Posts By: Andrea Kurland

The mysterious power of wild swimming

I’ve been wild swimming since before I was born. Even as I slopped around the amniotic waters of my mother’s uterus I got my first taste of the great cold shock, the wide horizon and the weightlessness of an outdoors swim. It was the summer of 1984 and as my poor, baby-thickened mum waded out… Read more »

Stormzy has made me proud to be a black Cambridge graduate

This year’s A-level results day came with a sprinkling of celebrity stardust, as Stormzy announced that he is funding two scholarships for black British students to attend Cambridge University. Speaking yesterday at Harris City Academy in Croydon, his old school, the rapper said: “When students are young, academically brilliant and getting great grades, they should… Read more »

A portrait of black British life in the ’70s

A new photography show looking at life in Britain’s black communities during the ’70s and early ’80s is coming to London this weekend. The exhibition, titled Back In The Day, will spotlight 25 images that address the politics of race and representation in the UK. It is tied to the upcoming release of Idris Elba’s directorial debut… Read more »

Pictures of really, really rich people getting drunk

While living in Oxford, Dafydd Jones won a photography competition run by the Sunday Times magazine with a series of black and white photographs of England’s latest generation of Bright Young Things. The year was 1981, and the nation had just endured a period of austerity filled with unrest and deprivation. The government were going… Read more »

Why is our quest for validation online becoming so desperate?

I nearly died this week. This isn’t hyperbole: I really did almost die. A UTI – yet another unavoidable memento of a completely disastrous love affair – turned into a kidney infection; left untreated, my heart rate and temperature soared and I ended up being resuscitated in hospital. I thought a lot while I was… Read more »

The strange world of Pakistani glamour photography

Sean Foley and Lukas Birk first travelled to the Pakistani frontier city of Peshawar back in 2005, when they visited the fabled town to interview tourists en route from Afghanistan. Fascinated by the culture of local photography in this historic centre of trade and commerce, they compiled Photo Peshawar (Mapin/Pix), capturing the magical mythos that lives within… Read more »

What was Roe Vs Wade – and why is it important now?

From Ireland voting to repeal the eighth amendment to Argentina’s August 9 ruling to keep abortion completely illegal, reproductive rights have been a huge topic all around the world in 2018. Even in the US, where abortion has been technically legal across the nation for nearly 50 years, the procedure still remains inaccessible to many. Prior to 1973, access… Read more »

The rise and fall of Sheffield’s brutalist post-war utopia

“I have always been interested in documenting communities,” explains photographer Bill Stephenson. “Particularly communities on the edge of existence.” This statement couldn’t be more readily applied to the photographs Stephenson shot on a Sheffield housing estate in 1988, when he captured a community that was literally about to be blown apart by the City Council…. Read more »

Over 100 years of Standing Rock, in photos

Frank Bennett Fiske was just five years old when his family moved to Fort Yates, North Dakota, to live on Standing Rock Reservation.  The year was 1888. For two decades, the people of the Great Sioux Nation were being annexed on to this land, with the US government repeatedly violating the treaties it wrote. As… Read more »

Capturing the street style of London’s young Muslim women

Nina Manandhar – author of 2014’s What We Wore: A People’s History of British Style, a photographic history of street style and subculture – is back with a new project. The venture, titled The New Mods, is a collaboration with Getty Creative, and sees the photographer capture a group of Muslim girls around their home of west… Read more »

The fundamental problem with ‘free speech’ & the UK media

It’s been a summer of extremes: of temperature and weather, as we see the effects of climate change in undeniable daily evidence, but also of political extremes, with the further polarisation of global politics. With Trump and the far right in the US continuing to unleash horrors with their horrendous treatment of migrants, rampant online hate… Read more »