Thursday 9th Jan. 6pm-8pm. Join the Facebook event HERE
For the first Photo-Forum of 2014 we welcome two photographers finding inspiration in lands transformed by the British Empire. Jon Tonks will be speaking about his travels to the remaining outposts of the British Overseas Territories and Jason Tilley will speak about his work exploring his own family history in Colonial India.
Born in the West Midlands in 1981, Jon Tonks studied Product Design before turning to photography in 2005. Following a brief period as a staff photographer for a newspaper network in the Midlands, Jon left to study for an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication.
Since 2007 Jon has been voyaging to remote British Overseas Territories in the South Atlantic Ocean, exploring life on four remote islands that have been intertwined through history and are relics of the once formidable Empire. The islands include Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and St Helena.
Jon has photographed the people, landscapes and pockets of history embedded within each place, travelling 60,000 miles around the Atlantic via military outposts, low-lit airstrips and long voyages aboard cargo ships, fishing vessels and the last working Royal Mail Ship. This work has culminated in his first monograph ‘Empire’, published with Dewi Lewis Publishing.
Jason Tilley began his career as a photojournalist in 1987, going on to produce work for most of the national media outlets in the UK. Beginning with an emotional journey with his grandfather in 1999, Jason has been exploring his family history in India.
Tilley’s Anglo-Indian grandfather had been a press photographer for the Times of India newspaper and was also head of the Indian army’s photographic unit during WW2. Tilley grew up surrounded by images of pre-partition India, images that document the last days of British rule, these became the catalyst for ‘The Beautiful people project’.
"My family is Anglo-Indian. The ‘Anglo’s are descended from the employees, mainly men, who worked for the East India company. The Anglo Indians were part of the ethnic fabric of colonial India and were referred to in the days of Empire as India’s new caste. Their story has almost been forgotten."
As usual we will be holding a raffle which helps to fund not only Photo Forum itself but also the customary post-talk drinks gathering at The Crown and Anchor, Drummond Street (if you don’t know the way, grab an admin to lead you).
Spaces are limited so arrive on time to be sure you get a seat!