FORCE
The magazine of the photo-essay
August 2017 issue
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
Christopher Bickford To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.chrisbickford.com Christopher Bickford is a photographer and writerbased on the Outer Banks. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times,Time Magazine, Surfline, Outside Magazine, Milepost Magazine, Outer Banks Magazine, and numerous other publications worldwide.He is currently represented by the National Geographic Creative agency. His book Legends of the Sandbar, on which this photo-essay is based, is published by Burn Books and is available for purchase internationally through Amazon.com, or at www.LegendsoftheSandbar.com. More information on Chris is available at www.chrisbickford.com. Instagram/twitter: @chrisbickford
Nina Poppe To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.ninapoppe.com  Nina Poppe (*1979 in Münster/ Germany), studied photography at the art school in Utrecht the Netherlands and documentary film at the art academy in Cologne Germany. Her first photo book ‚ama‘ about japanese snail divers, was published at Kehrer publisher in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Aperture First Photo Book Award. ‚Ama‘ was exhibited in international museums and festivals like FOAM Amsterdam, Fotografia Festival Rome and Museum of Modern Art Arnhem. Nina Poppes work is about social phenomena. She often combines her photos with previous inspirations. Next to her photography she creates short experimental documentaries with a tension between the autonomous and documentary image. She lives and works in Cologne. She is represented by Robert Morat Gallery Berlin and Julia Garnatz Cologne.
Damian Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: damianbirdphotography.com Damian Bird, is a photographer and photojournalist with many years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around the globe.  He was educated in Photography at the Surrey College of Art and Design and at the London College of Communication where he studied for a post graduate degree in Photojournalism.  In 2011 he founded Life Force magazine with his business partner and wife of 14 years, Alice.  As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and has recently returned to Afghanistan. He continues to have his work published in national and international newspapers and magazines  including The Times, the Telegraph, the Express, the Observer, GQ, Esquire, Dazed & Confused,The Face, Country Life and Geographical magazine.
He lives with his wife and four children in Devon, England.
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Thomas Wrede To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.thomas-wrede.de Thomas Wrede was born in 1963 in Iserlohn, Germany. He studied Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster from 1986 – 1992 (master class). In 1991, Wrede studied photography under the direction of Dieter Appelt at the Berlin University of Arts. Now he is a professor for photography and media at the University of Fine Arts in Essen (HBK Essen). During the last few years numerous museum exhibitions presented his works in- and outside of Europe. In 2017 the Sinclair House Museum in Bad Homburg (Frankfurt) exhibit a comprehensive overview of Thomas Wrede. The following group exhibitions should be mentioned: at the Akademie der Künste Berlin „Vertigo of Reality“, 2014; at the National Museum for History and Art,
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Sarah Cooper & Nina Gorfer To commission them or to request prints of their work: www.coopergorfer.com Cooper & Gorfer comprises the artists Sarah Cooper (US, 1974) and Nina Gorfer (Austria, 1979). The artist duo is known for their distinct painterly aesthetics and hybrid image collages. Their work often revolves around issues of cultural identity and the genius loci, in search for the connection between people, story and place. Their imagery is often based on comprehensive research travels. Cooper & Gorfer are photographers in origin but strive away from realistic representation. Using an advanced collage technique, they construct their photo- based works like paintings. They distort proportions and shift time and space, stage rigorously, and use stylized poses and gestures to break up the world into parts and
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Derry Moore To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.derrymoore.com DERRY MOORE (b. 1937) is a British photographer who made his name photographing the interiors and portraits of European aristocracy, including those of Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother. Among his recent books is An English Room (Prestel, 2013).
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Elinor Carucci To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.elinorcarucci.com Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year.  Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group show include The Museum of Modern Art New York, MoCP Chicago and The Photographers' Gallery, London. Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.
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Margo Davis To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.margodavisphoto.com Margo Davis began photographing in her early twenties. Her first photographs were of family, friends, and people she encountered in her native New England. One of the first photographs in the show is a 1967 portrait of a young girl in a Boston neighborhood. It is an early example of the photographer’s natural talent for working with people and capturing both personality and the essence of a moment with her camera. Davis’ interest in portraiture followed her through her many life’s journeys and explorations. As an artist she experienced the feminist and cultural movement of the sixties and seventies. She became interested in the history of the African diaspora and traveled to Africa, the Caribbean, and Brazil with her camera as a tool of both discovery and connection with the people she met. Among her many travels she
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Soren Dahlgaard To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.sorendahlgaard.com Søren Dahlgaard, Danish artist born 1973. Education: Slade school of Art London 1997-2002. PhD Candidate University of Melbourne in practice-led research 2015-2018. Exhibitions internationally for 10 years at places such as: Venice Biennale, Photographers Gallery London, The National Art Gallery Denmark, ECCO – Cultural Centre, Brasilia, ARoS Museum of Art Denmark, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, KOES - Museum of art in Public Spaces, Denmark, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland, Gwangju Biennale Korea, Digital Art Center, Israel, CCA Andratx Contemporary Art Center, Mallorca Spain, CCBB Brazil, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Singapore Biennale, The National Art Gallery, Maldives, Te Tuhi Arts Center, New Zealand, Galleria Civica Museum of contemporary art, Trento, Italy, Lianzhou International Photo Festival China & MoMA PS1.
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LIFE
Kanishka Mukherji To commission him or to request prints of his work: kanishka2385@gmail.com I am Kanishka Mukherji. I am currently working as a banker in SBI. Photography happened to me three and a half years back when I started taking pictures with a point & shoot camera.Gradually i started realizing the difference between a picture and a photograph,and what started as a hobby eventually metamorphosed into an indispensable part of my life.Being an introvert, I use my photography as a medium to express myself,my thoughts,my emotions. I believe that " Every photograph I create, creates me " and hence I click to create myself.According to me, a  photograph is a bridge between the subject and the viewer. A photograph should compel the viewers to think and be one with the subject. Despite my busy work schedule I manage to take some time out to sneak into the world and bring out the untold stories from the life of people.Life is a quintessential element of my photography because they say, "it is more important to click with people than to click the shutter".
Luxembourg, 2013; the Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea, 2011, the Art Museum, Wuhan in China, 2009 and at the 3rd Moscow Biennale, 2009. Since 1998 Wrede has shown his works in several solo gallery exhibitions in the United States ( New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles). In Germany Thomas Wrede is represented through the galleries Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf; Mike Karstens, Münster and Wagner + Partner, Berlin. Wrede's photographs have also been placed in major art collections, for example: Hall Art Collection, New York; The West Collection Philadelphia; Global Art Collection Hudson Bay Company, New York; Kunst-am-Bau projects in Berlin for the German State; UBS, Zürich and Lucerne; DZ-Bank, Frankfurt; LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Wrede published all photographic series in several monographic books. Here is a selection:  Strange Paradise, 2005; Anywhere, 2010, Manhattan Picture Worlds, 2011; Inszenierung und Wirklichkeit, 2013; Die eine Ansicht (co-author Günther Kebeck), 2017; Modell Landschaft. Fotografie, 2017. Upcoming solo exhibitions: „Modell Landschaft Fotografie“, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, September – November 2017 „Real Landscapes“, Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Paris, September – November 2017 „Modell Landschaft Fotografie“, Von-der-Heydt Kunsthalle, Wuppertal, May – August 2018
rearrange them into an enigmatic and exaggerated ensemble. Like art history’s Mannerists, PreRaphaelites, or Surrealists, Cooper & Gorfer strain observable reality through a complex psychological filter of dreams, moods, fears and wounds, both their own and those they have encountered. Cooper & Gorfer began their collaboration in 2006. They live and work in Gothenburg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany. The artists are represented by gallery Christian Larsen (www.christianlarsen.se)
She was awarded the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and NYFA in 2010.  Carucci has published three monographs to date, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002 and Diary of a dancer, SteidlMack 2005 and MOTHER, Prestel 2013.  Carucci currently teaches at the graduate program of photography at School of Visual Arts and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery.
Lars Borges To him or to request prints of his work: www.larsborges.com Lars Borges is a photographer based in Berlin and London. Among his clients are adidas, Dior, H&M, Nike, Volkswagen, Blackberry and Microsoft, his work has been published in GQ, ELLE, Esquire, Neon, Rolling Stone,  The Guardian, Stern, ZEITmagazin.
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photographed the island people of Antigua and the Fulani people of Nigeria. Closer to home, Davis photographed many of the artists, musicians, and writers of the West Coast.  This work resulted in the publication of two books Antigua Black: Portrait of an Island People (Scrimshaw Press, 1973)and Women Writers of the West Coast (Capra Press, 1984). Margo Davis portraits contain an intimacy and artistic craftsmanship that provide the viewer with a powerful connection to her subjects. Her portraits are remarkable in their use of light, composition, and environment. Davis combines a strong expressive ability with a genuine sensitivity to the nature of the people she photographs. As a whole, the portraits in the show reveal elements of her feminism, her politics, and the values of her social environment. But what these photographs express above all else is a strong sense of the artist’s compassionate nature and humanistic concerns.        Davis’ work has grown and expanded along with her artistic vision. She is an avid traveler and continues to photographically investigate the cultures she visits. She has also traveled metaphorically inward to explore the possibilities of the portrait as an expression of the inner world. Some of the most recent portraits in the show are montage work inspired by the writings of Joseph Campbell and Jungian ideas of the unconscious. And although she experiments with many forms of photography, Davis always finds herself drawn to “the landscape of the face” and all the feeling and life that her skilled eye can evoke from the people she photographs. Margo Davis received her BA from University of California, Berkeley and her MA from San Jose State University. She has been a lecturer and instructor at colleges and universities throughout the Bay Area as well as at the Ansel Adams Yosemite portrait workshops and the Friends of Photography. Her photographs are in the collections of the Stanford University Museum and the Bibioteque Nationale, France.
Sandipan Mukherjee To commission him or to request prints of his work: email Hello friends Its Sandipan Mukherjee. Well by profession I am a Mechanical Engineer  & by passion a Amateur  Photographer, as arts & creativity is always much prior for me and I have chosen Photography as a better option to flash my excellence on the same and furnishing my dream to place myself as a future professional photographer. I feel a great touch for work  surrounds  with  Street Life, People, Culture Environment & Ritual etc.  Whenever & wherever is it I breath an endearing flavor to discover the activity ,  Sacrifice & Survival  of the human beings throughout their Life.  I am a very emotional fellow on that scenario I really used to get  a touch over the variac emotions  of the Sociology allied to the Human life. You may watch out some of my works at the Link mentioned below.
https://www.instagram.com/sandy.photonalist/?hl=en https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandy_the_photonalist/