Artists and musicians have always been inspired by love and heartbreak, and photographers are no exception. This year, February’s Photo-Forum falls on Valentines day, and so we’ve invited Briony Campbell and Natasha Caruana to speak about their projects inspired by relationships, intimacy and love. We look forward to seeing you on February 14th!
Briony Campbell is a freelance photographer and filmmaker recognised for her intimate and engaging storytelling. In 2009, she graduated from London College of Communication’s Masters in Documentary Photography. The same year, her project ‘The Dad Project’ illuminated her relationship with her dying father, and became a formative chapter for her both personally and professionally. The project was exhibited, published and awarded internationally. She’s currently mentoring terminally ill people to tell their own stories through video in an AHRC funded participatory project.
Motivated by trying to understand her own confused relationship with the African countries that she’d experienced, Briony began exploring Britain’s contemporary relationship with Africa through the stories of mixed-nationality couples. She has been documenting British-African couples living in various African countries for five years, and will be giving us an early preview of her multimedia project ‘Love in Translation’.
Natasha Caruana is a photographic artist living and working in London. She has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London and is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. In 2014, Caruana was named as the winner of the prestigious BMW Artist in Residence Award at Musée Nicéphore Niépce, France. The award led to solo shows at Les Rencontres d’Arles and Paris Photo, and the monograph Coup de Foudre.
Caruana’s art practice is grounded in research concerned with narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy. Significant to all Caruana’s work is the questioning of how today’s technology is impacting relationships. Her series Married Man documents love and life of the everyday and her later work Fairytale for Sale explores the strange ritual of newlyweds blocking out their faces in online adverts. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal narratives.
Her work was nominated for the 2014 Foam Paul Huf Award, shortlisted and the Deutsche Bank Pyramid prize in 2008 and for the National Magazine Awards in 2007. Caruana has been named as the one to watch in the Royal Photographic Society Journal and selected by the Humble Arts Foundation as one of 18 leading female art photographers currently working in the UK.