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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Matthew Bradley - Lucid Dreams and Recurring Nightmares

Jun 14, 2017

Lucid Dreams and Recurring Nightmares’ is a book I am working towards which will bring together a selection of images from my work over the past few years. Working in an “on-going” manner I have collected and made images that investigate the environments that are both seemingly familiar and unfamiliar to me. Many of these photographs were taken in spaces in which I spent a great deal of time, or of objects that have been in these spaces. In other instances, a certain environment or object (unfamiliar to me) will seem familiar or remind me of something else, much like a case of déjà vu. In this ongoing work, I explore the space between (my own) reality and fiction, consciousness and a dream-like state of mind. The upcoming book is my first attempt to make sense of these images. By drawing connections between certain images and memories of these environments and objects, much of my interest is how time can change which details are emphasized and remembered, or focused on.

Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

Sergiy Barchuk

Jun 21, 2017 - Matthew Bradley

I can’t remember if I stumbled across Sergiy Barchuk’s work through Instagram or Tumblr, but either way, I am so glad that I did. Sergiy has a real flair for composition, form and colour that I really enjoy. His subject matter is so vast that if feels as if he is constantly experimenting with objects and shapes. Again, the mixture of constructed studio scenarios and those that have been found out in the world leave you questioning what the difference between artificial and natural/”real” is, if there is any at all. I’d certainly like to add a book by Sergiy to my collection.


See more of Sergiy Barchuk’s work here.


That concludes my Artist Blog. Again, I would like to thank Der Greif for having me, and allowing me to show some photographer’s work that I am interested in. If you would like to keep up with what I am doing you can head over here.



Eva O’Leary

Jun 20, 2017 - Matthew Bradley

My first introduction to Eva O’Leary’s work was through the series Happy Valley, a project that she completed during her MFA at Yale. I was immediately drawn to this body of work and it’s seductive air of mystery that surrounds her images. Much like Johno Mellish’s images, Eva’s leave me wanting to know more, and how or why many of these situations presented themselves for her to photograph. Another appeal of Eva O’Leary’s work is that much of it is informed by her own experience and environments that she was/is very much apart of, engaging with the reality, myth and fantasy that comes with it. I will be keeping my eye out for a book of Eva’s work.


You can see more of Eva’s work here.


Lakin Ogunbanwo

Jun 18, 2017 - Matthew Bradley

The next set of photographs that I would like to see in the form of a book, are those of Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo. Making a name for himself in the realms of fashion photography, Lakin has also shot a large amount of personal work which he has exhibited in a number of solo exhibitions. One of my favourite series is the body of work titled ‘Are We Good Enough’, which features a number of ‘portraits’ of men adoring various traditional Nigerian Hats. The simplicity of this series is very effective in focusing the attention to the symbolic nature of the hats, whilst still speaking equally about identity through the obstruction of the model’s face.


You can find more of Lakin’s work here.

Johno Mellish

Jun 17, 2017 - Matthew Bradley

Johno Mellish is the second photographer whose work I believe would make a wonderfully enticing book. Johno is a fellow South African photographer who has a knack of creating images that always leave me wanting to know more. Johno has a particular way of making picturesque landscapes look completely out of this world. He also manages to snag the most incredible details from places and situations that I am sure can only come from spending multiple hours/days in interesting locations. Johno recently released a body of work, ‘Rosetta 3301’ (I have included some images above), in which he investigates the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu Natal – queued by an auto-biography by Elizabeth Klarer, who claimed to have been contacted by extraterrestrials between the years 1954 – 1963. For me, this series encapsulates the conflicting feeling that Johno’s photographs give me.


You can see more of his work here.

Bobby Doherty

Jun 16, 2017 - Matthew Bradley

To start, I’d like to thank the Der Greif team for asking me to do their Artist Blog this week. At the moment I am working on a book of my own photographs that should be realised as a small dummy edition within the next month. So in keeping with the theme of books, I’d like to present a selection of photographers whose work I admire, and would love to see in the form of a book. To the best of my knowledge (and a brief Google search) the photographers that I have selected have not had a large edition book published as of yet (excluding smaller self-published books – although, I am sure that a few of them are probably working on them).


Without further ado, the first photographer’s book that I would like to add to my collection is that of Bobby Doherty. Bobby’s work is probably most widely known in the New York Magazine (where he is the staff photographer). What I love most about his work is that his commercial and personal work fit seamlessly together, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which. Whether it’s slick, carefully constructed still-lifes or images caught ‘on-the-fly’, Bobby’s images are always visually captivating. The hyperreal nature of his images constantly leave me guessing whether his images have been carefully constructed or if these situations have presented themselves out in the world.

You can see more of Bobby’s work here, and here