For April’s instalment of PhotoForum, we’ve invited two photographers working in the USA in distinctive ways. Christopher Bethell’s project The Duke of Earl traces an imagined family history as he navigates his own UK-US dual nationality, and Carlotta Cardana’s The Red Road Project examines contemporary Native American culture and identity.
We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be an illuminating photographic deep-dive into the United States, and with barely a passing mention of Donald Trump.
Christopher Bethell is a photographer, journalist and occasional picture editor. Graduating from LCC's MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in 2015, Bethell came away with a body of work about his imagined family history and dual nationality with the USA. The Duke of Earl has been exhibited at Format Festival, won gold at Offspring Photomeet's Portfolio Awards, was nominated for the Magnum Graduate Award and came first in ThePrintSpace's Trajectory award. Bethell is interested in the acceptance of subjectivity within documentary photography and how fiction can be used to tell the truth.
Carlotta Cardana has been working as an editorial photographer for the past 10 years. Originally from Italy, she lived in Argentina and Mexico before moving to London in 2011. Her personal work investigates how communities are affected by economic upheaval and oppression. She is also interested in how social contexts affect personal identities, especially amongst minorities and subcultures. Carlotta introduced The Red Road Project, her on-going work on Native American culture and identity, at PhotoForum in 2015. This time round she will discuss how the project has grown and show the work shot over the last three years.