s created for himself, filled with things that are typically associated with girls: glitter, nail polish, jewelry, pink. Having not yet reached the age when he’s concerned with gender roles and gender politics, the boy plays within the liberty of childhood – a liberty that will all too soon be shaped by external expectations. Taghizadeh recently won first prize at Pride Photo Award 2014 for her project BOY, and she speaks here with Katherine Oktober Matthews about the baggage and complications of photographing your children, and pride of all kinds.
Telling stories through photography is becoming a more complicated affair, going far beyond showing pictures on a wall or in a book. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam takes note by hosting the exhibition On the Move, a group show focusing on the theme of ‘Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design’. We spoke with Anne Ruygt, junior curator of photography at Stedelijk, about the rapidly changing landscape of photo-based media.
Four decades of Czech photography are on display at the Museum of Photographic Arts in California, highlighting work from artists such as Josef Sudek, Jaroslav Rössler, Emila Medková and Vilém Reichmann. Covering the 1930s to 1960s, the period is interesting both politically as well as artistically. We spoke with MOPA’s assistant curator Chantel Paul about history in photographs, experimentation and the importance of collectives.
Bangkok-based photographer Giorgio Taraschi (b. 1986, Italy) photographed the residents of a house of transgender sex workers in Indonesia, discovering there a familial community amidst uncanny bright colours. The owner, “Mami” Joyce, opened the house after watching many colleagues fall victim to AIDS and other fatal diseases, and now hosts 20 younger transgender sex workers. Taraschi’s project was published by GUP in July 2013, and since then, went on to win 2nd prize for the PX3 award, and 1st prize at this year’s Pride Photo Awards in the documentary section. He was in Amsterdam to collect his prize, and sat down for this interview to talk about Hotel Waria and what has happened with the work since the publication with GUP.
Arts consultant Johan Idema (1973, The Netherlands) has just released the book How to Visit an Art Museum, a light-hearted guide aimed towards the bemused museum-goer. Including 32 tips for tactics to employ while touring a museum to get more out of your visit, the book is practical as well as fun-spirited. We spoke with Idema about the challenges of visiting art museums, viewing artworks slowly and ways of approaching art on your own terms.
Following in the tradition of American travel photographers, Yaakov Israel (1974) started taking trips in Israel, his own land of birth, ten years ago and documented the encounters he had on the road.
Safia Belmenouar (b. 1981, France) is a photography curator and historian who has been fascinated with postcards from the French colonies since her childhood.