By Katy Cowan
New Blood is an upcoming exhibition in New York and London that will showcase the work of six photographers who are grabbing the attention of the creative community worldwide.
Recently snapped up by Magnum Photos as nominees, the show will include Matt Black, Sohrab Hura, Lorenzo Meloni, Max Pinckers and Newsha Tavakolian, as well as unique prints from Carolyn Drake’s Wild Pigeon series.
Collectively, the works demonstrate the diverse visual language of the photographers working both in traditional photojournalism and a more art-based practice.
The exhibition will include graphic black and white photographs from Matt Black’s ‘The Geography of Poverty’ series. In 2014, Black began this digital documentary work combining geotagged photographs with census data to map and document poor communities and in 2015 he undertook a thirty-state trip photographing seventy of America’s poorest places. Time Magazine named Black Instagram Photographer of the Year for this project.
Sohrab Hura was made a Magnum nominee in 2014, and a selection of his distinctive, dream-like, black and white photographs from the series ‘Life is Everywhere’ will be on display. Recent photographs by Lorenzo Meloni taken in Yemen, Syria and Libya, showing the impact of conflict on the landscape, offer a more traditional photojournalistic approach. Belgian photographer, Max Pinckers will display his series ‘Two kinds of Memory and Memory itself’, exploring the perception of Japan in the collective mind of the West.
Last but not least, Newsha Tavakolian will showcase ‘Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album’ – her series which attempts to convey the shrouded personal stories of the millennials who grew up in Tehran after the 1979 revolution.
New Blood will be an exhibition at Milk Gallery, New York from 13 April – 8 May 2016 before going on display at Magnum Print Room, London from 25 May – 29 July 2016. More information can be found online at www.magnumphotos.com.
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of the artists | Main image: Because a Diagonal Always Works. From the series Two Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself, 2015. © Max Pinckers/Magnum Photos
YEMEN, Sana’a. March 2012. © Lorenzo Meloni / Magnum Photos
Portrait of Somayyeh. 2014 IRAN. Teheran © Newsha Tavakolian/Magnum Photos
Fence post. Allensworth has a population of 471 and 54% live below the poverty level. USA. Allensworth, California. 2014. © Matt Black/Magnum Photos
White Jade River. 2013. A message about the soul of jade written by a Chinese jade carver. China. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Hotan. © Carolyn Drake/Magnum Photos
Stormy night. Laos. 2011 © Sohrab Hura/Magnum Photos