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Photobooks and Approaches to Documentary Visual Story Telling

Event info

Please book prior to the event, for safety reasons there will be no booking on the day


This is a two part day where the first part will see everyone take part in a small photobook project lead by Stewart Wall, and then in the afternoon Giles Penfound will talk about his new documenetary work

Speaker: Giles Penfound Home Town Stories

Back in 2018 ex-military photographer Giles Penfound visited us to talk about his photography in places like Basra. He is coming back on March 6th to show us the work he is now shooting in civvi street. He writes:

Home Town Stories: Welcome to my collection of documentary photo stories inspired by the people, culture and environment around my home town of Newbury in Berkshire. I have decided to limit myself to an area covered by the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Explorer Map #158.

This is a personal photographic discovery and celebration of the ordinary, everyday, common place and ubiquitous. A chance for me to look at that middle part so often ignored or forgotten. An opportunity to learn more about my home and make visible a view so easily obscured and overlooked, as it sits wedged between the two competing and opposing 'Left and Right' reactionary viewpoints so often the focal point of mainstream documentary photography.

My fervent hope and desire is that while you may not necessarily agree with me or even enjoy or like what I have to say, you will however appreciate the fact that it’s been said and made visible in a calm, honest and respectful way.

I'll speak about four projects which form the foundation of this work and briefly chat about my latest work going forward.

See more at https://www.hometownstories.co.uk/


Photobook Project: The Ginko Photowalk

Stewart started his career in photography as a press photographer in 1978. He is currently a volunteer with the RPS (regional organiser for East Midlands and Central Region, a licentiate assessor, and Chair of the Distinctions Photobook Genre). and is currently doing a PhD Professional Doctorate at the University of Hertfordshire where he is researching community resilience and how documentary photography and photobooks can be used to research such things.

During the morning we will get our cameras out and create the work for a Ginko Photobook.


This is our first ‘in person’ event since the start of the pandemic, numbers will be limited for safety reasons.

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Venue Information

The venue has lovely kitchen facilities and we have coffee and tea available all day but please bring a packed lunch.

There is plenty of on road parking but onsite parking is limited


Whatton Jubilee Hall

Church Street

Whatton in the Vale

NG13 9EL