The Great British Public - TALK
25 June 2012
Venue: Central Saint Martins
Address: Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
Disabled Access: This event has wheelchair access
Time: 7 - 9:30pm
Concession Price: £10.00
Concession discounts are offered to Full-time students, Senior Citizens, disabled and unemployed people. Please note if you purchase a concession ticket you will be asked to provide proof at the event.
Chris Steele-Perkins, Homer Sykes, Peter Dench and Liz Hingley. In support of the major exhibition, The Great British Public.
Join these four photographers for a fascinating and lively discussion about the work they have on show in The Great British Public exhibition, their creative influences and their experiences photographing the British. Chris Steele-Perkins, Homer Sykes, Peter Dench and Liz Hingley will each present their work and discuss it within the context of the show, followed by a Q&A session. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see some of Britain’s best-loved photographers discussing what they do best.
Peter Dench is an English photographer based in London. He achieved a World Press Photo Award and also participated in the coveted World Press Joop Masterclass. His solo exhibitions include LoveUK in Cardiff and England Uncensored at the 2011 Visa pour l'Image festival in France and the Periscopio festival, Spain. In 2010, Dench was placed 2nd in Advertising at the Sony World Photography Awards. Dench has a new book titled UK Uncensored, of which exclusive signed copies will be available to purchase at the exhibition.
Liz Hingley graduated from Brighton University with a degree in Editorial Photography in 2007. She went on to receive a two-year scholarship with FABRICA research and communications department in Italy. She completed an MSc with distinction in Social Anthropology at University College London in 2011. Under Gods: Stories from Soho Road (Dewi Lewis) was published in March 2011. She recently received the Getty Image Grant to continue her work raising awareness for the cycle of child poverty in the developed world. Hingley is currently artist in residence at the Migration Research Unit based in University College London. She regularly works with other educational institutions, lecturing and leading workshops. Hingley is undertaking her own research into the trade of religious goods in Paris and China. She says: "My photography is about social engagement. I am constantly excited by how photographs can arouse curiosity, tell stories in different voices and help us see through different eyes."
Chris Steele-Perkins was born in Burma and moved from Rangoon to London with his family in 1949. He graduated in Psychology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and while studying, worked as a photographer and picture editor for the student newspaper. In 1971 he moved to London and started working as a freelance photographer with assignments that took him abroad, first to Bangladesh in 1973, followed by extensive work for relief organisations and travel assignments. In 1975 he worked with EXIT, a group dealing with social problems in British cities. He then joined the Paris-based Viva agency in 1976 and in 1979, his first book, The Teds, was published. Chris joined Magnum and soon began working more extensively in the developing world. His latest large-scale project was on the situation in Afghanistan and he now focuses on Japan and England. His reportages have received high public acclaim and won him several awards including the Tom Hopkinson Prize for British Photojournalism, the Oscar Barnack Prize and the Robert Capa Gold Medal.
Homer Sykes was a keen photographer as a teenager, with a darkroom both at home and at boarding school. In 1968 he started a three-year course at the London College of Printing. In the summer vacation during his first year, he went to New York, and was impressed by the work of current photographers — Cartier-Bresson, Davidson, Friedlander, Frank and Winogrand — that he saw at the Museum of Modern Art. Sykes has photographed for the Weekend Telegraph, Observer, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Now, Time, and New Society. He worked with various agencies including Viva, and from 1989 to 2005 was with Network Photographers. Books include Hunting with Hounds, and On the Road Again. Sykes has exhibited his work in a number international exhibitions (Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, as well as Tate Britain and his work is held in a number of collections including the British Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sykes has taught in the master's course in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication.
© Liz Hingley
© Peter Dench
© Homer Sykes
© Chris Steele Perkins