Deutsche Borse – 2014

A slightly disappointing Deutsche Borse competition this year. I personally found 3 of the 4 displays a bit ordinary and pretty uninspiring. This might be a bit controversial and I’m definitely no art critic, but the work on offer from Lorna Simpson felt like a collection of 1950’s selfies!

There was however a very clear and deserved winner in Richard Mosse; his Enclave series on the conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is really unique and pretty powerful.

Mosse used a large format camera and discontinued infrared colour film formerly deployed by the military to identify camouflaged targets. Green foliage is shown in vivid shades of pink and the resultant effect is very dramatic.

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What an amazing piece of work – not often you see a completely different take on conflict photography…

PS If you are visiting I’d highly recommend the John Deakin exhibition instead (or as well), which includes a few very nice portraits taken on the streets of Soho.


Observing the Crowd

An interesting display of work by photographer Bob Collins, who captured the spirit of London and Londoners in the 1950’s through to 1990.

From major events to candid reflections on daily life in the city, discover how Collins turned to crowded places to make captivating images. This exhibition is still running at the Museum of London.

There is a nice review of this exhibition on the BBC website, so I won’t bother covering it any detail here – I just wanted to share a few of my favourite images…

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Burnt Generation – Gohar Dashti

There is an interesting exhibition of Iranian photography at Somerset House (running until June 1st). The series from Gohar Dashti is quite unique and well worth seeing (in large format).

“In her most recent series of photographs, Gohar Dashti has presented a counter-narrative of her homeland, in both form and substance. In Iran, Untitled, there is a sense of unity of place, which fosters the emerging narrative—the title of the series itself develops an even deeper narrative—but here is a place that has lost its locality. It is a desert in the middle of nowhere.”

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There is more information on the Somerset House website.

Golden Lane

The Golden Lane Estate is a 1950s council housing complex in the City of London. It was built on the northern edge of the City, in an area devastated by bombing during World War II.

The maisonette blocks are faced with panels in primary colours (red and blue on maisonette blocks and yellow on the tower block). There is less use of unfaced concrete than in the Barbican. However, some of the concrete surfaces which are today painted were originally unpainted as they suffered early on from staining and streaking from iron pyrites in the aggregate.

The architects kept to their brief of providing the high density within the 7 acres (2.8 ha) available. The visual anchor of the design is the tower block of one-bedroomed flats, Great Arthur House, which provides a vertical emphasis at the centre of the development and, at 16 storeys, was on completion briefly the tallest residential building in Britain. It was the first residential tower block in London that was over 50 metres in height, and also the first building to breach the 100 foot height limit in the City of London.

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You can find the full set over on Flickr.

Professional Inspiration – Catherine Henriette

Catherine Henriette is a French photographer based in Paris. I’m particularly drawn to her ‘Frozen River‘ series.

I came across her portfolio last year in a TGV magazine. I couldn’t make any sense of the French article, but the photos really jumped out at me! They are particularly effective on a white background and also have a kind of Fargo feel about them that I like.

These photographs come from the Frozen River series, which also seems to go by the name Conte d’hiver (Winter Tale).

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There is a contrasting set from the same river in the summer, Conte d’été, available on her website.

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2013

Now in its seventeenth year, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 rewards a living photographer for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which has significantly contributed to photography in Europe.

I visited the exhibition at the excellent Photographers Gallery in London earlier this year, but never got round to posting my thoughts.

The highlights for me were;

Mishka Henner


No Man’s Land represents isolated women occupying the margins of southern European environments. Shot entirely with Google Street View, Henner’s method of online intelligence-gathering results in an unsettling reflection on surveillance, voyeurism and the contemporary landscape.

Watch a video interview with Mishka Henner

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin


War Primer 2 is a limited edition book that physically inhabits the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s remarkable 1955 publication War Primer. Brecht’s photo-essay comprises 85 images, photographic fragments or collected newspaper clippings, that were placed next to a four-line poem, called ‘photo-epigrams’. Broomberg and Chanarin layered Google search results for the poems over Brecht’s originals.

Chris Killip


British born Killip has been taking photographs for nearly five decades.What Happened – Great Britain comprises black and white images of working people in the north of England, taken by Killip in the 1970s and 1980s. After spending months immersed in several communities, Killip documented the disintegration of the industrial past with a poetic and highly personal point of view.

I have to add this other Killip photo of the same street. I’d love to know what year this follow-up was taken? The ship, incidentally, was the Tyne Pride. You can read more about her here.


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Sony World Photography Awards

I’ve just got back from the exhibition in London, at Somerset House. It was fantastic! It is well worth a visit. It’s running for another few days, so hurry along! For those of you not in London, I thought I would share some of my personal favourites. I won’t bore you with my thoughts – just some sample photos. I will try to include links on where to find further information where possible.

Johannes Heuckeroth – Dubai Aerials (Professional Travel)


Christof Pluemacher – Urban Darkness (Professional Architecture)


Alice Caputo – Summer Family (Professional Lifestyle)


Fabio Bucciarelli (Professional – Current Affairs)


Ryan Pierse – Fish out of Water (Professional – Sport)


Danish Siddiqui – Inside Kabul’s Screens (Professional – Arts & Culture)


Klaus Thymann – Iceland (Professional – Fashion & Beauty)


Regis Boileau – Milleniums of millions gods (Professional – Landscape)


Arjen Schmitz – Hong Kong (Professional – Landscape)


Daesung Lee – On the shore of a vanishing island (Professional – Contemporary Issues)


Andrea Gjestvang (Professional – People)

One Day in History

Nguyen Hoang Hiep – Storm (Open – Enhanced)


Hisatomi Tadahiko – Wedding (Open – People)


More Information…

Category Winners

Open Category

Youth Award

National Awards

Renowned American photographer William Eggleston wins the award for outstanding contribution to photography.

Read more about the Sony World Photography Awards.