5 Under 30

This year east London gallery Daniel Blau has launches its first Young Photographers’ Competition, 5 UNDER 30.

Andi Schmied, 1:30pm, Dizengoff Cntr, A Wiener Schnitzl Lunch Before a Date, August 2012
Andi Schmied, 1:30pm, Dizengoff Cntr, A Wiener Schnitzl Lunch Before a Date, August 2012

The five winners were selected on the basis of a portfolio of work, and each will show around ten images in an exhibition opening at the gallery this week.

All the winning photographers are London based, but originally hail from as far afield as Hungary, Norway and Japan.

We love the gorgeous image above by Hungarian born Andi Schmied, which is part of her Tel Aviv Grannies series. Schmied boldly infiltrated the lives of Tel Aviv pensioners to create the snaps, joining them at Pilates, the opera and their nights out to garner intimate portraits of their lives.

Tereza Cervenova, Justina, January 2013
Tereza Cervenova, Justina, January 2013

Avery different kind of portraiture is showcased in Slovakian photographer Tereza Cervenova’s work. According to the gallery, Cervenova looks to create a self-portrait through images of other women such as friends and relatives, examining how her former experience as a model has shaped her sense of self.

Lara Morrell, San Giovanni, 2011
Lara Morrell, San Giovanni, 2011

A far darker aesthetic is channeled in the work of Lara Morrell. Currently completing an MA in Photography at Central Saint Martins, the London-born photographer’s recent Christ Stopped at Novoli project incorporates the ancient Italian technique of Carta Pesta, which involves creating a wire skeleton and moulding a form using hay and string.

These are then sculpted with clay and decorated, forming the eerie subject of Morrell’s dark compositions, which look at the martyrdom of saints, inspired by Italian Renaissance painting.

Madoka Furuhashi, Condition Report (Uranium and Lunar Samples), 2011
Madoka Furuhashi, Condition Report (Uranium and Lunar Samples), 2011

The home is the focus of Japanese photographer Madoka Furuhashi’s series, Inventory of 140 Old Ford Road. The artist is inspired by the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp, taking items from her home in Bethnal green, east London, and reconfiguring them into new orders that create different meanings from their formerly redundant forms.

Marianne Bjørnmyr,  LVII, November 2012, digital print
Marianne Bjørnmyr, LVII, November 2012, digital print

Finally, to  the work of Norwegian artist Marianne Bjørnmyr, and her Shadows/Echoes II project. The artist set about archiving images in an attempt to  explore Icelandic belief systems, looking at the country’s fascination with the ‘hidden’ world of fairies and elves.

 5 UNDER 30 runs from 5 – 31 July at Daniel Blau, 51 Hoxton Square, London, N1

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