Influenced by humanity’s fascination with the transient nature of the everyday – from vegetation to surrounding buildings – Romain Veillon’s (b. 1983) photographs inhabit a world of testimony and nostalgia, revelling in the remnants left behind. The featured series is instilled with a sense of archaic history, igniting the imagination through reminders of the past and the lingering presence of unknown narratives. Shot in Kolmanskop, Namibia – which was once at the centre of trade through its abundant diamond deposits – the pictures document what has been left behind after inhabitants moved on to a richer plot of land. Veillon notes: “I wanted to pay a tribute to this particular place, underlining the strength of nature and the ephemerality of human constructions – symbolised here by the progress of sand and dunes through what remains of the town. The silted doors are icons for the inevitable passing of time.” www.romainveillon.com
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015
In 2015 the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize presents a new section, In Focus, exhibiting previously unseen and recent prints by the award-winning South African photographer Pieter Hugo.
A group show of emerging artists opens at Pioneer Works, New York, showcasing 10 Canadian and American practitioners who are forging new approaches to the photographic form.