Win a pair of tickets to see Father of My Children – Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard

In the spirit of keeping our eyes peeled for what’s happening in the arts world, we’ve just organised a fantastic prize for one lucky reader! As you know, if you read this blog regularly, I see the arts as interdisciplinary, flitting between the gallery, cinema and theatre. I have a serious commitment to film, and so, I was delighted to find out the one of Cannes’ prize winning films (Un Certain Regard), Father of My Children would be opening nationwide from 5th March.


Revenge and Familial Bonds: Katalin Varga & The Horseman

The theme of revenge and familial bonds are explored in two brutally honest new releases, Katalin Varga (Peter Strickland) and The Horseman (Steven Kastrissios). Katalin Varga was released on DVD and Blu-Ray yesterday, and tells the story of the title character, banished by her husband and her village with brutal ease and left with no other choice than to set out on a quest to find the real father of her son, Orbán. Taking Orbán with her under another pretence, Katalin travels through the Carpathians where she decides to reopen a sinister chapter from her past and take revenge. The hunt leads her to a place, she prayed eleven years prior, she would never set foot in again.

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Creating Icons: Gavin Bond in London

Gavin Bond is one of the UK’s most successful contemporary photographers having shot highly intimate and exciting images of many of the last decade’s most celebrated icons. From phenomenal front covers for leading music magazine Q and fashion magazine GQ, through arresting imagery for hit HBO dramas, to behind-the-scenes reportage of catwalk shows and concerts around the globe, Bond’s work has captured the hip zeitgeist of the Noughties.

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Kenneth Anger opening at Sprüth Magers London

Sprüth Magers is one of my favourite galleries. Their programming is cutting-edge and contemporary, while encouraging the beat of current debate in the art world, they are never afraid to push the boundaries. I loved David Maljkovic at Sprüth Magers Berlin, which ran until 16 January.


The Joys of Collecting and the Changing Nature of the Postcard

I am not generally a collector of things. I have never been overwhelmed by the power of the object, I guess, what it boils down to is that I’m just not materialistic. Anyway, this past Saturday, I was meant to meet a friend from New York in London (I haven’t seem him since I was 16), and as I was walking in to the train station he phoned to say there had been some delay, and that it would be best to meet up on Monday.

Eve Arnold to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Sony World Photography Awards 2010

Continuing with the theme of photography, following our last blog about Martin Parr’s latest exhibition, we are excited to discover that Eve Arnold (b. 1912) is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.

Eve Arnold began working as a photographer in 1946. Having started her career at a film processing plant in New York City, she then began studying photography under Alexei Brodovitch, the art director of Harper’s Bazaar, at the New School for Social Research in New York in 1948. Following her studies, she approached Magnum Photos with a series of work she had taken of migrant labourers in Long Island, subsequently becoming one of the first female photographers to be taken on by the agency. Initially working for the agency as a stringer, she became a full member in 1957, working under the tutorage of founders Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.

Fascinated by social commentary from the start, one of her earliest photo stories to be published was of black models at a fashion show in Harlem. After becoming involved in the civil rights movement, Malcolm X personally choose her to follow him on his tours. From the early stages of her career, Arnold photographed a range of Hollywood icons, including Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Marlene Deitrich and Isabella Rossellini, and developed close relationships with many of her subjects. She moved to London in 1962 with her son and became a regular contributor to the Sunday Times. Except for a six-year interval when she worked in the US and China, she has lived in the UK ever since.

Arnold travelled the world extensively, photographing in China, Russia, South Africa and Afghanistan. Her time in China led to her first major solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1980, where she showed the resulting images. In the same year, she received the National Book Award for In China and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers.

Arnold continued to photograph well into the 1990s, and in 1995 she was made fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and elected Master Photographer – the world’s most prestigious photographic honour – by New York’s International Center of Photography. Arnold has had twelve books published, receiving the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in 1996 for In Retrospect. In 1997 Arnold was granted honorary degrees by the University of St Andrews, Staffordshire University, and the American International University in London; she was also appointed to the advisory committee of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford, UK.

Alongside editing her work and preparing all her archive, Arnold captioned, dated and signed every one of her prints (amounting to thousands) and continued to be an active voting member of Magnum. Following her immensely successful and varied career, Eve Arnold is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards. She will be honoured at the annual awards ceremony in Cannes on 22nd April, the day after her 98th birthday, amongst leading figures of the international photographic community.

Scott Gray, Managing Director of the World Photography Organisation comments:

“Over such an incredible life and long career it is difficult to imagine what Eve Arnold did not capture on film, and what she did capture are some of the most abiding images of our time. We are proud and honoured to celebrate her life and work at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.”

Zelda Cheatle, curator and close friend of Eve Arnold, added:

“Eve is utterly delighted to be honoured with this award. For someone who began working in a tough world she never lost sights of her femininity and used her intelligence and powers of observation to succeed. I am still full of admiration for someone who shows such determination, perseverance and courage.”

A retrospective of Eve Arnold’s work, drawn from the Tosca Photography Fund Collection and curated by Zelda Cheatle, will be exhibited in Cannes (22 –27 April) as part of the World Photography Festival which will include workshops, portfolio reviews, student programmes and talks from World Photography Academy members and respected figures of the international photographic community.

The accolade, which was awarded last year to the French photographer, Marc Riboud, was created to honour a photographer for a lifetime of widely recognised and critically acclaimed work.

In the latest issue of Aesthetica we introduced you to the New Generation of British Fashion Photographers and constantly strive to inform our readers about the latest exhibitions, works and up-and-coming names in photography. Previous articles focused on the world of photography have included a report on The World Photography Awards 2007 which can be downloaded for free by clicking here and Diana Scheunemann: Naked truth of an ideal world which can also be downloaded for free by clicking here.

For further information on Eve Arnold winning the Sony World Photography Award for Lifetime Achievement visit: Sony World Photography Awards

Image Credits

1. CUBA. Havana. Bar girl in a brothel in the red light district. 1954.© Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos
2. CHINA. Inner Mongolia. Horse training for the militia. 1979.© Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos


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Working Men’s Clubs Through The Eyes of Martin Parr

Following Aesthetica’s feature on Martin Parr’s Parrworld at BALTIC last year, we take a look at his new show Working Men’s Clubs.

Martin Parr’s inimitable style of candid photography returns in the valleys of South Wales as his new show opens next week at the Earlswood Working Men’s Club in Cardiff. Originally being from the South Wales Valleys myself, this exhibition instantly appeals to me. My first thought was that I was glad such an honest, frank photographer was undertaking the task of documenting the spirit of these valley communities.

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Aesthetica’s New Issue: Issue 33 Out This Week

This is the week that we launch our latest issue of Aesthetica Magazine! Following our recently expanded UK and international distribution, we have introduced a fresh new look for Issue 33. This edition has a sleek, updated design and features expanded content focusing on innovative and contemporary subjects. Exploring the creative zeitgeist, Aesthetica’s editorial is engaging and offers new perspectives on contemporary arts, looking at the arts in relation to the social, political and economic.