The Portrait Issue
Franko-B’s performance art is confrontational, provocative and challenging. The portrait of the Italian artist based in London taken by James Tye, is just one of the shortlisted entries to our annual, nationwide exhibition Portrait of Britain, which celebrates its fourth edition this year.
It’s crunch time for Brexit, as the country lurches towards the extended deadline of 31 October. During this final countdown, Portrait of Britain makes a timely return, offering an alternative view of nationhood, defined not by the discord of fiery political rhetoric, but the everyday circumstances of its citizens in all its diversity.
For nearly 40 years, Roger Ballen has been an outsider, operating on the margins with his fellow art brut artists. Now a book and exhibition, featuring a life-size “alter ego” of Ballen called Roger 2, offer a glimpse inside the workings and processes of his dark mind – a world, he says, that, “reveals itself through itself”.
Michael Jang spent four decades building a vast archive of photography documenting the streets of LA, from underground artistic communities to adorned celebs. But it wasn’t until 2001 that SFMoMA discovered his hidden talent, now compiling a selection of in a new book and his first major retrospective.
In Projects, we feature three more photography graduates from British colleges – our pick of Class of 2019.
Laura Pannack’s social documentary work takes her to The Cracker, a stretch of land between two estates in Tipton, in the Black Country, where she meets the community of young adolescents who call it home. She talks us through the project, revealing that through getting to know her subjects, she was reminded of the challenges of childhood that she too experienced growing up.
Tim Clark explores Trevor Paglen’s new exhibition on show at The Barbican’s Curve gallery, investigating the changing landscape of “politics, prejudices and epistemological assumptions” driven by the rise of artificial intelligence. Elsewhere in our Agenda selection, Moroccan-born, London-based Hassan Hajjaj gives the Maison Europeene de la Photographie a colourful makeover. Plus we bring you our pick of the best exhibitions launching this October.
Sara Capovilla co-founded the Italian sports and photography magazine to respond to the gap in personal and intimate sport storytelling in her country. We speak to her about the values that underpin the biannual journal’s longform reports – commitment, perseverance, failure, competition and victory – in our Intelligence section.
In Berlin, we meet Barbara Stauss and Miriam Zlobinski of Studio Stauss, to discuss the evolving, yet still inherently relevant role of the picture editor. Plus, Damien Demolder shares his verdict of the new Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L lens.