If you’re an animal lover it’s highly likely you’ll find these images upsetting. The bloodied carcasses of slaughtered beasts have a habit of turning the stomachs of even the most committed carnivore, but David Chancellor’s portraits of hunters in various parts of Africa are also remarkably compelling, inviting us to witness a ritualistic and deeply personal pursuit that very few will ever have experienced.
At the start of the 20th Century hunting was a popular pursuit for the privileged white classes across east Africa, with tourists coming from Europe and the USA to pit themselves against all manner of wildlife. Since then our relationship with bloodsports has diminished vastly and the sight of men, women and children smeared red, kill draped from their shoulders, holds different connotations.
Whatever your opinion of hunting as a passtime there’s no denying that Hunters is a stunning body of ongoing work by a truly talented portrait photographer – one of the shots even won the Taylor Wessing portrait prize in 2010. If you’d like to see them in the flesh they’re be on show at the Jack Bell Gallery until November 10.
- Give thanks, and join us in the weekly feast that is the Best of the Web
- Discos and design explored in gorgeous new Bedford Press book Nightswimming
- Unusual nudes and strange, glittering fashion photography from Arnaud Lajeunie
- Seoul-based studio Chung Choon applies an elegance and simplicity to its posters
- See the work of some of Nick Knight's most impressive new protégés
- Designer Chloe Pannatier looks at fakes and risk in art and money
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain