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How does sense of place impact your work?

In light of OpenWalls, a new award calling for photographers to respond to the theme ‘Home & Away’, we take a look at different interpretations of the theme For our very first OpenWalls award, we are inviting both emerging and established photographers, from all over the world, to submit work responding to the theme ‘Home & Away’. Up to 50 photographers will then be selected …

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 OpenWalls judge Genevieve Fussell, Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker

Genevieve Fussell is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, one of the world’s best respected publications, and she is now bringing her expertise to OpenWalls Genevieve Fussell is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, a magazine best-known for its mix of journalism, literary writing, art criticism and infamous one-panel cartoons, and now home to Photo Booth, a blog dedicated exclusively to …

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 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 …

Les Rencontres d’Arles

For our first OpenWalls exhibition, we are opening up the walls of Galerie Huit Arles to exhibit 50 shortlisted images for a month in July 2019, to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles. Since its inception in 1970, Les Rencontres d’Arles has been a major influence in disseminating the best of world photography, becoming a springboard for photographic and contemporary creative talents. Taking place in Arles, …

Announcing OpenWalls, Your Invitation to Arles

1854 Media and British Journal of Photography are welcoming entries to our first ever OpenWalls award, responding to the theme ‘Home & Away “Hosting OpenWalls is an exciting opportunity to create an outstanding curated exhibition in an unusual setting,” says Julia de Bierre, who is opening up the walls of her internationally renowned gallery, Galerie Huit Arles, to exhibit 50 shortlisted images for a month …