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Please note: RPS House is closed for our exhibition install. We will be open again from 10am on Friday 9th August 2024.

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RPS In Focus

Saturday 25 September 2021

We are delighted to announce RPS In Focus - a full day of inspiring talks, updates and presentations. Please scroll down to see the full programme. 

It will incorporate our AGM 2021, presenting our annual report about the organisation's current position and plans for the future, and announcing the results of our recent election of trustees.

This special event is free to attend, and open to members and non members. You are very welcome to join us in person in Bristol, or attend online. 

RPS In Focus Programme

10.00 AM BST (RPS Members only): 

President Simon Hill HonFRPS: Introduction

Len Metcalf: The environmentalist, the educator and the artist

11.00 AM: RPS Annual General Meeting

11.45 AM: RPS In Focus (Open to all)

President's Welcome and Address

David Tay FRPS: Cultural Colours. A talk about how colour is perceived and respected differently around the world.

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS: Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors. On view now at the Imperial War Museum and at the RPS in Jan 2022, the exhibition features two images from our patron HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

13.30 PM:

Evan Dawson, CEO: Introduction to afternoon presentations on ‘Photography for Wellbeing’.

Alison Webber FRPS will discuss her innovative new approach to autism and photography, on behalf of the RPS.

Alyn and Chris from the Scambles Photography Group in Nottingham will discuss the impact that photography has had on combating isolation.

Andrew Page, Founder and CEO of Positive View will discuss how photography workshops have helped 16-25 year olds living in some of the UK's most challenging housing estates.

Helen Costello of Action for Children will discuss a brand new project, working with the RPS, to create a portrait of the UK's young carers.

14.45 PM:

Paul Sanders: Mindfulness Through Photography

15.30 PM:

Tim Daly and the RPS Distinctions team: Photobooks


Evan Dawson: "Photography for Everyone". Our CEO will close the day by giving us insight into some of the latest projects that the RPS are working on as part of the new strategy.


The meeting is planned to close between 16.30 – 17.00 BST.    

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Alison Webber FRPS

Alison Webber FRPS took up photography in 2016. By chance, this whirlwind journey into the world of photography coincided with Alison receiving a diagnosis for Asperger syndrome. As a result, Alison soon realised the degree to which her photography and her autism were having a positive influence on each other. Alison is keen to use photography as a means of helping people with autism manage the challenges they face and was invited to become a member of the RPS Critical Friends group earlier this year.

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Tim Daly

Dr Tim Daly teaches photography at the University of Chester, UK and has a research interest in the materiality of the photographic print. Daly has written over twenty books on photography production and project development.

Daly has exhibited his personal work widely and in 2017 launched Fugitive Press.

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Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS is Director of Programmes at the RPS. He joined the RPS as a member in 1979 and gained his Associate (1984) and Fellowship (1986) for his work in the history of photography.

He has worked at Christie's auction house as a photography specialist, taught MA History of Photography and worked on the Kodak Historical Collection at the British Library.


David Tay FRPS

Former CEO of a leading magazine publisher, Tay is one of the most influential figures in Singapore photography. A dedicated practitioner and promoter of photographic art for more than five decades, he is the recipient of the Fenton Medal and the Cultural Medallion, and was the first Asian to be elected to the FIAP Board.

Born in multiracial Singapore made David more sensitive to how people and photographers perceive colours through their cultural lenses.

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Len Metcalf

Len Metcalf is an artist from the Blue Mountains, Australia, who utilises the photographic medium to express his creativity. He explores a monochromatic vision and works between abstract and straight photography.

Metcalf has spent his adult life in outdoor and environmental education. He also campaigns for ecocide laws around the world, spending much of his time photographing in endangered forests. 

Len is the editor of Len’s Journal and is the director of Len’s School. 


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Paul Sanders

Fine-art photographer Paul Sanders has been involved in photography throughout his life. Sanders' approach to landscape is one of mindful connection. After looking at nearly 20,000 images everyday during his years at The Times, his own work is made in response to his emotional and spiritual reactions to the locations he visits. He is also passionate about printing.

Sanders' work has been exhibited widely has been recognised by Fujifilm who inaugurated him into their exclusive X Series Photographers. He is also a Lee Filters Master Photographer and Fotospeed ambassador. 

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Scrambles Photography Group

Scrambles Photography Group 

Alyn Mulholland and Chris Middleton from the Scrambles Photography Group, based in Nottingham will present a talk highlighting the past and current success of the group in supporting individuals experiencing mental health conditions.


Trustee Elections: Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for the RPS Trustee elections. Thanks to all of the RPS members who voted. This is an important time in the evolution of the RPS, as we continue to deliver our dynamic new ‘Photography for Everyone’ strategy.

The vote is closed, but you can see the candidates for the election by viewing the Candidate Prospectus here.