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Issue 7912: Performance
British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography

British Journal of PhotographyBritish Journal of Photography
Issue 7912



178 Pages
210 x 280 mm
ISSN 0007 1196



We begin the year with the Performance issue. This edition’s cover image is taken by German photographer Isabelle Wenzel. Trained as an acrobat and professional skateboarder all before the age of 20, it is Wenzel’s own body that we see pictured in much of her work. It is a heightened expression of strength, athleticism and artistry, where she explores the ‘joys of inhabiting this human body’, as she explains to George H King in her interview.

The issue also explores the performative potential of the photographic medium. Curator Holly Roussell delineates the history of the slide show and projected photography through the 70s and 80s, and the impact this communication made on the evolution of contemporary art in China. Morgan Ashcom speaks about his latest project, Open, a series based on images that were originally taken in Palestine, and corrupted by Israeli police searches. Looking ahead to Carrie Mae Weems’ major retrospective opening this summer at the Barbican, we hear from nine photographers and curators who she profoundly influenced, including Antwaun Sargeant, Jess T Dugan and Zora J Murff. Other main features include special interviews with Rose Marie Cromwell, Alejandro Acín and Jem Southam.

In Intelligence, we ask James Hyman about his latest endeavour, the brand new Centre for British Photography in London. Plus, we are on location in Kyoto with Sean Lotman, and visit the hillside studio of Yan Wang Preston in West Yorkshire. As always, we end the issue with our pick of the best photobooks for the new year.

About the Magazine
British Journal of Photography is a photography magazine that includes in-depth articles, profiles of photographers, analyses, and technological reviews.The magazine was established in Liverpool as the Liverpool Photographic Journal in 1854 with its first issue appearing on 14 January 1854, making it the United Kingdom’s second oldest photographic title after the Photographic Journal. It was printed monthly until 1857 when it became the Liverpool and Manchester Photographic Journal, published bi-weekly, then the Photographic Journal from 1859 to 1860, when it obtained its present name. The magazine moved to London in 1864, first to Covent Garden; then in 2007 to Soho; and in 2013 to Shoreditch; then in 2017 to East India Dock. It was published weekly from 1864 to March 2010, then reverted to its original monthly period. It is now also available as an electronic magazine, online and in iPad and iPhone formats.

About the Publisher
1854 Media publish British Journal of Photography. They are an award-winning photography publication house.