Since its founding in 2012, Unseen has moved quickly to define itself in the busy, ever-changing world of contemporary photography. At its inception, it was known as the “photo fair with a festival flair,” a much-needed injection of fun and freshness into the often overly serious and staid circuit of “serious” art fairs. At its core lay the “unseen” concept, which placed great emphasis on showing debut work from emerging talents or never-before-seen pieces from established names.
Now, Unseen is changing again—the annual photo fair will still occur but as part of a year-round platform of programming and opportunities for exposure. Guiding the organization’s artistic direction is the dynamic Emilia van Lynden (also a member of the jury for our Emerging Talent Awards 2017). In this interview, conducted via email with LensCulture’s managing editor Alexander Strecker, van Lynden discusses the importance of showing new work and the responsibilities that the photography community has towards supporting young artists. Continue reading.