This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Olivier Grunewald’s first retrospective, plus the 8th edition of Circulation(s) are both on in Paris, and a portrait series by Laura Pannack on Brexit’s impact on personal relationships. Also, the Indian Festival of Photography Open Call 2018. Next week there won’t be a post due to the Easter holiday.
Flashback: Elliott Erwitt NYC 1974
Origines – Olivier Grunewald
With 45 breathtaking images on show, this retrospective features work taken over a 30-year career spent documenting the extraordinary beauty and majesty of Earth, its energy and the extreme richness of its biodiversity. All images (C) Olivier Grunewald.
Galerie ARGENTIC 43 rue Daubenton, Paris 75005
Until 28 April 2018
This is the eight edition of Circulation(s) festival in Paris dedicated to showcasing young European photography with the aim of helping exhibiting photographers to gain greater visibility. This year 50 photographers are included in the programme and it’s a mixed bag, but this selection will give you a taste of what’s on offer.
Circulation (s) Festival
Until May 6, 2018
Centquatre, 5 Rue Curial
Separation – Laura Pannack
In this series Separation commissioned by BJP, Laura Pannack asks what does Brexit mean for love? The series comprises 13 portraits that “explore the angst and myriad emotions experienced by London-based couples who, as a result of Brexit, have been forced to contemplate separation” due to their differing nationalities. It’s an interesting approach to a complex topic further enhanced by the personal stories told by each couple.
Ellie: For the entirety of the 10 years that I have lived in the UK, I have been lucky to be surrounded by lovely people. No one has ever pulled a face when I told them where I was from and I’ve never experienced homophobic abuse. I doubt that would be the case if I was in Bulgaria. What upset me about the Brexit vote was the reality that not some, but over half of the population would rather not be part of the EU. Many jobs in the creative entertainment industry are contract-based, and not necessarily in the same country. A post-Brexit UK will make life harder for both European and British creatives who want to work on big productions. I now have to spend nearly £1,300 to get citizenship (fingers crossed it doesn’t fall through) mainly because Lars and I want to live and work in Barcelona. I don’t want to leave the UK to have my history erased and then find out that I can’t come back to the country which I’ve spent most of my adult life in.
Celia: I feel privileged to have come to the UK to study at Central Saint Martins. One of the aspects that makes CSM so special is its international atmosphere. It breeds creativity and this is the same reason why London’s creative industries are so exciting. Brexit will no doubt change this and one of the most important positives of the city will be lost. I am keen to work in the UK after I graduate, but I now fear that it will be much harder to secure a job. The possibility of studying an MA is also highly unlikely after Brexit, particularly if university fees for European students increase further.
Chris: Brexit means that the younger generation is having to accept the decision of the older majority. One of my main frustrations with Brexit is the illusion that democracy is fair. Everyone has a vote, but naturally a significant portion of the population is nearing, or in, retirement. The decisions being made about the future will not impact the older generation, yet they carry the most weight. I do not blame them for this, but my frustration grows when you see political campaigns promoting falsehoods, targeted to exploit their, perhaps, misplaced concerns.
Giacomo: When we heard the results of the EU referendum we felt betrayed. It was as if a curtain had been lifted and we could now see Britain’s true colours. Brexit made us feel as if the UK is not as tolerant, welcoming, or open minded as we had believed that it was. Perhaps we were lucky, and blind to this, because we live in London, but we always thought that the richness and uniqueness of England was in part due to its multicultural society. I thought British people valued European immigrants and how they contribute to the development of the economy and society. But, with the results of the referendum, we felt undervalued and deceived.
We are married, but applying for a British Passport is very costly and requires hundreds of documents and forms that frighten me. One of the most disappointing things is that my husband will not be able to live in Italy with me, or any other European country. That right has been taken away from him. Against our wishes, we have had to abandon our plans for the future, which we made before Brexit, as it is very unlikely that we will be able to live and travel freely between European countries.
To see the full series visit BJP.