Photography Archive

  1. Emilyscaife-cosmiccrisp-itsnicethat-list

    I’m a big fan of creatives who have the wherewithal to follow through on simple – and sometimes ostensibly silly – ideas. Jeff Greenspan is perhaps the high priest of this, but Emily Scaife has a nice line in realising pleasingly simple concepts with enough visual panache to make the results more than one-liners.

  2. Anastasica_tsayder_summer_olympics_its_nice_that_list

    The buzz post-Olympics usually centres on the athletes, their achievements and the tirade of endorsement campaigns that inevitably follow. But what about the structures that house these magnificent quadrennial events? Often the stadiums and swimming pools have been purpose-built, but post-event many remain unused, abandoned or unimaginatively repurposed.

  3. Qiu-yang-t-magazine-itsnicethat-list

    As editorial photography goes they don’t come much sharper or stranger than Qiu Yang, the image-maker who has been executing the strangest of situations with the cleanest of finishes for some years now. It seems this precise combination of bizarre but beautiful is working wonders for Qiu – echoing the carefully constructed still-life compositions of Dutch Renaissance artwork, he has clocked up a client list including Vogue, The Gentlewoman, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin and several series for KENZO.

  4. I-d-street-sound-itsnicethat-list

    Britain’s history is all the richer thanks to the the subcultures the country has fostered. Holding the placard for this shining reputation is i-D, the publication founded by Terry Jones and his wife Tricia in 1980 which has been celebrating youth’s weirdest and most wonderful for 30 odd years now. So it’s perfectly apt that this week the magazine launches its first ever TV series with Channel 4 looking at British style history, entitled Street Sound and Style.

  5. List-its-nice-that5.bob-_willoughby_hoffman_bancroft_bobwilloughby

    The red carpets are out, the yachts are moored and Sienna Miller and Jake Gyllenhaal are getting cosy with the Cohen Brothers on the judging panel. This year’s Cannes Film Festival opened yesterday kicking off 12 days of cinema and partying. And while there’s undoubtedly still glitz aplenty, the events of the past somehow seem so much more glamorous – perhaps simply because they’re in the past, but perhaps because of the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor and their lovely coats and the way they held a cigarette…

  6. Lukestephenson-pizza-itsnicethat-list

    Sometimes when you ask a creative about the genesis of their project the answer is pretty predictable, and sometimes it really isn’t. Photographer Luke Stephenson sent through his new series Pizza – a series of portraits of pizzas he ordered alongside the men who delivered them – but the initial inspiration actually came from jockeys, or rather paintings of jockeys on a collection of cigarette cards Luke stumbled across on Flickr.

  7. Polly-brown-itsnicethat-list

    Open Little Deaths, the sweet new publication by photographer Polly Brown (the very same who photographed office plants in the world’s biggest companies), and if you’re not at home with French euphemisms you might believe you’re looking at photographs of places where a person experienced their first kiss, say, or ate a really good BLT. You’re not, of course – a “little death,” as translated from the French “petit mort” is an orgasm, and Polly is interested in those of the self-induced variety.

  8. Mattia-balsamini-itsnicethat-list

    For a couple of years now I’ve been compiling a list of elite clubs I dream of being a part of, and one of those is the world of country music. As if to further ignite my jealousy last week Italian photographer Mattia Balsamini sent over a zine containing a series he shot at a three-day country fair in Pordenone, Italy, and it looks absolutely glorious.

  9. Secretlifeofpencil-itsnicethat-1

    There’s a famous story about the 1960s Space Race in which the USA spent millions developing a pen that could write in zero-gravity. The Russians, meanwhile, used a pencil. Alas it turns out to be a myth but even though apocryphal, the tale’s enduring popularity speaks to the simple brilliance of the first bit of creative kit most of us ever used.

  10. Cassbird-itsnicethat-main

    Cass Bird is so good she’s almost mythical. Sometimes I find myself just staring at her photographs, or writhing in jealousy thinking about the art directors who get to work with her to create some of the most memorable magazine covers in recent history. I get envious of companies like Vogue who have a long-standing relationship with Cass, and have the power to lean back in their shabby-chic chairs and say things like: “Get Cass on the phone, we’re gonna pay her big bucks to stand in the Met Gala bogs to take photos of celebs taking photos of themselves.” Genius. Well, that’s what has actually happened, and last night Vogue published Cass’ photo series on their site. BWI Magazine interviewed Cass about her time in the most decadent toilets in the world and she said she decided to photograph in there because “that’s where the fun’s at.” So true. Pity there were no pics of Rihanna trying to manoeuvre that dress in and out of a cubicle unsoiled.

  11. Francescajaneallen-itsnicethat-main1

    What a combo, my fave photographer Francesca Jane Allen (Frenchie) and the spectacular woman of the moment, Jessie Andrews. Jessie is the kind of girl I would love to be friends with: she’s fun, confident, cool, intelligent, driven and she lives in LA where I’ve heard it’s sunny all year round and orange juice comes out of the taps.

  12. Kentandreassen-casablanca-itsnicethat-list

    24-year-old South African photographer Kent Andreasen is on the up. His polished portfolio has won him huge support from all manner of international fashion brands and it’s not hard to see why. Kent’s a natural photographer as far as we’re concerned, with a shrewd eye for captivating colour and composition.

  13. Toufic-beyhum-itsnicethat-list

    To say that photographer Toufic Beyhum has created an extraordinary body of work would be an understatement. Born in Beirut in the mid 70s, he moved to London when his family was exiled from the country, and developed an interest in photography at a young age. He has since photographed places from Jordan and Namibia to Syria, but most spellbinding of all is his series about Mecca.

  14. Jakegreen-thecelestials-itsnicethat-list

    More at home with coffee roasters then men of the cloth, rollerskaters than religious rabble rousers, Jake Green has found himself breaking new ground with his latest personal project, setting himself down in the heart of one of Leytonstone’s Nigerian Evangelical churches. There he met Samuel, the pastor of The Palace of Liberty, who invited him to join in the daily life of his ministry and document it with extraordinary candour.

  15. Xiaoxika-itsnicethat-main

    A fantastic peek into the lives of some young basketball-lovers here by way of Shanghai photographer Ka Xiaoxi. A self-professed lover of street culture, Ka Xiaoxi churns out brightly-lit 35mm photographs for big brands like Converse, Bloomberg Businessweek, Volkswagen and The New York Times. This series entitled Basketball Kids was shot for Nike, and depicts some happy, healthy teens squeaking their sneakers around indoor and outdoor basketball courts all over Shanghai. Rather then your run-of-the-mill court side shots, Ka Xiaoxi has spent time with these young whippersnappers larking around after practice, cackling in sports shops and showing off in the way only teenage boys can. You can smell the Lynx and basketball rubber from all the way over here in the UK.

  16. Harrymitchell-itsnicethat-main

    There was a time a year or two ago when we were inundated with hazy, throwaway-camera shots of far off places and short-lived holidays. Nothing wrong with that sort of thing, but we’re definitely receiving less. When Harry Mitchell submitted his work the other day I thought this was going to be another one of those projects born out of a gap year, a cheap camera and some long-limbed friends. Turns out I was totally wrong. Harry’s documentation of India is absolutely mesmerising, highlighting the cluttered corners, particle-thick light, chaos, street signs and throngs of people. His series for menswear brand Neuba sees him stepping into an Indian tailor’s and snapping the archaic wooden machinery and cheerful, dusty faces of the workers with a quiet respect to their craft. Just when you start thinking Harry’s a one-trick pony you then stumble across his editorial portfolio and realise that his style is constantly undulating from ultra sharp to mega lo-fi, always remaining very, very cool.

  17. Aleccastillo-itsnicethat-main

    Groups of teenagers tend to gravitate towards big expanses of open parkland and grassy knolls. I used to, even when my hay fever was so bad I used to wear swimming goggles to protect my eyes from the pollen. Maybe it’s the adventurous feeling you get when you’re out in the wild, and how totally different it is to life in the small box containing your parents that is your home. Alec Castillo emailed a few days ago with these black and white medium format photographs of him and his friends seemingly doing whatever possible to not veg around in a house.

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    When you’re best-known for following LCD Soundsystem around on tour it must be a relief to shake off the screaming mayhem of rock’n’roll life on the road and focus your energies on a project that’s slower. Ruvan Wijesooriya has felt that relief in his latest work, trading pop music in the USA for education in Afghanistan. Yearbook: Afghanistan follows a journey Ruvan made to Kabul, where he immersed himself in life at the Roots of Peace School, photographing pupils and teachers as they went about their daily business. He also gave disposable cameras to the people he encountered, encouraging them to document themselves at home and in the classroom.

  19. Hana-knizova-itsnicethat-list

    I know I’m not alone in my deep-rooted fascination with twins, identical or otherwise, and Czech-born, London-based photographer Hana Knizova is just one of many to help me indulge it. Her series Family Matters features ten pairs of womb-sharing siblings, shrouded in like-minded mystery and wearing similar attire, and draws upon aspects of their relationship in carefully composed and almost classical portraits. They’re beguiling and somewhat mystical to look it. 

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    “Someone made a map of at least 600 people in Berlin who have worked with me at some time,” Erik Spiekermann tells Freunde von Freunden. “It just means that I am old.”
  21. Ditto-gllts-itsnicethat-list

    In Iron Fist Magazine editor Louise Brown’s brilliantly written foreword to God Listens to Slayer, she compares heavy metal music to religion, and the journey from fandom to concert hall to a spiritual pilgrimage. “In the last British census, heavy metal defeated Scientology when 6,242 people claimed to follow it religiously,” Louise explains. “It was official: following Slayer to the ends of the earth was confirmed as a form of worship. But we who live and breathe heavy metal already knew that.”

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    It’s a strange thing to see the more banal aspects of life from the year you were born: the traffic jams, the boredom, the waiting about on buses. We only usually look back on the beautiful, newsworthy, interesting things of the 1980s – the Debbie Harrys and Cyndi Laupers and miners’ strikes and famines – all of which are fascinating and need to be remembered, but looking at the everyday aspects of life is equally interesting in a different way. That’s why Chris Dorley-Brown’s photographic series Drivers in the 1980s is so alluring: it does just what you’d expect, presenting people through the windows of their car doors (and the odd bus) in and around east London in the mid ’80s. As a person born in ’86 and now living in east London, there’s a very personal fascination for me when looking at the images, imagining what my mum would have looked like all permed and large-spectacled and cursing roadworks. There’s something so charming in this elevation of ennui to art, with all the normality of the scenarios and the feeling of nostalgia for a time I can’t really remember.

  23. Matthnry-thetrip-itsnicethat-list

    In the autumn issue of our Printed Pages magazine I wrote an essay about Americana and its enduring influence on British creatives. One of the people I interviewed was photographer Matt Henry, whose work has often focussed on retro symbols of 1960s and 70s America and the power with which we imbue them. His latest work takes that addiction (forged on TV shows like The A-Team and The Dukes of Hazzard) and uses it to create something of an altogether more ambitious magnitude.

  24. Amylombard-kidz-bop-itsnicethat-list

    The last time we featured Amy Lombard on It’s Nice That, it was her photographs of pet animals preened and packaged for an animal show in the USA that we were babbling over. This time around it’s the Brooklyn-based documentary photographer’s new series about the Kidz Bop phenomenon sweeping the US that we’re gushing over, and if it seems like a sizeable gap between the two subjects, then it’s an appropriate reflection of the breadth of her work.

  25. Tine-bek-barok-itsnicethat-list-10susan_on_bed

    Glasgow-based, Denmark-born photographer Tine Bek has taken the idea of the Baroque and spun it out to explore some pretty big concepts: nature, domesticity and the representation of the female body to name but a few. His series Barok is formed of numerous individual images which when isolated don’t seem to have to much to do with Baroque and all its drama and grandiosity; but together they form a strange narrative and take on a whole new feel. “Baroque is the main inspiration, not just as a period within architecture or art, but more so as an expression of a certain philosophy,” explains Tine. “The overall themes [are]… the balance between illusion and reality, light and dark and time and space.

  26. Coverwarren-du-preez-_-nick-thornton-jones-creative-review-annual-itsnicethat.list

    The cover of this year’s Creative Review annual has been unveiled, and it’s a depiction of a supermodel unlike any other – transforming Daria Werbowy into an eerie, ethereal, coral-like form. The cover was shot by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, who created the image with the help of floral sculptures by flower artist Rebecca Louise Law, prop-makers FBFX and VFX studio Analog. As with previous years’ covers, the picture forms a somewhat abstract “A.” Former designers, who also created an “A”-based image for the cover, include Morag Myerscough and Minivegas.

  27. Stevewinter-lalion-itsnicethat-list

    Patience can be a virtue in photography, as Steve Winter knows. It took the American wildlife photographer 15 months to get the shot he craved; a mountain lion that lives in a Los Angeles park walking in front of the Hollywood sign. When he did finally manage it, he admits he was a little disappointed by the lighting, but that’s how perfectionists are and perfectionism can be tricky when working with subjects as unpredictable as big cats.

  28. Itsnice-that-hero-punchdrunk-and-julian-abrams-publish-new-book-of-photography-of-the-drowned-man4-photo-by-julian-abrams

    As Hollywood stars and wounded lovers flew around me, I found myself strolling around a sandy expanse, playing on a rickety old piano, sipping from a hidden whisky bottle and finally being pushed against a wall as someone whispered “you’re wonderful” into my ear. It’s safe to say a night at a Punchdrunk production is as disorientating as it is thrilling. The theatre company’s The Drowned Man, which ran for a year from 2013, was utterly exhilarating, breathtakingly complex and stunningly beautiful. I’m not entirely sure what happened, but lordy it was impressive. However, the visceral, immersive nature of the whole thing makes it damn hard to convey in two dimensions; though this new photo book of images shot by Julian Abrams comes pretty close. From a steamy tryst to a poignant pair of red shoes, the drama, the emotion and the sense that you can never truly piece together the full story of the production are communicated brilliantly. If it could whisper affirmations into our ears, it’d be just about spot on.

  29. Simon-hogsberg-the-grocery-store-project-itsnicethat-list

    One supermarket, one man, thousands of faces and 2067 images make up Danish photographer Simon Hoegsberg’s The Grocery Store Project. Simon tells us that over a year and a half, he patiently stationed himself atop a bike rail in front of the same Copenhagen supermarket, snapping away as people walked in and out; all the while kissing, pondering, smoking, chatting on the phone or doing any number of things we do without really thinking about it. From the whopping total of 97,000 an edit of 2067 were selected and arranged in a grid. While it may just look like a sort of dingy Tetris or an unhelpful map, on closer inspection you notice that within each sequence, we see the same face – sometimes serene, sometimes flustered, sometimes downright miserable. It feels eerie in its demonstration that while time ticks and our lives fly by, we do the same things, we’re the same person, just popping to the shops.

  30. Karenelson-timwalker-itsnicethat-list

    As It’s Nice That’s resident fashion expert (ahem) I know a strong editorial shoot when I see one, and this one for Vogue’s May edition is as good as they get. In it you’ll see Karen Elson wearing all manner of clothing by various clothes-makers – all of which look stunning. But stuff the outfits, this is all about the locations and the luxurious referencing of south Asian iconography. Tim, Samantha Bryant and Duffy travelled all the way to Bhutan to shoot Karen in the Himalayas alongside a supporting cast of masked imps and Bhutanese locals, weaving a surreal narrative of pagan mysticism and evoking an atmosphere akin to the hippie trail.

  31. Severa-frahm--itsnicethat_lemonde_airport_list

    Apart from the frisking, of course, there’s very little that’s sexy or attractive about going through airport security. There’s certainly little that’s sartorial about padding around in your socks, or in men holding their trousers up as their belts sail through the X-ray machines. Somehow, though, Severa Frahm has managed to turn the situation into one that’s very much sexy, attractive and sartorial, taking it as the starting point for some great fashion editorial shots. The Amsterdam-based studio is comprised of photographer and art director Mirka Laura Severa, while Michael Frahm assists and is responsible for the post-production elements. The airport shots are so smart and serene, making even the big Alsatian dog seem effortlessly chic as he dips his snout into the scanner and over some very expensive luggage. Elsewhere in the Severa Frahm portfolio there’s some great still life work that pops with bright tones and brighter concepts, as well as the old pretty girl in car on sunny day chestnut.

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    This isn’t our usual type of post; there’s nothing fun, colourful or inherently “nice” about these images, but Jonny Seymour’s shots of an Easter tradition in the Philippines are truly astounding, so apologies if they make your stomach turn. Jonny travelled to Manilla to witness this brutal Good Friday tradition in which three men are nailed to crosses in a reenactment of the crucifixion. Other penances carried out on the day include self-flagellation, crawling on the rough ground and carrying giant crosses. Jonny has captured these events with care and sensitivity, and though the impact of these painful pictures is hard to deny there’s nothing gratuitous about his portrayal of this devout practice.

  33. Zoeghertner-itsnicethat-5

    I’d like to live in the world Zoe Ghertner creates with her camera. Sometimes I feel like I can almost hear her photos, rustling fabric over knees and the brush of neck hair against a collar, the sound that statues would make if they were quickly, secretly rearranging themselves into a more comfortable position without being seen. They’re fashion editorial photos, but with a sinister depth to them that is so often done in a ham-fisted way, but with Zoe is delivered as crisp as cut glass. The net draped over oranges like skin over joints, the spiked industrial hair curlers, and the uneasy pressure, suspense and delicacy of taut balloon animals. She’s fantastic.

  34. Maya-fuhr-itsnicethat-list

    Maya Fuhr is a photographer with an inexplicable ability to photograph young faces without losing any of the youthful disdain, muted excitement or quiet rebellion that play an integral part in being young. Which more or less makes her a natural fit for a fashion brand to shoot their campaign, don’t you reckon? John & Jenn has cottoned on, commissioning Maya to shoot their new collection of simple and structural pieces, and she did a lovely job of it; the resulting images are textural and tactile while maintaining the models’ quiet air of not-giving-a-shit. Somebody give the girl a billboard.

  35. Nathanaelturner-itsnicethat-main

    There’s something I can’t stop thinking about that Roger Dean said in an interview the other day. He was talking about people creating things, and was saying there’s no point in making something that looks like it is typically of this earth. He wants people to make things that look like they’re from another world, because why not? After reading what Roger Dean said, I came across LA photographer Nathanael Turner’s work, and realised that even though he’s shooting stuff that’s very much “of this earth” (people, computers, buildings) he’s fantastic at making them seem a little skewed from the norm.

  36. Paulsmith-instagram-itsnicethat-list

    “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” The line is Marcel Proust’s, quoted by Paul Smith at an Instagram event in London last week in which the fashion designer and bona fide national treasure spoke about his love of the photo-sharing platform, his longstanding passion for photography and his incredulity at how many people look, but don’t see. It’s not a problem for Paul, who finds inspiration in all manner of things and takes the opportunity to absorb what he encounters in his day-to-day life.

    Paul was bitten by the photography bug after his dad – himself a keen amateur photographer – gave him a Kodak Retinette when he was just 11. His dad had converted the attic into a dark room and Paul remembers with relish the hours spent developing pictures, superimposing one visual over another and “holding back” the image. “I thought it was magical,” he says. He has taken photographs for years and at his offices, his designers can delve into huge folders of thousands of his pictures collected down the decades. “They are pretty well organised,” Paul says. “If you came in and said ‘Has he been to Greece?’ they’d be able to say yeah in June 2013 or whatever…”

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    Larry Sultan’s photography is imbued with both the traditions of documentary and staging, and captures suburban life often in his hometown in the San Fernando Valley. Pictures From Home is a project that spanned a decade featuring his mother and father as primary subjects.

  38. Harley-weirlandscapes

    How can Harley Weir take photographs of landscapes and capture a natural or industrial scene as if it were a pubescent teenager? Each one of these photos is vulnerable, oily, undulating, smelly, confused and slightly sad: like a grumpy 15-year-old fumbling about for clues of its existence.

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    It’s always a thrill to rifle through other people’s bits and bobs, even more so if that other person is Frida Kahlo. Thanks to a series of images by Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako we can do just that, taking a startlingly intimate-feeling journey through the particulars of the artist. The photographs, which are going on show in May at London’s Michael Hoppen gallery, were captured in 2013 and what makes them feel so eerie is perhaps the photographer’s diligent, cataloging approach to her subject matter. It’s telling that Ishiuchi knew little about the work of Frida, perhaps giving a stance which could be more critical and more focussed on the objects themselves rather than the meanings it’s so easy to imbue them with.

  40. Camille-summers-valli-int-list

    “Their agenda is that they want an activist film that goes into the history of their struggle and presents a contemporary portrait of what’s happening in Black Mesa right now. But it’s not an activist film. I think ultimately it has undertones of activism because of the subject matter, but an activist film follows a certain structure and I’m definitely moving more towards something else.”