Issue 7916 October/December 2023 – The Portrait Issue


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The Portrait Issue | Issue #7916

British Journal of Photography’s 2023 Portrait issue sees artists, writers and curators bring the freshest perspectives to this most storied photography format. Dive into profiles of Kolkata chronicler Soham Gupta, the entwined photo collages of cover artist Mickalene Thomas, and an intimate studio visit with Nadav Kander – penned and pictured by Alice Zoo.

This issue also tackles Instagram nudity censorship and the art of commissioning fashion and newspaper editorials, while winning series from BJP’s Portrait of Humanity are explored by Alex Daniel. Exhibition previews include JIMEI x Arles and An-My Lê’s major solo show at MoMA New York, and you can also read an interview with Save the Children’s Ivy Lahon, who discusses how charities and NGOs are navigating a complex informational – and photographic – landscape in Israel and Gaza. ⁠Meanwhile, Susan Meiselas and Wendy Ewald talk through Collaboration, their book on power dynamics in picture-making. 

In our expanded Intelligence section, we go behind the scenes at the growing Fotografiska empire, preview Nederlands Fotomuseum’s new Rotterdam space, and hear from director Paul Sng about his hard-hitting Tish Murtha documentary. Plus our writers review books by Tami Aftab, Jason Koxvold and Ibrahim Azab.