EXPLORING THE POWERFUL VISUAL POETRY OF JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHER MICHIKO CHIYODA

by Benjamin Pineros It’s fair to say that Japanese artist Michiko Chiyoda is one of the most exciting photographers in the world right now. In little more than a decade, she has managed to earn features in multiple specialized magazines and her work has been showcased already in dozens of solo and group exhibitions in Tokyo. Chiyoda’s work is characterized by gentle, introspective scenes that invite the audience to gaze at her visual compositions like one savours good poetry. For these strikingly beautiful photographs full of silences and lingering thoughts, she has been the recipient of various accolades and distinctions, one of … Continue reading EXPLORING THE POWERFUL VISUAL POETRY OF JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHER MICHIKO CHIYODA

How photography can heal your life

‘An image made in a blizzard at the foot of Glencoe, losing myself in abstracting the landscape’. Credit: Doug Chinnery by Geoff Harris Following last year’s feature on how photography can help with mental health, Geoff Harris finds more stories that reveal the therapeutic and healing power of image making Frog Spawn before dawn high on the Long Mynd, focus and exposure stacked Credit: Andrew Fusek Peters Ever since the dawn of photography, people have been trying to figure out exactly what photography is and what it is for. Is it an art, strongly influenced by the aesthetics of painting? … Continue reading How photography can heal your life

Reading for Life: Polish Poet Aleksander Wat on How Books Helped Him Survive in a Soviet Prison

Art by Ofra Amit from A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader. “I had a great desire to live because I found Nietzsche’s amor fati in every trifle in every book, even the pessimistic ones. The more pessimistic the book, the more pulsating energy, life energy, I felt beneath its surface — as if all of literature were only the praise of life’s beauty, of all of life…” BY MARIA POPOVA “There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts. To read a book and surrender to a story is to keep our very humanity alive,” 100-year-old Holocaust … Continue reading Reading for Life: Polish Poet Aleksander Wat on How Books Helped Him Survive in a Soviet Prison

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Photography, with Gallerist Michael Hoppen

Ray Stevenson, Steve Havoc, Siouxsie Sioux, Debbie Juvenile, ‘Screen on the Green’, 1976Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery As his eponymous gallery shows a selection of “pictures on screens” at Photo London 2019, Hoppen shares his top tips for anyone in the market for photograph TEXT Belle Hutton Gallerist and photography collector Michael Hoppen’s interest in cameras and taking pictures began in his early childhood, at the age of seven or eight; training in image-making and buying photography came later. “About 40 or 45 years ago I started collecting photographs and buying them in markets and things – not that anyone else was really doing … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Photography, with Gallerist Michael Hoppen

The Many, Many Theories About Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Che Ritrae la Gioconda (Leonardo Painting the Mona Lisa), by Cesare MaccariCORBIS HISTORICAL / GETTY The artist, inventor, and all-around Renaissance man has been dead for half a millennium, but there’s no end to the wild sleuthing about him and his work. by MILT ESTEROW Leonardo da vinci died at the age of 67 on May 2, 1519, at the small manor house in the Loire Valley given to him by King Francis I of France. He was buried nearby in the church of the Château d’Amboise, which was demolished in the early 19th century. An excavation decades later turned … Continue reading The Many, Many Theories About Leonardo da Vinci

Visionary Photographer Edward Weston on Creativity and the Importance of Cross-Disciplinary Curiosity

Edward Weston: Pepper No. 30 (1930) “In this age of communication… who can be free from influence, — preconception? But — it all depends upon what one does with this cross-fertilization: — is it digested, or does it bring indigestion?” BY MARIA POPOVA “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos,” Frankenstein author Mary Shelley observed in contemplating how creativity works. All creative people recognize this chaos — the chaos of influences, inspirations, memories, and stimulations, cross-pollinating in the mind to germinate the seed of something we dare call original: our very own contribution to … Continue reading Visionary Photographer Edward Weston on Creativity and the Importance of Cross-Disciplinary Curiosity