Bob Fitch, Martin L. King (Dr Martin Luther King Jr.), Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, December 1965
The Black Star Collection, Ryerson Image Centre
EXHIBITION: HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS, The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies St, 6 February – 6 April 2015
Under the curation of Mark Sealy, this exhibition takes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, made international law by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, as a point of departure, examining the ways in which photography can help to define and shape humanitarian efforts. This collection of hundreds of reportage images runs through nearly 50 years of human history from 1945 to the 1990s, touching on subjects as diverse as America’s Civil Rights Movement to political upheavals in the Middle East.
EXHIBITION: Charles March: Abstract and Intentional, Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Place, 2 – 14 February 2015
Photographer Charles March presents a deeply personal series of abstracted images of the natural world, creating a realm in which trees and landscapes expand and reconstitute themselves in accordance with subjective truths rather than objective realities.
The Shadow of a Doubt, 2014 © David Birkin
EXHIBITION: David Birkin: Mouths At The Invisible Event, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, 16 January – 28 February 2015
Photographer David Birkin uses skywriting to express the ways in which political bodies have controlled and surveyed the public’s relationship with war and conflict. Here, he confronts the invisible atrocities of the war on terror and the secrecy surrounding recent drone strikes.
EXHIBITION: Follow the Coloured Brick Road, artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, 15 – 21 February
Artist Elisa Cantarelli draws inspiration from The Wizard of Oz to construct The Coloured Brick Road, an installation along which she presents photographic pieces that have been transformed through careful dotting work. Each brick included in The Coloured Brick Road represents a fellow artist who has chosen to join Cantarelli on her pilgrimage to Oz.
Kerry, 15, is a young carer from Salford and one of the 24 portraits featured in the Hidden exhibition © Max Alexander/The Children’s Society/2015
EXHIBITION: Hidden: England’s Invisible Young Carers, [email protected], Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, 11 February – 22 February
Photographer Max Alexander, formerly a young carer himself, pays tribute to thousands of young people caring physically and mentally for others. The exhibition is supported by Young Carers in Focus programme (YCiF) and curated in part by the young carers themselves.
EXHIBITION: Year in Focus 2014, Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, 22 January – 11 February
Looking back on 2014, this exhibition features 60 photographs from Getty photographers who have helped to shape the ways in which we understand international news. With subjects ranging from the Ebola crisis that swept through Liberia to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, this curated collection speaks the defining moments of the year.
Installation view of Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee, Photo © Mark Blower
EXHIBITION: Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, 3 February – 12 April 2015
Critically acclaimed fashion and fine art photographer Viviane Sassen unveils a series of images captured during her time spent with the Saramaka people in Pikin Slee, Suriname. In chronicling daily life without electricity or running water, she finds moments abstraction, surprise, and beauty.
EXHIBITION: Roy Voss: All the World’s a Sunny Day, Matt’s Gallery, 42–44 Copperfield Road, 21 January–8 March 2015
Roy Voss reconstructs found postcards from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s by cutting a word from the written side and collaging it with the photograph on the front. In presenting these now obsolete postcards in a new way, he pays tribute to the beauty and nostalgia of the hand-written messages.
EXHIBITION: Jane and Louise Wilson: Decoy Tank, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 6 Heddon Street, 23 January – 21 February 2015
Artist duo Jane and Louise Wilson use miniature yardsticks to construct a small-scale reproduction of a 1914 dummy tank used during the First World War. Here, they examine the ways in which modes of warfare and surveillance have evolved over the last century. Setting the scene for the sculpture is a photograph, shot by the artists to mirror an archival photograph housed at the Imperial War Museum.
© The Estate of Bob Carlos Clarke
EXHIBITION: White Heat 25: Marco Pierre White: Photographs by Bob Carlos Clarke, The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, 10 February – 10 March 2015
Marking the 25-year anniversary of Marco Pierre White’s groundbreaking cookbook White Heat, The Little Black Gallery showcases Bob Carlos Clarke’s historic photographs of the chef in his kitchen at Harveys restaurant.