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CREDIT: © Vanley Burke. Siffa Sound System, Playing The Carnival, Handsworth Park, 1983

Diversity and Inclusion in photography: a symposium

Event info

The Bristol Photo Festival and the RPS are hosting a one-day online symposium, curated by Jennie Ricketts. Through the work of photographers and those working within photography it explores themes around diversity and inclusion. Booking is via the BPF please click the link here to book a place

In order for diversity to have real meaning, people of different classes, ethnicity, ability, sexuality should be given equal opportunity for inclusive collaboration. Photography is arguably the most democratic universal language with a broad global reach, so it seems the perfect medium for bringing people together to achieve this.  A festival that celebrates both the practice of photography in its many forms, and offers a commitment to change the disparity between one practice or another can only be a positive means of attaining that goal. 

This symposium sets out to demonstrate such a commitment.  It aims to provide some insight on the work and practice of different photographers, highlight the challenges they may have faced and how they overcame them, and finally identify what is needed and how to support them in their practice now and for the future.

The programme is: 

0915. Zoom waiting room opens 

09:30 - 10:00. Introduction from Tracy Marshall-Grant, BPF Director and Jennie Ricketts.

10:00 - 11:00 Keynote speaker: Vanley Burke with audience Q & A.


11:15 - 12:15. Joy Gregory in conversation with Jennie Ricketts with audience Q & A.

12:20 - 13:00. Dexter McLean. Photographer with Cerebral Palsy.  A pre-recorded presentation.

13:00 - 14:00. Break.

14:05 - 15:20.  Dr Shawn Sobers will have conversations with Black photographers Garfield McKenzie from Bristol and Dennis Wiley from Bath

15:25 - 16:05. David Constantine with audience Q & A. 


16:15 - 17:15. Women in photography panel discussion with Joanne Coates, Kirsty MacKay, Fiona Rogers, and Max Houghton.  

1715. Close

Attendance is £5 for the day. Ticketing for this event is being handled by the Bristol Photo Festival. Please click the link here to book a place

Registrants will be provided with a Zoom link and information about the speakers. 

Event Organiser

Michael Pritchard


Cancellation policy

This is an online event. The RPS and the Bristol Photo Festival will do its best to ensure that it keeps to the published timings and runs as planned. In the unlikely event that the event has to be cancelled all participants will be advised by email at the earliest opportunity.  No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.



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