Laura Zalenga (b. 1990) utilises the power of photography to tell stories, communicating raw emotions and tapping into the almost therapeutic quality of 21st century image-making. Introspection takes the focus within each page; languid figures grip to trees, submerge themselves into pools and sit alone in the middle of the ocean, whilst mirrored characters confront the idea of individuality within an empty field. Part of an impressive cinematic portfolio, these self-portraits demonstrate an interest in today’s organic world, where deserted geological formations and open forests create an intriguing parallel to insular characters. Dramatic lighting casts a heavy and embedded contrast into the pictures; small strips of sunlight and subtle hints of colour lift the works with a sense of the surreal. Zalenga’s impressive list of publications and clients include Adobe, Sony, Disney, Fiat, MaxMara, Ignant, Vogue.it, Lenspeople and Fubiz. www.laurazalenga.com.
Capturing the Elements
Unseen Photo Fair: Fifth Edition
Unseen returns for its fifth edition, introducing a programme that will challenge, excite and inspire. We speak to Head of Artistic Affairs, Emilia van Lynden.
Dusseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hilla Becher, Ben Brown Fine Arts
Bernd and Hilla Becher are best known for their heavy-contrast photographs featuring formalist architecture beneath overcast skies, having championed the German ‘New Objectivity’ style.