Your gaze hits the side of my face

Artist Barbara Kruger combines found images with pithy captions in a distinctive agitprop style. Her work Untitled from 1981 still packs a punch. A woman’s profile with eyes averted, her neck squared into a statue suggests a classical image of female perfection. But before we can explore this any further it is the alternating blocks of text, typeset […]

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Photography as Resistance

In America, the state of Texas is currently attempting to pass Bill 2918, outlawing the taking of photographs within a 25-foot radius of a police officer. Here in England we are subject to a litany of places and people we are not allowed to photograph, and while we internalise the media’s rhetoric of the photographer […]

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Incidents 005

In Incidents 005 a girl looks at us from the passenger window of a 1970s shooting-brake. With her hand to her head she holds an uncertain pose, a puzzlement of fashion affection and consternation. Henry Wessel’s title doesn’t give much away – an incident, something occurred, Wessel was there, he took a photograph and here […]

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Gedser

On a sunny afternoon in 2010 I went to Wolfgang Tillmans’ photography exhibition at Serpentine Gallery in London. Afterwards, as I walked through Hyde Park, it seemed as if his photographs had recalibrated my optic nerves – the colours and geometry of the park jostled with a new urgency to be noticed, to be photographed. […]

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Crossing Paths

Niall McDiarmid’s book Crossing Paths starts from a simple premise: one quiet Sunday in the winter of 2011 he walks to the station, catches a train, and starts taking photographs of the people he meets. He carries on like this, criss-crossing Britain, for three years. On a damp, overcast day in Margate, he takes this […]

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