Category Archives: culture

Neville Southall tackles… the National Health Service

The NHS is the people’s property: it’s for the people, run by the people. Nowadays though it has become a political football (which isn’t the good type of football). Time is marching on and the Tories are dismantling things, and privatisation is very much at the fore.

The NHS is the best thing in Britain, to me it’s a place where you should be able to go for free no matter who you are. This must be saved – health should not be about how much money you have, or how important you are perceived to be. It’s about everyone being treated equally.

I doubt anyone in their right mind can say it’s perfect but, it has been mismanaged, underfunded and not been taken seriously … Read the rest

A surreal American love story, captured in photos

Michael E. Northup has been capturing the idiosyncrasies of everyday America for over four decades now. During that time, the Maryland-based photographer has become known for his stark, surreal aesthetic – capturing moments in time that are laced with irony, mystery and a mischievous sense of humour.

Northup’s latest book, Dream Away, is released this month on Stanley / Barker. His third solo publication, it tells the story of his love affair with Pam; his former wife, who he was married to throughout the ’70s and ’80s.

“It’s an intimate book not so much about our marriage, but about how Pam’s image was a part of my growth in this medium,” the photographer tells Huck. “I was enamoured by her beauty and her willingness to … Read the rest

An intimate portrait of a woman’s ‘second puberty’

In 2013, photographer Jennifer Loeber began photographing Lorelei Erisis, a middle-aged trans woman in the midst of what she called her “second puberty.”

Loeber – based in New York – first met Lorelei in the ’80s when they attended summer camp together as teens. Although they retained several mutual friends, the two eventually lost touch during college and remained out of contact for over 20 years.

“I ended up reconnecting with her on Facebook,” Loeber explains. “And it was then that I found out that she had transitioned from Robert to Lorelei.”

“At the time, I was shooting a nude series, so I asked her if she would be interested in posing for that. Considering we hadn’t spoken in 20 years, I expected her to be … Read the rest

George Clinton: Life lessons from a funked-up superstar

On Halloween 1976, a spaceship descended on the stage of a Houston sports arena in front of 15,000 people. When the smoke and sparks cleared, a figure calling himself Dr Funkenstein – dressed all in fur with a pair of shades – stepped out to the sound of P-Funk: a psychedelic mix of rock and soul played by incredible musicians in ridiculous costumes.

Dr Funkenstein and the Mothership (a stage prop constructed from a blockbuster budget) sprang from the otherworldly imagination of bandleader, songwriter and producer George Clinton.

P-Funk was conceived as “pirate radio from outer space” but its blend of all-out partying and social empowerment evolved into a way of life. Through elaborate artwork, sci-fi mythology and slang that sounded like a cosmic Dr Seuss, … Read the rest

The Gidi Tribe: Nigeria’s most exciting new youth movement

Chinedu Okeke and Oriteme Banigo started Gidi Culture Fest back in 2014, after feeling increasingly frustrated by the lack of community spaces available for young, culturally savvy Nigerians.

Now, five years later, the annual one-day festival has established itself as one of the biggest music events in the country: doubling in size with each outing, and shifting the world’s perceptions of young African culture.

“Gidi Fest started out of frustration of there not being enough outdoor events that brought the youth together,” explains Okeke. “We wanted to create a safe place that would allow the youth to channel their energy towards something positive. More than a festival, it was about a movement.”

The multi-sensory art, music and cultural experience took place in Lagos at the … Read the rest

Downtempo drifting: The sonic influences of boerd

For the latest Monday Mix, Stockholm-based musician boerd shares his selection of sonic influences; fusing downtempo electronica with euphoric synth soundscapes.

boerd, real name Bård Ericson, has become known for his introspective, meticulously made compositions. The 26-year-old has been making music for over a decade – cutting his teeth on chiptune and 16-bit video game consoles, before moving onto a stint as a professional double bass player with the Swedish Royal Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.

His latest album Static, released earlier this month, sees Ericson return to the role of bedroom producer – a move encouraged by his love for artists like Bibio, Aphex Twin and Burial.

“I went with a quite chilled out downtempo feel, since I listen a lot to this kind … Read the rest

Photos that flip the way we view sex, women and violence

“I don’t whether to be turned on or afraid, but I like it,” is often the default response when viewing Camille Mariet’s work – or at least it is according to her Tinder matches. “I don’t know if it’s necessarily weird, but sometimes I link my Instagram to my Tinder, and when I do, I literally get the same message from every guy,” she explains.

For the 22-year-old LA-based photographer, weird is a currency she’s used to working with. Pooling influence from old advertisements and porn, her cinematic photography depicts a world in which femmes hold the knife, and are more than ready to twist it in the heart of anyone who crosses them.

Mariet’s work is violent – whether it’s an image depicting a go-go … Read the rest

Thomas Dworzak shoots the places that shaped him

In Thomas Dworzak’s life, there have been three places that he has felt truly connected to: Tbilisi, Tehran and Cham, the small Bavarian town where he was born and raised.

While his relationship with each location differs, they remain united in the way that they have – at some stage in his life – provided him with some kind of home.

The photographer (who was elected president of Magnum Photos in 2017) left Germany aged 16 to pursue a career with the camera, travelling Eastern Europe before eventually settling in the Georgian capital, where he would live until 1998.

GEORGIA, Tbilisi. 2017

GEORGIA, Tbilisi. 2017

GERMANY, Bavaria, Munich, 2017

GERMANY, Bavaria, Munich, 2017

Tehran, too, had always been a place that Dworzak “dreamt” off. His fascination began after stumbling across Taste of the Read the rest

Capturing local life in Spain’s most ancient, spiritual city

It is estimated that over 200,000 pilgrims go through the several paths leading to Santiago de Compostela every year. Wayfarers from all over the world walk – or cycle – from as much as 1000 km to as little as 100 to honour the relics of Saint James the Great, believed to be buried in the main cathedral of the town.

Besides religious purposes, many embark on this journey for the adventure itself: the hiking and backpacking, as well as the thrill of following over 12-centuries-old footsteps. The most ancient route, the Camino Primitivo, also known as “the original one,” runs from the city of Oviedo and remains the most untouched to date.

The branded signage and souvenir shops of Santiago de Compostela – filled with … Read the rest

A portrait of life in South Africa’s ‘white-only’ squats

Plakkerskamp is a photo series that documents both the white squatter camps and white-only communities that have developed in South Africa. These images, taken around Pretoria and Johannesburg, represent a fraction of the estimated 450+ squatter camps in the country.

I grew up, and still live, on the Isle of Man. I’m based and work out of Peel, a small fishing town on the west coast of the Island.

In 2015, I spent a couple of weeks over Christmas living with and documenting migrants in the Jungle – the enormous makeshift camp that grew to a population of 7000, situated on the outskirts of Calais, France. After publication, I noticed a few comparisons made to the townships and white squatter camps in South Africa. I was … Read the rest