Many thanks to all involved in another successful photo-forum.
You can view more of David Severn’s work documenting the people and places linked to our industrial past at - David Severn
Portrait Salon is open for submissions until September 21st so please spread the word that they would like to see any and all of the images rejected by the Taylor Wessing.
James O Jenkins own work can be found at www.jamesojenkins.co.uk and details of the Welsh collective at - A Fine Beginning
One of the key issues raised in our discussion was the unfair terms of some photo competitions, The Artists’Bill of Rights is a great resource to check any competition you are planing on entering.
All can be found on Twitter so please do say hello.
@photoforumuk @davidsevern @portrait_salon @JamesOJenkins @afinebeginning And your Forum hosts @travishodgesuk @HelenRimell @MMP_Photography
Finally, many thanks to Metro for their support, to Calumet for giving us the space and time for the talks and to you the Photo-Forum audience, we hope to see you all next month.
Photo-Forum Thursday 14th August
Thursday 14th August. 6pm-8pm.
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With the annual pilgrimage to Elephant and Castle to deliver Taylor Wessing entries over for another year, we have decided to focus this months talk on photographic competitions. We have invited 3 people from different areas of the industry to share their thoughts on entering competitions and the judging process.
Photographer David Severn will share his recent work before being joined for a group discussion by James O Jenkins, photographer and co-founder of Portrait Salon, and Steve Macleod, Director of Metro and judge on awards including the 2013 Terry O’Neil awards. We will take questions on the night but would like to preselect a few so if you have a question please email email@example.com
David Severn is a documentary photographer based in Nottingham, UK. His work is concerned with the relationship between people and place. More specifically, how individuals and communities interact with or are affected by their environment. Within this context, he is particularly interested in working class culture and the places associated with it, both historically and today.
David will be showing his ‘Thanks Maggie’ project, a series of photographs exploring the ecological restoration and reinvented social uses of ex colliery land in and around the former coal mining stronghold of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Today, these sites are unique and peculiar spaces often still retaining signs of their industrial past. However, the once polluted land has now largely been given back to nature, establishing new environments for rural pursuits such as rambling, foraging, nature watching and even hunting.
© David Severn
A huge thank you to our speakers, Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Poulomi Basu, for sharing their work, inspiration and motivations.
Special thank you to Jess Crombie for hosting the discussion and asking all the right questions.
See more of the photographers work on the links below along with details of Anastasia’s book launch on the 24th July.
Maidan - Portraits from the Black Square. Book launch. Preorder.
If you would like to hear more about the project, Anastasia is speaking about ‘Maidan’ at The Frontline Club on Wednesday 23rd - Link
Instagrams of the discussion and raffle winner receiving his prize from Anastasia.
Many thanks to June’s wonderful speakers, Briony Campbell and Niall McDiarmid. We look forward to seeing the next stages of ‘Crossing Paths’ and ‘Britain Loves Africa’.
Their websites can be found at :
The last few copies of ‘Crossing Paths’ are available at - Crossing Paths
The next Photo-Forum is on July 14th. Speakers will be announced soon, sign up to the newsletter & connect with us on Twitter and Facebook for more info. Your help spreading the word is appreciated.
Photo-Forum talk: May 8th.
Thursday 8th May. 6pm-8pm.
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This May, we are pleased to welcome LCC MAPJD alumni, Anders Birger and Laura Saunders to Photo-Forum. Both Anders and Laura focus their craft on promoting conversation by highlight issues, with each adopting unique approaches to investigating the impact of conflict on communities.
London based photographer Anders Birger, in his own words, “works on curiosity” with his subjects being areas unknown to him. In the Autumn of 2011, Anders travelled to Damascus to document the early stages of the Syrian uprising. He found a people in fear of both their own government and of foreign intervention. His project “This Damn Weather” attempts to capture that fear and explore the modern theatre of war. In a reality shaped by a digital battlefield, the roles played out are not always clear. Anders will be sharing with us how he works with the idea of photography as a communicative tool and new ways of communicating war and conflict.
Working in the documentary tradition as a photographer, writer, filmmaker and archivist for nearly a decade, Laura Saunders has built her projects on exploring how stories can engage conversation. Much of her work has focused on issues of migration and the impact of forced displacement both on individuals and the many communities being transformed by conflict.
Photo-Forum is run by photographers as a venue for working photographers across the spectrum to bring images, ideas, photo stories and work in progress for supportive debate and criticism. We hold a raffle for prints from our speakers, the raffle funds Photo-Forum and covers the cost for food in the pub after the talk so please join us for a few snacks and a pint or two. The Photo-Forum raffle is a great opportunity to own a print from one of today’s leading photographers.
Our grateful thanks go to Calumet who have generously sponsored our venue.
Many thanks to Melanie King and Jocelyn Bain Hogg for sharing their work and ideas at this month’s Forum. It was another full house and its great to see the photographic community coming together at the talks.
Jocelyn’s book ‘The Family’ is available to buy here - 'The Family'
The London Alternative Photography Collective can be found here - LAPC and the London Pinhole Festival takes place on the 25th-27th April.
The next Photo-Forum is on May 8th. Speakers will be announced soon, sign up to the newsletter (signup form to the right) and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook for info. Your help spreading the word is appreciated.