Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Documenting queer life under Turkey’s AKP party

Helio Leon is a master of using colour to amplify the emotional tenor of a moment. In a bruised colour palette of violent purples, his images are opulent, sensual and raw. The Cork-based photographer’s new book, The Purple Room, is set across four cities and addresses Leon’s own odyssey into the queer experience. The bulk of… Read more »

Meeting the men who believe they’re Jesus Christ

Before he began to find, chronicle, and photograph the lives of people who think that they are the Messiah – seven men from different parts of the world who believe, sincerely, that they are the Second Coming of Jesus Christ – Jonas Bendiksen was an agnostic photojournalist from Norway. He had worked for Magnum as… Read more »

Taking shots with Ireland’s underage drinkers

Last summer, a friend of mine commissioned me to photograph the underage drinking that happens against the backdrop of the Galway Races. It was pitched to me as a raw, gritty, in your face type of commission – echoing the style of photographers like Martin Parr and Dougie Wallace. With that sort of style and… Read more »

Building a career as a self-taught photographer

“I’m a workaholic… but I work by my own rules,” says Lola Paprocka, sipping a cup of tea in Huck’s 71a Gallery. “It’s really hard for me to obey.” DIY has become second nature for Lola since moving to London from Poland at the age of 18, when she could barely speak English. “I never… Read more »

Shooting the Lynchian landscapes of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a strange, sprawling place. Packed full of micro-villages and movie sets, the city is unlike anywhere else on the planet. It’s where movies get made, and dreams get shattered. It’s where otherworldly artifice collides with harsh reality. It’s also where people – from all over the world, and from all different cultures… Read more »

Jon Ronson on porn, gender and sexual humiliation

In 2015, the documentary Hot Girls Wanted premiered at Sundance, shedding light on a seedy corner of the adult entertainment industry in Florida which manipulated naive girls. It was a strange, atonal film, confused about its stance, enacting some of the same prurient exploitation of young women it sought to condemn. Mainstream media doesn’t have… Read more »

Capturing the real faces of the global migration crisis

A Somalian in Scotland, a young single mother, and a Sudanese teen living off dwindling family donations. These are the subjects of MIGRATE – a new exhibition capturing the real faces of the global migration crisis. The show, put together by Unicef initiative NEXTGen, sees eight photographers from around the world respond to the topic of… Read more »

The Berlin zine exploring the everyday reality of migrant life

With the refugee crisis still affecting millions of lives globally, there’s no doubt migration is one of the most pressing issues of recent years. Yet NANSEN – a magazine about migrants, written largely by migrants – offers a unique perspective in migration reporting by dedicating each issue to a single one, telling the individual stories… Read more »

Why geek culture is taking over Africa

A counter-intelligence agent who operates across Southern Africa. A powerful superhero who, when inflamed, becomes part razor. Labour migrants seeking to travel from Zimbabwe to the much more prosperous South Africa. These are just some of the characters who populate current Zimbabwean comics. And ground zero for bringing all these voices together is a one-room… Read more »