Interview With AOP Nominee Photographer Ben Gold

Ben Gold was always destined to be a photographer. His fate was sealed when, as a young teenager growing up and experimenting with his camera, he discovered his family house was once owned by founders of the world renowned photographers agency Magnum. Since then he has photographed the likes of Charles Dance, Gary Linekar, Victoria Pendelton, and has travelled the world as a commercial photographer, his most recent works Festival Nights have been nominated for an AOP award.

Aesthetica spoke to Ben about his work and his feelings surrounding his AOP nomination.

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New Issue: Aesthetica October/November Out Now

The latest issue of Aesthetica has hit the shelves. It starts with William Klein + Daido Moriyama, opening this October at Tate Modern, which juxtaposes both photographers’ works and explores modern and urban life in New York and Tokyo. We also take a closer look at the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, whose show Bivouac opens this autumn at MCA Chicago. Tim Walker presents a breathtakingly surreal exhibition, Story Teller at London’s Somerset House, which combines the worlds of conceptual art and fashion photography. M to M of M/M (Paris) is a survey of one of the most influential and emblematic design practices and art partnerships in the 21st century. The Serial Portrait opens this autumn and explores the practice of taking multiple portraits of the same subjects. Six Lines of Flight runs at SFMOMA, and features key artists from around the world who have developed unique artistic organisations in six different cities that have become burgeoning artistic centres. Nadav Kander travelled the full distance of the Yangtze River, capturing the changing face of China. Finally, we introduce Formento & Formento, whose works construct a powerful cinematic narrative.

John Akomfrah: Hauntologies, London

Artist and filmmaker, John Akomfrah is opening his first exhibition for Caroll/Fletcher this Friday 5 October. Hauntologies reveals the virtuosity and depth of Akomfrah’s practice, as he considers on disappearance, memory and death. Presenting three new video, sound and installation works, plus a re-versioned video essay from 1998, Hauntologies comes to the UK for the first time.

Alpha-Ville Screening and Alpha-Ville Live, London

Alpha-Ville 2012 is opening this weekend on Saturday October 6. Presenting to their guests both Alpha-Ville Live and Alpha-Ville Screening, this London based organisation are dedicated to the promotion of digitial culture through their annual festival and wider activies. As their subtitle suggests, ART, CREATIVE TECH, MUSIC, WEB CULTURE, the weekend seeks to explore all types of digital art.

Encounters Short Film Festival Review, Bristol

Encounters Short Film Festival returns in 2012 with an even wider and more diverse spectrum of fascinating films, negotiating subjects ranging from the claustrophobia of captivity to the accidental beauty of the workplace, from regret and redemption to the unexpectedly fitting rewards of misguided optimism.

Yasusuke Ota: The Abandoned Animals of Fukushima, Amsterdam

Long forgotten from the Fukushima disaster, Yasusuke Ota turns our attention to the animals left behind in The Abandoned Animals of Fukushima. Opening on October 3, the photography exhibition will run until October 14 at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam. Focusing on tame animals, Ota captures the fate of abandoned animals that are dependent on human care.

Moving Image Art Fair, London

Moving Image will be returning to the Bargehouse in London’s South Bank this October, from the 11th until the 14th. The contemporary art fair, this year partnering with Aesthetica, will be showcasing an international selection of 35 single-channel videos and installations from Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South America, and North America. Guests can view the moving images in the context of a fair, while still allowing the artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms.