Ugur Kayan, NSFW and provocative photographs

Ugur Kayan, NSFW and provocative photographs

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Photography

Ugur Kayan is a Turkish freelance photographer based in Istanbul that produces intense and exuberant NSFW shots. In his work the woman’s body and its expressive potential are the central focus, they are the subjects and protagonists of the photographs.
His style and aesthetics unashamedly reveal the sensual aspect of bodies, they are disturbing, allusive and provocative images that lay bare both the performer and the viewer.

His works are exuberant, lively and disorienting, part of a broad and sexualized view of the world and a primal expression of creativity.
Ugur Kayan plays with reflections, contrasts, colors, the seduction of sight unseen and explores the intense contention between light and shadow. Ugur is the founder of White Magazine, an online magazine on NSFW photography.

See a selection of his work here and follow him on Instagram.

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Newsha Tavakolian’s images and the scent of roses

Newsha Tavakolian’s images and the scent of roses

Giorgia Massari · 3 months ago · Photography

A woman intent on smelling a rose. An image that is repeated seven times in the photo exhibition by Newsha Tavakolian, winner of the first Deloitte and Fondazione Deloitte Photo Grant. On view now Dec. 13 at Mudec Photo in Milan, the Iranian artist’s And They Laughed at Me project is a personal account of the collective history of Iran, a country marked by an oppressive political environment. The project was chosen from nineteen others, proposed by ten expert and international figures contacted by Deloitte and Denis Curti, curator and artistic director of the Grant.

The image of the woman sniffing the rose – the emblem of the project proposed by Renata Ferri – gradually disappears over the course of the exhibition. On the one hand the cancellation of identity, on the other a repressive system that emphasize the decision – making power of Iranian politics over the life of the community. «This scent I don’t want to forget,» this shot tells us, «I would like to return to such gestures and I hope that people around me can return to it.»

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This repeated image dictates the rhythm of the exhibition itinerary that intersects Newsha Tavakolian‘s personal life and family memories with those of the community. The works – more than seventy archival images, unpublished shots and stills – are fragmentary, imperfect and unwanted, with the intention of showing “the raw and unfinished reality from which we cannot escape.” The path is enriched by handwritten descriptions by the artist, which contribute to a strong feeling of empathy in the viewer. The images are edited by Newsha, who often – as with the woman sniffing the rose – performs an erasure operation. The conceptual compositions reveal the drama of oppression but, at the same time, chart a path to freedom.

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Portrait of a journalist in Tehran. During student protests in Tehran in 2017 many students were arrested and making recognizable images of people became almost impossible. From this moment on I began hiding the faces of people i’d photograph.

Newsha Tavokolian’s images become the voice of an oppressed people and, as the artist herself points out, are meant to let politicians know that we are watching them. “They laugh at me,” says the title of the project. Here “they” refers to politicians who often remain distant from the issues of the people. According to Newsha, the artist’s job is to “let politicians know that we are watching them, we have to be their watchers.”

The exhibition is open until January 28, 2024 with free admission. More information here.

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150 photographers united for Palestine

150 photographers united for Palestine

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Photography

More than one hundred and fifty photographers have joined in support of Palestine, providing some of their shots for print sales. Among them read names such as Cindy Sherman, Alec Soth, Jim Goldberg, Maen Hammad, Hannah Black, Sunil Gupta and Alessandra Sanguinetti. Picture for Palestine, the name of the fundraiser, ended yesterday, December 13, with excellent results. Each print was sold for 100 pounds and the entire proceeds were donated to MAP, Medical Aid for Palestinians, which provides medical care for Palestinians. This gesture reminds us how the situation is still sadly tragic and that aid is needed for the survival of countless people. The end of this project can mean the start of another one, setting itself today as a driving wagon for the art world and spur it on in continuing to promote this type of project.

Here is a selection of the shots we liked best.

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Elaine Constantine, Juliet on Swing, The Face, 1998
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Mahmoud Manaa (from Al-Almeen Archive) – Groom’s shower, Majd Al-Kurum, Palestine_1980s
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Zoe Natale – Lara, 2021
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Jet Swan – Unititled, 2022
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Cindy Sherman, Untitled (twinkle-nose), 2021
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Tanya and Zhenya Posternak – Untitled, 2022
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Ronan Gallagher
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Jocelyn Lee, Night Swim, 2019.
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Realpolitik: a satirical portrait of contemporary Italian politics

Realpolitik: a satirical portrait of contemporary Italian politics

Giorgia Massari · 2 months ago · Photography

Luca Sentese and Marco P. Valli’s photographic project Realpolitik (2018-2023), which was already on display at BASE Milan last June 23, also arrives in Rome for its second stop. The exhibition – in collaboration Cesura – will open Dec. 21 at Contemporary Cluster. The project consists of several caricature portraits of current Italian politicians, with the aim of proposing a different point of view from the images they disseminate on social networks and, in particular, during propaganda. The faces are taken very closely, accentuating the often disturbing facial expressions. Among the selected images, we see the most iconic ones, such as that of Matteo Salvini, Silvio Berlusconi, Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Renzi. The project emphasises the transversal role of photography, which not only has a documentary purpose but also, and above all, can act as a powerful critical tool.

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In the curatorial text by Nicola Patruno, it is clearly explained how these images “interrupt the chain of command of political communication in its own attempt to appear authentic, simple, and straightforward, thus unveiling through the photographs the swarm of artifices on which the system of political representation in Italy builds.

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Realpolitik originated in 2018, from the synergetic work of Luca Sentese and Marco P. Valli, who have been publishing the project in various independent magazines for five years now. From Boys Boys Boys to Popolopopolo, but also in Lega Nord Party, MoVimento Lento, Mask off and Tik Tok Tak, all published by Cesura Publish, the publishing house of the photo collective that is celebrating its 15th anniversary with this very exhibition. The enormous success of the shots sees them appear in major newspapers and magazines, including Time Magazine and La Repubblica, which very often chose them as covers.
We have already talked here about the project dedicated to Matteo Salvini, which the authors translated into a photo book entitled Il Corpo del Capitano (The Captain’s Body), published in 2020.

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Courtesy Luca Sentese and Marco P. Valli


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Emanuele Di Mare, from portraits to street photography

Emanuele Di Mare, from portraits to street photography

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Photography

There are many photographers who specialize in only one genre, or who decide to photograph only one subject. Some prefer landscapes, others interiors, some desolate scenarios and others focus on people. Then, sometimes, it happens to meet an artist who sets no limits. One of these is Emanuele Di Mare, a young photographer who lives and works in Milan and is able to try his hand at portraiture and street photography. 

The relationship between Emanuele Di Mare and photography was born a few years ago, in 2015, dedicating himself to landscapes. After a short time, however, there was a change from the latter to urban contexts and environments. Observing people walking the streets, Emanuele manages to capture forever moments capable of enclosing all that movement and frenzy that one breathes in big cities. 

But, as mentioned before, Emanuele has not set himself limits and, starting with his friends, he has entered the world of portraiture. Today each of his shots is the result of careful and meticulous work that starts with the choice of the model and ends with her characteristic trait, the light. 

In fact, whether it’s a street, a profile, a crowd or a close-up, in each of his photographs you can notice particular attention to the light, obviously natural, and the colors it gives to the subjects. 

After having seen and discovered Emanuele Di Mare’s work on his website and his Instagram profile, the most striking aspect is to discover that his technique and his choices are the result of a self-taught path, supported by manuals and, of course, the internet. Precisely because the internet has been of fundamental importance in his path, for the past year Emanuele has been giving unmissable advice and mini-lessons on his YouTube channel

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