Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Surreal, sun-soaked scenes from the Florida coast

A member of Magnum Photos since 1963, Constantine Manos was a serious black and white photojournalist until 1992, when he decided to begin shooting a project called American Colour. In search of a new kind of photograph – one that was as extraordinary as it was surreal – Manos headed down to Florida, where the light,… Read more »

Shame: ‘It’s important to be outspoken’

Shame want people to know that they’re nice. It’s mid-afternoon and the five-piece are huddled around a small table at a pub in Tulse Hill, London. They’re rested, well fed and back from a quick cigarette break, apologising profusely for time it took them to smoke. “It’s one of the biggest misconceptions people have about… Read more »

Exploring Cuba’s underground surf scene

A new book dedicated to Cuba’s underground surf scene is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. The project, titled The Cuba Unknown, promises to tell the story of the sport– which is technically still illegal in the country – through stories, art and photography. According to the official summary, the book aims to reveal “a lesser-known side… Read more »

The cult club that transformed New York’s art world

By 1978, the East Village art scene was coming into its own, and a new movement began to take hold in the basement of New York’s Holy Cross Polish National Church at 57 St. Marks Place. Club 57, as it was known, was home to a group of young artists including Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf,… Read more »

Filmmaker Emmett Malloy on the escapist power of surfing

There’s a scene in The Tribes Of Palos Verdes where time stops for a moment. During the crescendo of a verbal assault from her increasingly unstable mother, Medina (a teenage outcast, played in the film by Maika Monroe) escapes out of her home and down towards the beach it overlooks. Once she arrives, she heads straight… Read more »

Malick Sidibé: Iconic portraits of African youth culture

Malick Sidibé – nicknamed “the eye of Bamako” – is one of Africa’s most beloved portrait photographers. Working across the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, he shot black and white studies of youth culture; unveiling an exciting, exuberant side to his hometown of Bamako in Mali. Now, coming just over a year after his death in April… Read more »

A love letter to the world, written with photographs

Over a period of 30 years, Magnum photographer Alex Webb and poet and photographer Rebecca Norris Webb have traveled the earth, capturing the mystical moments of life on film. Whether visiting London or Istanbul, Paris or Tijuana, the images they create speak to each other in a language that goes beyond words – creating harmonies,… Read more »

Living in England as a new Muslim convert

My latest project The House of the Prophet is a photo series which examines the lives of Muslim converts in modern-day England. According to a 2016 study by Swansea University, there are around 100,000 new Muslim converts living in England (a number that doesn’t include foreign nationals who have converted and moved to the United Kingdom). Unfortunately,… Read more »

Photos that celebrate New York’s forgotten surf scene

The rough, icy shores of America’s north-eastern coast are rarely associated with surfing – but a new book from writer Ed Thompson and photographer Julien Roubinet is on a mission to change that. Ice Cream Headaches, published by Damiani, explores the vibrant cold water surf community around New York and New Jersey. The book contains… Read more »

Tales from Dublin’s notorious HIV/AIDS separation unit

A bag of smack was much easier to acquire than a job for the people of Dublin in 1979. A combination of overcrowding, containerisation of cargo at the docks (resulting in a dramatic loss of employment) and newly-available, cheap heroin from Iran had set the scene for an epidemic in opioid abuse. Research reveals that, by 1982,… Read more »

The sex robots are coming – but are we ready?

Sex robots, and the implications of their wider use, have been heavily discussed over the last few months. Seen now as an inevitable part of our future lives, these dolls are becoming more technologically advanced with each day; boasting bendable limbs, textured skin, and heated jelly orifices. A recent report even suggested that “digisexuals” – as… Read more »