Reading Time: 2 minutes The LA-based photographer bears witness to the glitz and glamour of Mexican American lowrider culture, as well as its intimacy, communality, and history
Reading Time: 2 minutes Over two decades since Raised by Wolves was published, Jim Goldberg presents a collection of unseen Polaroids from his decade-long documentation of Californian teenagers
Reading Time: 2 minutes An intimate series follows midwives and mothers through a surge in demand for home births
Reading Time: 2 minutes Plumb’s latest photobook The White Sky responds to her experience of growing up amid the arid landscapes of a West Coast suburb, and the environmental issues latent in her surroundings
Reading Time: 3 minutes French photographer and environmentalist Max Riché travelled to the devastated town of Paradise to find out how the remaining residents attempt to find new life amongst the ruins of California’s largest wildfire
Reading Time: 10 minutes “I am arguing for sex as both meaningful and meaning-making. It’s an uphill battle but I think the pictures help”
Reading Time: 2 minutes The photographer’s collaboration with illustrator Tallulah Fontaine and stylist Yeon You is a fictional story about two sisters in late-80s California, and the love, tension and grief that they share
Reading Time: 3 minutes Using colour filters and items collected on the road, Delaney Allen disrupts the familiar tropes of American road trip photography
Reading Time: 4 minutes “I got into photography because I’m a little restless, and I liked that it was fast,” says Brazilian photographer Mona Kuhn, who has just published her sixth book with Steidl, She Disappeared Into Complete Silence. Even so, the speed of photography haunted her, as Kuhn feared that her photographs would be consumed then discarded – like so many of the magazines she read and tossed away. “I wanted to stop time with photography,” she says. “That’s another reason I got into nudes, for the timeless aspect.”
She Disappeared Into Complete Silence is an experimental project shot in Acido Dorado, a reflective house in the middle of the Californian desert designed by American architect Robert Stone. Inside it are mirrored ceilings and walls, which refract sheets of golden desert light that flood the house. Here, Kuhn presents a solitary nude on the edge of the desert, removed from any symbols of time, creating “an abstraction of being,” and “a space where our mind resides”.
Reading Time: 3 minutes This month, we present a small selection of work that will be shown at Format festival, which returns to the Quad Arts Centre in Derby, England for its ninth edition this March. Under the theme Forever/Now, our edit of notable projects emphasises the festival’s slant towards ‘crooked’ documentary practices, where a lack of subject or search for the unknown is filled by fiction and interpretation.