Before they Pass Away

The Huli, the Asaro, the Chukchi, the Dropka, the Himba and the Arbore. These are just some of the beautifully named tribes of the world that have been photographed by Jimmy Nelson. The intrepid Brit set out to shoot some of the world’s most obscure peoples in his collection ‘Before they Pass Away’ Hopefully the book …

Sun and Shadow

The Beautiful Game is even more beautiful when Eduardo Galeano is writing about it. Better known for his political works, Galeano endears himself to me through his fabulous football book ‘Soccer in Sun and Shadow’. It’s perfect subway reading with each piece rarely longer than two pages and covering some of the most magical and …

Gooooooaaaaalllllll!

He shoots.. he scores! Yes, Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira has created a series of fabulous team posters for ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup. Vibrant and colorful they capture all the pride and fun of the tournament and give you something to remember your side by ( even if they played as badly …

Blue Sky Days

Tomas Van Houtryve’s ‘Blue Sky Days’ sounds like it might be a lovely series of images about happy people on their summer holidays. It sounds like it but it most definitely isn’t. In fact, hearing stories of drone attacks in Afghanistan inspired it. One 13 year old boy, injured by shrapnel in a strike, said …

Naked in the Abstract

Photographers from Andre Kertesz to Bill Brandt have got mileage out of the idea of the abstract nude. Former Architect Eric Marrian is the latest to visit the subject and has created some clean and imaginative images in his series ‘Carre Blanc’, which remind me a little of Robert Mapplethorpe.    

Surf’s Up

Ed Freeman’s black and white images of surfers on the north coast of Oahu are unapologetically digitally enhanced, for his aim is not to reproduce the way surfing looks in real life but instead to show how it feels. From the look of these images I think he succeeded.

Those Feet: A Sensual History of English Football

Having watched yet another highly depressing England world cup defeat at the hands of silky skilled Continentals, I am tempted to throw my hands to the heavens and scream ‘Why, oh Lord, why can we never play with style and grace? But I don’t because I’ve just finished David Winner’s excellent book ‘Those Feet: A …

Camera Phone Photo

I remember the days when an iPhone was what you used to make calls on. These days it’s more likely to be used for capturing and sharing beautiful imagery. So much so that I now discover there is something called the ‘iPhone Photography Awards’ that features the very best shots taken with an iPhone camera. …

Dear Diary

He toured with the Rolling Stones, was painted by Salvador Dali and Francis Bacon and was friends with Karen Blixen, Andy Warhol and the Kennedy’s. Yes, Peter Beard knew how to live. Not that he was merely a friend to the stars. He was also brilliant artist in his own right. Combining photographs with collages …

Deep In A Dream

Photographer Michael Massaia is the latest photographer to find inspiration from Central Park. However you’d never know it to look at these brooding artful images. Sunbathers lie supine in a dark dream world that seems removed from time and place. Yet in fact these unsuspecting New Yorker’s were photographed as they lay on the grass …