• Over the course of nearly sixty years, Don McCullin has established himself as one of most accomplished, respected and celebrated photographers of our time, producing some of the most iconic and important images of both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  From the 1950s gangs of North London to the ruins of the Roman Empire, from the rise of the Berlin Wall to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, from the horrors of the Vietnam War to those of Biafra, Beirut, Ira   q and elsewhere, as well as the beautiful bleakness of the Somerset countryside - where he now resides - and so much more, McCullin has maintained a consistent, compelling and often troubling vision that serves as an original and provocatively moving testament to both history and humanity today.  This year, [...]

  • Fariba Farshad is Co-Founder of Photo London, which takes place from 19 - 22 May 2016 at Somerset House, and Candlestar, a company that specialises in the creation and development of major new international cultural initiatives including the Gulf Art Fair (now Art Dubai) and Prix Pictet. Melissa DeWitt recently caught up with her to find out what to expect from the second edition of Photo London. MD: When you were at the University of the Arts you were founding head of the IT Research and Development Unit, what inspired your interest in photography?FF: The central purpose of the Unit I led was to spearhead the development of online learning in a visual arts context. Much of our work was image based and so the transition to photography - [...]

  • We vets call it faeces, but it doesn’t smell like faeces. It smells like shit. Nothing smells stronger than a feedlot in summer. In July the temperature averages 90 in the shade. And today was well above average. I stayed in the air-conditioned cab for as long as I could, but in the end there was nothing for it but to step out into the heat. The smell of the waste from 40,000 cattle hit me like a smack in the face. From his boots to his wide-brimmed hat, the vaquero sitting easily on his horse could have stepped out of any photo of the West in the past hundred years.  As I walked towards him he dismounted with all the poise of a dancer. His skin was baked to [...]

  • Ahead of The Image as Question at Michael Hoppen Gallery, the gallerist himself talks us through a selection of images from the exhibition. In the days leading up to the opening on the 28th of September, we’ll hear about one piece and why it made the final show. Cribs, the faculty of journalism of Moscow State University, 1984 - Valery Khristoforov. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery.This is an unusual evidential photograph of a Russian student who cheated at her exam at the journalism faculty in Moscow. The tightly bunched scrawl across her thighs is clear evidence of her exam practice. The photographer describes how he came to record the student.“It was a preliminary examination of the department of journalism of the Moscow State University. June-July, 1984. This girl was seating under [...]
  • Ahead of The Image as Question at Michael Hoppen Gallery, the gallerist himself talks us through a selection of images from the exhibition. In the days leading up to the opening on the 28th of September, we’ll hear about one piece and why it made the final show. A pair of American Police identity line-up photographs, 1/5/1933 (with and without hats) - Anon. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery.A fine and unique group of police line-up photographs. A scene often played out in films and in real life, identity line-ups allowed victims or witnesses to point to the perpetrator. Photographs were made before one way mirrors became the norm to avoid the victim being intimidated or also identified by the criminal.The cross dressed man is a very unusual example. I have spent [...]
  • Ahead of The Image as Question at Michael Hoppen Gallery, the gallerist himself talks us through a selection of images from the exhibition. In the days leading up to the opening on the 28th of September, we’ll hear about one piece and why it made the final show. Pigment Composition Analysis of a Pollock Painting using Multispectral Flourescence and Ultra-Violet Imaging, Museum of Modern Art, New York, March, 2007 - Max Aguilera Hellweg. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery.This wonderful image shows evidence being collected at MOMA in New York. Investigative scientific research is needed to establish benchmark evidence on the pigments used by artists to make their works. Often special fluorescence equipment is used to prove beyond doubt the authenticity of an object or to protect a work of art from [...]