Photo-Forum March 13th
Speakers Jason Larkin and Michael Kerstgens
Thursday 13th March. 6pm-8pm. Join the Facebook event Here
This March Photo-Forum hosts two photographers with projects exploring the subject of mining. Michael’s story comes from the 1984/5 miners strike in the UK and Jason’s from Johannesburg, the city ‘built on gold’. With very different approaches and resulting images, both photographers show how the land and its people are affected by our desire for the earth’s minerals. The resulting projects tell tales of the environmental, social and political impact of this industry both past and present.
Jason Larkin is a British photographer recognised for his desire to forefront the subjects on the periphery of current affairs. Soon after finishing his studies Larkin worked as a documentary photographer across the Middle East and Africa, with his work published worldwide. His latest body of work, Tales From The City Of Gold, has just been published both as a monograph in Europe and as a bilingual newspaper publication for Africa. The project is currently being exhibited at Flowers Gallery London.
Larkin is the recipient of numerous awards including most recently the PDN Arnold Newman New Portraiture Award and a Renaissance Photography Prize. His freely-distributed publication, Cairo Divided, was nominated for both the Deutsche Börse and Prix Pictet photography awards. Recent exhibitions include those at the Brighton Photo Biennial, Flowers Gallery, London and a solo show at Farnsworth Art Museum, USA. In 2013 he moved from Johannesburg and is now based in London.
Michael Kerstgens was born in Llanelli, South Wales in 1960. In 1965, he moved with his parents back to Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, where he grew up. Studying photography at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Michael has worked as a freelance photographer since 1988. From 1988 to 1991, he was a partner in the Essen-based photo agency Antrazit. He received the Imke Folkerts Prize for Fine Art in 2005 and the following year, was awarded a working grant by VG Bild-Kunst and appointed to the German Photographic Association (DGPh). In 2007, Michael Kerstgens became Professor of Documentary Photography at the Faculty of Design of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
His project ‘Coal not Dole’ was shot from the heart of the 1984/5 miners’ strike. After struggling to gain access to the story in Wales, Michael travelled to Yorkshire where he gained the trust of activists and went on to document the political movement and the everyday lives of the mining communities. A book of this work has just been published including new photographs of Yorkshire, nearly 30 years on.