Photography

Pyongyang Architecture: Eddo Hartmann and Matjaž Tančič

Korea was annexed by the Empire of Japan in 1910, and remained under Japanese rule until the close of World War II in August 1945. While the Allies had continued to vacillate on the fate of Korea come the end of the war, by August – as per an agreement between the two states – the United States occupied the southern half of…

New Orleans, Louisiana, 1980 by William Eggleston

What is it that makes this image – New Orleans, Louisiana, 1980, taken by the American photographer William Eggleston – so utterly compelling? Immediately it is pure colour: the vivid shift of red of the first lady’s dress, and the matching red accent in the belt of the second lady; the complementary greens of the grass on which they walk and the encompassing foliage; and…

Daily Visual 30.07.15: Ai Weiwei and Facing History

A major Ai Weiwei retrospective will open at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on 19 September. Billed as ‘the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK’ and looking back over two decades of his career, the retrospective – curated with collaboration from the artist – will also feature new works created specifically for the RA’s…

William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and the Beat Hotel

In a piece I wrote last month on William Burroughs, and the composition and publication of his 1959 novel Naked Lunch, I noted his defining relationship with the artist Brion Gysin. Burroughs and Gysin met while staying at the ‘Beat Hotel’ in Paris – which had become a hub for the Beats upon Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky joining Gregory…