#BJP 7856: Tales of the City

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“It’s my sexiest project, for sure,” says Richard Renaldi of his latest photobook, Manhattan Sunday. Shot late at night and early in the morning in New York’s clubs, it’s a portrait of a nocturnal playground, peopled by free spirits. Renaldi moved to New York in 1986 and immersed himself in its clubs; 20 years later, he still enjoys a night out dancing, but set up a large format camera and tripod to shoot his series, on the dance floors and on the streets nearby. It was, he says “a little nutso, given the liability issues….but fun”.
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Renaldi’s series is BJP’s latest cover story, in an issue which explores many other facets of urban life. Dayanita Singh’s shots of factories in her native India offer a very different view of the city, for example, recording a country in flux as its manufacturing goes post-industrial. Fred Mortagne’s book Attraper Au Vol, meanwhile, show how skaters adapt rigid cityscapes to their own design, re-imagining the spaces and their possibilities. Meanwhile Mark Neville also explores how the environment is reshaped through play, shooting children and their games for a forthcoming exhibition called Child’s Play.

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Elsewhere BJP showcases’s Bruni Cattani’s examination of the humble carousel, Adam Makarenko’s cosmic dioramas and Enda Bowe’s anonymous Irish every-town; Richard Mosse talks us through his continued work with thermographic weapons, to be shown at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery, and JaipurPhoto’s second outing breathes new life into travel photography.