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Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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Nadav Kander 'Fengjie III (Monument to Progress and Prosperity) , Chongqing Municipality', 2007

From Berenice Abbott to Nadav Kander, the Barbican's architecture photography exhibition is an alternative history of modern man

Architectural photography not only documents our built worlds, but the very best will reveal something more about the societies in which they are taken

The stored containers at the Container-Terminal

Bernhard Lang's aerial photographs reveal the impact humans have on the environment

It was flying over Russia on his way to Tokyo 10 years ago that first awoke Bernhard Lang's obsession with aerial photography; passing over Siberia's snowy landscapes in particular made an impression on him.

Long shot: The world’s longest usable golf club is 14ft 5in

Guinness World Records turns 60: The publication remains a bestseller by celebrating the weird and the wacky

Gillian Orr finds out why we still care about the longest burp
Teresa Dimech's photograph of the Brown family children at Spring Farm, 1960-1961

German artist Kathrin Böhm has gathered photographs of Londoners hop-picking in Kent

The artist came across the custom of spending summer holidays on farms by chance and decided to find out more by placing an ad in a local Dagenham newspaper. She was subsequently inundated with dozens of anecdotes, memories and photographs

Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress and veil were decorated with drawings done by her six children (File photo)

How to make your children's artwork last forever

Angelina Jolie's wedding dress was decorated with her children's artwork, but there are even more 'creative' ways of advertising your offspring's scribbles, says Gillian Orr

Singer-songwriter Perfume Genius on his new single and a fierce new reinvention

There is a purpose and it is music,’ says Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, talking of his new drink- and drug-free lifestyle

Exile Josef Koudelka travelled across Europe to photograph its Romani people

A year after Russian tanks ploughed into Prague in August 1968, Josef Koudelka found himself exiled in London. His photographs of the Soviet-led invasion had been published around the world, and a return to his homeland was considered a risk, reprisals for his work being a very real threat.

Gothic revival: artist Dave McKean’s poster for Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

Gillian Orr traces the movement from Stoker to Kate Bush and asks why we're so drawn to the dark side
Down time: an employee of Google uses the slide to get to the canteen

Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff

Lauren O'Neill's Tumblr, Holding Pattern, gives us a bird's eye view of the world's airports

Having lived under flight paths in both Washington DC and New York, where she now resides, Lauren O'Neill became captivated by the skies.

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