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Stories of resilience and bravery are chronicled in Tim Franco’s new photobook on North Korean defectors
The French-Polish photographer sheds light on the experience of 15 individuals who took a leap of faith and fled the dictatorship, in search of a better life in South Korean
Marisol Mendez’s portraits of Bolivian women celebrate resilience in the face of ongoing patriarchal stigmas
Reappropriating Catholic imagery, Mendez highlights the impact of the colonial history in the ongoing sidelining of indigenous women in her home country
Kelly O’Brien pieces together an image of her late father with the help of spirituality and clairvoyance
Using her camera, the photographer interprets the intangible into imagery to attempt to gain a better understanding and connection to a family member she never knew.
Moreno’s Latest work draws on glamour, Freud, gender and performance as they navigate an isolated lockdown.
Artistic duo MacDonaldStrand explore the symbolism of flags in nationalist and far-right protest marches
By physically erasing the flags from images of protest, MacDonaldStrand highlight the similarities between enraged and violent nationalist mobs in the UK and US
Bindi Vora studies the language of 2020, selecting characteristic phrases and pairing them with a vintage archive
With nearly 300 images and still going, Mountain of Salt chronicles the sentiment of the unprecedented events of last year.
Travelling to the Nepalese Himalayas, Singh tells a story of faith, caste-based discrimination, and the search for new life
FORMAT International Photography Festival returns with both a physical and virtual programme, more expansive than ever before
Overcoming hardships and uncertainties, the festival’s 10th edition is themed under Control, and includes exhibitions curated by Marina Paulenka, Azu Nwagbogu and WM Hunt
Virginie Rebetez is a photographer preoccupied by absence. Her work explores themes around disappearance, loss and death, her subjects often physically absent or removed from the projects that depict them. Such is the case with Out of the Blue, which centres around the unresolved disappearance of Suzanne Gloria Lyall, who went missing in 1998 at the age of 19, in Albany, upstate New York. Out of the Blue was published last year by Meta/Books, and is showing in Mutable/Multiple at Quad during Format.
Lyall has never been found but traces of her remain even now, more than 20 years later. “Photography has this relationship with traces but also with proof and reality,” explains Rebetez, whose work attempts to make concrete something unthinkable, this vacuum, by becoming acquainted with Suzanne and her life in her absence. “It’s really interesting to work on something invisible with photography because somehow it gives something material to that which is not present,” she says.