The Black Sea coast and the Balkans in the pictures of Vanessa Winship
June 27, 2018
British photographer Vanessa Winship is working on long-term projects in the genres of portrait, landscape, reportage and documentary photography. Most of her work has been created in Eastern Europe. Photography for Winship is a tool for interacting with the world, which she chronicles, making insightful pictures through the prism of her own poetic vision.
Being a traveler by nature, Vanessa Winship has created a lot of her work, traveling around Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, the Caucasus, Greece; in 2012 visited the States. Her award-winning projects are about concepts such as boundaries, lands, aspirations, identity, belonging, memory and history, ways of telling stories and expressing individuality.
Vanessa Winship was born in 1960, grew up in the town of Burton-on-Humber, in North Lincolnshire. In 1987 she received a bachelor's degree (with honors) in the field of photography and film at the Polytechnic Institute of Central London (now Westminster University).There she met her future husband, photographer George George, with whom she travels and works.
Winner of many awards, including the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (2011), Winship takes intimate photos, often avoiding a specific context or political meaning. Since 1999, she has worked for ten years in the Balkans, in Turkey and in the Caucasus. I stayed in Belgrade, then some time in Athens and five years in Istanbul.
Winship pays special attention to places in which the human presence and landscape seem to defy geopolitical boundaries and historical events. The documentary content of her photographs flows to such more personal notions as vulnerability and biography. We present two projects by Vanessa Winship - “Imaginary States and Aspirations: The Balkan Journey” and “The Black Sea: Between the Chronicle and Fiction,” on which she has worked since the 1990s.