• There is something beautiful about the mindset of a cryptozoologist - to be so convinced of the existence of mythical beings that they can look at the dreary world around us, and find it overflowing with the evidence of something magical.  In much the same way, photography has the unique ability to take cold hard facts, and through a kind of alchemy, transform them into something so much greater.  You won’t find the photographer Michael Lundgren trekking through the mountains in search of Sasquatch, but you might find him in the desert, transforming what he discovers there into unknowable monuments. Gregory Barker recently caught up with the American photographer to find out if the two activities are really all that different.  GB: Gregory Barker ML: Michael Lundgren GB: What [...]

  • Few publishers ever truly become household names, even fewer printers ever achieve such esteem, however, one man over the course of a lifetime spent at the press and in the company of some of the world’s most notable photographers has done just that.  GB: Gregory Barker GS: Gerhard Steidl GB: Let’s begin at the very beginning. How did you get started as a printer? GS: When I started, I had no idea I would work as a printer. I wanted to do photography. I had my camera, I had a darkroom and I wanted to design posters and printed matter with my own photography. Right at the beginning I had no idea about printing, but I designed a poster with my own photograph for a student play [...]

  • A new collaboration between Danish-born, New York-based artist Asger Carlsen and outlandishly visionary Roger Ballen is due to come out in the near future. A few images have been crafted, but the entire body of work, including the process, is still in fieri. No final title has been agreed yet, although Place of the Inside-Out is the working title they are considering at this embryonic stage of the project, as reveals Carlsen during our Skype conversation. There will be a release with Mörel Books, the publisher who discovered and supported Carlsen’s work, as well as a touring exhibition, but it’s early days and my comments are based on a sneak preview of six images.  A Vice photo editor came up with the idea of a Ballen/Carlsen collaboration [...]

  • Katharine Cooper was born and raised in Africa, but as an African of European descent, she was part of the minority growing up. She talks to Alia Thomas about the significance of her series, “White Africans”, and touches upon the issues that are still present within parts of the African community. Deryl Barlow Dressed As Cleopatra With Greyhounds - Montagu, SA 2013AT: How did your interest in photography come about?  KC: I grew up surrounded by it. My father is a photographer – he studied journalism, edited the local paper and had a darkroom at home.  At first I swore I would never become a photographer – I hated the chemicals and the hours of hard work. Then one day, I picked up one of my father’s cameras – a [...]
  • Ever since photography’s inception, the scientific underpinnings of the medium have served to distance it from traditional forms of visual media.  A desire to reconnect photography to the inherent human proclivity for mark-making forms the basis of London based photographer, Oliver Eglin’s 2014 project Markings, recently selected as part of Daniel Blau Gallery’s annual 5 Under 30 group exhibition.  Taking as it’s subject matter the intricate carvings inscribed in the bark of the Ficus Macrophylla trees by visitors in the Giardino Garibaldi in Sicily, research by Eglin into the origins of the Ficus revealed it’s use by Australian Aborigines who would utilise it’s bark as pigment for rock paintings.  Looking at the sensuous, twisting roots of the Ficus tree in images such as Ngamadjidj, it’s easy to imagine that the [...]
  • David Campany is a writer, curator, artist and reader of photography at Westminster University. He has written extensively on Photography, Art and Cinema including books such as ‘Art and Photography’ (2003) and ‘The Open Road’: photographic road trips across the world (2014). He is also the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award for his writings on photography. Clare Bennett recently say down with David to talk about his new book Walker Evans: The Magazine Work, published by Steidl earlier this year. Clare Bennett: Where did the idea for the book come from?David Campany: From a young age I was aware of Evans' photographs, the famous ones, taken in the 1930s in the American south. Those are the ones in museum collections and they appear in just about every history of photography. I [...]