The industry that exists around photography should serve to help photographers, but instead it often seems hinder them. From fee-charging competitions and prizes that often act as thinly-veiled PR exercises for large companies, to unacknowledged conflicts of interest and protectionism that allow unethical photographers to operate unchallenged, ‘photoland’ is not the utopia it is often made out to be. Join Lewis Bush and Ed Thompson for an anarchic look at six of the challenges facing photographers and the photography industry today, and what we might collectively start to do about them.
Ed Thompson is a British documentary photographer, artist and lecturer. His photographic work has focused on various subjects over the years, covering environmental issues, socio-political movements, subcultures and the consequences of war.
Lewis Bush is a photographer, writer, curator and lecturer. His work is focused on exploring issues of power, and also questions of how to represent issues which are complex, abstract, or otherwise defy representation.