Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Capturing the forgotten communities of Belarus

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I left my village – a small ‘agro-town’ in north western Belarus – rather intuitively, like most of my peers. I moved to Minsk to go to university. For 10 years I had a desire to return, and when I passed by the train station and heard the sound of an outgoing train, my heart… Read more »

The​ ​tropical​ ​BBoys​ ​of​ ​Venezuela​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​haven​ ​in​ ​Caracas

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Sweat is pouring down the forehead of 22-year-old breakdancer Jose Alejandro Rodriguez as he takes a break between sets. We’re standing in the middle of Tiuna El Fuerte, a community spaces built from shipping containers sandwiched between a highway and the Barrio of El Valle in Caracas, Venezuela. On the open-air dance floor before us,… Read more »

Documenting queer life under Turkey’s AKP party

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Helio Leon is a master of using colour to amplify the emotional tenor of a moment. In a bruised colour palette of violent purples, his images are opulent, sensual and raw. The Cork-based photographer’s new book, The Purple Room, is set across four cities and addresses Leon’s own odyssey into the queer experience. The bulk of… Read more »

Meeting the men who believe they’re Jesus Christ

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Before he began to find, chronicle, and photograph the lives of people who think that they are the Messiah – seven men from different parts of the world who believe, sincerely, that they are the Second Coming of Jesus Christ – Jonas Bendiksen was an agnostic photojournalist from Norway. He had worked for Magnum as… Read more »

Taking shots with Ireland’s underage drinkers

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Last summer, a friend of mine commissioned me to photograph the underage drinking that happens against the backdrop of the Galway Races. It was pitched to me as a raw, gritty, in your face type of commission – echoing the style of photographers like Martin Parr and Dougie Wallace. With that sort of style and… Read more »

Shooting the Lynchian landscapes of Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is a strange, sprawling place. Packed full of micro-villages and movie sets, the city is unlike anywhere else on the planet. It’s where movies get made, and dreams get shattered. It’s where otherworldly artifice collides with harsh reality. It’s also where people – from all over the world, and from all different cultures… Read more »

Jon Ronson on porn, gender and sexual humiliation

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In 2015, the documentary Hot Girls Wanted premiered at Sundance, shedding light on a seedy corner of the adult entertainment industry in Florida which manipulated naive girls. It was a strange, atonal film, confused about its stance, enacting some of the same prurient exploitation of young women it sought to condemn. Mainstream media doesn’t have… Read more »

Capturing the real faces of the global migration crisis

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A Somalian in Scotland, a young single mother, and a Sudanese teen living off dwindling family donations. These are the subjects of MIGRATE – a new exhibition capturing the real faces of the global migration crisis. The show, put together by Unicef initiative NEXTGen, sees eight photographers from around the world respond to the topic of… Read more »