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The OpenWalls 2019 shortlist has been announced

Last year marked the first call for photographers to apply for OpenWalls, an international award series that creates opportunities for emerging and established photographers to exhibit their work in prestigious locations around the globe. Naturally, the first OpenWalls stop is Arles, where, for a month each year, the leading names in photography descend on the city for Les Rencontres d’Arles – the world’s foremost photography festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival. To celebrate, 50 shortlisted and 3 finalist OpenWalls photographers will exhibit their work as part of a month-long group show at Galerie Huit Arles throughout July. Responding to the theme Home & Away, each of the images conjure a powerful and varied sense of place, incorporating themes of belonging, escapism and identity. Comprising photography of many forms –from portraiture and landscape to fine art and conceptual photography – the exhibition includes the works of Brazilian photographer Diego Fabra, and Alma Haser, whose selected photograph Razan seeks to convey the psychological damage of a seven year old girl, who has been …

Kasaragod Boys by Vivek Vadoliya

Vivek Vadoliya studies the colourful Freakers, a subculture of boys in Kerala, India, who are forging their identity via their smartphones

Living Room by Jana Sophia Nolle

Conditions for homeless people in San Francisco, California are thought to be among the worst in the world. Though it consistently ranks among the top three most expensive places to live in the US, in a report from September 2018, UN special rapporteur Leilina Farha condemned the “cruel and inhumane treatment” of homeless people in San Francisco as “a violation of multiple human rights”. German photographer Jana Sophia Nolle first visited the city in 2016, and was struck by this shocking disparity between the rich and poor.  According to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, on any given night, more than 7,000 people experience homelessness, with at least 4,000 sleeping unsheltered. At the same time, the city is home to Silicone Valley, and half of all the tech billionaires in the world. “I noticed that although these two worlds share a sidewalk, they are so disconnected in daily life,” says Nolle, “For me, this whole project was about forming human connections and relationships”. Nolle has spent the past two years travelling between Berlin and San Francisco, making …

Ones to Watch 2019: Alejandro Cegarra

Each year, British Journal of Photography presents its Ones To Watch – a selection of 19 emerging image-makers, chosen from a list of nearly 750 nominations. Collectively, they provide a window into where photography is heading, at least in the eyes of the curators, editors, agents, festival producers and photographers we invited to nominate. Every weekend throughout May, BJP-online is sharing profiles of the 19 photographers, originally published in the magazine. Discover more here. In 2014, Alejandro Cegarra collected both the Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award and the Ian Parry Scholarship on the back of his photoessay, The other side of the tower, shot while he was just starting out as a photojournalist, filling in on Venezuela’s foremost newspaper. It portrayed the lives of some 2000 families who live among the unfinished ruins of a 45-floor skyscraper in his home town, Caracas, an “emblematic symbol of the city” and the country’s downward-spiralling economic crisis. His star has been on the rise ever since, taking him on assignment to Haiti, Cuba and Mexico, with commissions for The Sunday Times, Bloomberg Businessweek andThe …

Photo London and beyond

On the event of Photo London, BJP-online presents a round-up of exhibitions taking place in London this weekend