In Soviet days, Abkhazia was a premier beach resort
located in the area known as the Riviera of the Caucasus,
northwest of Georgia. It seceded from Georgia during
the fall of the USSR, resulting in a bloody war in which
more than 10,000 people were killed. Since then,
Abkhazia, with its population of about 100,000, has
enjoyed 13 years of de facto independence, with its own
forms of government; yet no other country acknowledges
its existence. Abkhazia has not quite integrated into the
new world order, yet it has also lost all the certainties of
the Soviet era. Nonetheless, its Black Sea resorts attract
a motley crew of vacationing Russians seeking discount
Famously displayed in his Afghan girl photo, Steve McCurry possesses an uncanny ability to unveil his subject. As a master of light, color, and composition, he strives not to display his own prowess, but to bring to light the soul of his subject.
by Bruce Gilden
Like a bull in a china shop, Bruce Gilden lets loose with Fashion Magazine, a high-concept, tongue-in-cheek take on the glossy conventions of the fashion world. In the seven-part magazine, Gilden recasts the world of beauty and glamour through his up-close and aggressive street photography style.
David Hurn’s Land of My Father showcases the strength of Welsh culture and history in images that conjure up what life for his father must have been like, as well as the modern transformation of industry and contemporary social changes.