Diane Smyth

Installation views of Alienarium 5 at Serpentine South in London by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

The rise and rise of science fiction

Sci-fi is a dominant feature of the London exhibition scene at the moment, appearing in shows from the Hayward to the Barbican, Somerset House Studios to the Serpentine Galleries. Why does this genre speak to us so much right now?

Trends of 2021: The year in photos

In 2021, we saw the photography industry attempt to adjust to a changing world, with the cautious reopening of exhibitions for the first time since the pandemic, and the continuing embrace of new voices. Here, Diane Smyth looks back on a complex year

How brands and photography are expanding sport

In the past, sport ads and photography were largely focused on men and competitiveness. But recent campaigns and projects have seen a more nuanced way of approaching the subject emerge, with space for women to shine too (with sweat)

Trends of 2020: The year in photos

In 2020, people turned to photography for support, inspiration and sustenance, as well as to document their experiences of the pandemic and of the many protests that took place. Here, Diane Smyth looks back on a year that will be impossible to forget

The year in review: Photography

The world of photography in 2019 was marked by movements of change and activism, and expansive dissections of contemporary politics and the status quo. We also saw exciting experimentation in both images and exhibitions. Here, Diane Smyth looks back at the year

Behind the scenes at Pokémon

Mitsuhiro Arita first began illustrating for Pokémon over two decades ago. He talks to Diane Smyth about his part in helping to create the look and feel of the Pokémon world and why the company still favours a hand-drawn aesthetic