Ukraine is still healing. Following the shocking deaths of over 100 protesters in the Euromaidan uprising – a wave of protests triggered by frustrated citizens calling for European integration and an end to political corruption – Ukrainians are still processing the violence that ensued. After the bloodless Orange Revolution in 2005, many thought these protests would be similar. Now, stuck between warring neighbours – Russia pulling in one direction, Europe in the other – many of Ukraine’s youth feel torn between their Russian roots and potential European Union future.
The Euromaidan protests are credited with not only removing President Viktor Yanakovich, but uniting an apathetic disjointed youth. In a country like Ukraine where corruption ran unchecked for years, few citizens were interested in politics. But when
Martin Parr, Henri Cartier Bresson, David Alan Harvey, Susan Meiselas, Alec Soth, Jim Goldberg, Bruce Davidson.
When it comes to photography it’s hard to draw up a more impressive shopping list of names.
USA. New York City. 1951. A new face for the new world. Photo by Dennis Stock.
USA. New York City. 1956. Wall Street. Photo by Leonard Freed.
But they are just some of the legends past and present to join the ranks of Magnum Photos, and now in their 70th year the collective is celebrating its history and just how far it has come. In an exhibition – Early Magnum: On & In New York – Magnum looks back at the city that shaped it, a chance to take stock and reflect on … Read the rest
Not much remains of Guayaqui Cuá in southeastern Paraguay. As fires continue to smoulder, wisps of smoke float over the charred slats of a wooden bed, burnt personal possessions and a few sombre peasants living under makeshift plastic tents, which are all that’s left of this small rural community.
Two days ago, security men from the nearby cattle ranch and local police officers, under orders of a large estate owner, moved in without notice to evict the community and raze their properties to the ground, explains a tearful María Lina Estorales. Sitting despondently on the dirt floor and wiping rivers of tears from her face, she’s trying to work out what to do next – surrounded by members of the other 21 families who lost their … Read the rest
It’s all kicking off in Lagos right now. From fashion to food, film and hip hop, Africa’s creative renaissance is well and truly alive in the Nigerian capital.
Yet when it comes to skateboarding, there’s an palpable void. Home to a staggering 21 million people, and holding the title of Africa’s most populous city, Lagos – or Las Gidi, to locals in the know – might just be the biggest city in the world without a skate park.
But local crew Wafflesncream are in the process of changing that – and fighting to help Lagos punch its weight on the global skate scene. After dropping Jide, the very first homegrown Nigerian skate edit last year, the Wafflesncream family took things to new heights when they … Read the rest
When photographer Julian Mährlein thinks about youth, his mind doesn’t instantly turn to the boring, tired stereotypes we’ve seen time and time again. Not the endless images commenting on social media obsessed teens, not the detached portraits of subcultures and expensive street fashion. Instead, when Julian thinks about youth, he’s all about neutrality and earnestness – a genuine wish to portray and understand, rather than judge or imply.
That perspective was particularly scarce when he started his London Youth series, right after the riots hit the capital back in the summer of 2011. While major media outlets focused on depicting young, tracksuit clad British people as savage beings getting off on mindless vandalism, ‘the most unpleasant and violent in the world’, Julian set out to … Read the rest
If I narrated a scene of a group of women heading into the outdoors at night, carrying strange objects and performing odd rituals, you’d justifiably anticipate the unfurling of a classic witch’s tale. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that the results of Klea McKenna’s nocturnal communion with nature—a series of photograms titled Automatic Earth—are downright magical. Rather than trying to conjure supernatural forces, however, McKenna captures the transcendent beauty of what’s plainly within reach, and reminds us that the mysteries of the natural world are already boundless. Her “photographic rubbings” of soil, concrete, and trees yield textured images that hint at the story of their making, but leave plenty unsaid.
She (1), 2016, Photographic rubbings of a redwood tree. Collage of 2 unique
Bricks are usually molded from clay, but in Karaba, a small African village in southwestern Burkina Faso, bricks are quarried out of the hillside. This hill is made of laterite, a reddish-colored rock rich in iron and aluminum.
Historically, laterite was cut into brick-shaped blocks and used in building. In Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and other southeast Asian sites, you can find many construction made of laterite. In more recent times, laterite instead of stone has been used in road laying because of the former’s porous nature.
Growing up in Rolling Fork, a small town in Mississippi, all photographer Ellen Rodgers wanted was to leave. The Mississippi Delta region is extremely rural, flat, and poverty-stricken, and Rodgers—the daughter of a farmer—had dreams of living and working in a big city. Rolling Fork doesn’t even have a stoplight, and Rodgers graduated high school with the same 15 people she had been in class with since kindergarten.
“I always heard about people visiting the Delta because they wanted to see where the blues was born. I could not for the life of me figure out what in the world they were talking about,” Rodgers tells Creators. “I affectionately called [the Mississippi Delta] ‘the butt crack of America.’ I’m not sure at … Read the rest
Each seasonal view picks up on a few of the captivating aspects of Norway’s least developed, yet most visually serene, locations. Clouded skies over landmasses, reflective waterways at sunset, and natural greenery all add to an artistic vision of Norway. Turbin Film is familiar with the inspiring terrain of Noway, having recently created a proportionately scenic video of skateboarders gliding and performing tricks across the … Read the rest
The artist’s studio can be a staging ground for any sort of desire. In Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s solo exhibition, Figures, Grounds and Studies, currently on view at Yancey Richardson Gallery, the photographer pictures the studio as a site of queer space and desire. At Yancey Richardson, Sepuya presents traditional portraits and large, collaged constructions comprised of many photographs of the artist and friends. Ripped, taped, and reconfigured by hand, the works presented are “self-referential studies,” taken mostly in the artist’s Los Angeles studio. “The figures are extractions from my social world, the ground is the recurring yet slippery space of the studio, and studies, a haptic re-working of figures and grounds,” writes the artist in his thesis report submitted last year to the University … Read the rest
A sailor holds the Leaning Tower of Pisa in his arms as if she were the nurse in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s classic “V-J Day in Times Square” WWII photo. There’s a deceiving simplicity to the work of Rich McCor, present in every image on his Paperboyo Instagram account. After all, how can an artist transform and reinvent some of the most recognizable landmarks in the world with just the help of black paper cutouts? But behind every picture Rich uploads, lies a meticulous study of vantage points, pop culture references, and even wind conditions that have made his photos so popular among his near-quarter of a million followers.
“It’s fun but it’s not as glamorous as I make it look,” Rich tells Creators. “On my … Read the rest