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
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.
UCLan’s PR1 Gallery will host a photographic exhibition on the theme of ‘the urban image’ this November to accompany the Fieldwork Photography Symposium on November 9th.
The exhibition so far has work by Tabitha Jussa, the arts collective Glass Ball, Deutsche Bank award winner Kevin Crooks and the members of UCLan’s Photography Research Group as well as many more.
Currently there is an open call for photographic submissions which will end September 30th. If you’re interested in having your work displayed in the show please e-mail JPurcell@uclan.ac.uk or JAitken@uclan.ac.uk with a selection of images.
Submissions should be in a j-peg format with the longest edge no longer than 2000 pixels. Please include a brief synopsis of the work. Note all work must have been shot in 2016.
Lecturer Adam Mead has recently produced an interview with Thomas Demand for American Suburb X.
Demand discusses his new publication, The Dailies (2015) by MACK, detailing amongst other issues his intentions behind the work.
We recently launched our new publication NORTH at several locations around the UK, Preston, Leeds @ village bookstore and finally at the Photographers Gallery in London (pictured here).
The publication is a new concept in showing photographic work challenging the traditional format of a degree show, as well as featuring student work it also profiles staff research projects and features Uclan Alumni. The launch events were a big success thankyou to everyone who attended and to all of you who bought copies of North, we hope you enjoyed the magazine.
Finally a big thanks to all our Launch partners Village Bookstore and the Photographers Gallery for help and support.
Copies of NORTH are available online through Village bookstore http://www.villagebookstore.co.uk/products/north-volume-1/ , and in the photographers gallery bookshop.
Last week staff at UCLAN visited the 56th International Art Exhibition titled All The World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.
89 National Participations are exhibiting in the historical Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city of Venice.
As part of the Great Northern Creative Festival Uclan hosted ‘Mediating the North’ a Conference presenting research papers, films and photographic projects from the North.
Photography Lecturer Mark Reeves presented ‘Pleasure Prom’ a collaboration with David Dennison looking at the new promenade developments in Blackpool. This created some interesting debate around regeneration issues in the north of the Uk and how we present Iconic northern spaces.
See the Video here:
To see the rest of the images in more detail visit marks website:
The Steve Project is a collaboration between two UCLan alumni – Claire Angel and Karl Child – who study the importance of family photography and the traditional display methods within the family home. The work is an in-depth study of the psychological reasoning behind the notion to curate and exhibit family photography. Over three years their research and data collection will result in a series of community based workshops, exhibitions and a photobook alongside an academic research paper aiming to inform and educate students and artists on the significance and relevance of traditional family photography in a digital age.
Through a series of professionally organised house sitting assignments they plan to travel around England documenting the inevitable exhibitions curated by the family members and home owners. By doing this they will gain knowledge and understanding which will allow them to identify and analyse certain concepts such as patterns and trends, dynamics and power alignments within relationships, subconscious decisions made by all participants and the interactions between the physical prints and each family member including the curator and observer.
The Steve Project
The ongoing work is also on show at The PrintSpace