There’s a hackneyed set of cliches surrounding England’s north-south divide – southerners are metrosexual softies, northerners are unrefined gravy-scoffers etc etc. A lazier journalist than I might suggest that Bulgarian photographer Boryana Katsarova’s brilliant Freezing series of weather-beaten commuters is a perfect fit for The Gallery at Flannels in Leeds. But I’m not going there. I’m better than that.
Anyway back to Boryana, because this is a stunning series of portraits taken in a bitter cold-snap that caused no shortage of problems in her native Sofia. There’s a painterly quality to them and a quiet sense of trudging on in the face of nature’s sometime spite.
They are on display as part of the Other Worlds show opening this week which features 12 Soviet photographers with diverse takes on a region we still struggle to comprehend.
Other Worlds runs from May 17 to July 15.
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- Robbie Simon, the jack of all trades and the master of them too
- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Siang find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale