nd_280Practising New Documentary
28 January 2012


Documentary Photography is being redefined almost daily. Its increasing acceptance in the world’s most prestigious art galleries and museums is testament to this change. Is the overriding interest in the aesthetic anything other than a sophisticated marketing strategy or does it have a crucial role in the nature of witnessing? What’s more important: authorship or the story?

Each speaker will talk for approximately one hour, leaving ample time for questions afterwards. During the group critique session, 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.


Confirmed speakers

simonbakerSimon Baker – Curator of Photography, Tate Modern
Dr Simon Baker is Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate. Prior to becoming Tate’s first curator of photography, he was Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham, where he taught history of photography, surrealism and contemporary art. He has published widely on these subjects, and curated the following exhibitions: Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents (Hayward, London, 2006); Close-up: proximity and defamiliarisation in art, film and photography, (Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, 2008); and most recently at Tate Modern, Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters.

Polly-BradenPolly Braden – photographer
Braden has become renowned for her photography exploring the relationship between daily life, work and leisure. Searching for small and telling gestures her images are acutely observed portraits within a broader assessment of contemporary culture. She works on long-term, self-initiated projects and has photographed in the Middle East, Morocco, Kenya and China. She has lived in China and photographed the country for over decade. Her book China Between (Dewi Lewis, 2010) is a ground-breaking study of the everyday life of China’s new urban middle classes. Braden is a winner of the Jerwood Photography Prize (2003) and The Guardian Newspaper Young Photographer of the Year (2002). She has exhibited at venues internationally including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (USA), The Museum of London, Quad (Derby), Street Level (Glasgow), Photofusion (London), Minnie Weisz Studio (London) and Kracow Photomonth (Poland). She is currently photographing life and work within the square mile of the City of London.

r_dallaportaRaphael Dallaporta – photographer
Dallaporta has gained international acclaim for his thoughtful and engaging projects. He is concerned with public issues addressing human rights as well as more symbolic subjects such as the fragility of life. His long term projects are a product of his collaborations with professionals from a wide range of fields. He has worked closely with a landmine clearer (Antipersonnel), a reporter who covers social work as it intersects with the law (Domestic Slavery), forensic pathologist (Fragile) and most recently archeologists (Ruins). Dallaporta is the winner of the 2010 Young Photographer ICP Infinity Award and FOAM’s 2011 Paul Huf Award. Solo exhibitions include “Raphaël Dallaporta, Protocole” at Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, in 2010, “Autopsy” curated by Kathy Ryan at the New York 2008 Photo Festival, and “Antipersonnel” curated by Martin Parr at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2004, among many others in Europe, Asia and New York. His work is included in the collections of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Fond National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris and the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris.

geertvkGeert van Kesteren – photographer

Born in Amsterdam, Geert Van Kesteren, first worked as a photojournalist in Iraq during Operation “Desert Fox” in 1998. He returned there in April 2003 and spent several months working on assignment for Newsweek and Stern magazines. His work has been published in many other international magazines, and has led to the ground-breaking book Why Mister, Why?, about his experiences in Iraq. In 2004, he received the Visa d’or at the Festival Visa in Perpignan. Van Kesteren believes that the quality of independent journalism is an index of the quality of democracy in a country. His latest book Baghdad Calling reveals everyday life in the Iraq of 2006 and 2007 through the eyes of Iraqis themselves, in mobile phone photos that van Kesteren collected. He has been based in Jerusalem for the past two years, where he is working on a filmed documentary on themes of truth and faith and their role in the Israel/Palestine conflict.


blurb_logoFoto8 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

The seminar will take place at Foto8
1 Honduras Street
London EC1Y 0TH

Saturday 28 January 2012
10am – 7pm, 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 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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