Crude Metaphors

Harley Weir: Sea Change

  • 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 after [...]

  • Having spent her entire career creating highly personal, visceral photographic essays on troubled locations, Rosalind Fox Solomon has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. In 2010, she was commissioned by Frederic Brenner to take part in This Place, a photographic initiative taking its inspiration from the likes of the Farm Security Administration and involving photographers such as Jeff Wall, Stephen Shore and Josef Koudelka. It intends to build a portrait of the current state of Israel and the West Bank. Gregory Barker recently corresponded with the American photographer to see what she discovered in the Holy Land.  GB: Gregory Barker RFS: Rosalind Fox SolomonGB: Am I correct in thinking you grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a stone's throw from the Appalachian Mountains? In my [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Miniclick curates a series of free, Brighton based photography talks, film making events, discussions and experimental events designed to explore new ways of looking at photography. Sadie Spring spoke to Jim Stephenson, founder of Miniclick, and co-curator Lou Miller, about the organisations new program of events ‘Another Way of Looking’ as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe and Brighton Photo Biennial. Sadie Spring: What exactly is Miniclick and what did you set out to achieve when you first set up the organisation four years ago?Miniclick: Miniclick started off as a series of monthly photography talks in Brighton. Initially we were putting on one talk a month by a different photographer, focusing on stories and ideas rather than kit and cameras. This, and making the talks free, meant they could be accessible [...]
  • The ongoing boom in the self-publishing market would appear to find a welcoming audience in Glasgow, a city whose contemporary arts scene has long been synonymous with a “do-it-yourself” approach.  Launched in the summer of 2013 by photographer Sarah Amy Fishlock and funded by the creative charity Ideas Tap, Goose Flesh is a photography zine which aims to showcase photographers whose work is associated with the city.  Now celebrating it’s 4th edition, the success of Goose Flesh has demonstrated the renewed appetite to experience printed matter in an easily accessible format. Alan Knox recently spoke with Sarah to discuss the appeal of the zine format, the photographers featured in the latest issue and her vision to grow Goose Flesh beyond Glasgow.Sarah Amy FishlockAlan Knox: What first inspired you to launch Goose [...]
  • The Civil War saw hundreds of thousands of Americans killed so it is somewhat strange to think why people would want to re-enact such an event, but the psychology behind it is an interesting one. American photographer, Eliot Dudik’s interest into the Civil War passes through to his work. He talks to Alia Thomas about his Still Lives series, fear of war and the curiosity for those who have died multiple times for their country.    AT: The history of America seems to be a focus in a few of your projects. Still Lives along with Broken Lands, refers to the American Civil War. What is it about this part of American history that interests and inspires you so much? ED: War has been a fascination, a fear really, of mine since I was young. I've never been [...]