Reportager will in due course, be announcing a call for submissions for
the ‘Reportager Award’.
The award will be for work the jury considers to be the most outstanding
in the area of documentary illustration, drawn reportage and visual essay.
The award will be open to all artists at all stages of their career from
student to established. Further details and more information to be Announced.
Topolski Studio's Residents' reportage drawing
Thursday 12th December 2013 from 6pm at Vibe Gallery, Bermondsey
Topolski Studio and Reportager, University of the West of England, present the work of Matt Booker, Laura Fitton, Josh Morris, Alex Nicholson, Chloë Parke and Louis Vinet, the Residents of the Chronicle Residency Programme, at Vibe Gallery.
For Topolski Studio's Chronicle Residency Programme, six young unemployed artists have been reporting local issues and events through drawing. They have produced a hand-printed Chronicle, a broadsheet of reportage drawing chronicling contemporary issues of the Twenty-First Century just as artist Feliks Topolski did of the Twentieth.
Feliks Topolski (1907-1989) was the first artist on the South Bank, having set up studios here in 1953 from where he hand-printed over 2,300 of his on the spot drawings as his broadsheet Chronicles. Covering events from the Queen’s Coronation to London street scenes, the Chronicles bristle with comment and observation about the people, politics and events of the time.
Sixty years since Topolski launched his Chronicles, Topolski Studio’s Chronicle for the Twenty-First Century and accompanying reportage drawings of London will be exhibited alongside Feliks Topolski’s original Chronicles and drawings, contrasting what Topolski recorded 50 and 60 years ago with what the young artists’ record today.
Vibe Gallery & Bar N001 The Biscuit Factory Tower Bridge Business Complex 100 Clements Rd, London, SE16 4DG
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7082 8071
|Mit dem Elefanten Doktor
Olivier Kugler's "Mit
dem Elefanten Doktor in Laos" (with the Elephant Doctor in Laos)
, has just been published by the Swiss publishing
house "Edition Moderne".
So far there is only a German edition available... The book documents
a young French veterinarian's work looking after elephants working
in the logging industry in Laos.
Olivier Kugler accompanied the veterinarian Bertrand Bouchard on a
journey through the mountains and jungle in the north of Laos, where
he was the with a mobile clinic attending to the health and well-being
of the working elephants in remote logging camps. Kugler takes us
on an illustrated journey through this fascinating world, its nature
and people and characterized through the life of the elephants themselves,
while also showing the profound effects of the international economic
interests that reach deep into these remote forests in the mountains
Olivier spent a week with Bertrand travelling to remote logging camps
in the jungle and the highlands of Laos. His drawings are documenting
the doctor's work and also portraying the people and elephants he
meets on his mission.
Olivier Kugler's Mit dem Elefanten Doktor
Edition Moderne, Switzerland
ISBN ISBN 978-3-03731-113-4
48 pages, full color, 20 x 30 cm
Released 23 August 2013
Distorted Landscapes, Future Ruins and
Spirit Houses By Gareth Proskourine-Barnett
Private View 24 September 17:30
Exhibition open 25 - 29 September
Chulalongkorn University Museum
“Bangkok is a copy with no original… It is a hyper modern
milieu of surfaces and signs without an authentic centre or origin
over-occurring within the same space of ancient beliefs, practices
and rituals” (Brian McGrath). Following a four-month residency
at Chulalongkorn University, artist Gareth
Proskourine- Barnett will be exhibiting
a body of new work that explores the urban landscape of Bangkok. Concerned
with the development of contemporary cities and conditions of existence
within it, he explores the physicality of space through a combination
of two and three-dimensional work. Simply, the work is an attempt
to observe and understand.
The exhibition features blue prints of street sculptures, urban tags
that recall various walks through the city, manipulated landscapes
that dissolve and melt between picture postcard views and dystopian
ruin, and alternative spirit houses that celebrate the ruin of buildings
such as the Sathorn Unique.
The process of construction and destruction in the city fascinates
Proskourine- Barnett, for him it is as important as a completed piece
of architecture. He says, “What becomes apparent as you explore
the city of Bangkok is that you don't need to go to Ayutthaya to see
the ancient ruins; they are already looming over you. The buildings
of today are the ruins of tomorrow".
The exhibition will also feature a selection of illustrated works
and a library of selfpublished books by Chulalongkorn University students
who were taught by Proskourine-Barnett during his Bangkok residency.
The students have each responded to a series of one kilometer squared
sections of the city presenting their illustrated interpretations
of city postcard views.
This is the debut exhibition in Thailand for the London based Proskourine-Barnett.
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2011, he has exhibited
across the UK and internationally, including the Moscow International
Young Artist Biennale 2012. In February 2013 Proskourine-Barnett was
featured in Dazed and Confused
magazine's First Shot
feature, focused on highlighting young ermerging artists.
Proskourine-Barnett's artist practice explores a sense of place through
our relationship with architecture and he is fascinated with the concept
of Utopia especially now that the very act of dreaming, or considering
a brighter future has become, in itself, an act of nostalgia. His
work normally begins by walking to specific sites and collecting rubbings,
the aim is to re-examine modernism and to consider the utopian ideology
imbued in the fabric of these buildings.
|reportager newspaper launched
The reportager newspaper
has been published. Some five hundred are already scheduled to be
The work contained within this print version of reportager represents
the sketchbook pages of 20 artists who are either members of reportager
or who have been associated in some way with the online journal. The
work ranges across such diverse subject areas as Feliks
Topolski's war time blitz sketches and Sue
The brief for this publication was for artists to submit work, which
as far as possible, was created on the spot, without correction, mediation
or beautification. Many of the artists make work either for self-initiated
projects or for commissioned work. All have one thing in common in
that they all use the sketch as the basis for reference, investigation,
interrogation and research.
The work contained in this print version of reportager represents
a selection of sketchbook pages from some 20 artists, who are either
members of reportager or who have been associated in some way with
the online journal. Reportager.org exists in order to support, initiate,
and showcase projects involving drawing as reportage, visual journalism,
documentary drawing and illustration as visual essay.
Reportager.org has been up and running for over a year. There is a
drawing zeitgeist taking place and evidence of real interest in documentary
drawing and reportage. As the editor I have been both pleased and
surprised by the huge amount of interest in the area of visual journalism
and reportorial drawing.
For more information and to download a digital edition of the reportager
newspaper, see our projects
|Topolski Studio in partnership
Topolski Studio, in partnership with Reportager and the University
of the West of England, Bristol, will train young people who are not
already in education, employment or training for three month Residencies.
The Residency will offer them the opportunity to work together to
produce, hand-print and distribute a monthly Chronicle,
a broadsheet of reportage drawing chronicling contemporary issues
of the twenty-first century, just as artist Feliks
Topolski did of the twentieth century.
From 1953-1982, Topolski hand-printed over 2,300 of his on the spot
drawings as his broadsheet Chronicles.
Covering events ranging across the social and political spectrum to
include the Queen’s Coronation and the Lambeth Conference of
the Anglican Churches, to displaced persons and war refugees as well
as London street scenes, the Chronicles
bristle with incisive, intelligent comment and observation about the
people, politics and events of the time. The Chronicles
were distributed to over 2,000 subscribers around the world including
museums, universities, libraries and private collections.
Topolski Studio’s Chronicle
for the twenty-first century will report upon local issues, news and
events through drawing. The content will be entirely generated by
members of the local community through their interactions with the
Residents working from the Topolski Studio new premises on the southbank
of the Thames overlooking the London Eye.
Gary Embury, the
Editor of Reportager
will be working closely with Topolski Studio to plan and oversee the
Work on the new Chronicle is due to begin in the September of 2013,
with initial publication in both hardcopy and downloadable electronic
formats printed and distributed towards the end of the current year.
More details will be made public as they become available.
|Reportager in print
A print version of Reportager is currently being designed and published.
The print version will contain work by leading practitioners in the
field and be distributed by September 2013. Images and contents are
still being decided. A pdf version will be available to download on
More news on this to follow.
The new visual journalism
A peer reviewed paper by Gary Embury for
the Plymouth University, Varoom Lab, Boundaries
Illustration symposium held at Plymouth University on 14/15 September
2012. is available for download as part of Issue one of the new Varoom
Issue one contains papers submitted and peer reviewed
from the above call for papers:
Taste - Dr. John O’Reilly,
editor of Varoom magazine, writer and philosopher
Rear View Mirror - Stephanie
Black, University of West of England
Tap My Drawings - James
Brocklehurst, Plymouth University
Time and Narrative - Dr
Julia Moszkowicz, Southampton Solent University
Political Illustration as a means to break boundaries
in a mass mediated world - Professor Mario
Minichiello, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Reportager, visual journalism - Gary
Embury, University of West of England
The Signifier Of Incompleteness, Nanette
Hoogslag, Illustrator / Researcher