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© J A Mortram

 Through his ongoing commitment to Small Town Inertia, Jim Mortram is dedicated to showing what life is like for people living in the margins of society. Basing his experiences solely around the area in which he lives, we see how the system is failing his neighbours and by extension the disadvantaged across the UK.

"Witnessing Tilney1's battle with Paranoid Schizophrenia over the course of the past 12 months, his medication changes, his endurance in isolation, his fight to exist and to navigate existence with and often without the regular support and contact with professional care teams, has been both terrifying and illuminating."

"It was as though watching a man drowning beneath the ice. I see him hitching for breath, chest heaving, eyes wild, fingers whipping at the indifferent, almost invisible, wall above.
I can do nothing but witness." J A Mortram, 2016







Film about Jim by Neale James
"This short film documentary introduces one of photography's more altruistic photographers and the people for whom his pictures have made real life impact."

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Klaus Pichler, the Austrian photographer who is executor of multiple excellent projects, announces his latest wonderful series, Golden Days Before They End. Visiting 'Branntweiner' around the country, Pichler and a writer, Clemens Marschall, braved these small dens which are usually early-opening for hardy regulars. As always with Klaus, it is a beautifully documented insight, this time into a culture on its last legs. 

"Pichler and Marschall went on a mission to find, document and explore the last of these refuges for a dying drinking generation. On countless wanderings through Vienna they found some of these places in their final throes. The book is a swansong for these bars that have shaped their customers' existences for decades, places that are soon to disappear forever." From the foreword to Golden Days Before They End.


Take a stroll in the Schrebergärten with Klaus' earlier aCurator feature, see the bizarre scenes at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna in Skeletons in the Closet and check out prisoner tattoos in Scarred for Life

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In his seventh aCurator feature, Rob Hann whisks us away to three new states. In continuation of his series 'I Dream a Highway' he went to Oregon, Idaho and Montana with his usual keen eye, kindly sharing his tour with me, a fellow Brit with a love of the American landscape. I'm always excited to see what he comes back with and think this could be the best series yet.


"In October 2001 I took my first American road trip with a camera. When I got home and looked through the pictures I'd taken I felt I had the basis of a photo book. I thought I needed to take one more trip to have enough material. Almost 15 years and many trips later I feel the time has come to take positive steps towards making that book. The photographs here are from my most recent trip in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. I can't imagine it will be the last." 
Rob Hann, February, 2016

You can see Rob's art in person - he is in New York's Soho several days a week selling his affordable prints on Prince Street. 

Go on Rob's past road trips -

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Girl Anachronism © Rocio De Alba

Rocio De Alba quit booze and took up a camera in order to regain control of her life and mental health. Having suffered from an excruciating irrational fear since childhood, and self-medicating in order to cope, this artist finds photography to be a savior. Independently productive, Rocio's concentration is on the frank portrayal of modern families, relationships and structures.


Then, check out the amazing "Miracle Baby" story... it must be seen to be believed. 

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From The Disturbance © Rayhannah Ali

Wonderful work from a young woman I met at University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea in the UK last year. Generally, the students were working on fairly mature, worldly projects. Rayhannah Ali says of her imagery "My work is about family and using collage to express different feelings of situations and meanings reflecting back to a South Asian culture." Unable to choose, I went with two projects. UNUNDERSTOOD is an embrace of and homage to the graphic imagery of Shirin Neshat while The Disturbance uses mixed media and family photos for a provocative experience.


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New Yorker Erica Price gives us a last glimpse at the Streit matzo factory, which recently left Manhattan's Lower East Side for a new home in New Jersey. Streit's kosher food was established in 1916 by Aron Streit, a Jewish immigrant from Austria, and the factory was making matzos at their Rivington Street location since 1925, operating two 75-foot ovens, producing 900 pounds of matzo per hour. 


Before they moved, not only did they let lovely Eric in, but a crew also made a documentary. Good stuff!


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Firelight on Mobius Arch, California © Don Whitebread

 Don Whitebread is a self-taught photographer whose photographs have been widely exhibited and well published. He fell for the night skies when camping as a kid, are he makes these mainly in the sweeping American West. Don also now teaches others the art of night photography. Visit his website for magnificent flora and fauna and more.


Some of Don's gorgeous photographs made in Yemen, in 2010, were published here in the blog in 2011. Don was able to visit as Yemen was "on the cusp of political and environmental disasters that may soon put an end to the Yemeni's proud, traditional and ancient lifestyle."

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Chris Killip
From the series In Flagrante Two
Two girls, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, Teeside, 1975
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© Chris Killip, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Last month, I was talking to a photographer I admire enormously and he told me had just seen one the best photographs of his life, at Yossi Milo here in NYC. It turned out to be the above 'Two Girls' by Chris Killip, whose photos I have much admired after embarrassingly only discovering him rather late in life. The exhibition was ending the following day so I bunked off work for the afternoon and headed to Chelsea.

Yossi Milo Gallery's presentation of fifty gelatin silver prints from the photographs that constituted his book 'In Flagrante' (Secker & Warburg, 1988) hand-printed by Killip, is the first time since 1988 that the series has been exhibited in its entirety and the first time ever in the United States. The images are culturally familiar and endearing to me and it was interesting to talk to some of the American viewers about the miners' strike and the Queen's silver jubilee street parties I remember so well. 

The unassuming photographer has been working at Harvard as professor of visual and environmental studies for many years and apparently will soon retire and cease printing his negatives. So if you're thinking about purchasing a print, now is the time to do it. 

Yossi Milo is pleased to announce that the J. Paul Getty Museum now owns a set of all 50 of Killip's prints and will mount an exhibition in the coming months. The book, In Flagrante Two, is out now from Steidl.


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From 'Close' © Natalia Evelyn Bencicova

Amongst the many emails that drop in on any given day I was stopped dead in my morning tracks by the announcement of this year's Hasselblad Masters. Natalia Evelyn Bencicova is in her early twenties and already making superb photographs, deservedly winning the 2016 award in the Portrait category. Happily, she agreed to be featured in the magazine so I chose images from two series on her website, 'Body' and 'Close' but I frankly would have been happy to publish any of her photographs. 

Here's to a bright future for Natalia and a feast of portrait delights for us. Do take the time to visit her website for more glories.


Good article over at Yatzer.

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From 'Body' © Natalia Evelyn Bencicova

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20,000 Leagues #2 © Michael Massaia 

In this latest portfolio, Michael progresses from the melting ice creams of the first 'Transmogrify' series to play around with bubblegum, creating a similar look and evoking more memories of childhood.* 

More hands-, or rather teeth-on, he chewed his way into visions of apparitions and organs, dusty curtains and sea creatures, using single pieces of gum after noticing how organic it looked when stretched and lit. 


*(I personally no longer blow bubbles)

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