In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

Occidental Hotel, 2018, by Jack Latham

Nestled deep within the redwood forests of Monte Rio, northern California, lies Bohemian Grove – an elite gentlemen’s retreat whose membership list includes prominent business leaders, government officials, and even former US presidents. Shrouded in secrecy, the club has been marred with rumours of devil worship and mock human sacrifice. Nevertheless, this did little to deter Bristol-based photographer Jack Latham, whose series Parliament of Owls – winner of this year’s BJP International Photography Award – attempts to look behind the veil of this clandestine institution. ‘The idea of a context vacuum is a fascinating one,’ says Latham, ‘I think it’s only natural that we would want to fill these voids with theories.’ ‘Parliament of Owls’ is on view at London’s TJ Boulting gallery from 25 July – 17 August.

Parliament of Owls, £40, edition of 1250, published by Here Press. Pictured, Occidental Hotel, 2018, by Jack Latham

Writer: Jessica Klingelfuss

In the Morning, Athens, Greece, 1937, by Herbert List

Dreamlike still lifes and homoerotic male nudes by the late German photographer Herbert List are being exhibited at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery. ‘Young Men & Still Lifes’ (27 June – 31 August) is a harmonious appreciation of melodic and sensual form. Born in 1903, List began taking photographs in 1924 with little awareness of art, before going on to be inspired by the surrealist movement and Bauhaus artists, refining his style. As an openly gay man with Jewish heritage, List fled Germany to escape the Nazi police in 1936 and went on to widespread professional recognition in Paris and London.

Pictured, In the Morning, Athens, Greece, 1937, by Herbert List. © The Herbert List Estate. Courtesy of the Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

A.P. (no. 22), 2017, by Erin Shirreff

On show at New York’s Simon Lee Gallery, ‘Studio Photography: 1887-2019’ (27 June – 16 August) features works by a Who’s Who of photography, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray and Eadweard Muybridge, Wolfgang Tillmans, Torbjørn Rødland and Talia Chetrit. Their studio-based works unpick identity within portraiture, sculptural image abstraction, the history of the medium and more. Multi-generational conflicts and commonalities are brought to the fore as studio photography evolves from a specialised art form to an omnipresent aspect of visual culture.

Pictured, A.P. (no. 22), 2017, by Erin Shirreff, archival pigment print. © Erin Shirreff. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

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