In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

‘Lake Baikal’ Patricia Schwoerer

Opening 26 May and on view until 9 June at OFR, a gallery and bookshop in Paris, is Patricia Schwoerer’s exhibition ‘Lake Baikal’. Shot during her journey in Russia last year while temperatures were below -25°C (-13°F), the photographs reflect the intense experience of such harsh conditions. Schwoerer describes being totally disconnected, ‘as if in another world’, as she tried to focus on the ever changing landscape. There is something awe-inspiring about the ice as it turns into a new graphic sculpture every winter, creating abstract forms under the lakes surface.

Writer: Sophie Gladstone 

‘Playing for Keeps’ Caroline Tompkins and Molly Matalon

‘Playing for Keeps’, an exhibition of works by American photographers Molly Matalon and Caroline Tompkins, is now on show at Micamera in Milan until 29 June. Curated by Jamie Allen, their individual works convey a contemporary female perspective of romanticised America. Tompkins (pictured) reforms the masculine experience of American landscape and the open road, exploring a female-shifted form of freedom. Meanwhile, Matalon communicates a domestic gaze, one heavy with enigmatic temptation and sexuality. A dialogue forms between their images as they contemporise and expand the narrative of Americana, addressing power dynamics and ownership.

Writer: Sophie Gladstone 

Love me tender 74, 2018, by Katrien de Blauwer

For Antwerp-based Katrien de Blauwer, collage is an all-encompassing method that allows her to stretch broadly across imagery as she forms unexpected connections. Composed from images taken from old magazines, her photographs reveal a narrative, while remaining open to interpretation through de Blauwer’s exclusion of faces or gazes. On view from 18 May until 15 June at Galerie Les filles du Calvaire in Paris, her solo exhibition ‘Love me tender’ marks the launch of de Blauwer’s new photobooks – Why I Hate Cars, and Dirty Scenes (both published with Libraryman).

Pictured, Love me tender 74, 2018, by Katrien de Blauwer. Courtesy of Galerie Les filles du Calvaire

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

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