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Meet the experts: Offspring returns to east London

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Martin Parr is the headline speaker as Offspring Photo Meet returns to east London later this month for its third – and most ambitious – edition yet. Its new venue at Space Studios in Hackney will host two days of talks, seminars, networking events and portfolio reviews with industry experts, kicking off on 16 May (ahead of Photo London art fair, which runs 19-22 May) with a workshop led by legendary portrait photographer Brian Griffin, and finishing off in the evening with Parr’s ‘Photobiography’. The following day concludes with Gary Cohen’s Photo Quiz, prizes for the best portfolios, and a party. Portfolio sessions run throughout the event from 10am to 6pm on both Monday and Tuesday, with experts drawn from the worlds of editorial, commercial and fine art practice. Reviewers include Andrew Sanigar, commissioning editor for Thames & Hudson books, Aine Donovan, production director and partner at BBH, Kate Edwards, picture editor at The Guardian Weekend Magazine, gallery director Katrin Weber of Galerie f5,6 in Munich, curators Kim Knopper (Foam), Karen McQuaid (The Photographers’ Gallery) …

2016-05-05T10:40:22+00:00

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From the experts: how to get your project off the ground

Our two day April workshop explores successful methods of funding and marketing photographic projects, where participants will learn about the creation and dissemination of photographic projects, looking at crowd funding and pre-selling, digital strategies, commercial collaborations, and multimedia. Speakers include: Olivia Arthur (Magnum photographer), Sabine Unamun (Arts Council England), Simon Bainbridge (editorial director, British Journal of Photography), Marc Prüst (photography consultant, curator, and teacher) and Monica Allende (independent photo editor and cultural producer). Photographers looking to finance ambitious projects and get them seen might be intimidated by the task ahead of them. Competition is fierce, traditional avenues of funding work are narrowing and ensuring your work resonates with an audience can be a tough task. But as speakers at our workshop will illustrate, it’s not all doom and gloom – photographers are collaborating with one another to create exciting new projects, technology is opening up new opportunities for funding and the global photography market is more accessible than ever. Marc Prust has developed educational courses for the likes of World Press Photo, the International Center of …

2016-05-03T10:31:15+00:00

Campaigning against honour killings, by Cosmopolitan magazine

On the night she was killed by her parents, Shafilea Ahmed was wearing white stiletto-heeled boots, a T-shirt that clung to her and tight-fitting jeans. She had dyed her hair red. She told her parents she would not marry her cousin. She was 17, in the midst of her A-levels, planning on university and a career as a lawyer. Her proposed husband, a first cousin, was more than a decade older, and had barely left the rural, deeply conservative village of Uttam in the Gujrat district of Pakistan. Without having met her, he had offered her parents a ‘rishta’ – a formal offer of marriage – and they, on her behalf, accepted. Six months earlier, Ahmed was drugged by her parents before being taken from their home in Warrington, Cheshire, to Pakistan. It was meant to be a one-way trip. Once there, her parents took her passport from her. Ahmed realised she was expected to stay, leave her British life and education behind, and become a devoted wife. Late one night, she drank bleach found …

2016-02-25T15:39:31+00:00

GEORGIA. Abkhazia. Sukhum. 2005. Although Abkhazia is isolated, half-abandoned and still suffering war wounds due to its unrecognized status, both locals and Russian tourists are drawn to the warm waters of the Black Sea. This unrecognized country, on a lush stretch of Black Sea coast, won its independence from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after a fierce  war in 1993.

Learn how to break into editorial photography from the experts

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British Journal of Photography have teamed up with Magnum Photos to offer a brand new programme of professional development workshops in 2016. Led by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the programme presents incredible training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers. Our first workshop focuses on editorial photography, where attendees will hear detailed, vital aspects of the processes photographers go through with publications. Learn from leading commissioners and a Magnum photographer about portfolio building, winning commissions, approaching editors, building and editing your story, information and captions, syndication and licensing, pricing, rights, contracts. Each tutors will give behind-the-scenes information on their area of expertise. Group portfolio reviews on the second day will review your work in relation to the editorial market, encouraging students to develop skills in building, editing and pitching their story. The tutors are: Jonas Bendiksen – Magnum photographer The acclaimed Norwegian photojournalist began his photographic career in Magnum Photos’ London offices as a 19-year-old intern – returning eight years later as a fully fledged member of the famed agency. Bendiksen, who is based in Oslo, …

2016-01-20T14:12:14+00:00

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Mastered with Nick Knight: 10 photographers reimagine Christmas

Tired of the saccharine, syrupy images we are bombarded with at this time of year, we asked photographers on the Photography: Mastered with Nick Knight talent programme to reimagine the festive season. The result? A collection of shots that range from the personal and thought-provoking to the kitsch and tongue in cheek; seeing the photographers take a step back from modern day representations of the festive season to create images that juxtapose seasonal revelry with wider social issues and personal experiences. Whether it’s Agustina Rodriguez’s ode to loved ones missed or Irvin Rivera’s take on an off-duty Santa, there’s at once poignancy and humour running throughout these images. The consumerism that so pervades at this time of year is also absent here, with Zuzia Zawada and Pierre Manning focusing on themes such as depression and child homelessness, and Michael Barr and Debora Barnaba emphasising innocence and naivety. Just as childhood favourite, the Grinch, muses “W​hat if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”     In place …

2015-12-22T11:56:43+00:00

Inside The Danish School of Media and Journalism – the global incubator of great photojournalists

“I remember my time at there as intense. It was hard work, and we experimented a lot, but I also remember having a lot of fun and being constantly immersed in photography, says award-winning photojournalist Laerke Posselt of his time the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. “Because of the tough application process, the ones who get in are students who really want it, who worked for it, and who have the drive it takes.” Year in and year out, this small school on the east coast of Jutland has produced more prize-winning photojournalists  than any other school photography school, including Mads Nissen, whose image Jon and Alex of a gay couple sharing a moment of intimacy in a flat in St Petersburg, won the World Press Photo Picture of the Year 2015. For a small school, with only two permanent teachers, Søren Pagter and Mads Greve, and a rotating crew of Danish and international experts, the school seems to have a secret formula for inspiring students to produce passionate  photojournalism and …

2016-01-13T14:39:14+00:00

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Shoot Ball, Not Gun

Earlier this year, Sebastian Gil Miranda won First Place in the Campaign category at the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 for his project Shoot Ball, Not Gun. The documentary project took place on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where he visited one of the most dangerous slums in Argentina where two rival gangs violently struggle for turf and power. Focusing on the town’s children, he photographed them playing football within the courtyard of the Chapel Our Lady of Luján. The children, for whom hearing indiscriminate gunshots at night is common place, are connected to these gangs, with fathers, brothers and family friends caught up in the bloodshed. With entries to the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards closing soon, we caught up with Miranda to discuss the project.     What’s the genesis of the project? Usually I work helping NGOs and social foundations. In this case, I knew that Uniendo Caminos, a foundation dedicated to educational support for children in various slums of Buenos Aires, needed content to offer workshops in a centre that …

2015-11-24T17:12:40+00:00

Nicolas Haeni and Thomas Rousset, untitled, from Self Publish, Be Happy (Aperture/Self Publish, Be Happy, 2015)

Self Publish, Be Happy takes over The Photographers’ Gallery

Things are going to look very different at The Photographers’ Gallery this week. In the first of a new series of experimental publisher residencies, they’ve invited Self Publish, Be Happy to take over their studio floor and use the space as they wish. Coinciding with the launch of SPBH founder Bruno Ceschel’s new book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto (Aperture/SPBH Editions 2015), there will be a series of talks and workshops around the world of self-publishing. Ceschel was in the midst of moving his Dalston studio into The Photographers’ Gallery, but found time earlier this week to talk to us about the interesting ways he’ll be using the space. “We’re taking over a whole floor, yesterday we loaded a van with literally most of our studio – so a thousand self-published books from our collection that the public will have access to, even our tables and chairs – and we’re going to be running our whole office from The Photographer’s Gallery. “It’s a chance for the audience to see what …

2015-11-20T15:13:34+00:00

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BJP & Magnum Photos: Professional Practice Workshops 2016

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Led by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the programme presents incredible training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers. Each workshop is a two-day photographic masterclass that focuses on demystifying the business of the industry, establishing a professional network of industry contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying entry realistic routes into employment. The first day focuses on lectures from key speakers on specific areas of the photographic industry, giving behind the scenes tips and practical advice explaining how to work and succeed in their area of expertise. A second day of portfolio reviews lead by industry specialists will provide photographers with an honest, constructive and critique of existing work. Workshops will be held at the Magnum Print Room in east London. Each workshop is open to 40 applicants on a first come first served basis. WORKSHOP PROGRAMME Editorial photography How to succeed in the editorial market Sat 6 & Sun 7 February 2016 Photography and the art market How to get an exhibition and sell your work Sat 12 & Sun 13 …

2015-11-17T13:09:22+00:00

Johanna Neurath of Thames & Hudson (in yellow), and photographer George Georgiou (in black) giving reviews at Offspring Photo Meet earlier this year. Image (c) Mimi Mollica.

Ask the experts: Offspring Photo Meet returns to east London in late October

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More than 40 of the country’s leading photography experts are being assembled over two days late next month in east London to give tailor-made feedback and advice to professional and aspiring image-makers looking to take their careers to the next level and find new markets for their work. Among them are curators, picture editors, ad agency creatives and publishers, from companies and institutions such as Tate Modern, The Guardian, Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Thames & Hudson, tasked with giving attendees an honest assessment of their work through one-to-one portfolio reviews. Participants will also learn about the dynamics of the contemporary photography market, coming  away with ideas about how to get their work in front of key decision makers, and what impresses them, gaining insights from professionals working at places such as Magnum Photos, The Photographers’ Gallery and FT Weekend Magazine. Returning to The Proud Archivist in Haggerston on the last Friday and Saturday of October, Offspring Photo Meet includes two days of portfolio reviews along with talks by multi-award-winning photographers Zed Nelson and Hélène Binet, both …

2015-10-23T16:02:20+00:00

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