The primary objective of photographer Ari Gabel, Ohio-born and raised, is to document the vanishing faces and stories of anonymous individuals across America. His unconventional compositions breathe fresh air into the documentary tradition via an aesthetic awareness that unites a disparate range of imagery. Ethereally-lit garages enshrouded in mist perfectly complement seemingly candid portraits, with the outdoors as the common denominator that ties this diverse body of work together. Gabel’s method fuses a research element with sheer instinct, allowing him to explore the environment around him and to establish a common understanding of the land. This approach also accounts for the refreshingly impromptu feel of his photographs, as does his fondness for the analogue camera, which he employs not for its novelty value in the digital age, but for its capacity to form a closer connection with his subjects. www.arigabel.com.
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, The National Portrait Gallery
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, open from 2 July. The exhibition is a rare chance to the works of several leading photographers of the 20th century.
Review of Royal Scottish Academy’s Resident ’14 Exhibition
The Royal Scottish Academy’s dual-part Resident ’14 exhibition has brought together 15 artists who have undertaken residences at venues across Scotland funded by the Royal Scottish Academy Residences Programme.