Posts By: Andrea Kurland

How to quit your job and make beer for a living

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It was back in 2013, while working at an Amsterdam tech start-up, that Do de Heij realised her passion for brewing. There, every Friday afternoon, she would see a colleague from the US bring bottles of his home-brew to the office to share among co-workers. “‘This was before you could buy home brewing kits at supermarkets,”… Read more »

A look back at the incredible legacy of Arlene Gottfried

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Arlene Gottfried, the legendary American photographer famed for her street shots of New York’s under-represented communities, is being celebrated in a new exhibition at the city’s Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery. The show, titled A Lifetime of Wandering, aims to pay tribute to Gottfried, who passed away at the age of 66 last August. It… Read more »

David Goldblatt’s monochrome portraits of South Africa

A plot-holder, his wife and their eldest son at lunch, Wheatlands, Randfontein. September 1962.

David Goldblatt was just 18 years old when the National Party was elected to power in South Africa – a group which institutionalised legal segregation that systematically exploited and oppressed the majority black nation. His new book, Structures of Dominion and Democracy (Steidl) begins in 1949 and continues through 2016, taking us across a sweeping arc… Read more »

How to make a difference without money or experience

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It’s a cool summer night in Leros, Greece. Sea breeze, music, laughter and the aroma of local cuisine consume the atmosphere. A gleeful woman dances with some excited children. A man sits next to them, regaling a family with tall tales. A huddle of people are engaging in an artistic workshop in the distance. Much of this is what you’d expect to see on a tourism-focused Greek island at this time of the year – except the people undulating in time to the… Read more »

Lessons in the street philosophy of Garry Winogrand

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“I photograph something to find out what it will look like photographed,” American street photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) famously said, revealing the fundamental principle of his philosophy. Through his lens, life was rendered anew, giving us a fresh perspective and vantage point for seeing the world. “The more interested you get in Winogrand the more… Read more »

Spiritual soundscapes: The global influences of Hatis Noit

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Hatis Noit’s strange, spiritual lullabies are steeped in mysticism. It makes sense: the Japanese singer fell in love with music during a mountain trek through Nepal, where she stumbled across a female monk singing ancient Buddhist chants. It doesn’t really get more mystical than that. “The sound moved me so intensely, I was suddenly aware… Read more »

The fight to save Hong Kong’s underground music scene

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In the southeast corner of Hong Kong’s Kowloon district, a dimmed warehouse sits on the second floor of a 25-storey building overlooking the deep waters of Victoria Harbour. From the outside, this subcultural space is rendered almost invisible to passersby – and it’s probably best to keep it that way. Upstairs, I meet the owner,… Read more »

Offbeat street scenes of vintage New York City

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Steven Edson was just eight years old when he was blinded in one eye by a pebble thrown by another child. While recovering, his neighbour, who was also an eye doctor, gave him a camera and he began to shoot. He quickly fell in love with photography – a passion he shared with his father,… Read more »

The collectives taking on Poland’s right-wing uprising

Four of the eight members of Flauta in front of the Przychodnia squat. From left to right: Zofia Kofta, Julia Niewiada, Tosia Ulatowska, Marek Tarnowski.

“It sometimes feels like the medieval ages here,” admits Ignacy Hryniewicz, who co-founded Synergia, a Warsaw-based collective that promotes social engagement, with his girlfriend Katarzyna Korytowska. His statement echoes a sense of frustration that a lot of Polish citizens have been feeling over the last few years. Since the Law and Justice right-wing party won… Read more »

Revisiting Cynthia Nixon’s contentious views on sexuality

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On Monday, Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy for New York State Governor. The 24 hours that followed were a giddy deluge of Miranda jokes, and reiterating that it’s Sex AND the City, not Sex IN the City. Sadly, the fun of actually enjoying a political candidate couldn’t last. While there are plenty of people who… Read more »