Photography that Intervenes: Talks by Paul Hill, Maria Falconer and Hugh Hamilton

10 September 2017

10:30 - 16:00

Whatton Jubilee Hall
Church Street
Near Nottingham
Whatton in the Vale
United Kingdom
NG13 9EL

Tel:0795 512 4000

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Student - student card to be shown at door please£5.00 
Non RPS Member£10.00 
RPS Member£10.00 

Paul Hill and Maria Falconer on Anon

In Susan Sontag’s book “On Photography” she refers to her thoughts on photography being “essentially an act of non-intervention” where it might appear she is referring to the photographer not being able to physically intervene whilst images are being taken.

Images though, have immense power to intervene  and can change the course of history and at this event we will have the opportunity to discuss this with Professor Paul Hill MBE, FRPS, DFine Art,Darts Visiting Professor, University of Derby & De Montfort University, Leicester and Maria Falconer MA, MSc, FRPS who recently spent five weeks inside a refugee camp as volunteers on Lesvos. They went as volunteers with the intent to capture images not normally captured by news reporters. Their mission was reported on in the RPS journal in May 2016

Maria writes about their project Anon as a joint reflection based on our experience of being volunteers with humanitarian groups in Greece in 2016. 

We (Maria Falconer & Paul Hill) travelled to the Greek island of LesVos to join voluntary groups already helping the hundreds of refugees arriving daily in rubber dinghies, after a perilous journey over the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Later, we moved up to the Greek / Macedonian border just before it closed.

We wanted to make photographs that showed more than the usual press coverage to reveal aspects of this tragedy that hit us every day we were there. We also want to draw attention to the tragic context of the plight of refugees who are now seeking asylum in the Midlands and all over the UK.

Hugh Hamilton talks Photography

Our second session of the day is by Hugh Hamilton who is the Course Leader for MA Photography at Nottingham Trent University and is responsible for the content, design and delivery of the postgraduate photography curriculum. He also contributes to teaching on the undergraduate photography course.

His page on the University website describes his personal work as looking to investigate the politics of rural representation and includes shooting portraits of people who enjoy, and work in the traditional British countryside pursuing rural activities.

This link takes you to Hugh's page on the Nottingham Trent website

Hugh publishes an excellent vlog where he gives his ideas on photography and at our event will engage more in a conversation with the audience, discussing these ideas.

This link takes you to Hugh's Vlog on Youtube

If you wish to attend please book by pressing the link, any  questions please contact the organiser Stewart Wall on 0795 512 4000


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Region: East Midlands