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Meet this month’s OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, Gustavo Tavares

© Gustavo Tavares

Gustavo’s photograph is of the small airport in Pyramiden, an abandoned soviet coal mining city in the Svalbard archipelago, Norway Gustavo Tavares has spent many years exploring the arctic, photographing the landscapes as a way to understand the climate’s harshness, and the relationship between man and nature. For Gustavo, the arctic embodies a fractured sense of home. It is not where he lives, but where …

Christopher Bethell on his complex relationship to home

Meet one of our featured photographers, Christopher Bethell, who explores his identity through his work Christopher Bethell’s work comes from a desire to explore his identity, making his personal reflections universal. His complex relationship to home comes from his dual American and British citizenship. Despite never having visited America, he has always thought of it as a home, and so embarked on his major MA …

Brandon Dare explains why home is at the heart of all his work

Meet one of our featured photographers, Brandon Dare, whose work explores the unique emotions conjured by home Brandon Dare is currently preparing to enter his final undergraduate year at the University of South Wales, where he studies documentary photography, and he will soon be embarking on his first photography project away from home. Brandon’s previous work has always explored the emotional connections of home, first …

Alexander Mourant on creating work in unfamiliar surroundings

Meet one of our featured photographers, Alexander Mourant, whose work challenges the friction between our interior and exterior worlds Raised on the Channel Island of Jersey, Alexander Mourant has always been influenced by his surroundings, and seeks out projects far from home. Drawing inspiration from the notion of pilgrimage to and from sites, he attempts to exemplify the connection between experience and place. Mourant’s early …

Meet our first OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, Francesca Pompei

Francesca Pompei’s photograph depicts her father in Rome, her hometown, on a visit to one of their favourite spots Rome-based photographer Francesca Pompei is our first OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, having been selected by our online editor Diane Smyth as one of this month’s best entries, and voted for on social media by our readers. Her work is focused on art and architecture, and she …

Why Exhibit in Arles?

As we draw to the end of the first month of this year’s Les Rencontres d’Arles, we look at why exhibiting in Arles is so beneficial for photographers Our very first OpenWalls exhibition will be held next year in Arles. We are looking for up to 50 photographers to exhibit as part of a month-long group show at Galerie Huit Arles during Les Rencontres d’Arles …

Meet OpenWalls judge Daniel Miller, founder of YourDailyPhotograph.com

Daniel Miller is a photography dealer residing on the west coast of the United States. He is also the proprietor of two galleries, and founder of photography collecting initiative YourDailyPhotograph.com California-based gallery owner and entrepreneurial art dealer Daniel Miller began his auction site, YourDailyPhotograph.com, six years ago. Each day, he puts up three photographs for sale on the site, and these are then sent out …

A Postcard From Arles

© Niko Djavanshir

© Niko Djavanshir Pool parties, guerilla galleries, and pitchers of rosé. This year, we attended the opening week of the 49th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles. Here’s what we saw. The first thing to note about the annual pilgrimage to Arles is that you will bump into everyone you know. Queuing to board the plane at Luton airport, I spot several colleagues, some people I …

Meet OpenWalls judge Clément Saccomani, Managing Director of NOOR Photo Agency

Clément Saccomani arrived at NOOR Photo Agency in 2015, with fifteen years of experience in the photography industry. Having initially worked as Editorial Director for Magnum Photos in Paris, he now helms NOOR as Managing Director Clément began his photographic career as a press photographer. Represented by Gamma Agency, he covered news, conflict and violence against women, before joining the staff at Magnum Photos in 2009. …

Meet OpenWalls judge Vignes Balasingam, founder and director of the OBSCURA Festival of Photography

Vignes Balasingam has juried the POPCAP Prize for African Contemporary Photography, the Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards, and Travel Photographer Asia, and is now lending his judging expertise to OpenWalls Vignes Balasingam has an staggeringly extensive CV. His foremost position is as founder and director of OBSCURA Festival of Photography in Malaysia. Through the five editions of the festival, he has curated over 40 exhibitions, featuring …