Fieldwork Conference Update – Pt 3

In addition to Hagit Keysar and Fiona Shields, Uclan Photo are pleased to welcome Filmmaker, Chris Leslie, Documentary photographer, Mateusz Baj and artist, Alejandra Carles-Tolra to the Fieldwork Conference. 

Chris Leslie is a BAFTA New Talent Award Winning Photographer and Filmmaker and has 
documented stories across Eastern Europe, The Balkans, Africa and Asia as well as in his home city of Glasgow. His project and bestseller photo book Disappearing Glasgow documents the changing face of Glasgow has seen him acknowledged as the most consistent chronicler of the city’s recent history.


High Rise Flat demolition
Polish born, London based photographer, Mateusz Baj is a social documentarian and co-founder of the inPro Collective. Like Chris, Baj’s work will unpack the ‘transformative’ capacity of conflict and upheaval., focusing on the Ukraine, Baj’s talk will unpack his  4year project which seeks to create a photographic portrait of modern Ukraine; a post- Soviet state struggling with the shadows of history, widespread social issues and an uncertain future. 
Lastly, Carles-Tolra discusses a body of work entitled, ‘Where we Belong‘. A piece which explores themes of belonging, femininity and escapism through a portrayal of Jane Austen devotees. The ‘Jane Austen Pineapple Appreciation Society’ is a group of people who share a strong passion for the 19th century English author. The society’s members, who define themselves as Janeites, have created a community of like-minded people with whom to celebrate the work of the writer. Since its creation over two years ago, the society has built a solid network of support and sisterhood that has created strong bonds among its members.
Alejandra Carles-Tolra image
A reminder of the day:

Fieldwork 2018

9.00 – Coffee and Registration

9.45 – Introduction – John van Aitken (UCLan)

10.00 – Fiona Shields

10.45 – Q&A – Fiona Shields & John van Aitken

11.00 – Break

11.30 – Hagit Keysar

12.15 – Q&A – Hagit Keysar & Dr Gary Bratchford (UCLan)

 12.30 – 1.30 – Lunch

1.30 – Chris Leslie

2.15 – Q&A – Chris Leslie & John van Aitken

2.30 – Launch of North magazine – Brian J. Morrison (UCLan)

2.45 – Break

3.00 – 3.20 – Mateusz Baj

 3.20 – 3.40 – Alejandra Carles-Tolra

3.40 – Q&A – Mateusz Baj, Alejandra Carles-Tolra  & Daniel Tierney (UCLan)

4.00  – Closing Comments – John van Aitken

For programme details please contact event organiser, John Van Aitken –

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