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For almost a quarter of a century, Anja Niedringhaus (1965–2014) reported from areas of conflict around the globe – the Balkans, Iraq and her much beloved Afghanistan, where she was assassinated while on assignment on 4 April , 2014, at the age of 48. She left an impressive oeuvre.
For the 5th anniversary of her death, Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne honors the photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner with an extensive solo exhibition. This first posthumous retrospective comprises more than 80 large-scale photographs and shows why the 'Bildkriegerin' (Photo Warrior) was already an iconic figure during her lifetime.
On behalf of news agencies such as the American Associated Press (AP), legendary photographs were taken, which were printed on the front pages of the world's most important magazines and newspapers and are thus anchored in the collective memory.
The extensive estate includes photos from war and crisis regions as well as brilliant portraits and sports photographs, which are exhibited in Cologne for the first time ever consistently in full color. An extensive supporting program accompanies the show.
ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS – BILDERKRIEGERIN . 29 March – 30 Juni '19 . Käthe Kollwitz Museum . Neumarkt 18–24, Neumarkt Passage, 50667 Cologne . kollwitz.de
06.03.2019 // show complete article
This Empty World – A new collection of images by celebrated photographer Nick Brandt – addresses the escalating destruction of the African natural world at the hands of humans, showing a world where, overwhelmed by runaway development, there is no longer space for the animals to survive. The people in the photos are also often helplessly swept along by the relentless tide of 'progress'.
Each image is a combination of two moments in time, captured weeks apart, almost all from the exact same locked-off camera position. Initially, a partial set is built and lit. Weeks, even months, follow, while the animals that inhabit the region become comfortable enough to enter the frame. Once the animals are captured on camera, the full sets – bridge and highway construction sites, a gas station, a bus station and more – are built by the art department team. In all but a few of the photos, the camera remains fixed in place throughout.
A second sequence is then photographed with a full set, and a large cast of people drawn from the local communities and beyond. The final large scale prints are a composite of the two elements. The book reproduces the panoramic tableaux at maximum size (30"/ 70cm) on the double page spreads.
Brandt contributes two essays: The first deals with the concept of the series, the second is a behind-the-scenes description of the elaborate production, with multiple accompanying making-of photos. Note: the images were all photographed on local Maasai community land in Kenya. After the sets were removed and all their elements recycled with almost zero waste, no evidence of the shoot now remains in the landscape.
Moving into color photography for the first time, this monograph of new work from photographer Nick Brandt is both a technical tour de force of contemporary image making and an ambitiously scaled project that uses constructed sets of a scale typically seen in major film productions.
Thames & Hudson, London : "We are pleased to offer a special print edition to accompany the release of the book 'This Empty World'. Two Limited Editions of 50 copies each, with your choice of one 2 × 14 inch print." Go & See: nickbrandt.com/text
About – Born in England, Nick Brandt first visited East Africa in 1995 and quickly fell in love with the land and its animals, prompting a switch in careers with a determination to photograph animals as they have never been seen before. Nick co-founded the Big Life Foundation with one of the most respected conservationists in East Africa, Richard Bonham.
On display: Nick Brandt, This Empty World . 28 February, 2019 – 27 April, 2019 . faheykleingallery.com
This Empty World – Photographs by Nick Brandt. . Thames & Hudson, London, United Kingdom, 2019 . 128 pages, 84 photos, 15" x 13" . $65 / £45, SIGNED COPIES are available online at photoeye.com or through galleries representing Nick Brandt . thisemptyworld.com & photoeye.com/bookstore
27.02.2019 // show complete article
La Térmica presents the first large solo exhibition by photographer Nadia Lee Cohen. The talented British artist is known to the public ever since her highly acclaimed participation in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2012, for which her works were on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
We read on loeildelaphotographie.com//nadia-lee-cohen-not-a-retrospective: "Nadia Lee Cohen (United Kingdom, 1990) is a photographer, filmmaker and self-portrait artist based in Los Angeles (USA), a city that has inspired her since her first trip in 2014; and that feeds her endless fascination with Americana and conventional life in suburbia. It is, precisely the concept of the perfect life commonly portrayed in those residential areas that present optimal opportunity for Nadia to puncture such perceptions. She documents narratives inside the houses in which the female protagonists challenge the unbearable complacency towards sexual escapism, and outside, where the backgrounds of her cameos incorporating bright signage and pop culture inject cultural references to her narrative.
At first glance, the photographs are eye-catching, glamorous and filled with saturated color; yet on closer inspection, some might detect a melancholy element. It is precisely this juxtaposition that interests Nadia and informs much of her work. Although expressing no taboos, Nadia prefers a more subtle approach rather than creating images that aim to shock the viewer. That way, she encourages her audience to absorb and contemplate the narrative behind the image that appears before its eyes.
Her images blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality, the animate and the inanimate, challenging logic with a touch of irony and humor. Nothing is what it seems. Nadia strives to construct discernible settings onto which she then adds an element that distorts the familiarity, suggesting that something is not quite what it seems. Consequently, this changes the mood to that which is more sombre and disturbing, testing the viewer’s sense of certainty and encouraging them to linger a little longer.
In these fictional situations and central to this iconographic universe are her female protagonists. Within each photograph, her models transcend into the role of actors as they portray the respective characters assigned to them. Nadia favors casting real people rather than agency models; bold, sensual and surreal with characterful features that, at times, transcend conventional beauty ideals.
There is a strong fashion element within her work attributable principally to her London College of Fashion education and work within the world of fashion. However, she states that her inspiration stems predominantly from cinema, i.e Alfred Hitchcock, John Waters, Stanley Kubrick and the Coen brothers and cinematic photography –William Eggleston, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Cindy Sherman and Larry Sultan…"
Watch the trailer for the exhibition under the following link : youtube.com/watch
About - Nadia Lee Cohen (United Kingdom) is a British photographer, filmmaker and self portrait artist based in Los Angeles (USA). In 2011, Lee Cohen attended the London College of Fashion and began studying photography. In 2012, she was included in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait prize and exhibited her work in the National Portrait Gallery in London. In addition to her personal artwork, she has created commercial work for companies and publications such as Miu Miu, Adidas, MAC Cosmetics and many more. She has created music videos and short films with celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Katy Perry, Danny Trejo, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and Bootsy Collins among others. Nadia’s photographs have been published in magazines such as New York Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Marie Claire, Interview magazine, Paper magazine, and The Sunday Times, and in several digital media.
Nadia Lee Cohen : Not a Retrospective . thru 12 May, 2019 . La Térmica . Av. de los Guindos, 48, 29004 Málaga, Spain . latermicamalaga.com
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