Last week as part of the ‘Great Northern Creative Festival’ Photo UCLAN held our annual fieldwork photography Symposium, this year focussing on Documentary Photography.
We had a fantastic line up of speakers giving their perspectives on the vast and changing landscape of documentary concerns and practices, practitioners; Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Al Baker, Christopher Bethell, Evelina Simkute, John Darwell, Daniel Tierney, presenting their projects and methodologies as well as, contemporary theoretical debates and discussions from Thomas Dukes curator of the Open Eye gallery and photographer / author David Bate.
Thank you from everyone at Photo Uclan to all our speakers for your sharing your projects, passions and perspectives with us it was a fascinating, insightful day.
Images by Kenny Brown
PHOTO UCLan students traveled over to Derby on Friday to visit the Format International Photography Festival. The festival featured a varied range of artists and venues around the theme of habitat.
Preston, 9th November 2016
Hosted by the Photography Research Group, the Fieldwork Photography Symposium explored a range of discourses exploring the ‘Urban Image’. The day was chaired by John van Aitken, MA Course Leader and Academic Lead for the school of Journalism, Media and Performance.
Speakers on the day included:
Theo Simpson – An Exploration of How the North of England Can Be Conceived and Encoded
Valentina Anzoise – Fringescapes: Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City
Followed by and Q &A with J Purcell (UClan Photography Research Group)
Glass Ball Collective – David Ball and Cora Ball talked about their work at Skelmersdale New Town.
Laetitia Vancon – Photography and Gentrification
Followed by and Q&A with Brian J Morrison (UClan Photography Research Group)
Kevin Crooks – UClan Alumni and DBACE winner 2016
Eugenie Shingle – Gabriele Basilico and the New Topographics aesthetic
Jerome Krase – “Seeing the Image of the City Change, Again”
Q&A: Led by Erik Knudsen (Professor of Media Practice UCLan) & Gary Bratchford (UCLan Photography Research Group) with closing statements from John van Aitken
Other events during the symposium were a Pop-up Portrait studio using a 10×8 negatives facilitated with Adam Mead in collaboration with BA students from years 1-3
Sara Foryame who graduated from PhotoUCLan in 2015,and was featured in NORTH Volume I, has been developing an expansive project that aims to support Arab creatives. As part of this project there will be exhibition taking place in London on the 10th November.
The exhibition showcases a diverse and refreshing selection of work that encourages dialogue about the power of connection and the importance of reconnecting with the community. With this, Reconnecting Arts, invites the audience to reflect on their own identity as well as discover similarities between them, the work and the artists.
For more information vist https://reconnectingarts.com/
UCLan lecturer and photographer Jonathan Purcell in collaboartion with the Mixed Pickles collective screened their most recent project Fenstergeschichten (Windowstories) on the weekend of the 25th Sept in Neukölln.
Participants from the film and local residents gathered in the street for a street party, food and to Filmpremiere.
The short film explore the personal stories of the locals living in Neukölln, Berlin.
Tabitha Jussa is another of our exhibitors at this years Fieldwork Photography Symposium on November 9th. Her work will also be shown at the University’s PR1 Gallery alongside a range of other practitioners during the symposium. She has spoken with Fieldnotes about her photographic development and the project she will be exhibiting.
20K City – Tabitha Jussa
This work is an on going exploration into the state of housing and the redevelopment of areas within cities worldwide. The audience are asked to consider the fate of our environment, of our culture, the importance of retaining physical links with the past through the built environment and the implications of the removal of the known landscape.
Throughout my practice, the work continues to encompass themes of duration, succession, change and time, taking the medium of photography beyond its immediate boundaries, to create a new metaimage – a moment in time stretched beyond the real.
Each photograph consists of between 10-50 individual negative images, composited together digitally to create a newly constructed view of each place. The photographs are large scale, encouraging the viewer to macro and microscopically read each picture, a nod to the tradition of the painted tableau.
Eldon Grove – Tabitha Jussa
BA and MA Photography lecturer, Brian J Morrison will be showing some new and existing works at this years Manchester Contemporary with two exhibition spaces based in the North West.
Alongside artists, Deborah Bowmann, Holly Hendry and Mollie Milton, Brian will make up a quartet of artists represented by Manchester based curatorial collective Collar. Work from Brian’s exhibition Tension at The Birley, Preston will also feature in a booth curated by the Harris Museum’s Clarrisa Corfe.
The Manchester Contemporary runs from 23rd to 25th September with a preview on the 22nd.