October Forum

Many thanks to October’s wonderful speakers, Brian David Stevens and Homer Sykes, for sharing their work and ideas! Thanks also to Calumet for providing the space, and to Metro for the fabulous raffle prints and print voucher.

More of Homer’s extensive archive can be found at - Homer Sykes

Brian will be exhibiting ‘They That Are Left' at the Royal Armouries in Leeds from November (following on from previous speaker Marc Wilson's 'Last Stand')


Both speakers have multiple publications on sale through their websites and at Cafe Royal Books

The next Photo-Forum is on November 13th. 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: October 9th.

Speakers: Brian David Stevens and Homer Sykes

Thursday 9th October. 6pm-8pm.
Calumet, 93-103 Drummond st, London. NW1 2HJ. Nearest tube, Euston. 
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October’s Photoforum welcomes Brian David Stevens and Homer Sykes.

Brian is a photographer working in London. He was born in Cambridge of Welsh parents and brought up in Yorkshire as a cruel government genetic experiment. 

His work as been published world wide and is included in the National Collection, recently he has been working with Tartaruga Press for a solo show of Notting Hill Sound System silk screens at The Social in London. Cafe Royal Books will publish his 4th title ‘Billy Childish’ on the 30th October and hopefully there will some pre-release copies available at the talk.

Brian is just about to complete a journey photographing every British coastline county, inspired by WG Sebald’s Rings of Saturn, the project has been serialised by the Caught By The River website. His ten year project shooting war veterans entitled ‘They that are Left’ is about to be exhibited at the Royal Armouries in both Leeds and Portsmouth in November.


©Brian David Stevens

Homer is a prolific documentarian of people and culture, beginning in the late 60s his work spans the documentary and editorial world with subjects coming from all walks of life. His archive includes some of the UKs most recognisable figures and events of the last 35 years. Homer will be sharing work from across this extensive archive.

Homer’s work is represented in private and national collections, he is author and co-author of 10 books and he has exhibited widely, most recently being the first british photographer to exhibit at the Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau, Paris.


©Homer Sykes

Photo-Forum September 11th

Speakers Noela Roibás and Daniel Regan

Thursday 11th September. 6pm-8pm. Join the Facebook event

For Septembers talk Photo-Forum welcomes two photographers exploring themes of psychology and mental health. Approaching the subject from differing starting points, their work is an ongoing journey exploring their own experiences and the lives of those around them.

image©Noela Roibás

Noela Roibás was born in Galicia (Spain) in 1985, and is now currently based in London. Her photography focuses on family issues, mental health and dependence.

Noela will be showing her project ‘IRMÁ’ which tells the story of her relationship with her sister Sara, who has Cri du Chat syndrome. She says: 

"My IRMÁ project started by chance around 16 years ago when I got my first camera, and photography became the motor of the relationship between my younger sister and me. “Model and photographer” was our favorite game. During 2013 whist studying for the MA and immersed in a personal and emotional maelstrom, weary to escape I decided to go home and face the reality that was always mine, the need to understand, accept and grow up made us replay our childhood game.

image©Daniel Regan

Daniel Regan’s photography often focuses on themes of recovery, psychology and mental health. His portraits with the charity Alopecia UK (“The Alopecia Project”) have helped raise the profile of those affected by alopecia and challenge our notions of what beauty is.

Daniel has also worked with burns survivors through The Katie Piper Foundation and in 2013 he finished his MA with the project Insula, which addressed his own use of photography as a tool for recovery from a chronic mental health condition.

As always, Photo-Forum will hold a raffle with prizes that include prints from the speakers, join us for the talk and the customary post forum drinks and socialising.

August Photo-Forum

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 photoforumuk@gmail.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. 

image© David Severn

July Photo-Forum

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.

Poulomi Basu

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

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.

Photo-Forum talk: Monday July 14th.

Speakers: Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Poulomi Basu

Monday 14th July. 6pm-8pm.
Calumet, 93-103 Drummond st, London. NW1 2HJ. Nearest tube, Euston. 
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July Photo-Forum will be on Monday the 14th, thats MONDAY 14th July!

We are very happy to announce that July’s talk will feature not one but two VII photographers along with Jess Crombie, Head of Film and Photography at Save the Children.

Poulomi Basu, currently on the VII Photo Mentor Program, will be speaking about her personal project “To Conquer Her Land” and her current developing projects, along with her experiences working with international media and humanitarian organisations. Anastasia Taylor-Lind, a VII agency member and internationally recognised documentary photographer, will be sharing her work from around the world including her first book “MAIDAN - Portraits from the Black Square” which is being published by GOST this month.

After the photographers share their work, Jess will host a discussion focusing on how they balance personal projects with assignments and how you make a living as a photographer. Bring your questions, thoughts and ideas and remember…Photo-Forum is on MONDAY 14th! We will return to our usual Thursday spot for August.

image©Poulomi Basu

image©Anastasia Taylor-Lind

June Forum

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 :

Briony Campbell

Niall McDiarmid

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: June 12th.

Speakers: Niall McDiarmid and Briony Campbell

Thursday 12th June. 6pm-8pm.
Calumet, 93-103 Drummond st, London. NW1 2HJ. Nearest tube, Euston. 
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Join Photo-Forum on June 12th as we play host to Niall McDiarmid and Briony Campbell, two photographers whose imagery beautifully captures the intricacies of a diverse and complex British nation.

Working as an editorial photographer for newspapers, magazines and book publishers in the UK and US for more than 20 years, Scottish photographer Niall McDiarmid’s focus is primarily on documenting Britain and his work has been published and exhibited widely.

Niall will be joining us to talk about how his acclaimed project “Crossing Paths” came about and his interest in documenting Britain over the last four years, the highs and lows of producing this body of work and where the project is heading in the future.


©Niall McDiarmid

Briony Campbell is a freelance documentary photographer based in London, her home town. Having graduated from London College of Communication’s MA in documentary photography with distinction in 2009, Briony is recognised for her sensitive yet playful imagery and her ability to capture the subtleties of relationships.

In 2009 Briony made ‘The Dad Project’; the story of losing her dad to cancer. The process of making this work, as well as the public response to it, became a formative chapter for her personally and professionally. The Project was exhibited, published and awarded internationally. Briony’s work has been published in such publications as the UK’s Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Financial Times, Spain’s El Mundo and Germany’s Die Zeit. Recent clients include London’s Southbank Centre, The Photographer’s Gallery and The National Health Service.

Briony is currently working on a long term project about Britain’s contemporary relationship with Africa, through the lives of mixed nationality couples in East Africa.


©Briony Campbell

Photo-Forum talk: May 8th.

Speakers: Anders Birger and Laura Saunders

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.

image©Anders Birger

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. 

image©Laura Saunders

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.