Olivia Harris and Neil Hall met when they were both shooting news for Reuters in London. For our December talk, Olivia and Neil will discuss how their approach to photo stories has been influenced by photojournalism, and their subsequent struggles to subvert the news format. From long-term personal projects to short client-led commissions, they will share how their work is informed by decisions about access, time and editorial demands, and debate the value of the personal approach in contrast to a commercial one.
Olivia Harris is a London based documentary photographer. Her personal work explores women's changing role in society and the impact this has on all our lives. She spent a year documenting the abortion referendum in Ireland. This work has been widely published and recently exhibited at Perpignan Visa Pour L’Image and Barcelona’s DOCfield festival. Previously she worked as a news photographer in London and Asia for Reuters where she covered stories as diverse as the Olympic Games, the Rohingya refugee crisis, the Nepalese earthquake and elections in Myanmar and Taiwan.
Neil Hall is an award winning photojournalist based in London. His work has been published globally for a variety of national and international organisations. He works throughout the UK and on overseas assignments. He is currently staff photographer for the European Press Photo Agency.