Posts By: Andrea Kurland

A portrait of Stanley Kubrick as a young photographer

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Stanley Kubrick was just 17 years old when he became a staff photographer for Look, one of the biggest large format photo magazines of the ’40s. The Bronx native was a natural behind the camera, capturing scenes of everyday life that perfectly prefigured the intense sensibilities that would come to define his films. In the… Read more »

Inside the late teenage years of Basquiat

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New York of the late ’70s was a squall of dilapidation, dirt and danger, through which souls drifted, buildings blazed and bankruptcy loomed. It was a city coming apart at the seams; riven with violent crime and awash with homelessness. But amidst the precariousness of daily survival, artistic communities – in their rawest form –… Read more »

A trans woman shares her love letter to the NHS

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Dear staff of Yetminster Health Centre, I am writing to express my warmest, most profound gratitude for a small but incredibly meaningful gesture of validation that it appears one of you quietly arranged for me. I arrived home after spending a couple of months away to find a letter about cervical screening from the NHS,… Read more »

The sights, sound and soul of Colombian carnival

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When I arrived at 2017’s Colombia’s Barranquilla Carnival, first thing on Saturday morning, the city was deserted. After hearing about what a huge deal the event was, I was disappointed to find such empty and silent streets. But I soon realised the reason for the abandoned city centre. Barranquilla Carnival takes over the entire city… Read more »

An intimate portrait of life in modern Botswana

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Shortly after independence in 1966, Botswana was ranked one of the poorest nations in Africa. Yet, over the past 50 years, the southern African nation has risen to become one of the world’s fastest growing economies with flourishing mining, cattle, and tourist industries. One of the most sparsely populated nations on earth, Botswana is home… Read more »

Inside the UK’s most radical indie publishers

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There’s radical, and then there’s stubbornly, avowedly left-wing radical. Making money as a determinedly left-wing publisher seemed nigh on impossible in the 1990s when capitalism was triumphant and the Left in disarray, yet Pluto Press – publishing since 1969 – weathered the storm. Resurgent during the Iraq war of the 2000s and strengthening ever since,… Read more »

Why vogueing is returning to London’s dancefloors

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Many people have heard of vogueing, but it’s unlikely they have experience of the underground subculture that has – since flourishing in Harlem’s black and Latino LGBT community in the ’80s – hypnotised mainstream art, fashion and music. While it’s easy to be fooled by its flamboyancy, reducing vogueing to merely ‘dance’ would be ignoring its… Read more »

The unlikely rise of Trap music in Japan

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There’s a cliché of Americans moving to an Asian country, reinventing themselves and then coming back home with braggadocious claims about their experiences. But when I met Jack Goldman, 23, during his holiday break in Los Angeles, he didn’t tell any exaggerated tales about being “big in Japan.” Rather, he said something much more interesting;… Read more »

What films to catch at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest

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One of the largest and most significant celebrations of non-fiction filmmaking in Europe, the 25th edition of acclaimed documentary film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest returns to South Yorkshire from June 7 to 12 this year. Featuring a powerful, thought-provoking and eclectic mix of features, shorts, discussions, talks, workshops and live performances, this year’s festival reflects on… Read more »