photomonth east london
- 18th Sep 2012
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Image Copyright: Simon Norfolk
PHOTOMONTH presents a far-reaching festival of photography in the East End of London, an area often blighted by poverty, politicians and planners, but that always survives through the imagination of the people. There is a Radical London theme flowing through Photomonth this year. East London has a proud history of activism, of protesting against injustice, inequality and racism, of rising up in favour of a fairer society and seeking to improve the lives of ordinary people. The East End of London has also undergone radical changes within its landscape, from the redevelopment following the Blitz of WW2 to the current regeneration created by the 2012 Olympics.
Photographers David Hoffman, Ed Thompson and Jenny Matthews have documented different aspects of ‘Radical London’ from the Poll Tax Riots, to ‘Reclaim the Night’ and the Occupy movement, and they will be giving talks about their practice and exhibiting their work during October and November 2012 at the Bishopsgate Institute.
Photomonth opens at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street E2 6HG, celebrating its status as an international photography festival with the ‘1Day6Cities’ exhibition featuring images taken on the same day in six different cities around the world. During October and November there are more than 200 exhibitions and events in galleries and venues across East London that demonstrate the depth and diversity of contemporary photography. There is something for everyone, and everyone is welcome.
Major events include:
RADICAL LONDON IN FOCUS exhibition and talks at the Bishopsgate Institute 230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4QH with David Hoffman 6 October, Ed Thompson 3 November and Jenny Matthews 10 November. Booking: www.bishopsgate.org.uk
PHOTOMONTH PHOTOFAIR Saturday 6 October 10am-6pm
Spitalfields Traders Market, Brushfield Street E1 6AA. (Liverpool St tube)
100 stalls and stands with photographers selling prints, galleries, books, magazines, products and services. An ideal opportunity to buy new work at very reasonable prices. www.photomonth.org
PHOTOMONTH PHOTOWALKS Two amazing history walks have been specially devised with professional guides and photographers to assist. Sat 13 Oct REBELS, STRIKERS and ANTI-FACISTS: the Radical East End 11am-1pm Booking www.bishopsgate.org.uk Sat 20 Oct HISTORY IN THE HEART OF HACKNEY 11am-1.30pm Booking email@example.com
PHOTOMONTH PORTFOLIO REVIEW 27 & 28 October 11am-4pm V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road. E2 9PA. An exciting opportunity for photographers to showcase their work to picture editors, curators, gallery owners, publishers and agents. Reviewers this year include Sophie Batterbury/Independent on Sunday, Alex Ortiz/Guardian & Observer, Diane Smyth/British Journal of Photography, Eva Eicker/Photographers Gallery, Patrick DiNola/Getty Images. www.photomonth.org
PHOTOMONTH PHOTO-OPEN Rich Mix, 34-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA
1 November-1 December EXHIBITION of a wide range of subjects and approaches with prize for ‘Best in Show’ given by the World Photography Organisation.
4 November FILMS BY PHOTOGRAPHERS screening 12noon-3pm.
RADICAL LONDON PORTFOLIOS screening 4pm-6pm
PHOTOMONTH LECTURE 21 November 7pm
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX
Simon Norfolk delivers this years keynote lecture. The eminent photographer talks on the land as battlefield and the inscription of memory and metaphor in the natural world.
FREE FESTIVAL BROCHURES and further information from firstname.lastname@example.org
Full diary, latest listings and news of the Photomonth 2012 programme on www.photomonth.org
Supported by Tower Hamlets Council, Hackney Council, Metro Imaging, Bishopsgate Institute, Rich Mix, V&A Museum of Childhood, Old Truman Brewery, Spitalfields, London Metropolitan University, Whitechapel Gallery, World Photography Organisation.