For our November talk, we’re excited to welcome two photographers producing work around community, identity and place – Nicola Muirhead and Derek Man. As part of their ongoing engagement with these themes, both photographers have worked on housing issues, but in different geographical contexts: Nicola in London’s brutalist towerblocks, and Derek on the housing market in Hong Kong, the country of his birth. Come and join us for what is sure to be a thought-provoking evening of photography and conversation.
As always, PhotoForum is free of charge and open to all. Doors open at 7:00PM for a 7:30PM start. We look forward to seeing you there!
Nicola Muirhead is a British-Bermudian social documentary photographer and visual storyteller, specialising in long-form documentary projects and portraiture. Her work centres on themes related to identity and place, and how they are impacted and shaped by political, environmental and socio-economic factors. Works in progress also include exploring the relationship between image and text, constructing creative and poetic narratives using local literature, history and folklore of a community. Nicola completed her Masters in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the London College of Communication in 2017, and has been working as a freelance photographer and lecturer in the UK. Her work has been published and featured in platforms such as the BBC, National Geographic,The Guardian,The Establishment, HUCK Magazine, Aesthetica and Lensculture, and she is a winner of the Magenta Flash Forward award 2017, The Creative Review Photography Annual award 2017 and the Julia Margaret Cameron award 2017. Nicola is a member of Women Photograph and was recently nominated for the Royal Photographic Society's '100 Heroines'.
Derek Man is a photographer based in London. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he has lived in the UK since 2005 and became a naturalised citizen in 2016. His work explores cultural identity and sense of community – how we form a sense of place, and what makes us feel like we belong. His work Close to Home looks at the housing crisis in Hong Kong. Commissioned by Open Eye Gallery, it was showcased at LOOK/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival in 2017. His project What Do You See, Old Apple Tree? focuses on the dwindling number of apple orchards around London. It was featured on BBC In-Pictures and has won the Excellent Award in the Canon New Cosmos of Photography competition. Man’s project The Isle of Wight Analogy explores the Britishness that lingers on the island as a way to come to understand his new adopted country. It was selected by Tate curator Shoair Mavlian for Source Graduate Photography and by Eikoh Hosoe for K*MoPA Young Portfolio. Man was nominated for the Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award. His work is held in the collections of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (UK) and Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan).