Speak To Me

Each issue of Aesthetica features works by rising stars in photography from around the world. The following images are a highlight of this year’s works.

Spectral Images of a Dark City

Eckersley’s vision of nocturnal London dissembles the conventional imagery of built environments where abandoned estates and neon-lit corner shops reign.

The Poet of Modernism, André Kertész Retrospective, The Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

Following on from the Royal Academy of Arts’ show, Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century, The Hungarian National Museum celebrates the career of André Kertész.

The Orchestrated Spontaneity of Ryan McGinley, Wandering Comma, Alison Jacques Gallery, London

For his first London exhibition since his celebrated Moonmilk series, Ryan McGinley has assembled seven new photographs, all in the largest format the American artist has yet worked in.

Don’t Miss This, Rashid Rana: Everything Is Happening At Once, The Cornerhouse, Manchester

Everything Is Happening At Once is the first solo UK exhibition in a public institution by Rashid Rana. Rana’s work explores how physical realities and social practices affect our culture and identity.

New Horizons, Robert Mapplethorpe Curated by Sofia Coppola, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

There are a few things you will already know about Sofia Coppola; she wrote Lost in Translation, was the first American woman to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival with Somewhere.

Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2011 Winner Announced

Laure Prouvost has been announced as the winner of Whitechapel’s Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Iwona Blazwick, OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery revealed the winner this evening.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery

Torben Åndahl’s Eike is featured in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize show. The award has developed a prestigious international reputation since its inauguration in 2005.

Hedi Slimane’s California Song, The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, opens a new solo exhibition of Hedi Slimane’s work, on show from this weekend until 22 January 2012.

Opening Tomorrow, Roman Polanski: Actor & Director, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels

BOZAR will host Roman Polanski: Actor & Director curated by the Łódź Museum of Cinematography. The show retraces the career of one of the great masters of cinema through photographs and posters.

40 Exhibition, 75 Artists, 200 Works, Hereford Photography Festival

Hereford Photography Festival is the UK’s longest running photography festival featuring over 75 artists and documentary photographers from across the world in more than 40 exhibitions.

The Alienation Effect, Savage Presents Jean Michel Jarre and Cezary Bodzianowski’s Tea Back, Spike Island, Bristol

Two shows run parallel to each other at Spike Island, with a variety of motifs exploring common themes: alienation by displacement and its significance in the creation/destruction of meaning.

Open Eye Gallery Liverpool Presents, Mitch Epstein; Chris Steele-Perkins

Open Eye Gallery has been one of the UK’s leading photography spaces since 1977, and is the only gallery dedicated to photography in the North West. 2011 represents an exciting milestone.

An Interpretative and Investigative Angle, Shahidul Alam: My Journey as a Witness, Wilmotte Gallery

A retrospective of the ground-breaking photographer, writer, teacher and activist Shahidul Alam will take place at the Wilmotte Gallery, Lichfield Studios in London this autumn.

Photographic Dialogues

In its representation of a broad spectrum of narratives, PhotoPhnomPenh offers a unique glimpse into contemporary Cambodia and how local modes of artistic production form part of a global dialogue.

Another Language

Silja Magg creates images that evoke another world. Her precise use of light and creates works that cross boundaries including photography, design and fashion.

The Open & Illegible Letter, EJ Major, Love Is…

Between 2004 and 2006, EJ Major undertook a mail art project which involved taking a screenshot of each second of the film Last Tango in Paris and from each one printing a single postcard.

Expanded Self-Portraiture, This Unfolds, Ffotogallery

This Unfolds is a milestone in Ffotogallery’s Wish You Were Here programme, which sees them oscillate between their HQ at Penarth’s Turner House and Dairy, as part of a space-sharing arrangement.

Maybe We’ll Be Soldiers, Gawain Barnard, Ffotogallery

This summer, Ffotogallery turns the spotlight onto new photographic and lens-based media work in Wales. In a series of exhibitions and events across two spaces, Turner House, Penarth and The Dairy.

Out of the Dark Room, PhotoIreland 2011, Various Locations, Dublin

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural edition, the Photo Ireland Festival returned to Dublin in 2011 with a bolstered programme and the duration doubled from two weeks to a month.