he longest project of Julie Glassberg’s career was spent mostly in Greenpoint, jostling in the dark for a good shot of eccentric Brooklynites jousting on bikes. Dodging swaying spectators and sloshing spirits, determined to stay in the middle of the action, she became initiated into the culture of the Black Label Bike Club. An independent community of artists, students, and self-described weirdos, BLBC’s philosophy eschews technology in favor of presence, joy, and “teenage kicks.” For Polarr, I spoke with Glassberg about the project and her upcoming book, Bike Kill.
Exhibitions, workshops, and portfolio reviews — at first glance, Addis Foto Fest sounds like any photo festival around the world. But this festival is in Ethiopia. With a long history of the African continent and its people being defined by western eyes and ideas, the festival presents unique challenges and opportunities. Festival founder and director Aida Muluneh tells me that the biannual festival started in 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ehtiopia, and continues to grow as a way to mentor young photographers, exhibit projects from emerging photographers, and build connections within the photo industry in Africa and around the world.
Photographer Jonas Bendiksen describes himself as “a man of little faith.” His latest project The Last Testament, a years-long exploration of the lives of seven self-proclaimed Messiahs around the world who claim to be the second coming of Christ, will resonate with doubters and the spiritually curious alike. But what about believers?
Iggy Smalls' project Neverland investigates the ability of a photograph to present stories as truth. Through a sequence of photographs of real objects and real places, Iggy creates a fictitious place that is grounded in reality. From small, mysterious everyday moments, to larger descriptive landscapes, she encourages a direct connection with day to day experience…