Random Slices #17

Art & Culture


This week the focus is on Photography exhibitions currently on in London. From African Space programme's to life in 60s Tokyo, there's some great exhibitions on at the moment. Have a gander:
Photography exhibition at the V&A made up exclusively of work from photographers across the Middle East. There’s some fantastic, other worldly pictures on show – a massive range of subject matter from reportage to staged, formal photography. Highly recommended.
The work of William Klein and Daido Moriyama focusses on the modern urban experience in New York and Tokyo respectively. Moriyama sprang from the Japanese Provoke movement of the 1960s and Klein’s photographs and films have inspired a generation of urban documenters. Looking at the similarity and differences of the pair’s work, the exhibition at Tate Modern is full of images that capture the many tones of life in the city and burn their way into the mind’s eye long term. Boom.
The pick of the bunch, the Deutsche Börse Photograhy Prize 2013 at the Photographers Gallery features the works of the four artists shortlisted for the prize – Mishka Henner, Chris Killip from the UK, Cristina De Middel of Spain and Adam Broomberg  & Oliver Chanarin of South Africa and the Uk respectively, who have been shortlisted as a duo. From Killip’s b/w images of working class life in northern england to Christina De Middel’s beautiful, hilarious Afronauts series –  photo’s of the failed Zambian space programme – the photography on display here is high quality, technically superb and, most of all, properly resonant. Great stuff.