English Photographer Nick Waplington shared this sick photo of him skating back in 1979 at the Peanut Bowl in Guildford. If you’re not familiar with Nick’s photography we recommend checking out his book, Surf Riot, a documentation of the 1986 riots during the OP Pro Surfing Contest in Huntington Beach, CA.
Twelve international photographers participated in This Place, a monumental art project documenting Israel and the West Bank. Each artist brought their own perspective and unique approach to the medium of photography, resulting in a nuanced and multifaceted look at this complex part of the world.
Frédéric Brenner explored the myths and fantasies that comprise individual and collective identity in Israel. His images consist mainly of portraits with one exception, The Palace Hotel, an architectural subject.
Wendy Ewald used her characteristic participatory mode to engage and educate fourteen different groups throughout Israel and the West Bank. Instead of photographing her subjects, she handed out cameras and invited them to photograph themselves, their lives, and their communities.
Martin Kollar was fascinated with the ways in which Israelis conceive of the future. His photographs are intentionally mysterious, and recall film stills as the viewer is left to fill in the missing narratives.
Josef Koudelka photographed the separation barrier that divides Israel and the West Bank. His black-and-white, panoramic landscapes were published in an accordion-pleat book titled Zone.
Jungjin Lee’s meditative black-and-white landscape photographs capture the melancholy emotions she felt working in the region. Her richly textured photographs are the result of a painstaking technical process which involves first brushing liquid emulsion on handmade Korean mulberry paper before the final digital print is made.
Gilles Peress documented the lives of people living in Silwan, a village in Palestinian Jerusalem. He uses photography as a means of understanding the ways that war and conflict impact everyday human lives.
Fazal Sheikh photographed sites of former and existing Bedouin villages in the Negev Desert that are being erased through Israeli military and industrial interventions. He flew over the desert in a Cessna plane, and photographed the landscape from above.
Stephen Shore felt that the only way to fully grasp the region’s overwhelming complexity was to focus on a wide range of subjects and to employ a variety of photographic techniques. He worked in black-and-white, color, digital, and film, and shot landscapes, cityscapes, architectural subjects, and scenes of everyday life.
Rosalind Fox Solomon traveled all over Israel and the West Bank via commuter bus, mingling with an incredibly diverse range of people from all walks of life. Her black-and-white photographs engage viewers with their direct, emotionally honest depictions of her subjects.
In Israel and the West Bank, Thomas Struth photographed the same subjects he has worked on throughout his career: portraits, landscapes, architecture, and technology. He responded to the specific nature of the region but also to the ways in which public history makes itself felt on a human level.
Jeff Wall contributed a single photograph to This Place, titled Daybreak. The image shows a group of Bedouin olive pickers asleep at dawn on a farm in the Negev Desert, with a large prison glowing on the horizon.
Nick Waplington focused on the controversial subject of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. His work for This Place consists of formal portraits of settler families, and landscape views of the many settlements he visited throughout the region.
Stay tuned as we will be highlighting these This Place photographers and their individual projects in the coming weeks.
As lovers of fashion, we - and probably you - have seen a few photography books devoted to Alexander McQueen in recent times, but we’ve never seen one like Working Process, published by Damiani.
When photographer Nick Waplington (known, but not famous, for his gritty reportages depicting life from Israel’s West Bank to a Nottingham housing estate) was approached by Lee Alexander McQueen to document the making of his Horn of Plenty collection, he was flattered - but the timing was wrong.