Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist 2019

Shortlisted works for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards interpret the modern world through responsive and thoughtful image-making.

Historic Recollection

Romain Veillon’s new series is a celebration of art, discovery and the passing of time, recording abandoned frescoes and paintings across Europe.

Between Worlds

Aesthetica Art Prize alumna Alexandra Vacaroiu explores the subconscious mind, bridging the gap between reality and imagined environments.

Timeless Narrative

Gillian Hyland’s photographs are steeped in narrative. Frozen in time, the images enter into subjects’ memories, visualising human moments.

A Painterly Aesthetic

Letizia Le Fur’s works are nourished by a sense of wanderlust – moving round spaces with a sensitive gaze. The images are laden with sensory markers.

5 to See: This Weekend

This week’s new exhibitions and must-see photography festivals navigate environmental, avant-garde and intimate photography.

Hidden Details

The genres of fashion, portrait, art and landscape photography collide in an exhibition of Erik Madigan Heck at Staley-Wise Gallery.

Contemporary Perspectives

The ninth edition of MIA Photo Fair opens in Milan, bringing together 135 international exhibitors to interpret today’s world.

Visions of a Continent

Impressions Gallery presents work by a generation of visual artists and filmmakers addressing what it means to live in Africa today.

Expressions of Identity

Scottish National Portrait Gallery launches a timely photographic investigation into notions of self-expression, performance and truth.

Landscape as Myth

London-based Alexander Missen examines the relationship between ideas and their aesthetics – how they manifest within our world.

Charting Discovery

Vincent Fournier’s Space Utopia is a collection of images documenting traces of exploration – pointing to future possibilities just out of reach.

5 to See: This Weekend

Street photography, fashion imagery and analogue film feature in this week’s exhibitions Each show pushes the limits of form and concept.

Wrapping the Body

Jennie Granholm’s works depict the struggles we face internally – physically, emotionally. The photographs explore the weight of expectations.

Global Connections

Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng respond to life in a globalised and interconnected world, navigating multiple languages and spaces through images.

Visual Proximity

Model Arbus Goldin pays homage to eclectic works from three of the most defining female entrepreneurs of American photography.

Complex Semantics

Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf turns 60, and for this occasion unveils a major retrospective has at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Immersive Journeys

Fashioned Worlds is a new exhibition positioning fashion as a portal through which to access a multiplicity of narratives and perspectives.

Evolving Practice

Renowned Magnum photojournalist Moises Saman discusses a new body of fashion imagery, demonstrating the evolving nature of the genre.

5 to Read: This Month

Aesthetica’s top five publications for March highlight influential architectural movements, poignant photography and the history of colour.