Saturday, 11 December 2010

Street Photography Now

My work from Turkey and Ukraine is featured in the Street Photography Now book published by Thames and Hudson.
Street Photography Now celebrates the work of nearly fifty image-makers from across the globe. Some of my personal favourites include Martin Kollar, Carolyn Drake, Thierry GirardJens Olof LastheinPolly BradenOtto SnoekMichael Wolf, Trent Parke and Narelle Autio

This month, exhibitions open in two German galleries featuring work from the book.
Opening from the 11th December at Contributed gallery in Berlin and from the 18th December at Galerie Lichtblick in Koln.

©Martin Kollar

© Carolyn Drake

© Thierry Girard

© Jens Olof Lasthein

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Presentation at Visions 10

I will be making a presentation of my new work "The shadow of the Bear" at this years Visions 10 on the 19th November at 10.30 and 3.30.
Address: Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1

This is the first time I am showing this work, a project shot over the last 3 years in Georgia and Ukraine.
The presentation will be a photographic slide show and is at the early stages of editing and sequencing. Photographically, I am exploring  different narrative structures within this work, creating series of documentary fictions and exploring public space. 
The slide show, made very quickly, is a first impression/edit and  will change as I edit the project to work in different modes of presentation, as an installation, exhibition and book.

An introduction:
This project is a document looking at the aftermath of the peaceful “colour” revolutions that took place in Georgia and Ukraine against the backdrop of Russia’s resurgence as a major international power and it’s continuous interfering in their sovereign and domestic affairs.
Through the work I am striving to make a visual connection between the overlapping territories of Nation and Empire by looking at signs in the domestic and public spheres, when taken together, build up a representation of how the people of Georgia and Ukraine negotiate the space that they find themselves in.

On Thursday 18th I will be in Paris at the OffprintParis doing a book signing at 6pm.
Offprint is an artist book fair dedicated to photography publications. A huge number of publishers will be there alongside photographers signing their books. Promises to be one of the best event during Paris photo week.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Georgia spread in Italian Marie Claire.

Marie Claire in Italy have run a number of my photos from the Georgia: In the Shadow of the Bear project in this months issue.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Exhibition and workshop at Spazio Labo in Bologna

I have a workshop and an exhibition of Fault lines at Spazio Labo in Bologna at the end of October.

Exhibition opens on the 28th October, all are welcome and the workshop is 29th to 31st October, Vanessa will help out, details below.

Documentary Practice and Narrative: The Long Term Project
Workshop with George Georgiou (London, UK)
With the participation of Vanessa Winship

The workshop “Documentary Practice and Narrative: The Long Term Project” will address the issues of contemporary documentary photographic practice and approaches, taking a deeper look at the long-term project in photography. The aim is to build up an understanding of different forms of narratives and different ways of structuring work according to the final mode of presentation, be it a book, an exhibition, multimedia or magazine feature. We will discuss how ideas and concepts are crucial to the development of the documentary project, how to identify themes, motifs and issues that address and question the societies we live in, on both the local and the global level. Participants will bring completed and in progress projects so we can look and deconstruct the images and the working methodology, including taking a detailed look at the editing process. The teacher’s own and other photographers’ projects, working methods and project evolution will be used as illustrations.
Each participant should bring selected project/s from their own work and be prepared to discuss their aims in the context of a group.

Dates of the workshop:
Friday 29th October 2010: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Saturday 30th October 2010: 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday 31st October 2010: 10am to 6pm

For more information: - +39 3283383634

Workshop fee:
300 €
280 € - student price

Place of the workshop:
Spazio Labo’ - Centro di Fotografia
via Frassinago 43/2c, Bologna

Saturday, 2 October 2010

New Yorker Photo booth book review


From the founding of the Ottoman Empire, in 1299, to the
current negotiations to accede to the European Union, the
country we know as Turkey has had a complicated history.
“There are different interests in play in Turkey, from
secularism and Islamism to the traditional and the modern,
as well as between democracy and repression—often in
unlikely and contradictory combinations,” the photographer
George Georgiou explains. 
“It is these contradictions my work addresses and the
complexities of a large country that was a former imperial
empire searching for a modern identity.” Georgiou’s work
on Turkey, where he moved in 2003, first came to my
attention at the Open Society Institute, when it was selected
for Moving Walls
Now, nearly three years later, it has evolved into his d├ębut
book: “Fault Lines: Turkey East/West.”
It began with an idea of divided communities, something
Georgiou had explored in previous work on Serbia and Kosovo.
“I wanted to move the project away from the idea of conflict to
that of a nation caught between ideologies,” Georgiou writes.
“Turkey is caught between East and West in terms of Europe
and the Middle East, and I was interested in Turkey’s role in this
dynamic. Often the approach photographers take to Turkey is
exotic and ‘orientalist,’ fairly narrow and reinforcing a sense of
the ‘other.’ I really wanted to make a contemporary story
about Turkey.”
Though the book opens with a map of Turkey and a timeline
of the country’s history, the next hundred and thirty pages are
devoted to photographs alone (captions are relegated to the final
pages of the book, and there is no text by Georgiou or others).
It seems that Georgiou wants us to just spend time looking, to
see the contemporary Turkey that he discovered.
 Here’s a selection to get you started.
Slide 1 of 9
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  • In the cover image for the book, a woman cycles past a Turkish 
    fighter jet mounted by the seafront in Mersin, commemorating
    the invasion of Cyprus. 
    “Turkey is undergoing huge change and a lot of the work is
    aboutthat change. The changes are many: economic, social,
    political—and the landscape,” Georgiou writes in an e-mail
    from Ukraine,where he’s finishing another book,
     In the shadow of the Bear,about that country and Georgia.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Exhibiton and workshop in Rome

On October the 8th I will be exhibiting Fault Lines at the Fotoleggendo festival in Rome at
ISA - ISTITUTO SUPERIORE ANTINCENDI Via del Commercio, 13 - 00154 Roma 
 The site is only in Italian
 The festival also features Alexander Gronsky, Chris Morris, Phillip Toledano, Stefanio de Luigi, Luca ferrari and many more. At the same time another photo festival is taking place in Rome, Fotografia festival internazionale di Roma, so there will be plenty to see during this time.

From the 8th to 10th October I will be teaching a workshop with Vanessa Winship on the long term project.

And finally I will do a book presentation and signing on the afternoon of the 10th.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Alexander Gronsky

I meet Alexander Gronsky earlier this year in Latvia and had the pleasure of being at his wedding with fellow photographer Iveta Vaivode. The wedding took place at the end of the ISSP workshop and was the most perfect ending to a great week.

Alexander was the winner of Foam's  Paul Huf Award.
The prize is an exhibition at the Foam museum in Amsterdam which is on until 10th October.
He will be showing work from, "The edge" and "Less than one"

© Alexander Gronsky

A couple of the participants from my workshop in Latvia

A couple of the participants from my workshop in Latvia, working on long term projects.
Masha Osipova, is a Russian woman who grew up in Holland from an early age. She is exploring her relationship to her  home town in Russia, "My Russia"

All photos above © Masha Osipova

Taking a slightly different approach is Janka Husta from Slovakia, who is living in Singapore and photographing her lifestyle and friends.

All photos above © Janka Husta
I will post some more of the participants in the next couple of weeks.

Monday, 30 August 2010

ISSP workshop in Latvia

This years ISSP workshop in Ludza, Latvia, was a great success. An intense week of creativity, energy, debate and fun, carried out in the remoteness of Ezersala boarding school in the East of Latvia. I cannot praise the organizers highly enough for their altruism in bringing 65 participants together from 23 countries from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, India and Canada and a fantastic and diverse group of teachers, who were a real pleasure to talk photography and socialize with.

Shan Rixon from my workshop has made a nice blog about the ISSP experience

©Annegien van Doorn

©Kathrin Holighaus
Teachers at the workshop,
L to R   Roger Ballen, Andrei Polikanov, me, Ville Lenkkeri, Veronique Bourgoin, Julija Berkovica of ISSP and Peter Bialobrzesk.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Fault Lines featured on NYT Lens Blog

George Georgiou in Modern Turkey 
Through a series of haunting architectural and landscape scenes of Turkey’s rush toward modernization — and the resulting tension between the secular and the modern — George Georgiou
has visually put his finger on a kind of listless alienation which at times can seem to pervade globalized society. Turkey, traditionally a bridge between East and West, seemed a logical choice for such a cautionary vision.
His latest book, “Fault Lines: Turkey From East to West” (Schilt Publishing), forces us to consider not so much the emotions that connect us, but rather the spaces that separate us.
A soft-spoken photojournalist best known for searing black-and-white pictures from Kosovo and Serbia, Mr. Georgiou was always curious about Turkey, given its traditional rivalry with and closeness to the countries of his heritage, Greece and Cyprus. His visit in 2003 coincided with the terrorist bombings of a synagogue and of the British Consulate. They sparked a desire to go deeper in his understanding of the country. He spent the next five years living and working there.
The results of his explorations were far different than he expected. “My black-and-white work in Kosovo was more emotional and personal,” he said. “This required a contrast of styles to something landscape driven, and relatively devoid of people.”

The project crept up on him slowly. During frequent drives across the country, especially into Istanbul, he would notice huge and often multicolored apartment complexes springing up as part of the nation’s overall modernization. Many were the work of TOKI, the housing administration of Turkey.
Trying to capture this “alienating landscape,” Mr. Georgiou was drawn to small groups of people interacting — and not interacting — within and against these artificial constructs. It was a visual metaphor for what can be the homogenizing and disrupting effects of globalization.
“I was fascinated by how this sort of swamps all of us, and everyone is lost in their own heads,” he said.
Little by little, the book began to take shape and find its own visual language. “I am drawn to the space we find ourselves in generally as human beings” amid so much change, he said. “The imposition of an urban landscape that has been put upon this mostly rural landscape in Turkey with its hard mountains, 1,000 to 2,000 meters above sea level, allowed me to explore this.”
Mr. Georgiou is also at work on “In the Shadow of the Bear,” about Georgians trying to carve a new world for themselves in the face of rising tensions with Russia. He sees long-term projects as a way to push back against the shrinkage in print journalism. “The longer I do something, the more I understand about it at a much deeper level,” he said, which also allows his work to change and adapt.
In spite of the horrors he has covered and the foreboding quality of many of his images, Mr. Georgiou describes himself as a “strangely optimistic” person.
“I don’t believe that we are all going to end up the same because of globalization,” he said. “When I am in the States, it still feels like the States as opposed to Europe, which still feels like Europe. In general we are always making our lives better with each generation.”
As if to underscore this optimism, the book ends on a refreshingly hopeful note. After pages of bleak urban landscapes, the last few pages are devoted to a series of portraits of young people shot against blue sky. To the photographer, these images of youth — pictured as they walk through Taksim Square, the modern heart of Istanbul — seem to reject much of what has come before, and speak to the power of individuals to create their own destinies. “It is as if they are each saying, ‘We will not allow ourselves to be defined by others.’”

Friday, 13 August 2010

Balazs Gardi

Last night I met up with photographer Balazs Gardi for a catch up.
He has been working on a long term project about water, "Facing Water Crisis" and has just started uploading some of his multimedia works. He is using video and photography in a beautiful, seamless way I haven't seen before.

Due to its extremely hot climate and high GDP, the United Arab Emirates has one of the largest per capita water consumptions in the world. Shopping centers and luxury hotels are built with lavish water decoration. Developers construct apartments with as many bathrooms as bedrooms. Sprinklers pump desalinated water onto golf courses, while underground aquifers are also being pumped dry.

The abundant use of water in desert cities symbolizes life, wealth and progress in the eyes of locals, whose parents still remember a very different, very arid world. In today’s Gulf metropolises there are uncountable water cascades, fountains and decorative pools, which form a dreamlike atmosphere between the shiny new buildings and the sea. Gigantic land reclamation projects are carried out to host some of the most expensive residential resorts on earth. These constructions literally grow out of the sea and build new land into a unique aquatic habitat.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

New photos from Shadow of the Bear

Here are a few images from the Shadow of the Bear project from my last trip to Georgia. The project is progressing really well. I think 1 more trip to Ukraine in September might well see the shooting part of the project completed.

Invisible: London

A few random photos from the many I shot this summer for my London project.
Getting ready to go to Latvia to teach at the ISSP workshop during the whole of next week. Really looking forward to meeting both the other photographers teaching and the students. Usually I get a lot from these workshops, especially from the enthusiasm and energy of young photographers.