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.
Last month we heard from two photojournalists whose work, dictated by the news cycle, spans the globe. For September we’re bringing things closer to home, welcoming two photographers who have produced work both in and on one of London’s most well-known boroughs, Hackney.
Photojournalism as a practice is rooted in a particular set of rules, but the ways in which those images are produced, distributed and consumed have seen tremendous change. This talk brought together two photojournalists – one a veteran of the industry, the other a rising star – to present a selection of their work and to reflect on how the industry has, and continues to change.
In a special Photo Forum collaboration with A Small Voice podcast, internationally acclaimed British photographer George Georgiou explored the theme of ‘community’, presenting and talking about images from his previous book projects on Turkey and London, and introducing his latest series from the USA.
Storytelling lies at the heart of what many working photographers do, whether we’re telling our own stories or those of others. In May, Photo-Forum welcomed two speakers working in strikingly different styles and mediums, but connected by their efforts to find more effective ways to tell stories and engage new audiences with their work. Together, they asked what is more important: the ‘truth’ of the image or the effect it has on those who see it?
The photo book, a tangible object in an overwhelmingly digital industry, is the ultimate goal for many photographers. But for a long time barriers of expertise, equipment and money put this beyond reach. Now, new technologies, trends and business models are changing this, giving individual photographers ever-greater control over how our work is presented and published, whether in partnership with an established press, as part of a collective, or independently.
There’s no question that starting out in photography can be tough. From learning to navigate the industry to building a client base and sometimes even having to find your feetin a new city. This instalment of Photo-Forum welcomed two photographers in the early stages of their careers.
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.
Photo-Forum kicks off 2017 with a topic sure to dominate British politics this year: Brexit. We’ll be joined by Peter Dench and Muir Vidler, together with STERN’s picture editor Dagmar Seeland, to discuss the Brexit story they were commissioned to shoot around the June referendum.