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Ezekiel: A Recap by Smith Journal
In an interview with Chris Harrigan, Nick speaks of Ezekiel 36:36 five years on.

Remembering the lathargic nature of Lloyd Aero Boliviano. Nick's photographs and recent interview hold onto the hope that the airline will, once again, return to the air.

"LAB still keeps Boeing planes from the 1970s running, its training is set up like it was 40 years ago, and they have rooms full of paper tickets. There is a tangibility and a substance to the company that makes it more than a business."

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It's Nice That features 'Ciudad Rebelde'
The young rebellious city of El Alto, Bolivia.

Nick went back to El Alto, Bolivia's largest growing city, and came back with a portrait of a rebellious young city.

He talked with It's Nice That about his approach to this bustling South American city:  “I wanted to give the photo essay an uncluttered and refreshing tone, keeping the frames simple,” he says. “It’s a story about a young city and I really wanted Ciudad Rebelde to focus on the city’s population as they are the ones shaping it.”

He also shared some insights about his practice in general and initial inspirations to make photography his art.

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Looking for 'The Green Ray'
A portrait of Biarritz for The New York Times Style Magazine

Nick spent a few days wandering around wide beaches, surrounded by cliffs and listening big waves crashing into giant boulders. On a commission from The New York Times Style Magazine, he set out to capture the atmosphere of the town of Biarritz, in the French Basque Country. Based on Éric Rohmer’s small masterpiece ‘The Green Ray’ he created his own contemporary version of the city, a place that swings between crowed summer days and offseason abandoment.

‘The place evokes the restless feel of a city in late summer, the compulsion to escape while not having anywhere to go’

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Work-In-Progress: 'The Bitter Sea'
An interview with the Photographic Museum of Humanity

'In his ongoing project, The Bitter Sea, photographer Nick Ballón draws on his heritage to investigate the proud and nostalgic relationship landlocked Bolivia has with the sea.'

Verónica Sanchis recently spoke with Nick about his experience working on this project for the PHMuseum. He shared insights about his interest in Bolivia: the main stage for his work. He is slowly bringing the pieces together with constant visits to the country, reseach and negotiations. Nick's work is endlessly fueled by his Bolivian heritage, and interest to continue connected to his ancestry.

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The story of the Bolivian Navy featured in WIRED

Nick’s story ‘Armada’ continues to catch attention. Normally, the curiosity begins with the fact that Bolivia is a landlocked country with a Navy, and some of its recruits have never seen the sea.

He was recently approached by Laura Mallonee, from WIRED, to talk more about his experience getting access, spending days in the Navy, and following the life of the young recruits. This is part of Nick’s long term project ‘The Bitter Sea’ focusing in Bolivia’s loss of the sea over 130 years ago, and it's longing to recover its access to the Pacific from Chile.

See the WIRED story here.

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Surrealism by the Sea with David Shrigley
for BA High Life Magazine

On a commission from British Airways’ High Life Magazine, Nick went on a shorter kind of trip to meet with David Shrigley: one of Britain’s most culturally embedded, and most-loved artists. He is well know for having a combination of pitch-black humour with satirical scrawling.

A winter day in Brighton was the scenario for the portrait series, focusing on the artist new relationship with his adopted hometown. The artist moved in just a couple of years ago, and his bonding with the place continues to evolve as steps into the role of guest director at this year’s Brighton Festival.

 

 

Copenhagen Suborbitals: A Volunteer-run rocket programme
for Wired UK

Nick met the team behind the Suborbitals, at their warehouse in Copenhagen, where they are working on their next mission: Putting a human into space by 2030.

“We have engineers, metal workers, electronics guys, software guys – all sorts of skills,” their projects rely on crowdfunding, and their next rocket, Nexø II, is a mix of pre-existing components, repurposed for space travel.

This  6.7-metre-tall rocket, weighing 178 kilograms, will be fired 12.6 kilometres into the air, then float back down to Earth with a parachute. The computer used in the engine control system once was cashier’s terminal from a Burger King; the pressure regulation system is based on a scuba diving funnel; a previous rocket used a brake cable from a Fiat car to synchronise the opening of crucial valves. All driven by their love for space.

The story was commissioned by WIRED UK, published in their May/June 2018 Issue.

See the online story here.

 

Max Whitlock
for The Guardian Labs Commonwealth Series

On an editorial commission from The Guardian Labs, Nick met some interesting key characters involved with the Commonwealth Games and also Olympic Athletes currently representing Britain around the globe, like champions. This came out as part of 'The Home Team' series.
One of the subjects was star gymnast, Max Whitlock, whom he photographed doing some stunning acrobats on the pommel horse. This shoot felt like a proof of what has made Max a five-time Olympic medallist, a six-time world medallist, and Britain's first ever Olympic champion in artistic gymnastics.

See the story here.

Ciudad Rebelde
Life in the rebellious city of El Alto, Bolivia

Nick can be found every year in El Alto, photographing a new project or observing life buzzing in this part of the Andino highlands. For this photo essay, Nick went back with writer, and historian Laurence Blair to look at the rebellious life of this young Bolivian city. During this fully-packed week, they re-visited the Cholets, wandered around the street markets, met with Aymaran rappers, DIY film makers, and visited Bolivia's Space Agency. The story was featured on the Travelogue of Disgeno Magazine for their Spring Issue, and full edit is also now up on the web.

See the full story here.

The Royal Academy's 250th Anniversary
for The Big Big Black Book by The Esquire

At the end of 2017, Nick visited The Royal Academy of Arts to capture it on its 250th anniversary. It was also the big day of the RA's Christmas staff party, talks on the halls made it sound like a memorable tradition.
Nick met with Artistic Director, Tim Marlow, in the drawing room as he reviewed some notes for a coming speech and shared some anecdotes. He was later joined by the Head of Collections and the Head of Architecture, who toured him around the areas under renovation of The Burlington House, a place that holds the most august institution of the arts in Britain.

The story was published in The Big Black Book, the Esquire's twice-yearly guide to the finer things in life, with their very stylish spin-off.

See the story here.

Film & TV Director Armando Iannucci
for The Atlantic

On an editorial portrait commission from The Atlantic magazine, Nick met television and film director Armando Iannucci in London.

Just on the time for his film release 'The Death of Stalin', for which Iannucci turns to the Kremlin, satirizing the political struggle that followed Joseph Stalin’s demise. The film was shot pre-Trump, however events from the 1930s seem to match with the current political scene around the world as he comments during his interview.

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'Armada' on the big pages of GDF Magazine  

Nick was invited to showcase his work on the biggest magazine we have ever seen: A3 sized pages, filled with art and zero ads. Is not a usual combination we get to see these days.
Global Design Firm is launching their project this month, for which they created a big format publication that's been circulating around the Creative industries in New York. Nick picked his project 'Armada' to be featured, along other artists like Todd Hido, Mark Leary, Lucas Foglia.

See all the project here. 

'Ekeko' having a solo exhibition in Bolivia

Nick's personal project 'Ekeko' is now showing on a solo exhibition in the CAF space in La Paz, Bolivia. The show was curated by Cecilia Lampo and will be up for a month, presenting some of the Neo-Aymaran buildings from El Alto, miniature objects gifted for wish making and the God of abundance and prosperity.  Nick travelled for the opening, which coincided with the launch of the Festival de Alasita, a traditional celebration where the Ekeko is honoured. 

This project aims to also take the shape of a book, we should be sharing more about that very soon. 

See the project here. 

Damien Hirst for The Sunday Times

Nick met artist Damien Hirst at Newport Gallery in South London, the artist very own museum.
On the time allowance, Nick had the opportunity to work with the pills inspired space in the Gallery's restaurant, and then had the artist lay on the floor at the bottom of a staircase as Nick hung with his camera from the very top view above.

The images were featured on the cover of The Sunday Times December 17th Issue. The story described the artist's latest show as 'the shipwreck of his career', a bit of his past, future and current position in the business.

 

Triple Win!
On the 2017 CR Photography Annual

Here is another exciting year of winning work selected for the Creative Review 2017 Photography Annual.
'Invisible Wounds' Nick's first collaboration with artist Alma Haser, was also selected Best In Book. 
'Armada' a project shot in the Navy Base of Lake Titicaca, is been selected on the Personal work category. 
'El Choro' a story on a sustainable Bolivian farming community, commissioned by Cheryl Newman for We Feed The World, has also joined the selection. 

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Portrait of Maria Balshaw, Tate Britain's Director.
for Bloomber Pursuits

Nick recently met Maria Balshaw at Tate Britain for a portrait session commissioned by Bloomberg Pursuits. She became the museum's director last June, and has brought an energized and politically active approach.

“The Tate has expanded the landscape for art in this country. Now it needs to ensure that that expanded landscape is shared with the widest community of people possible." She adds during the interview.

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'Invisible Wounds'
Print Sale at The Photographer's Gallery

Nick's collaboration with artist Alma Haser for Save The Children is now featured in The Photographer's Gallery.

A selection of works from this series is currently on display in their Print Sales Gallery, with proceeds from sales going to Save the Children to support their important work with refugee children. 

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'American -ABCD' is now out.
A new collaboration with Paripé Books.

Patricio Binaghi invited Nick to participate on a photographic project for Paripé Books, and is out now.
Published as a series of 4 books, 'American -ABCD' brings 200 artists together to re-interpret an image from a photographic archive of the American life in the 50's and 60's. There is only 500 editions of each for sale.

The project is launching in Madrid this coming December, we will reveal what Nick´s went for then.

Click here to get a copy of a book or the whole set.

The Makers
Showcasing Hackney's current creative culture.

As a commission from Studio Small in connection with Hackney Council's 'Schools for the Future' initiative, Nick was asked to capture the current creative culture of the area. He also brought in his team to do the production in-house, fully packing the 3 days journey. Many of these places, Nick had known for years, yet it was interesting for him to approach them from a photographic perspective.

The project resulted in a hardback book, and a website, featuring interviews with renowned creative people who live and work in the area.

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On the cover of Positive News
Nick’s portraits of Daphne Selfe.

Positive News honours ageing on its latest Issue, and Nick's images were the right fit to make the point. ‘The Age Advantage’ features Nick’s portraits Daphne Selfe ,the oldest professional fashion model in the world, in their cover of the magazine and opening of the story.  

As part of a co-op media, this is a magazine that focuses on progress and possibility with a constructive journalistic approach.

Maharam Stories.
Gem Fletcher writes about Nick's last decade in photography.

'Ballón’s best work occupies a state of limbo. With layers of contradictions intriguing and seducing the viewer, things are often not what they seem on the surface. He is interested in the moments that sit halfway between real and constructed.'

As part of Maharam Stories series, Photography Art Director, writer and friend, Gem Fletcher collaborated with the writing of this piece. Her talented writing takes a look into Nick's approach to his photography, describing very gracefully how he looks at the world and elaborates on his personal focus on his Anglo-Bolivian heritage.

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Talking trolls, sagas and Norse folk-tails around Reykjavik.
A story on Iceland's bestselling author, Sjón.

Commissioned by 1843 Magazine for its August & September 2017 Issue, Nick went on a photographic winter walk. He re-visited Iceland through stories created by one of its most well-know poets, lyricists, and novelists: Sjón. Influenced by  David Bowie, the author was a pioneer of surrealist writing in the 70s, and often collaborates with Bjork.   

Click here to see the story in 1843 Magazine.

Cover story on TIME Magazine
A Portrait of Ireland's Prime Minister As a Young Man.

Nick was recently commissioned to shoot the cover story for Time Magazine's International Edition. On a quick trip from London straight to the Irish Parliament House in Dublin, he had the opportunity to meet and photograph the portrait of a new and rather refreshing name in politics: The Taoiseach, or Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar.

Clerks featured in Bloomberg Businessweek
Inside the strange world of London’s clerks and barristers.

On a negotiation of his own documentary style, Nick silently moved around from all hierarchies, spent time capturing portraits of the senior practitioners and followed the more junior ones as their performed the clerking rite of passage: Trolley-hauling around the Royal Courts of Justice and to the offices.

Click here to see the featured in Bloomberg Businessweek.
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Interview with Lecture in Progress
An educational platform for the next generation of creatives.

Nick was invited by Indi Davis from Lecture in Progress to talk about his experience working with Maharam, a leading textile company in the US. Nick was open to provide an insight into his process working as a documentary photographer, from brief, to the time spent at the Italian leather tanneries, to the final results. This specialised platform inspires and informs the next generation of creatives by providing a practical resource offering advice and insight into the industry. 

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'The curious story of a Navy in a landlocked country'
Interview in Yorokobu.

Nick's project about the Bolivian Navy continues to generate interest, and was recently interviewed by Yorokobu. He spoke with journalist Valeria Sacone about his experience shooting in Lake Titicaca’s base, and about his emotional connection to Bolivia, the main stage for his personal projects.

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The Navy without a Sea
featured in Avaunt Magazine

Nick was granted access to the Bolivian Navy Base in Tiquina, Lake Titicaca, after a long exchange of requests and negotiations. He spent time in the base to document what it felt to be part of a Navy without a Sea, as it was featured in Avaunt Magazine on their 5th Issue. This is also part of his on-going personal project ‘Bitter Sea’, which focuses on Bolivia’s loss of the sea to Chile over 130 years ago.

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On the cover of American Chordata
A New York based magazine.

Nick’s image from his project ‘The Virtue of Wrestling’ was featured on the cover of American Chordata. This rather special publication is getting all the positive attention from their very start. It carefully blends in fiction, nonfiction essay, and poetry, with art and photography. Nick created this project as part of his ongoing collaboration with Art Director Gemma Fletcher.

Click here to get ahold of their previous issues.

Good news from The Creative Review
Editorial Win: 2016 Creative Review Photography Awards.

We are happy to announce that on another year on the row, Nick has been selected to join the 2016 Creative Review Photography Annual publication, along a great pick of very talented photographers doing fine work in the current scene. On this occasion it was his story ‘The Painted Desert’, commissioned by T:MAG, that brought him the 2016 award under the Editorial section.

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The Children of Syria featured in FT Magazine
In collaboration with Alma Haser

Nick’s first collaboration with artist Alma Haser is now out as part of Save the Children’s Invisible Wounds project, marking the 6th year of the Syrian conflict. The story was published by the FT Magazine, featured with an interview in the Creative Review and also picked up by Time’s LightBox publication.

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A Conversation with the Creative Review
Tanneries and creativity inside a factory.

Nick was interviewed about his experience shooting ‘Leather for Maharam’, a recent commission from the US-based textile design company. This story allowed Nick a very organic relationship with the client, and the space to translate his visual style inside the Italian tanneries.

Click here to read what Nick told The Creative Review about his experience.

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