In a first for BJP, we have partnered with Hamburg Triennial of Photography this issue, catching up with the festival’s artistic director Krzysztof Candrowicz and examining the festival’s theme of Breaking Point: Searching for Change. “For Krzysztof, photography provides a pertinent tool for examining these big subjects,” writes BJP’s editor Simon Bainbridge, “not just as a visual document of environmental emergency or hi-tech Armageddon, but as a tangible, thought-provoking exploration of transition.”
From the 320 artists included in the festival’s open submissions, we bring you our favourites – including Salvatore Vitale and his project on Switzerland’s obsession with security, which scrutinises the ways in which it shapes not only the environment, but also the Swiss mentality. Sarker Protick draws our focus towards Bangladesh’s Padma River, offering a stark warning of rising water levels, while Gábor Arion Kudász’s Human is a study of mankind via the metaphor of the humble brick.
Elsewhere we announce the winner of BJP‘s International Photography Award 2018 – Danish collective Sara, Peter & Tobias for The Merge, a future-sceptic project about artificial intelligence that chimes with the theme of the Triennial. We also look into what to expect from the upcoming fourth edition of Photo London, which has an expanded remit and extra space this year; and we preview London Nights, a major new photography exhibition opening in May at the Museum of London.
Plus, we chat to Milena Carstens from the German weekly Zeit magazin, and report back on the Rotolight NEO 2 kit.
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