Generation Wealth @ICPhotog

The New York based International Center of Photography is hosting an incredibly powerful exhibition ‘Generation Wealth‘ by Lauren Greenfield. The curatorial text has been written by Juliet Schor, one of the co-authors of our new book, ‘Green Economy Reader‘. The exhibition presents a rich tapestry of stories from contemporary America describing the current culture of…

Burtinsky. Watermark

My first encounter with Edward Burtinsky took place at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London where the screening of his documentary, ‘Watermark’, accompanied by a Q&A session, was organized a couple of years ago. In ‘Watermark’ Burtinsky tackles a very important topic of water, the origin of life, related to survival itself. His film…

Steve McCurry: Iconic Photographs

How did I get to know that Steve McCurry was coming to London to sign copies of his new book on Afghanistan I cannot remember. What I can remember is how eager I was to meet the Magnum master of travel and portrait photography. So without hesitating I boarded a red double decker Oxford Tube…

An Auteurist History of Film

‘An Auteurist History of Film’ by Charles Silver (1940-2016) is a little gem of a book conceived by its author as a series of short introductory notes accompanying film screenings from the New York’s Museum of Modern Art film collection that took place between 2009 and 2014. Covering true masterpieces of film making as diverse…

PARIS PHOTO 2017

This year PARIS PHOTO was even more exciting, full of memories and visual experiences than the previous one. One of the highlights has been a special curated collection by Karl Lagerfeld, which has in many ways been the pinnacle of the whole fair. Selecting some of the strongest photography from all over the world I…

After Photography

The book ‘After Photography’ by Fred Ritchin, the Director Emeritus of International Centre for Photography explores the new role that photography plays in the age of digital inter-connectivity, social media and citizen’s journalism. Continuing in the best tradition started by Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag and Willem Flusser, the author discusses how our reading of photography,…

Salgado: From my Land to the Planet

The little autobiographic book ‘From my Land to the Planet’ by the celebrated photographer SebastiĆ£o Salgado is a highly personal and hugely valuable memoir shedding light on Salgado’s life, influences, projects and publications. Starting with the description of his father’s farm in Brazil, where he grew up; his education as an economist at an elite…

Art and Sustainability

The ‘Art and Sustainability’ by Sacha Kagan published by Transcript is an immensely rich philosophical text exploring the necessary characteristics of philosophy of sustainability that could inform the new sustainable art. Drawing on the current theories of complexity and sustainability of Gregory Bateson, Fritjof Capra, Ilya Prigogine, Kagan discusses the principles of systems theory, emergence,…

Imaginarium

My latest discovery is a book called ‘Imaginarium’ by Claire Rosen. A real treasure trove of ideas to stimulate creativity for art photographers, it focuses on the necessary components for developing personal vision, exploring artistic roots and areas of interest and explores aspects of artistic lifestyle, time management, previsiualization, production, and the viewer’s experience. The…

Three Ecologies

‘The Three Ecologies’ by Felix Guattari originally published in 1989 is a rich and complex post-modernist piece devoted to the search of the true reasons of contemporary ecological crisis. ‘Despite having recently initiated a partial realization of the most obvious dangers that threaten the natural environment of our societies, they are naturally content to simply…

Rencontres d’Arles

Rencontres d’Arles is full of amazing personalities: famous and not-so-famous photographers, gallery owners, museum curators, journalist, photography enthusiasts, contemporary art aficionados, bloggers, journal editors, professors of contemporary art history and book publishers. This year the OFF programme (those exhibitions that didn’t get to the official selection of the Rencontres d’Arles festival) or off OFF programme…