Joe Pettet-Smith’s Anarchy Tamed

Each summer, since 2010, a section of the Mojave Desert in Edwards, California, is transformed. The arid plains of North America’s driest desert play host to a post-apocalyptic fantasy inspired by the 1979 Australian dystopian action film Mad Max. Attendees spend five days in post-apocalyptic costume, inhabiting an alternative reality in which contemporary civilization has collapsed. The world, as we know it, is replaced by …

Singapore’s growing population

In her series 6.9, Amrita Chandradas explores the uneasy effects of conscious population growth in Singapore “Singapore has extremely little natural resources,” explains Amrita Chandradas. “Its resources are its people.” Several years ago, Singapore’s government pledged to increase the country’s population to 6.9 million citizens by 2030. At the time, Chandradas was studying in London, but these plans to increase the country’s population called her …

Inside our first exhibition in Arles

© Bryony Fraser 50 images are now on show for a month at Galerie Huit Arles, each responding to the theme Home & Away The start of July marked the opening week of the 50th anniversary of Les Rencontres d’Arles, the world’s biggest photography festival. To coincide with the commencement of the festival, the very first OpenWalls Arlesexhibition opened at Galerie Huit Arles, France, a …

The 13th Spring

From the series The 13th Spring © Aaron Hardin Aaron Hardin uses cicadas to explore the anxieties of new parenthood “I’m incapable of sitting in a place of pure joy,” says Aaron Hardin. “I don’t think it’s within me.” Looking at Hardin’s series The 13th Spring, you would be forgiven for not realising that the work is about the birth of his daughter, and his new …

Garden Street

From the series Garden Street © Urszula Tarasiewicz Urszula Tarasiewicz is the first winner of OpenWalls, with a photograph taken from her series Garden Street Poland-based photographer Urszula Tarasiewicz has been announced as the winner of the very first OpenWalls award, with her photograph of an empty flat in Lodz. The image forms part of the series Garden Street, a body of work documenting these …

China’s replicas of Western towns

From the series Shanzhai © Cian Oba-Smith Cian Oba-Smith explores the phenomenon of Chinese copycat architecture Over the last fifteen years, a large number of settlements have been built on the outskirts of cities like Shanghai and Hangzhou in China, to replicate Western metropolises. In one, Venice’s canals are reconstructed between Venetian-style buildings. In another, the Eiffel Tower has been reproduced in the centre of …

The hidden landscapes where our food is produced

Self seeded willows press against Polyethylene in the early morning light. © Marco Kesseler, Polytunnel Marco Kesseler explores the relationship between chaos and control in the natural environment Many people have seen polytunnels, but few have witnessed the vast manmade landscapes that are engineered within their polythene walls. In a new series shot across the UK –  entitled Polytunnel– Marco Kesseler ventures inside these structures …

OpenWalls 2020 is now open for entries

© Torsten Scheel, OpenWalls 2019 shortlist This year, we are inviting photographers to respond to the theme ‘Growth’ This year marks the second edition of OpenWalls, an international award aimed at creating opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work around the globe. Continuing from the success of our inaugural edition, this year’s OpenWalls exhibition will also be held in Arles to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles …

Home & Away from three perspectives

A Whole Skinny Chicken © Louise Hagger, from the series A Carp in the Tub, OpenWalls 2019 finalist Food, religion and abandoned buildings. Our finalist photographers have been chosen for their nuanced interpretation of the theme For the inaugural edition of OpenWalls, we asked photographers to respond to the theme Home & Away. From the thousands of entries, 50 shortlisted images and 3 finalist photographers …

The shortlist has been announced

50 shortlisted images, and three finalist photographers, have now been revealed for OpenWalls 2019 Last year marked the first call for photographers to apply for OpenWalls, an international award series that creates opportunities for emerging and established photographers to exhibit their work in prestigious locations around the globe. Naturally, the first OpenWalls stop is Arles, where, for a month each year, the leading names in …