31 March 2012
Fast-paced changes in the industry mean photographers have to adapt their practices and work to suit a variety of different audiences. Listen to industry experts revealing how this could be a great opportunity for a cross-fertilisation of styles and methodologies, as well as learning how to get the most from your photographs. Speakers will discuss their ventures into film and multimedia, collaborations with other artists, photographers and NGOs and being able to successfully situate yourself in a commercial realm, in order to fund personal work.
Each speaker will talk for approximately one hour, leaving ample time for questions afterwards. Following the first two sessions, participants will be put into groups in which each person will have the opportunity to show and speak about their work and receive feedback from speakers and other seminar participants.
Mishka Henner – photographer
Henner is a photographer and artist living and working in Manchester, England. He read sociology at Loughborough University and Goldsmiths College in London. His practice makes use of environmental portraiture, landscape studies and local archives to represent the lives of post-industrial towns and communities still reeling from sustained industrial decline. His work was featured in the exhibtiion From Here On (2011), a group show representing the new age of photography at Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. In Arles, Henner was presented with the Kleine Hans award for six bookworks he produced between 2010 and 2011. His publication Winning Mentality was acquired by the Tate Collection of Artists’ Books in 2010. His work has been published in Photoworks, Ojo Depez, Photography Now, and Else Magazine. Henner is a Panos Profile photographer and is a member of the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative.
Gideon Mendel – photographer
Mendel is a leading contemporary photographer. His intimate style of socially-engaged image making, much of it dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa and other pressing global issues, has earned him international acclaim. He has won six World Press Photo Awards, the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography and the Amnesty International Media Award. In his current practice he is engaged with a variety of innovative projects often involving collaborative work along with a mix of photography and video. He is also developing a body of work on the global impact of flooding and climate change on the world’s poorest people. Presently he is working on two large-scale multimedia projects: Through Positive Eyes, a global project involving working with groups of HIV positive activists, and Kingsmead Eyes Speak, a radical collaboration with a class of pupils at Kingsmead Primary School in Hackney who documented their friends, families, community and school life.
Ewen Spencer – photographer
In the late 90’s Spencer’s groundbreaking editorial for The Face and Sleazenation spoke to an audience interested in subcultures, multiculturalism, music, graphic art, photography, fashion and primarily youth culture. In 2001 he embarked on a project documenting British adolescents as they come to terms with socialising, dating and sex. In 2002 Martin Parr tipped him as the most promising newcomer of that year. Commercial clients started calling and he began working with bands producing cover art and behind the scenes tour material for The Streets and The White Stripes. In 2004 London’s burgeoning grime scene allowed him access to make photographs during open mic session in and around London. The resulting book “Open Mic” led to him being awarded a D&AD for photographic publishing. More recently Spencer has directed a short film for Massive Attack in conjunction with their last album. He has regular commercial clients including Nike, Umbro and T-mobile and also pursues his interest in youth and sub cultures currently working on several self-initiated projects exploring these themes.
Zoe Whishaw – Commercial photography consultant
Zoe Whishaw provides creative direction, strategic advice and mentoring services for photographers, photo agencies and businesses. As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years of experience analysing and critiquing ideas and photography intended for commercial use across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography. As a passionate believer in photography’s power to communicate at all levels, Zoe transmits her enthusiasm and excitement through speaking widely at workshops and conferences. She has judged international photography competitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year, STA Travel Photo Competition, the Association of Photographers Open Awards and the 2011 annual Association of Photographers Awards.
An opportunity for students
Foto8 is pleased to announce that four spaces on this seminar are available at the half price rate of £70 for current students, thanks to the generous support of Blurb. This is available to the first four students to book by ringing us on
+44 (0) 20 7253 8801
The seminar will take place at HOST Gallery
1 Honduras Street
London EC1Y 0TH
Saturday 31 March 2012
10am – 5pm, followed by drinks
The fee for this seminar is £140 which includes all seminar sessions and group crit session as well as lunch, beverages throughout the day and a drinks reception in the evening.
Foto8 members and students can receive the discounted fee of £120 for this seminar. Please call +44(0) 207 253 8801 to book. Otherwise, please follow the link below to book and pay.
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