At this year's Photo London Atlas are showing new works by contemporary artists Nick Brandt, Bastiaan Woudt, Niko Luoma and Franco Fontana and an exceptional group of vintage works by masters such as Bill Brandt and Robert Capa.
The fair will be the official launch of Nick Brandt’s brand new series The Day May Break. This new collection, photographed in Zimbabwe and Kenya in late 2020, is the first part of a global series portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental degradation and destruction. The people and the animals in the photos were all affected by climate change, displaced by cyclones and repeated droughts. Photographed at five different sanctuaries, the animals were rescues which can never be re-wilded. As a result, it was safe for humans to be in proximity to them and photographed at close quarters within the same frame. The fog on location is the unifying visual, as we increasingly find ourselves in a kind of limbo, a once recognisable world now fading from view. However, in spite of their loss, these people and animals are the survivors. And therein lies possibility and hope.
With a dramatic approach to black and white Bastiaan Woudt reaches for universality through the abstraction of the individual traits into pure forms. In his portrait we aren’t presented with a specific person but rather an archetype of a woman that has become pure shape. His signature style– abstract yet sharp, with a strong focus on detail – permeate his new works, shown here for the first time.