688Px Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond, Woman Holding A Dead Bird, Surrey County Asylum, C. 1855, NGA 92306
CREDIT: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (open access)

Photo-Therapy Day online symposium

Event info


'GRIFO' Photo-Therapy Research Group and the Royal Photographic Society are pleased to announce the annual Photo-Therapy Day symposium in an online presentation via Zoom and titled: Explorations of current issues in Photo-Therapy

Through the generosity of our speakers and the two supporting organisations we are asking only for donations to attend online which will be used to support next year's live symposium. 

The RPS is pleased to offer a 20% discount on new memberships to anyone who attends one of our online events between 1 April – 30 June 2020. Find out more here.

Please register using the 'booking' button and a Zoom link will be provided which will give you access to the day two days beforehand. The panel sessions will take questions via Zoom's chat function. 

The provisional programme is as below (correct at 21/5/20). 

10.15. Opening

On Hugh Welch Diamond  -  A Father of Photo-Therapy
Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS
Director, Education and Public Affairs, The Royal Photographic Society

Photo-Therapy Day: a new tradition
Heather Nelson 
Psychotherapist, member of GRIFO Friends UK

Round Table
Explorations of current issues in Photo-Therapy

Embodiment, performativity and collaboration
Rosy Martin, Pioneer of Photo-Therapy. Artist and Psychological Therapist based in London (UK)

Therapeutic Photography Online
Neil Gibson, Senior Lecturer BA  (Hons) Social Work Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen (UK)

Photo-Therapy and Post-Memory in the Post-Truth Era
Del Loewenthal, Director of the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton (UK)

An extant photograph as an imaginal target
Mark Wheeler FRPS , Photo-Art-Psychotherapist NHS National Health Service (UK)

Photo-Therapy in Expressive Therapies
Ayres Marques Pinto , Semiologist, “GRIFO” International Photo-Therapy Research Group Coordinator

Roberto Calosi, Psychotherapist, Art Therapist Member of ICAAT – International Coordination of Anthroposophic Arts Therapies – Florence

Nicoletta Braga, Artist and University Professor of Phenomenology of the Body at “Brera” Academy of Fine Arts  in Milan, Italy

Marina Marques, Visual Arts student based in Venice and Manchester,
Media Manager for Last Frame Project

Q&A with Speakers (questions via chat)

13.00. Lunch Break

“Diamond” Photo-Therapy Award – 2020
Building Community

The Self-Portrait Experience
Cristina Nuñez, Artist-Photographer and lecturer based in Switzerland

BodyMind Photo-Therapy
Riccardo Musacchi, Psychotherapist, founder of BodyMind Phototherapy Institute

Community Photography Projects / Pinhole Photography
with Ruth Jacobs and Justin Quinnell, Directors of the Real Photography Company based in Bristol UK 

Presentation of the selected papers. Therapeutic use of photography

Look Again, Mindfulness Photography
Ruth Davey, Photographer, Director of Look Again

A Creative Whole School Approach to Emotional Wellbeing at Woodside High: the project
Trupti Magecha, Director deep:black

A Creative Whole School Approach to Emotional Wellbeing at Woodside High: quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods
Dr Nick Barnes, Senior Honorary Lecturer, University Central London

16.30. Break 


Photographic Well-being 
John Humphrey FRPS,
Photographer, writer on photography and on mental well-being

Working Through Grief – Processing Bereavement using photography
Sisi Burn, Photographer and Transpersonal Arts Counsellor, Tobias School of Arts & Therapy

17.15 Q&A with Speakers (questions via Zoom chat)

18.15. Wrap up and finish

Dr Hugh Welch Diamond, Woman Holding a Dead Bird, Surrey County Asylum, c.1855. Courtesy: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Event Organiser

Dr Michael Pritchard


Cancellation policy

This is an online event. The organisers will do their best to ensure that the event keeps to the published timings and runs as planned. In the event of technical difficulties or the unforeseen unavailability of speakers we will do our best to update the programme.   In the event that the symposium has to be cancelled all participants will be advised at the earliest opportunity.  No responsibility is accepted for any consequential losses and no refunds of donations will be made.



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