Posts By: Andrea Kurland

How to build your own completely sustainable utopia

As we stroll through urban labyrinths packed with apartment blocks, gentrified neighbourhoods and giant commercial centres, it’s easy to start dreaming of a different way of life. The impact these developments have had on our socio-economic environment, and on nature, has sparked a global spread of alternative lifestyle movements: all led by visionaries with a belief… Read more »

Nikon & NOOR to hold free workshops for photographers

Since partnering in 2009, Nikon Europe and the NOOR Foundation have come together each year to provide support, education and training for young photographic talent around the world. As it stands, their collaborative programs have successfully trained more than 175 students from more than 64 different countries – and counting. Now, for 2018, the partnership has… Read more »

The Spanish ghost towns that Hollywood left behind

50 years ago, in the far, southeastern corner of Spain, the province of Almería briefly came to be known as Hollywood’s home in Europe. Enabled by a geography that made it the ideal surrogate for the American Wild West, North Africa and – in some cases – the surface of distant, faraway planets, US studios flocked… Read more »

These photos capture what happens after war

For Sara Terry, there’s always been more to war than just bloodshed. In a career that has taken her from photographing the streets of post-war Bosnia to presenting a TEDx Talk in Houston, Texas, Terry has devoted herself to sharing and encouraging narratives that address the other half of conflict: stories of rebuilding lives, restoring… Read more »

Georgia O’Keeffe: A portrait of a woman ahead of her time

Georgia O’Keeffe is an American original, who created the life she wanted to live on her own terms, liberated from the constraints and constructs imposed on women during the first half of the 20th century. For over seven decades, O’Keeffe cultivated her public persona, challenging all aspects of the status quo, in order to live… Read more »

How one play sparked a global activist movement

It’s unusual for a writer to wish for their work to be irrelevant 20 years later, but that is the position of Eve Ensler, the Tony award-winning playwright behind The Vagina Monologues. “I had hoped by now they would be outdated, because it would have meant that we had come somewhere,” she tells me. But in… Read more »

Inside the strange world of space colonisation

For Monica Alcazar-Duarte, space has always been a source of inspiration. The Mexico City-born photographer has been drawn to humanity’s relationship with the cosmos for years now, examining the subject at length in the pages of her first-ever book, The New Colonists. The project, published by Bemojake, celebrates “the zeal, creativity and resilience” of the people who are… Read more »

Exploring gender, cults and spirituality in Southeast Asia

Mariette Pathy Allen has been capturing the world’s gender non-conforming communities for nearly four decades now. Using the power of writing, academic study and visual storytelling, the American photographer has spent her career giving a voice to the voiceless – sharing the experiences of the transgender, genderfluid and intersex people who have been left behind by… Read more »

Last night saw a victory for anti-gentrification activists

It’s 3:45pm on Tuesday afternoon, and a small group of protestors are starting to assemble outside the London College of Communication (LCC) in Elephant and Castle, London. Armed with signs, banners and megaphones, the crowd – growing larger as the clock nears the hour – begin to organise. Leaflets are distributed, instructions barked. A young… Read more »

A surreal portrait of life inside Guantánamo Bay

After 12 years working as a civil rights lawyer working with innocent DNA exonerees, Debi Cornwall made a major career change. Still invested in the lives of those wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, Cornwall put down the legal pad and picked up the camera in order to address the issue from a… Read more »

The legend of the East Village’s greatest photographer

Peter Hujar (1934–1987) is your favourite photographer’s photographer – a man who lived independently, crafting a life in downtown Manhattan that flourished between the Stonewall uprising of 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Inside his East Village loft, Hujar mastered his craft, pursuing the art without the burdens of commerce. Liberated from the… Read more »