Taking Part at Photofusion

Taking Part A group exhibition of socially-engaged photography by Eva Sajovic, Gemma-Rose Turnbull, D. Wiafe, and Wright & Vandame. Curated by Anthony Luvera. 22 February – 17 March 2018 Photofusion 17a Electric Lane London, SW9 8LA Tue to Sat 10.30am – 5.30pm   In September 2016, Photofusion launched a participatory photography residency … Continue reading

Young People’s Guide to Self-portraiture

In the summer of 2016, Anthony Luvera collaborated with a group of eight young people aged 16-21 years to research self-portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. Out of this research they created the Young People’s Guide to Self-portraiture as part of the NPG’s Heritage Lottery-funded project following the acquisition of Flemish Baroque … Continue reading

Reflections on Collaboration

Creative Producer and filmmaker Hanul Bahm wrote a thorough review of the Magnum Foundation’s Photography Expanded symposium on Collaborative Approaches to Creative Documentary Practice, held in New York on June 8, 2017, for The Alliance. The symposium explored collectivity, authorship, participation, and collaboration in photography and creative documentary practice. Presenters showcased projects … Continue reading

A conversation about conversation with Ben Krewinkel

  How do you tell a story of an undocumented immigrant? In my first approach I tried using the sheer documentary mode of telling a visual story, just to find out I still couldn’t get a grip on the complete story. For the project A Possible Life, I tried a … Continue reading

Let Us Eat Cake

In 2017 the rights of LGBTQ+ people across the United Kingdom may appear to be equal and secure. However, in Northern Ireland today, marriage equality for queer people does not exist as it does elsewhere in the UK or in the Republic of Ireland. Reported homophobic hate crimes have risen … Continue reading

New MA Photography and Collaboration at Coventry University

The MA Photography and Collaboration at Coventry University is a flexible residency course focused on collaborative photographic practice, created by Gemma-Rose Turnbull and Anthony Luvera.   Through an immersive blend of independent research, critical analysis, intensive practical delivery, and self-directed experiential learning, the MA Photography and Collaboration provides a unique opportunity … Continue reading

Free Photo Portraits: Brixton Pound

“The Taking Part residency is an extremely exciting opportunity, which acknowledges a rich history of community-based photographic practice within the UK, but also highlights the way in which methodologies of participation and collaboration––making work with people, rather than taking photographs of people––is becoming an increasingly refined and innovative contemporary practice. – … Continue reading

Emily Fitzgerald et al., Some Time Between Us. 2016, Portland, OR

“The skills which are necessary to community projects using photography are not only visual ones – the production of the image may be only part of the process, which may involve collective debate and authorship (not easy), research and writing, design and layout processes, organisation and campaigning, and always, a consideration of the audience and how they will be able to inter-relate with the work.”

– Stevie Bezencenet, “Photography and the community,” in Photographic Practices: Towards a Different Image, ed. Stevie Bezencenet and Philip Corrigan (London: Comedia Publishing Group, 1986), 143.

IC-Visual Lab: An evening with Gemma-Rose Turnbull and Pete Brook

  PHOTOGRAPHY AS A SOCIAL PRACTICE with Gemma-Rose Turnbull and Pete Brook. Thursday 18th May 2017, 19:00 £6/4 CONCESSIONS. Free to ICVL Members Dark Studio, 2nd floor, ARNOLFINI BUY TICKETS Gemma used to be a news photographer and came to be focused on collaborative practices that disrupt the linear, documentary … Continue reading

I get the feeling sometimes that photography can be hypercritical and unconstructive in its criticism. When it gets the wind in its sails, it feels like you’re in the midst of  a mass Five-Minute Hate. It’s like the scene in the remake of the Night of the Living Dead where Donald Sutherland points and screams – and then everybody else points and screams. It looks and feels terrible even when there are some justifications for it, especially when there are justificatons for it.  This kind of response is something that also needs to be addressed in photography and its social media responses – because it is an embarassment and one day it will end in something very tragic. It is a form of bullying. Again, it’s nothing to do with photography, it’s to do with basic human behaviour.

The work that Gemma-Rose Turnbull and Pete Brook do is a constructive counterpart to this kind of response. Their work is considered, analytical and creates a counter-voice that is productive rather than reactionary and destructive, and leads us into new ways of seeing how images are made and the different fields in which they operate.

 
– Colin Pantall, Photography as Social Practice. In Bristol this Thursday

Just as media representations of the artist-as-genius have proved remarkably durable, the figure of the lone photographer is an enduring myth.

[The] figure of the intrepid, typically male, photojournalist is tied up with narcissistic fantasies about the photographer-as-lone-adventurer…the photographer-adventurer who bears witness to the world’s most beautiful and horrific truths has become something of an ego ideal or phantasm haunting all users of the camera. Men, apparently, are particularly prone to its seductive power.

– Daniel Palmer

Palmer, Daniel. Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. p.1–2

 

Magnum Foundation Symposium

  The 2017 Magnum Foundation Photography Expanded Symposium will explore collaborative approaches to creative documentary practice.   The Photography, Expanded symposium is an annual full-day event that is free and open to the public. The symposium draws practitioners and storytellers across media to be inspired by exemplary case studies of innovative … Continue reading

Thinking about
who
represents
whom,
and
for whom,
is key to
my practice.

– Helen Cammock is an artist and artist facilitator. She lectures across the UK on participatory practice and is committed to exploring and evolving the way participation opens up dialogue, and aims to ensure that diverse voices are platformed in the cultural contexts she works in.

Culture Shifts

Culture Shifts is a new socially engaged photography programme led by Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK and supported by a strategic touring fund from Arts Council England. Working across a host of social housing, local authority culture and health partners and communities across the Liverpool and Merseyside city regions, we … Continue reading

Photography & Social Practice Workshop: Critical Questions and Resources

  The Photography & Social Practice Workshop will provide a forum for the Open Engagement community to shape a large conversation that will aim to unfold through a book, a blog, an exhibition and a daylong event in conjunction with partners such as Aperture, the Magnum Foundation and OE 2018. … Continue reading

Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues

The Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues creates a space for a socially-engaged photographer to produce a compelling and dynamic body of work highlighting human rights and social issues.   Fereshteh Toosi, the 2015-16 Dammeyer Fellow, spent her year building relationships with the residents of Leland Apartments, … Continue reading

Round Table: Community Photography, Now and Then.

A round table discussion with several photographers discussing the theme of community photography from Photoworks Collaboration Issue. Topics address questions such as the definitions surrounding collaborative photography practices, an overview of several artistic traditions which have converged in contemporary community photography, and the dynamics between photographer artists and their audiences. … Continue reading