Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Visualising the rise of populism with post-truth pictures

Back in 2015, London photographer William Lakin began work on a project exploring the influence and societal impact of hyper-consumerism. While he was doing so, the European Union Referendum Law was unveiled during the Queen’s Speech following the Conservative general election victory in May of that year. A month later, across the Atlantic, a certain… Read more »

Melancholy shots of Dublin in the ‘90s

In 1991, over the course of three short visits, Krass Clement shot the streets of Dublin. The Danish photographer was on a three-month residency at Ireland’s Tyrone Gurhie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, and felt compelled to capture the capital – drawn to its melancholy corners and shadowy streets. His striking black and white portraits have now been compiled,… Read more »

Up close & personal with Sweden’s modern-day Vikings

“When Sweden got closer to the European Union, some Swedes started asking ‘what are we? what is our history, our identity?’” explains Ola, while we are riding on the highway from Malmo to Genarps, on a clear, crisp Sunday of mid-November. “That’s when the Viking scene became popular.” Outside, the southern Swedish county of Skane… Read more »

Exploring the strange, banal reality of life as a modern spy

On 7 March, 2017, WikiLeaks shared the first instalment of ‘Vault 7’, a series of publications that soon became the largest ever release of classified documents concerning the CIA. Comprised of 8,761 files and amounting to several million lines of code, the astonishing collection of data outlined the capability of the CIA’s Centre for Cyber… Read more »

The all-women zine fusing fashion and football

Being a female football fan is hard. People (read: men) can tend to second-guess your authenticity as a fan, quizzing you on your football knowledge just because of your gender. They doubt how much you know, and you often get accused of only being interested in the sport to impress a boy. (Newsflash: suffering the… Read more »

A trek through the mountains of North Korea

“Stairway to Heaven” was the song that entered my head as I clung to a 100m near-vertical metal ladder. Screwed onto a precipitous cliff, it led to peaks that shot skywards and ridges with jagged pinnacles. Below were other don’t-look-down ladders that I’d already conquered, which at that point looked like mini toys. I was in… Read more »

Portraits of life, death and desolation on the Western Cape

Knysna became a prosperous centre of industry in the nineteenth century. But some of its residents were left behind. Though their work made the area’s prosperity possible, the woodcutters of Knysna forest received no share of the spoils. Exploited for generations by timber merchants, they continued to live in dreadful poverty. When logging of the… Read more »

The strange, seductive digital art of Olga Fedorova

Both hypnotic and uncanny, seductive and foreboding – the digital artworks of Russian artist Olga Fedorova leave an immediate impression that’s hard to shake. Rendered with 3D technology, her eerie scenes are charged with a symbolism that brings to mind the Belgian surrealists like René Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Her influences create a strange and… Read more »

Paris Photo 2017: Seven series to revisit

Last weekend, Paris Photo returned to the Grand Palais for its 21st instalment. This year’s edition of the annual fair saw a grand total of 189 galleries and art book dealers set up shop in the French capital for a mammoth three-day weekend dedicated to the photographic medium. Featuring a diverse spectrum of artists and… Read more »

Photos that capture the real Brooklyn kids of the ’60s

In the wake of riots that began after the United States government ordered the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an urban affairs adviser to President Nixon, introduced a policy called “benign neglect” that would change the course of American history. The policy proposed systemic denial of basic government services to… Read more »