Best of the Web

There are some great and interesting reads out there on the world wide web and far too many to read all at once! At The Mango Lab we’ve decided to pick four stories, which are circulating the Internet that have got us thinking, seeing or just plain got us! 


HUCK: Photographer documents man’s destruction of the natural world 


Nick Brandt’s Inherit the Dust is currently being presented at PhotoLondon. Brandt has been documenting wildlife through photography since 2001, yet during his career he has also seen the destruction of the natural world. Inherit the Dust is a collection of photographs in which wild animals are placed back into their natural habitats. However their biological environment is non-existent, instead giving way to concrete jungles, factories and quarries. Brandt used his own wildlife photographs and places them on panels. In this article Brandt is interviewed by Huck on why he starting photographing animals, what the threats to wildlife are in East Africa and the story behind why he created these stark and powerful images.

Inherit the Dust is showing at the Atlas Gallery, Somerset House until May 22.

Read the full story HERE

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The hidden stories of Arab women 

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This interesting piece documents the rise of female Arab photographers who are part of the collective Rawiya. Founded in 2009 the collective was started to support female Middle Eastern photographers and to challenge the predisposed depiction of them in the West. Members of Rawiya document stories that are overlooked or missed by photographers staying in the Middle East for short periods of time. Although photojournalism in the Middle East is still considered a man’s job these women are challenging that idea.

Read the full story HERE


1843 MAGAZINE: India in Sepia 

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This photo story quite literarily presents Indian destinations in a sepia-toned light. During the 19th century the boom of travel photography was a subsequence of the affluence of European holidaymakers and those serving in the military oversees. These 19th century images are a romantic snapshot of places such as Dal Canal, Srinigar, Kashmir, the Taj Mahal and Gateway to Hoosainabad, Lucknow. Photography was flourishing in a country going through political unrest – what these images show is a tranquility and separation from that unrest. It’s also a reminder of the history and early techniques of photography.

India and Sepia is showing at the Prahlad Bubbar Gallery, 33 Cork Street, London W1S 3NQ until May 22.

Read the full story HERE


DER GREIF: Alan Knox – Universal Sympathy 

Universal Sympathy

Unique fibre-based photograms of the cremated ashes of Duncan Marshall

London-based Scottish photographer Alan Knox scatters the cremated ashes of his grandfather onto photographic paper as photograms. Inspired by the practice of space burial where ashes are launched into outer space Universal Sympathy is somewhat bizarre and poetic at the same time. The project explores the relationship between life, death and the universe. It’s hard to put this one into words so we recommend taking a read for yourself.  It has been exhibited at the Daniel Blau Gallery and Stills Gallery, Edinburgh.

Read the full story HERE


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