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Lee Grant, Nathan and Mac, BMX bros

Lee Grant, Nathan and Mac, BMX bros

Lee Grant

Nathan and Mac, BMX bros,
Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2009
From the Belco Pride series
Website – LeeGrant.net

Lee Grant is a documentary and portrait photographer who lives and works in Canberra. She is the founder and co-curator of Light Journeys as well as a founding editor of Timemachine Magazine. In 2010, Lee recently received a Master of Philosophy in Visual Arts from the Australian National University. That same year she was the recipient of the prestigious Bowness Photography prize. Lee has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), the Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne) and the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra) amongst others. A selection of her work was recently published in the Big City Press monograph Hijacked Volume 2: Australia and Germany. Lee’s work is held in the National Library, the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections and she has received grants from ArtsACT, CAPO/Singapore Airlines and the Australia Council.

Kate Peters, Noh, Chadian Refugee

Kate Peters, Noh, Chadian Refugee

Kate Peters

Noh, Chadian Refugee,
London, 2011
Website – KatePeters.co.uk

Kate Peters, born Coventry, England in 1980, gained a BA (Hons) in Photography at Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall in 2002 before moving to London where she is currently based. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and can regularly be seen in publications including Monocle, FT Weekend, The Independent New Review, Guardian Weekend, and The Telegraph. Her portrait of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in December 2010 and included in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition in November 2011. Kate’s first solo exhibition Stranger than Fiction was at the hpgrp Gallery in New York in February 2011. She has participated in numerous group shows including the Format Photography Festival in Derby, UK and the Darmstadter Tage der Fotografie in Germany. Several of her portraits form part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Photo News – Portrait Salon calls for unselected photographs from entrants to this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Portrait Salon is planning its second annual ‘Salon des Refuses’ for the unselected photographs from the well-known international Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

So, if you have one, two or a few of the 5,280 unselected images from the 5,340 images received by 2,352 photographers, then you can re-submit your images to Portrait Salon via the submissions page. If you don’t feel like doing the maths, this means that 60 images are shown each year. This year, if you have a betting inclination, the odds were a 1:89 chance of getting an image shown.

“Portrait Salon is a type Salon des Refuses – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – which has a long tradition as a fringe way of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen. Devised in 2011 by James O Jenkins and Carole Evans, Portrait Salon aims to show the best of the unselected entries from the 2012 photo portrait prize.

“Portrait Salon will celebrate the best of the rejected work in the form of a projection and newspaper launch in November. In order to maintain a high standard of imagery, the projection will be curated. This year, we are delighted to have the help of Open Eye Gallery curator Karen Newman, Hat Margolies from Lucid Rep and photographer Dan Burn-Forti.”

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions Tagged: Carole Evans, competition, James O Jenkins, National Portrait Gallery, Photography, Portrait Salon, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Erika Larsen

The simple fact is that Erika Larsen cannot take a bad photograph.  Her entire site is one stunning and compelling image after another, and well worth a visit. The clarity and beauty that she brings to her images comes from knowing her subjects, spending time in their worlds, and capturing the essence of a culture in a series of well crafted and soulful photographs.  The work featured today is from Erika’s project, Sámi ,The People Who Walk With Reindeer.  Erika spent 4 years living within this culture to create the work — there were no family ties, just a curiosity and need to understand the Sámi.

Erika’s uses photography, video and writing to learn intimately about
cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. She began working
professionally as a magazine photographer in 2000 specializing in
human-interest stories and sensitive cultural issues. Her images have been
published and exhibited internationally. Her work has been included in the
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, National Geographic Society, The Swedish
Museum of Ethnography and Ajtte Sámi Museum. Larsen is a recipient of several
grants and fellowships including a Fulbright Fellowship, New Jersey State Arts
Council Fellowship, Women in Photography Individual Project Grant and the Lois
Roth Endowment. Erika received a BFA and MFA from Rochester Institute of

Erika has created a crowd funding campaign for a book of Sámi ,The People Who Walk With Reindeer through Empas.Is and of you are interested in contributing, you can do so here.

Erika has two upcoming exhibitions of this work, at and Visa Pour L’Image International Festival of Photography in Sweden in September, and the Catherine Edleman Gallery in Chicago in 2013 

Sámi,The People Who Walk With Reindeer
came on a search to understand the primal drive of the modern hunter by taking
an inclusive look at an original hunter-gatherer, nomadic society.

I came to find people who could interpret the language of the land 
when it speaks.

I came in search of silence so that I could begin to hear again.

Every day in the Arctic extremes play upon the lives of the Sámi, an indigenous group native to the Arctic Circle of northern Scandinavia  and Russia–the largest area in the world with an ancestral way of life based on the seasonal migrations of the animals The Sámi are by tradition reindeer herders who have lived as nomads. Today only 10 percent of the Sámi population still works in reindeer husbandry, a business that is regulated by the European Union. By possessing a livelihood dependent on their surroundings, the herders must be acutely aware of changes in nature and more specifically the arctic landscape.

My photographs explore the Sámi herder’s symbiotic relationship with the environment, their existence in today’s world and their ancestral roots.This work was created in Kautokeino, Norway and Gallivare, Sweden where I worked as a beaga, or housekeeper, for a family of Sámi reindeer herders. I chose to immerse myself in this manner so that I could better understand what I was seeing and experiencing when creating the images. The actual image making process was intuitive but the process for understanding the culture required full immersion, through work, learning North Sámi language and listening.

The spoken Sami language, despite being derived from Finno- Uralic roots, has transformed over time and is considered an Arctic language rich in its ability to explain the natural world.

While the reindeer herding Sami remain largely insulated from urban life, they straddle two worlds – tied to their historical roots while acknowledging modern realities. They maintain a deep connection with nature and remain a semi- nomadic people, with little need for the world beyond the arctic landscape.  Yet the Sami are acutely aware of and embrace global connectedness, modern technology and popular culture.

Living with the Sami, I have observed nature being at once both beautiful and brutal. Through their lives, I hope to better understand our role as stewards of the earth and recognize the cycles of life and death and the role of people within this circle.

The Sami have managed to survive in extreme climatic circumstances for ages. As biodiversity, forest stability, water supplies and wildlife management become increasingly important global concerns, this community will be vital to understanding sustainability in the Arctic region.

Tina Hillier, Melinda

Tina Hillier, Melinda

Tina Hillier

Turku, Finland, 2011
Website – TinaHillier.com

Tina Hillier studied Photography at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth. She exhibits regularly in group shows and has twice been selected for The National Portrait Gallery, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Exhibition in 2010 and 2011. She lives in London, working on editorial, commercial and personal projects. 

Zed Nelson, Untitled

Zed Nelson, Untitled

Zed Nelson

, 2012
From the Hackney – A Tale of Two Cities series
Website – ZedNelson.com

Born in East Africa, Zed Nelson graduated from Westminster University, London, with a degree in photography and filmmaking. Having gained international recognition and numerous awards as a documentary photographer, Nelson’s recent work adopts an increasingly considered, in-depth approach to reflect on contemporary social issues through long-term personal projects. Nelson’s seminal book Gun Nation – a disturbing reflection on America's deadly love affair with the gun – was published in twelve countries and awarded five major international photography prizes. Love Me, Nelson’s second book, reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty. The project was recently nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Nelson’s latest project Hackney – A Tale of Two Cities explores the London borough that he has lived for most of his life. Nelson’s work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery, and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Laura Pannack, Dan

Laura Pannack, Dan

Laura Pannack

Brighton, 2009
Website – LauraPannack.com

Laura Pannack studied painting at Central Saint Martins and completed a BA in Photography at the University of Brighton. She recently received first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards. Her work has also won and been shortlisted for a total of 15 other awards since June 2008 and has been published and exhibited world-wide. These awards include first place in the Hotshot International Next Perspective Award, The Terry O'Neill Awards, The Taylor Wessing Prize 2009, The D&AD Awards and The Magenta Foundation Award 2009. She was chosen as the 'Judges Choice' at the Nikon Discovery Awards and was a finalist for the BJP 2009 Project Assistance Awards. Her work has been extensively exhibited, including being shown in The National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2009

Jacopo Maino

You’ve got to love a photographer that clearly states that he loves life and sleeps too much. Jacopo Maino is an artist and photographer who lives and works in three places: London, Geneva and Turin, Italy, where he was born. He
graduated with a MA Photography at London College of Communication, an 
MA Comunicazione Internazionale, Universita’ degli Studi di Torino, Italy 
and a BA Mediazione Linguistica, Universita’ degli Studi di Torino, Italy. His photographs have been published and exhibited internationally, and few of his clients include the National Portrait Gallery, Orpheus Foundation, Pirelli, Xerox Italia, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Coniglio Viola, and Fondo Associazione GiovAnna Piras.

His project, Once Upon a Time in Bermondsey, looks at a time worn football stadium that a small community just can’t abandon and are unable to give up the dream of former glory days.

Once Upon a Time in Bermondsey explores the concepts
of obsession, passion and commitment. It is a story about time – about
past, present and future, and how they merge in the collective
consciousness of a football club: Fisher FC.

Fisher FC is a London-based football club with more than one hundred years of history. The club was forced to leave its local area, Bermondsey, after a series of events eventually leading to bankruptcy in 2009. After that day, the club is wholly owned and run by its supporters. With their old home ground lying in ruins, the supporters’ obsession is to rebuild the club from the ashes, making it return to its former glory and to the area where it belongs, Bermondsey.