Torture Test

On September 2011 I was standing on the streets of downtown Manhattan watching the Twin Towers fall. It was a highly emotional day that will live in the memory of anyone who happened to be there, not least because anyone with a brain cell could see what all this would lead too. More patriotism, more …

Animalia

Taking pictures of animals is a popular hobby. Just look at the number of nature photographers on flickr. The problem you face is always how to tackle an overly shot subject in a new way. Henry Horenstein offers us a unique view of the animal world that eschews the typical portrait shot in favor of …

Zambian in Space

The Zambia National Academy of Space Research is not perhaps as well known as NASA. It’s failure to put anyone on the moon, entirely down to the United Nations refusal to lend them $700 million and the pregnancy of it’s one and only potential cosmonaut. Cristina De Middel attempts to make more of us aware …

Heaven on Earth

Fernando Moleres has just won the prestigious Tim Hetherington Grant for his project ‘Waiting for an Opportunity’ in which he document’s the harsh realities of juvenile justice in Sierra Leone. However, on viewing his website another series caught my eye. ‘Men of God’ focuses on monks of various faiths who are searching for spiritual peace …

Dreams of a Life

At the age of 38 Joyce Vincent died alone in her London flat. Nothing so unusual in this apart from the fact hat her body was not found for 3 years. This is the chilling subject of the brilliant UK documentary ‘Dreams of a Life’. Perhaps you are expecting Joyce to be a plain girl, …

A Living Man Declared Dead.

Taryn Simon is one of the most intriguing and unclassifiable photographers working today. Eschewing simple documentary images or the abstraction of fine art photography she has carved out a niche that is somewhere between the two. Her book ‘An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar’ is a fascinating look at the places and objects …

Icelandic Choking Incident

Icelandic band Sigur Ros are known for singing lyrics in a non-literal language called vonlenska made up by their lead singer, Jonsi. Most listeners do not know this and just assume that that’s what Icelandic sounds like. There sublime silliness doesn’t just stop with the sonic. They made this video that is quite bizarre and …

Dance Music for the Head.

It’s not always a pleasure to delve back into your musical past and listen to those albums you thought were so cool. Too often it’s a descent into a cultural abyss that reveals you had no taste and an alarming propensity towards pretension. Not so with Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’ which was re-released last month. …

A Book of Books

Books can be exciting to read but rather less exciting to photograph. In fact given a choice between shooting in an exotic location and shooting in a library, 99.9% of snappers aren’t choosing the library. Abelardo Morell is one of the few that would, judging by the beautiful images in his ‘A Book of Books’ …

From Russia with Love

The Nomadic Nenets are a tribe of people unknown to me. That was until Sebastiao Salgado chose to feature them as part of his ‘Genesis’ project. For the best 8 years Salgado has been scouring the world for people and places untouched by modern life. The project brought him to the arctic wastes of Northern …