Re:Mapping the Flâneur

May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Image © Srinigas Kuruganti

It’s now 6 weeks since FORMAT11 ended. It took a while for everyone at ASA Collective and Wideyed to get over Mapping the Flâneur (it was a lot of hard work!), and then start digesting the experience…

Over the month that Mapping the Flâneur took place, 97 photographers from 20 collectives around the world contributed just over 700 of their images to the installation project. 700 images in a month might not seem like a lot in a world where thousands of pictures are uploaded to online image sharing sites every minute. But when you’re processing 700 images, publishing them with credits and captions to a tumblr site and sending them to print in a gallery, all one by one, believe us, it’s a lot. And at the end of the exhibition, we discovered we’d used 5 rolls of 40m long paper, totalling 200m, for the installation. Those are big prints.

As part of the application process for ACE G4TA grants, there’s a section dedicated to evaluation – ACE ask how you plan to monitor the progress of your work from start to finish, and consider its potential impact beyond. When you first start considering this, the most obvious measurements of achievement are quantifiable things like the numbers of visitors to the exhibition, press clippings and web hits; for example, based on the figures supplied to us by FORMAT, we estimate that 2,500-2,700 people saw Mapping the Flâneur in Derby. After that, there are things like written comments and word-of-mouth feedback, evaluation forms and SWOT analyses…

But it also occurred to us that, at the close of the exhibition, a large number and variety of images would have been received, and the potential to successfully re-curate these into another object – another exhibition, say – would be the most interesting measure of the quality of the project.

And that’s exactly what we’re about to attempt.

This is the gallery in Newcastle where we’ll be re-exhibiting Mapping the Flâneur – or Re:Mapping the Flâneur. The gallery is part of Newcastle Arts Centre, which 100 years ago was a department store, and the arched ceiling is a restored original feature. Given that the piece of work we’ll be exhibiting there was directly inspired by Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Arcades Project’, the fact that we’ll be using a space that not only looks like an arcade but was also used as a commercial space like one, is fantastic.

And this is roughly how we plan to use that space. Although the gallery is large, it’s nowhere near big enough to display five 40m long prints, so we’ll exhibit the best parts of three, and with these try to give an impression of the lengths of the prints and the scale of the original project they were produced in. The index card filing cabinet we used in the Collectives Encounter exhibition will make a reappearance, and we’ll also produce a 13m long print, especially for this show, as a means of introducing some context (information about the Derby installation, the photographers that took part and their collectives, and so on).

In addition, our collaboration with ASA Collective continues, as we’re working to transform all the images we received into something that can be screened or projected. Our hope is that any of the other collectives involved in this project can then take ownership of this piece, by showing it themselves if they wish. That they might take it for a walk…

The exhibition will run from 14th – 26th June 2011 at Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, NE1 1SG

6pm onwards on Friday 24th June, the projection piece being created for this exhibition will be screened at a special event, timed to coincide with Sunderland University’s ‘The Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0‘.

We hope to see you there!


Mapping Black Box

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

black box was founded in 2006, following a photography workshop on the theme ‘Football World’ led by Nigerian/Berlin-based photographer Mr Akinbode Akinyibi at the Goethe Institute Lagos.

Made up initially of 13 photographers of varied age and education, Black Box is a melting pot of temperaments and energy. Over the five years since the group was created, members have engaged in many artistic activities, either individually or in collaboration with groups. The diversity of perceptions and interpretations, and the understanding artistic experiences provide, has been the bedrock for the emerging consciousness of photography in Africa.

Members’ approach to work is flexible, as the collective’s principles afford each the freedom to create, individually and collectively. Photographers active within the group are: Uche Okpa-Iroha, Andrew Esiebo, Charles Ologeh, Adeniyi Odeleye, Abraham Oghobase, Mary Kassim, Chiemela Azurunwa, Charles Okereke, and new member Chidinma Nnorom.

Image © Uche Okpa-Iroha

UCHE OKPA-IROHA was a founding member of the Trans-African photography project, INVISIBLE BORDERS, a road trip platform telling African stories the African way. His work has been shown at the PHOTO BIENNALE “Recontres De Bamako 2009”, and he won the SEYDOU KEITA AWARD in Mali. Uche is currently a scholar at Rijksakedemie, in the Netherlands.

Image © Andrew Esiebo

ANDREW ESIEBO is internationally known with his essayist style of reportage which questions issues that seemingly could be seen contrary to society and abhorred, but which form an intrinsic part of society, and cannot be denied nor ignored. Andrew’s work has been included in the 2009 BAMAKO PHOTO BIENNALE, and exhibited nationally and internationally.

Image © Charles Ologeh

CHARLES OLOGEH‘s work has a certain ethereal quality. This sense of timelessness is his favoured mode of expression, with a dose  of theatrics added that give his works a compelling appeal. Ologeh runs a studio in the mainland of Lagos.

Image © Charles Okereke

CHARLES OKEREKE’s eclectic approach creates a vibrancy and variety of concepts which constantly blur but persist, most times dictated by the images themselves as he seeks to interpret these vibrations and simultaneously bring clarity to the perceptions. He is also a founding member of the Trans-African photographic platform INVISIBLE BORDERS, and his work has appeared nationally and internationally.

As a collective, BLACK BOX extends her hand to other collectives on a mutual exchange and working capacity, in every available approach or genre of photography, which could be mutually beneficial. This synergy, in truth, is what collectives represent and should be fostered: only on such basis do we thrive, and are thus sustained.

Charles Okereke <charlesokereke [at]>
Uche Okpa-Iroha <kedu4me [at]>
Charles Ologeh <charlesologeh [at]>
Andrew Esiebo <andrewphoto1 [at]>

Mapping Napo Images

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Napo Images was created in November 2008 by a group of friends who share mutual passion for developing and promoting documentary photography. Five photographers and a photo editor root their goals and work in classic ideals and values of photo reportage.

The agency and photographers are based in Warsaw, Poland. Having this Central Eastern European location permits fast and easy access on assignments in ex-USSR republics, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, the Balkan republics, Romania, Hungary, Germany. We work on worldwide assignments such as covering war in Afghanistan, documenting leprosy in India or the economic crisis in the USA. Filip CwikAdam Lach, Maciek Jeziorek, Piotr Malecki and Ewa Meissner concentrate their attention on creating long-term projects, reaching out for stories of  political and cultural importance with special focus on social reportage, relating to their subjects with maximum respect they deserve. We aim for the best in the form and means of communicating with our recipients, at the same time searching for new ways for documentary photography to reach broader audience by working with galleries, publishing photography albums or participating in international photography contests and festivals. Sharing inspiration and seeking new forms of analyzing visually the  world we live in, results in Napo Images’  efforts being published by leading Polish and international press.

* Napo Images is taking part in ’Mapping the Flâneur’ by ASA Collective and Wideyed at FORMAT11

Image © Filip Cwik

Image ©Adam Lach

Image ©Maciek Jeziorek

Image ©Piotr Malecki

Image ©Ewa Meissner
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Mapping Collectif Item

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Depuis une vingtaine d’années, en France comme à l’étranger, nombre de photographes font le choix de se regrouper afin d’imaginer ensemble leurs propres modalités de travail et de production. Ces structures collectives, montées sur le modèle des agences coopératives, cherchent par le biais de l’échange et du partage des moyens de production, à proposer des images « au long cours », loin de l’unique visuel choc à vocation illustrative. Ce mode d’organisation mêlant principes d’indépendance et de solidarité leur permet de préserver leur démarche d’auteur et de maîtriser la production de leurs images, de leur élaboration au choix des issues possibles.

*item [ITEM] n.m. :

1. élément minimal (dans un ensemble organisé); corps que l’ont peut considérer singulièrement (dans un ensemble)

2. réponse spécifique à une question donnée; élément de sens sur une problématique donnée

Né en septembre 2001 le collectif item se compose aujourd’hui de 5 photographes – Franck Boutonnet, Marc Bonneville, Romain Etienne, Julien Brygo et Bertrand Gaudillère – avec graphiste Yannick Bailly, et vidéaste/monteuse/preneuse de son Christina Firmino.

Le collectif item est une structure de production indépendante qui développe des compétences en matière d’écriture photo-journalistique. Un savoir faire qu’ils déclinent dans le domaine de la presse, de l’entreprise et des institutions.

Le collectif item est un espace de travail qui se donne le temps et les moyens nécessaires pour construire de véritables sujets pensés comme des récits photographiques à part entière. Sa production photographique fonctionne dans un dialogue permanent entre travaux individuels et projets collectifs, travaux personnels et travaux de commandes.

Le collectif item est un espace de diffusion qui s’ouvre au public en organisant des expositions individuelles ou collectives dans le cadre de son atelier pour donner à voir la diversité des écritures qui composent le champ du photojournalisme.

* Collectif Item is taking part in ’Mapping the Flâneur’ by ASA Collective and Wideyed at FORMAT11

Image © Bertrand Gaudillère

Image © Romain Etienne

Image © Marc Bonneville

Image © Franck Boutonnet

Mapping Zorye Kolektiv

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Photographers Jaka Adamic, Luka Cjuha, Matjaz Rust and Jaka Gasar formed Zorye Kolektiv to share their common interests and act together. The four of them work as photojournalists for various Slovenian media.

Zorye Kolektiv is the first photo collective in Slovenia, and joining together has enabled the photographers to have a platform for expressing their views of the world from their specific perspectives, in addition to their everyday assignments. It has also offered them a better way to promote documentary photography and increase its visibility. For the most part, the members of the Zorye Kolektiv cover domestic issues. At first sight, Slovenia might seem a slightly dull country, yet it reveals under its thin surface many very interesting and unique stories. The four photographers also document social issues, amongst them those relating to marginal social groups. When humanitarian projects are raised they support them by participating in charity exhibitions. Although they watch sad stories through their camera and through media reports all over the world, their wish is also to reflect other, brighter sides of life.

Currently, the members of Zorye Kolektiv are working on various projects. Jaka Gasar has been documenting: the life of Roma communities on their way to inclusion in society; the life of the iron industry town of Jesenice, which is also known for its immigrant workers from ex-Yugoslavia; and also the Slovenian Navy, which is likely to be the smallest navy in the world. Matjaz Rust has been documenting the story of a drug addict girl who strives to withdraw from drugs and recapture normal life. Members of Zorye Kolektiv make interviews with renowned local and world famous photographers, which they post on their website. Agencies such as Reuters, AP, AFP and EPA have bought their photos. Zorye Kolektiv has also founded a cultural and arts society in order to share their knowledge and experience with enthusiastic photographers, especially those of a younger generation. Members of Zorye Kolektiv have received multiple awards at the Slovenia Press Photo and the Slovene Association of Journalists contests. They have been preparing a summary exhibition of their work since they are celebrating the first anniversary of their collective activities.

Brnik, 2009 © Jaka Adamic

Helsinki, 2007 © Luka Cjuha

Wall Street 2008 © Jaka Gasar

Kuta Beach, 2009 © Matjaz Rust

Mapping Depiefoto

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Depiefoto nace en octubre del 2009. Es un blog dónde Elena Sarmiento (periodista) y Ana Zaragoza (fotógrafa) conjugan sus talentos para dar lugar a historias mínimas: las fotografías de Ana se enriquecen con los textos de Elena y viceversa. Su universo común habla de la vida, de esa de todos los días.

En febrero de 2011 el proyecto se amplía, creando una pequeña revista: Depiefoto Fanzine. Es un fanzine en el que imágenes y texto conviven para dar lugar a breves historias ilustradas. Cada número está basado en un tema distinto y los colaboradores, escritores y fotógrafos, elaboran sus creaciones en torno a él.

El primer número del fanzine bajo el tema: “Pasados imperfectos” se puede hojear online.

El segundo número estará disponible en la misma web a partir del mes de abril.

El fanzine es en castellano, pero incluye siempre una colaboración en una lengua extranjera y sin traducir. Los interesados en colaborar pueden encontrar las bases en el siguiente link.

Depiefoto está participando en Mapping the Flâneur con las fotografías que Ana Zaragoza está realizando expresamente para la instalación. El material producido servirá para crear, en un futuro, un producto para Depiefoto blog al que Elena Sarmiento dará voz.

Mapping Dvafoto

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

M. Scott Brauer and Matt Lutton started Dvafoto in 2005 as blog that showed two pictures, one from each photographer, side by side. It was a place where we could publish our pictures that would be seen in no other outlet; our audience was mostly our friends and maybe a bit of the public that wandered past. Sometime around 2008 we decided that we had more to say that just our own pictures would allow and wanted to share some of the stories and work we were seeing around the internet and changed the format to what we have now. Our goal is to share the pictures and stories that we find interesting, coming from the perspective of two young working photojournalists. Sometimes we’ll have a stronger opinion on something in the news (industry or international) and we’ll focus on that. Other times we’ll share our experiences living and working outside the normal spheres. Overall we’ve had a great response for this project, it has become a resource for the industry and those interested in what documentary photographers are talking about.

Since the beginning, when we were two college photographers just starting out of Seattle and in New York, we’ve had the idea of working together on projects but it for one reason or another has never come together. The Dvafoto project today is mostly a conduit for sharing stories and news that isn’t created by us, but our perspective and also our work will always be the backbone of the collective. For years we have been living in far corners of the world (for Scott, first China and now Boston, for Lutton, Belgrade, Serbia) yet we’ve been able to maintain and grow our project. This is hugely interesting and rewarding, and helps underscore the advantages of modern means of communication and sharing on the web. It also makes us very energetic for what the future might bring.

The ‘Mapping the Flanuer’ project is the closest we’ve come to a joint photographic project and we’re thankful for this opportunity and motivation. We are discussing some other ideas now, and are looking forward to future collaborative projects. A story that we could both photograph, with our own voices and contributing from our particular locations, would be amazing. Someday soon we hope.

Matt Lutton recently graduated from the University of Washington and is continuing his long term personal projects in The Balkans from his studio in Belgrade, Serbia.

M Scott Brauer recently returned to the United States after three years of work in China and is transitioning towards many opportunities in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Publications are pursuing our projects and we are eager to share our work with broader audiences in the coming days. Our partnership is codifying in an exciting way. Watch our work and our writing and keep your tabs on emerging international photojournalism.

Image © Matt Lutton

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