National Photography Symposium

National Photography Symposium

12th June 2014 - 14th June 2014

Library of Birmingham, Birmingham


Redeye is delighted to announce its sixth National Photography Symposium, the essential annual gathering for ideas and discussion around photography, taking place at the Library of Birmingham.

“What a weekend. I am all photography inspired.” – Karen Strunks of the 4AM project

The Symposium explores the most critical and talked-about subjects for photography and photographers. Top experts, thinkers and commentators offer the most interesting perspectives on what’s happening now and next in photography, as it affects anyone working in the medium. This year’s Symposium focuses on integrity in photography, and features three days (14:00 Thursday to 17:00 Saturday) of talks, debates, seminars and discussions.

It is delivered in collaboration with GRAIN, the Photography Hub and Network for the West Midlands.

Each of the three days has a slightly different emphasis, though all are welcome on the days. Alongside the key debates and discussions outlined below will be a range of talks and presentations with photographers, artists and movers and shakers in photography.

Thursday 12 June 2014: Students and Emerging Photographers
This afternoon focuses on routes into photography – with talks and panel debates from leading figures in the photography market. What’s on offer for students and emerging artists to help establish themselves in photography? Which of the many competitions, reviews, courses, opportunities and online services are worth signing up for? Who benefits? The day finishes with a keynote talk.

Friday 13 June 2014: Organisations and Institutions
The second day concentrates on key issues of integrity for organisations and institutions. How can they preserve their public service or members’ remit whilst improving commercial income? What new kinds of ventures are working for organisations? How do the larger institutions and museums deal with conflicting demands for acquisitions, collections and archives? What are the “standards” in the new photographic landscape? What’s on the horizon for some of photography’s leading companies and organisations?

Saturday 14 June 2014: Photographers
The final day of the Symposium explores key issues around ethics, authenticity and business for all photographers. The discussions, like the Symposium as a whole, take a lead from Stephen Mayes’ assertion that photographers are really dealing now in integrity. It explores new kinds of business models and collaborations that allow photographers to retain creative integrity while still making a living in a dramatically different economy. How can they deal with the pressures on copyright from new licensing models and digital distribution? What are the opportunities and constraints of ethical practice and environmental sustainability?
More details of the full programme will be published on this page in the lead up to the Symposium.

Have a look at and scroll through past programmes for an idea of what to expect.

“My annual refresher” – Brenda Burrell, photographer

“The most important forum in UK photography” – Francis Hodgson of the Financial Times

“Such a powerful lineup makes this one of the must attend events of the photographic year.” Pete Jenkins, NUJ

Tickets and Pricing

There are early bird tickets on offer for a limited time only. If you are not a Redeye member but are buying a 3-day ticket, it makes sense to become a member first, then the lower price will be available to you.

3-day early bird ticket prices available until 18 May 2014

Redeye member 3-day ticket: £25
Student/unwaged 3-day ticket: £55
Standard 3-day ticket: £75

Standard prices from 19 May 2014:
Redeye Member 3-day ticket: £30
Student/unwaged 3-day ticket: £60
Standard 3-day ticket: £80

One-day tickets are available for any of the days. Please choose the day when booking.

Redeye Member 1-day ticket: £20
Student/unwaged 1-day ticket: £35
Standard 1-day ticket: £50

To buy a Redeye member ticket, please first log in to this website as a paid Redeye member. To book a ticket, please click the Book Ticket button below. Advance ticket sales close at 18:00 on Wednesday 11 June 2014. If there are any places left on the door, we will publish details here. Please check our terms and conditions before booking.

Venue and Timing
The National Photography Symposium will take place at the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND from 12-14 June 2014. The times for each day are listed below, though these are still to be confirmed:

12 June 2014: 14:00-21:00
13 June 2014: 10:00-18;00
14 June 2014: 10:00-17:00

The library is about a 10-15 minute walk from New Street Station. If coming by car, please follow signs to Birmingham City Centre and the ICC. Parking is not available on site but nearby parking can be found at Cambridge Street and the National Indoor Arena.

Tickets can be purchased directly from Redeye – click here for more details.

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