As the summer slowly draws to a close, we’re getting back to regularly scheduled programming and we’re excited to welcome Celine Marchbank and Matthew Finn to PhotoForum for our September talk. Alongside a range of other impressive work, both photographers have also turned their cameras towards a subject closer to home, producing candid and poetic projects about their own mothers.
As always, PhotoForum is completely free and open to all, so come join us for what is sure to be a moving and insightful evening.
Celine Marchbank is a British documentary photographer from London. Her work focuses on the quiet details of everyday life, often exploring deeply personal stories. Her first book Tulip, which tells the story of the last year of her mother's life by focusing on the small details in her home rather than images of her mother’s demise, was published to widespread critical acclaim and was named The Observer Photo Book of the Month.
More recently, Celine was named as one of the winning artists for the Photoworks and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust commission to create a permanent collection of photographic artworks, and was commissioned for 209 Women – a project to create portraits of the 209 female members of Parliament to mark the centenary of women achieving the vote in 1918, which will be shown in an exhibition at the Palace of Westminster later this year. Celine is a lecturer in photography at Ravensbourne in London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), and a Leica Akademie Ambassador running workshops around the UK. She is currently working on a new book, due out later this year.
Matthew Finn is known for his duration-based portraiture, using the people and events directly surrounding his life as visual references for projects that sometimes take years to realise. His long-term project 'Mother’, published as a book in 2017, was shot over thirty years. His work has been shown in galleries across the UK including Open Eye Gallery, Belfast Exposed, Impressions and the National Portrait Gallery, and has been published in newspapers and magazines.
Matthew is the recipient of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 and is a patron of Hull International Photography Festival. His forthcoming book School of Art (with Stanley Barker) will be published in November 2018.