Once a month, one of this year’s Flash Forward juror will reveal the reasons behind their choices.
Photos by Cate Dingley, 2018 Flash Forward Winner
Published August 11, 2018
It can be challenging to find an under-represented aspect of a widely photographed topic. In photojournalism, there exist many tropes that photo editors see pitched time and again, from boxers to barber shops.
Every month, we’ll be catching up with a past Flash Forward winner to see what they’re up to today.
Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Simon Roberts, 2006 Brights Spark Award Winner
Published August 3, 2018
A glimpse through British photographer, Simon Roberts news section is dizzying. His work is on view at Side Gallery in Newcastle, UK, at the National Maritime Museum in London. It was also featured in the past few months at Cortona on the Move, PhotoLondon, AIPAD, to name but a few. And a new monograph, "Merrie Albion – Landscapes Studies of a Small Island," was published at the end of 2017. How does he do it? Self-reflection, balance and patience.
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A look at projects who were commended by Flash Forward in the past that continue to inspire us and feel as relevant as ever.
Each month, we’ll be hosting a roundtable with photographers in hopes of engaging discussion on questions of representation, ethics, responsibility, aesthetics and/or process.
With Amber Bracken, Bénédicte Desrus, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Endia Beal, Kali Spitzer, Stephen Mayes
Published July 8, 2018
Dignity and photography have long had a tense relationship. More often than not, especially when it comes to documentary and photojournalism, people are pictured at their most vulnerable, when facing tragic circumstances. However, as the photographers involved in this discussion share and demonstrate in their work, respect for those in front of their lens must always be paramount. But what does that mean exactly? How do artists and documentarians honour the dignity of those they are representing? And how can the care put in the act of making a photograph be clearly communicated with the audience?
On Our Radar
The following photo projects, publications, exhibitions, discussions, and events inspired and amazed us, since we feel they help move the field forward.
And, earlier this spring, the database Natives Photograph, which seeks to elevate the work of Indigenous visual storyteller by making it easier for photo editor, curators and art directors to find and hire photographers from those communities was launched. It joins a growing list of such directory, including Women Photograph, and Diversify Photo that aim to create a more inclusive and diverse photo industry.
Ina Jang’s (winner 2011) series Utopia, was on view at the James Foley Gallery in New York and featured in the New Yorker. Cutting out images of women from Japanese and Korean magazines akin to Playboy and photographing only their contours, she created a series that demonstrates how the poses favoured by these publications are meant to make the models appear passive and inviting, attributes that then translate into how men believe women ought to behave. A sharp commentary in the age of the #MeToo movement.