Daniel Blau names 5 Under 30 winners

Daniel Blau Photography Gallery has announced the winners of its first annual 5 under 30 competition.

Daniel Blau Photography Gallery has announced the winners of its first annual 5 under 30 competition.

Marianne Bjornmyr, Madoka Furuhashi, Andi Schmied, Tereza Cervenova and Lara Morrell will have their work displayed at a group exhibition opening on July 5.

It’s a varied selection that includes landscape, still life and portraits shot in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.


Norwegian photographer Bjornmyr’s project, Shadows/Echoes II, explores stories, myths and supernatural beliefs in Iceland. The series is intended to act as “a link between the existing reality and the possibility of another” and features hazy landscape shots such as XXXV (above) and LVII (below).

Japanese Royal College of Arts graduate Furuhashi’s series Inventory of 140 Old Ford Road (top) features objects from her home in Bethnal Green arranged in gallery-style displays. She also photographed uranium and lunar samples for another project, Condition Report (above).

Hungarian artist Andi Schmied’s Tel Aviv Grannies series documents the everyday lives of elderly Israeli woman at the beach, at the opera and out to dinner (below).

Slovakian photographer and Middlesex University student Cervenova photographed young women for her series Identity, which uses photographs of others to portray how Cervanova’s experience as a model has shaped her own sense of self.

Completing the line-up of emerging talent is Morrell, a Central Saint Martins graduate born and raised in London. Her project, Christ Stopped at Novoli, is a Renaissance-inspired series of images depicting martyred saints and questioning issues surrounding Catholicism.

A play on the title of Carlo Levi’s memoir Christ stopped at Eboli, some of the images capture the Italian technique Carta Pesta, which involves creating a wire skeleton and moulding a form using hay and string which is then covered with clay, painted and adorned.

The winners’ exhibition will run until July 31, and the opening will take place on July 4, from 6-8pm at 51 Hoxton Square, London. For details, visit danielblau.com

Pink Floyd fans may recognise the cover of our June issue. It’s the original marked-up artwork for Dark Side of the Moon: one of a number of treasures from the archive of design studio Hipgnosis featured in the issue, along with an interview with Aubrey Powell, co-founder of Hipgnosis with the late, great Storm Thorgerson. Elsewhere in the issue we take a first look at The Purple Book: Symbolism and Sensuality in Contemporary Illustration, hear from the curators of a fascinating new V&A show conceived as a ‘walk-in book’ plus we have all the regular debate and analysis on the world of visual communications.

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