Online Photo Café
Photo Café is an informal discussion and meeting place, an event that invites speakers and participants to discuss ideas, debate topics around contemporary photography issues and network with others. The event is for photographers, artists with a photographic practice, students and general public with an interest in the subject.
Photo Café will feature photographers and artists talking about their work, ideas, audiences and engagement. Our new programme of talks and conversations will take place on line, via Zoom, you can book your free place via the links below, an email with the link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent out to attendees prior to the talks taking place.
Maryam Wahid will be joining us for the first Photo Cafe online. Using the art of photography, she explores her identity as a British Pakistani Muslim woman. Exploring the origins of the Pakistani community in her hometown Birmingham (UK) she works with her deeply rooted family history; and the mass integration of migrants within the United Kingdom. Her academic background in Art, Photography and Religious Studies alongside her fascination in cultural cognition and religious ideologies have progressively influenced her work. Her work is autobiographical but delves into human experiences and existence today. She is keen to photograph the complexity of places around the world and the places people call home.
Camilla Brown will be joining us to talk about how to write an Artist Statement, the importance of this text to introduce and illustrate work and how it has become an essential on websites, to accompany portfolios and to apply for opportunities. Camilla is a curator, writer and educator on contemporary art, specialising in photography based in Derbyshire. For ten years she was Senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London previously she was Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool. She works at both the University of Derby, where she teaches on the MA photography and film and at Middlesex University as Senior Lecturer Creative Industries. Her writing on contemporary photography is regularly published in books and magazines. For the past few years she has been Associate Curator at GRAIN. She is on the steering group for the Format Photography Festival.
Artists and Photographers that took part in the Grain and Format/Quad Masterclass Programme 19/20 will discuss how they have developed and curated a group publication/zine, website, and digital programme/launch during lockdown and social distancing. They will discuss what they learnt in the process, what went well and the many new challenges. This photo cafe will be an introduction to the participants group work as well as sharing the process to help other artists/photographers.
As part of the Socially Engaged Photography Network we will be joined by Multistory to discuss the work that they do.
Multistory is a community arts charity based in Sandwell, in the Black Country. We invite photographers, filmmakers and writers to make work with, for and about local people’s lives. The work is shared with audiences in community spaces and is presented in exhibitions, books, films and events and it is part of a growing, and ongoing, archive about people and place.
Rachel Barker is Co-founder and Director of STANLEY/BARKER, a Midlands based publishing house with a focus on creating highly individual photography books. Rachel has worked with photographers such as Tod Papageorge, Bill Henson, Judith Black, Sunil Gupta and Magnum’s Christopher Anderson. She graduated from Byam Shaw School of Art – Central Saint Martins and went onto work in Arts Marketing and PR for companies such as Blurb Books, Prestel Publishing and as Head of PR for Leica Camera. Rachel will discuss founding STANLEY/BARKER, including the experience of working with some of the photographers she has published to date. Along the way she will offer insights into photo book publishing, and tips and advice for photographers who might be interested in publishing a book or hearing stories from behind the scenes.