Laura Pannack - RPS Sponsored Speaker and AGM

10 May 2015

10:30 - 16:00

Hough End Centre
Mauldeth Road West
United Kingdom
M21 7SX

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RPS Member£10.00 
Non RPS Member£15.00 
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Photograph by Laura Pannack 


Laura Pannack is a London based Photographer. She was educated at the University of Brighton Central Saint Martins College of Art and LCC. Her work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, including at The National Portrait Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

 In 2010 Laura received first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards. She has also won and been shortlisted for several other awards including The Sony World Photography Awards, The Magenta foundation and Lucies IPA. She was awarded the Vic Odden by The Royal Photographic Society award for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer aged 35 or under and recently won the John Kobal prize at the Taylor Wessing Awards. Her art focuses on social documentary and portraiture, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.

 Laura is driven by research led self-initiated projects. In her own words, she does all she can “to understand the lives of those captured, and to present them creatively”. She is a firm believer that “time, trust and understanding is the key to portraying subjects truthfully”, and as such, many of her projects develop over several years. Her particular approach allows a genuine connection to exist between sitter and photographer, which in turn elucidates the intimacy of these very human exchanges. Her images aim to suggest the shared ideas and experiences that are entwined in each frame that she shoots. Laura largely shoots with a film camera on her personal projects, allowing her process to be organic rather than being predefined by fixed ideas, thus removing additional pressure on the sitter.

 ‘Laura’s remarkable ability to build trust and respect with her subjects allows her to express a gritty vulnerability that is as sincere as it is elusive to capture.’

 Terry O’ Neill – photographer

 Laura will give a short introduction to her work discussing themes, approach and progression. The talk will then focus on how we gain access,connect and engage with our subjects and the many methods that photographers adopt. Looking at both the role of the image maker and subject the conversation will touch upon themes of the exchange,interaction and truth in imagery. It will also discuss the importance of the gaze, context and concept that all heavily feature when creating work deemed as portraiture.

 How do we know if we have connected with our subjects? What if we struggle to? When is someone really 'themself' How much do we need to let go?

 The audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and there will be a Q&A session

The RPS North West Region AGM will be held during the lunch break and is open to paid up members of the RPS only.



Booking is by post only with limited places allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please download and print the booking form. Further instructions are on the form - an SAE is required.


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Please note that the RPS, RPS North West and the event leader accept no responsibility for any mishaps/accident. The participants must accept their own responsibilities and are responsible for their own safety. Any one who is concerned about this please contact Afzal Ansary FRPS. Phone: 0797 040 3672 or email:  



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Notice of Cancellation - Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend this event as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another event less than 14 days prior to the event start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel an event 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

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Region: North West