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Sory Sanle: Volta Photo 1965–85

Sory Sanle: Volta Photo 1965–85

Ibrahima Sory Sanle (b. 1943) started his photographic career in Bobo-Dioulasso in 1960, the year his country (now Burkina Faso) gained independence from France. Sanle opened his Volta Photo portrait studio in 1965 and, working with his Rolleiflex twin lens medium format camera, Volta Photo was soon recognised as the finest studio in the city. Voltaic photography’s unsung golden age…
Robin Yong: Flowers of Ethiopia

Robin Yong: Flowers of Ethiopia

The Surma tribe of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia…a place where mankind probably began. The children and teens appear innocent and beautiful, with their ornate body paint work and exotic head decorations made of flowers. The place appears peaceful and untouched, but in reality, life here is harsh with the tribespeople at frequent wars with neighbouring tribes over cattle grazing rights.…
Xavier Miserachs: Photobolsillo

Xavier Miserachs: Photobolsillo

Of the series that make up this book, the most widely recognised is Barcelona, blanc i negre [Barcelona, black and white]. It depicts Barcelona during the sixties children at play, fruit sellers in El Born, flower vendors, families… Costa Brava Show portrays beaches, people and the summer atmosphere in Ibiza, Tossa de Mar, Cadaque s and Calonge. In contrast, the…
Jake Verzosa: The Last Tattooed Women of Kallinga

Jake Verzosa: The Last Tattooed Women of Kallinga

The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga presents a series of portraits by Jake Verzosa who laments and celebrates a dying tradition of tattooing in villages throughout the Cordillera mountains in the northern Philippines. For nearly a thousand years the Kalinga women have proudly worn these lace-like patterns or batok on their skin as symbols of beauty, wealth, stature and fortitude.…
Ruth Kaplan: Bathers

Ruth Kaplan: Bathers

Bathers explores the social theatre of communal bathing, a ritual that is both private and public. Ruth Kaplan’s journey began in the nudist hot springs of California in 1991. By participating in the baths, Kaplan gradually became accepted and was able to make photographs of her fellow bathers, occupying the dual role of empathetic voyeur and participant. From California she…
Robert Frank: Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017

Robert Frank: Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017

Robert Frank (b. 1924, Zurich) is considered the inventor of street photography. With his method of sequencing and composing pictures in intuitive series beyond the traditional photographic essay, he has developed new forms of expression within the medium of photography. Despite Frank’s significant influence on photographers of his own and subsequent generations, there are only few exhibitions of his work.…
Emil Gataullin: Moscow

Emil Gataullin: Moscow

Emil Gataullin, born in 1972, is a Russian photographer, based in Korolyov, Moscow Region, Russia. In 1999 he graduated from Moscow Surikov Institute of Art, majoring in monumental painting. He studied photography with one of the leading Russian photography ideologists and authors, Alexander Lapin, from 2003 to 2004. In 2005 Emil joined The Russian Union of Art Photographers. In 2016…
Jean-Pierre Laffont: Turbulent America

Jean-Pierre Laffont: Turbulent America

“Turbulent America” represents a selection of Jean-Pierre Laffont’s work from the 1960’s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Laffont’s photographs capture the genuine sense of what it was like to live in America during these decades. Laffont says, “Taken together, the images show the chaotic, often painful birth of the country we live in today.” As a photographer for the Gamma Agency and…
Andrew Crane: Atipodean Isles

Andrew Crane: Atipodean Isles

“I have spent the last two years working, living, and shooting on two islands on opposite sides of the globe. In 2016, I lived for ten months on a small fisherman’s island off of Hong Kong called Cheung Chau, after which I returned home to the coast of Maine and began shooting the second half of the project on the…
Livio Moiana: Shapes (of freedom)

Livio Moiana: Shapes (of freedom)

“Shapes (of freedom)” is a serie of black and white images where the human body is the source of inspiration to create and express feelings everyone is free to interpret. All photographs are untitled and no caption is provided. Portrayed people in Livio’s photographs don’t show their visages. The real protagonist of this collection of photographs is the human body:…
Hugh Holland: Silver. Skate. Seventies.

Hugh Holland: Silver. Skate. Seventies.

The opening of this show will coincide with the grand opening of M+B Photo’s new exhibition space in Hollywood. In Silver. Skate. Seventies., the public will get its first glimpse at the photographer’s never-before-exhibited archive of black and white images, including some of his earliest photographs documenting the rise of the California skateboard revolution in the 70s. The exhibition runs…
Meghna Shirish Iyer: Nine

Meghna Shirish Iyer: Nine

The idea of documenting ‘Birth’ existed in my mind for over a year. The ‘why’ of this project is the apparent ignorance and the subsequent fascination that comes with it. The fact that I haven’t seen a childbirth in person made me extremely curious. Research on this revealed a lot of beautified images and none of the stark reality of…
Elliott Erwitt: Cuba

Elliott Erwitt: Cuba

In 1964, while on assignment for Newsweek magazine, photojournalist Elliott Erwitt spent a week in Cuba as a guest of Fidel Castro. There, he captured now-iconic photographs of the beloved Cuban president along with the revolutionary leader Che Guevara. Over fifty years later, coinciding with restored diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, Erwitt returned to document both its…
Jock Sturges: Absence of Shame 2.0

Jock Sturges: Absence of Shame 2.0

The project was first opened in the beginning of September 2016. It consists of photographs which depict naturist families from France, North California, and Ireland, with whom Sturges has been communicating. The author photographed them throughout the duration of his long artistic career. Having started in the 1970s, he has now shot 3 generations of models. The images uncovered their…
Fred Lyon: San Francisco Noir

Fred Lyon: San Francisco Noir

Following in the footsteps of classic films like The Maltese Falcon and The Lady from Shanghai, veteran photographer Fred Lyon creates images of San Francisco in high contrast with a sense of mystery. In this latest offering from the photographer of San Francisco: Portrait of a City 1940 1960, Lyon presents a darker tone, exploring the hidden corners of his…
Behind These Walls: Photographs of Decommissioned Australian Gaols

Behind These Walls: Photographs of Decommissioned Australian Gaols

Empty prisons are eerie places. Each prison has its own history, character, and stories to tell, but so too does every cell. Etched into their walls is the passing of successive generations of inmates each of who has carved their passing. For the past decade Australian photographer, Brett Leigh Dicks, has been photographing abandoned prisons the world over. His latest…
Takeshi Shikama: Silent Respiration of Forests

Takeshi Shikama: Silent Respiration of Forests

This series of photographs is an expression of my search for the soul of the deep forests. One day in early autumn in 2001, just as twilight was setting in, I had lost track of the mountain paths. I happened to wander into a shady forest, where I found myself suddenly seized with a strong desire to take photographs. The…
Julien Fumard: Himalaya – Titans of Light & Shadow

Julien Fumard: Himalaya – Titans of Light & Shadow

The highest summits in the world stand in front of me. It is hard to believe that they are only a consequence of the collision between two tectonic plates. No, deep within me I know it is about something else, about a truth that we cannot grasp and try to justify with arrogance; because the only certitude is that everything,…
Top 10 Portraits of Edwardian Era Actresses

Top 10 Portraits of Edwardian Era Actresses

Some of the most beautiful women in England (and many from Europe and the USA) trod the boards of the many theatres to be found in London’s West End in those halcyon days. Women like Gabrielle Ray, Lily Elsie, Pauline Chase, the sisters Dare, and of course my own particular favourites Gertie Millar and Ellaline Terriss. Many of these actresses…
In the Beginning: Minor White’s Oregon Photographs

In the Beginning: Minor White’s Oregon Photographs

Long before co-founding Aperture magazine or establishing the groundbreaking photography program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, renowned modernist photographer Minor White (American, 1908-1976) moved to Portland, where he sowed the seeds of what would become a forceful artistic vision. This exhibition of White’s rarely exhibited early works celebrates the artist’s influence on the region, and honors the Museum’s dedication to…