'Here and There' by Jillian Edelstein - A Review

Instead of picking up a gun, Jillian Edelstein picked up a camera.

Growing up in the Apartheid regime of South Africa Jillian made portraits that refused to turn away from suffering, and illuminated the deep bravery of her subjects in response to brutality. This body of work became her first book - Truth and Lies: Stories of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, published by Granta.

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A Warrior's Journey

 "We often don't give our minds enough space, and I think meditation is very helpful in that regard" Hari tells me with a warm and ready smile. "It's also about having confidence in what you're doing, knowing you're doing something good, helping others, and having trust in that." 

 

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'50 Portraits' by Gregory Heisler

"Portraiture is a peculiar pursuit. Documentary photographer Gary Winogrand once remarked that he photographed to see what something looks like photographed. Let's take that one step further: I photograph people to see what they look like, photographed. So that they can be held, studied. And truly appreciated." Gregory Heisler

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Photo London – a dialogue with Nadav Kander and Sandy Nairn

Looking at Nadav's work I sometimes feel submerged under water, pulled underneath the typical cerebral buzz that informs much of my day. This is both due to it's beauty, but also it's existential richness. Death, decay, vulnerability, power, flesh, movement, ignorance and revelation – all these are approached with a loving eye, an eye that refuses to avert it's gaze.  

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Portrait Session with Ryron Gracie

A key theme for me in portraiture is presence. I believe that presence is a core condition for excellence in any field, and the cultivation of presence opens the possibility for human development. It was a pleasure therefore to recently make the portrait of martial artist Ryron Gracie.  

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Portrait Session with Stuart Archer

Flavour, texture, colour, presentation, aroma, culinary style and technique, even the seasons of the natural world - all of these components are brought together with sensitivity and passion. It was therefore a real pleasure to make the portrait of Stuart Archer, one of this years Masterchef finalists.

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'Bodies' by Nadav Kander

The red reminded me of this by Dogen Zenji "To study the Way with the body means to study the Way with your own body. It is the study of the Way using this lump of red flesh. The body comes forth from the study of the Way. Everything which comes forth from the study of the Way is the true human body."

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