Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Capturing what happens after war

© Natela Grigalashvili, from ‘War Is Only Half The Story’, The Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing

For Sara Terry, there’s always been more to war than just bloodshed. In a career that has taken her from photographing the streets of post-war Bosnia to presenting a TEDx Talk in Houston, Texas, Terry has devoted herself to sharing and encouraging narratives that address the other half of conflict: stories of rebuilding lives, restoring… Read more »

Georgia O’Keeffe: A portrait of a woman ahead of her time

Tony Vaccaro, Georgia O’Keeffe with “Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow” and the desert, 1960. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Courtesy of Tony Vaccaro studio

Georgia O’Keeffe is an American original, who created the life she wanted to live on her own terms, liberated from the constraints and constructs imposed on women during the first half of the 20th century. For over seven decades, O’Keeffe cultivated her public persona, challenging all aspects of the status quo, in order to live… Read more »

How one play sparked a global activist movement

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It’s unusual for a writer to wish for their work to be irrelevant 20 years later, but that is the position of Eve Ensler, the Tony award-winning playwright behind The Vagina Monologues. “I had hoped by now they would be outdated, because it would have meant that we had come somewhere,” she tells me. But in… Read more »

Inside the strange world of space colonisation

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For Monica Alcazar-Duarte, space has always been a source of inspiration. The Mexico City-born photographer has been drawn to humanity’s relationship with the cosmos for years now, examining the subject at length in the pages of her first-ever book, The New Colonists. The project, published by Bemojake, celebrates “the zeal, creativity and resilience” of the people who are… Read more »

Exploring gender, cults and spirituality in Southeast Asia

Male spirit medium (nat kadaw), in Mandalay, performing in song and dance a tale of a female nat.

Mariette Pathy Allen has been capturing the world’s gender non-conforming communities for nearly four decades now. Using the power of writing, academic study and visual storytelling, the American photographer has spent her career giving a voice to the voiceless – sharing the experiences of the transgender, genderfluid and intersex people who have been left behind by… Read more »

Last night saw a victory for anti-gentrification activists

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It’s 3:45pm on Tuesday afternoon, and a small group of protestors are starting to assemble outside the London College of Communication (LCC) in Elephant and Castle, London. Armed with signs, banners and megaphones, the crowd – growing larger as the clock nears the hour – begin to organise. Leaflets are distributed, instructions barked. A young… Read more »

A surreal portrait of life inside Guantánamo Bay

Smoke Break, Camp America

After 12 years working as a civil rights lawyer working with innocent DNA exonerees, Debi Cornwall made a major career change. Still invested in the lives of those wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, Cornwall put down the legal pad and picked up the camera in order to address the issue from a… Read more »

The legend of the East Village’s greatest photographer

Gary Indiana Veiled, 1981

Peter Hujar (1934–1987) is your favourite photographer’s photographer – a man who lived independently, crafting a life in downtown Manhattan that flourished between the Stonewall uprising of 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Inside his East Village loft, Hujar mastered his craft, pursuing the art without the burdens of commerce. Liberated from the… Read more »

Snapshots of teenage life in Bermuda

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With its soft pink sands and still turquoise waters, Bermuda is about as close to paradise as you can get. The North Atlantic island, known locally as ‘The Rock’, is located over 1000 miles from the closest landfall – making it the perfect dreamy, far-flung escape. For Debra Friedman, this paradise became a home for… Read more »

Shooting the sidelines at Syria’s football cup final

Boys pose in front of a billboard featuring Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Shortly before they told me they love Russia.

In October, I photographed the Syrian Football Cup final in Damascus’s Tishreen Stadium, situated in one of the growing areas of the country controlled by the government. It was a Friday evening and the fans seemed somewhat incredulous: for years, crowds haven’t gathered for big events for fear of violence. Teams – when they did… Read more »

The sex zines you should be reading in 2018

© Anonymous Sex Journal / Ditto

Interest in the self-publishing industry has been rising over the last decade – and in 2018, that surge shows no signs slowing. As magazines across the world shut down and journalist’s budgets dwindle, more and more people are taking matters into their own hands: crafting zines that speak for friends, local communities, and marginalised voices…. Read more »