In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

Keni. New Orleans, 2018, by Alec Soth, archival pigment print

Alec Soth is celebrated for the rich narratives he provides of overlooked pockets of America, from Mississippi to Niagra. His new monograph, I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating, focuses on the individual, exploring what is revealed through the dynamic between subject and photographer. Soth explains, ‘This project isn’t about geography, nationality, or other ways we conceptually try to understand each other. It’s simply about walking into another person’s room and beholding the fragile, enigmatic beauty of another person’s life.’ The book launch coincides with four exhibitions in San Francisco (Fraenkel Gallery), New York (Sean Kelly), Minneapolis (Weinstein Hammons) and Berlin (Loock Gallery).

I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating, £50, published by MACK. Pictured, Keni. New Orleans, 2018, by Alec Soth, archival pigment print. © Alec Soth. Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

8, by Marguerite Bornhauser

On view from 22-24 March at London’s AMP Studios, the group exhibition ‘Construction’ features works by established and emerging photographers. Parisian photographer Marguerite Bornhauser’s 8 (pictured) is a story of luck inspired by the writing of the late French author Françoise Sagan; the life of the lucky number is visually interpreted through hotels, beaches and casinos. Elsewhere, British photographer Suzie Howell ilso showing her poetic exploration of the rugged terrain of Sardinia. With constructed forms and elements of nature, the multimedia piece serves as a sketchbook for the study of an unfamiliar environment. Curated by Hannah Gedes and Max Ferguson, the exhibition is raising money for Protection Approaches, a charity working to end identity-based mass violence.

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

Preparing lobster pots, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall, England, 2018, by Martin Parr

One of the UK’s most acclaimed photographers, Martin Parr has long conveyed his wry affection for the country’s national identity and its uniquely British quirks through his intimate portraits of modern life. Supported by Gucci and the Bern Schartz Family Foundation, an exhibition of new and previously unseen images by Parr have gone on display at London’s National Portrait Gallery. With Brexit on the horizon, this spotlight on British identity couldn’t be timelier. But it’s not so serious – it never is with Parr, thankfully. His witty self-portraits lighten the mood, exhibited along his celebrated images of food and characterful photos of artists Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry. ‘For Only Human: Martin Parr’ is on view until 27 May.

Pictured, Preparing lobster pots, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall, England, 2018, by Martin Parr. © Martin Parr / Magnum

Writer: Sophie Gladstone

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