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CREDIT: Tony Fisher



The Royal Photographic Society is proud to be launching this new section of its website entitled “Spotlight.”

Focusing on the RPS’ strategy of “Photography for Everyone,” Spotlight aims to expand the RPS narrative to include a diverse collection of stories from all sectors of society. 

Included in this are a selection of articles written by our newly appointed Spotlight editor, Alison Webber FRPS, extracts from the RPS journal and news about photography exhibitions and events.

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CREDIT: Nicky Ebbage

Spotlight articles

CREDIT: Arianne Clément
A Celebration of Age
A sympathetic portrayal of the elderly by photographer, Arianne Clément.

By creating a visual documentation of the elderly, Arianne has sought to focus on a number of questions which surround the concept of aging.

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Photography Against Bullying
The effects of bullying seen through the eyes of two photographers

November 14th – 18th is Anti-Bullying week so this month 'Spotlight' is focusing on two very different photographers whose work is helping to show the effects that bullying can have on the lives of individuals.

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CREDIT: Chris Middleton
Scrambles Photography Group
A photography support network for people experiencing mental health conditions

The members of the group work together, using photography creatively and mindfully to aid recovery, and express themselves through their art. The photography helps with mental wellbeing by reducing isolation, creating a purpose, opportunity for personal achievement.

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Disabled Photographers' Society Annual Awards Exhibition
The Art House, Wakefield

An exhibition of work by members of the Disabled Photographers' Society representing the whole spectrum of society and disabilities including those with physical, mental, visual, aural issues and combinations thereof.

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CREDIT: Simon Hyde
Make, Mend and Sustain
A collaboration between The Open Eye Gallery, university students and local charity shops

Working with the Open Eye Gallery and local charity shops, Fashion Design and  Photography students from the University of Chester have designed and photographed a sustainable fashion collection created by upcycling donated clothing.

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CREDIT: Ian Treherne
Blind Photographer Ian Treherne talks about his mission
Bringing multiple voices and disabilities together through photography

“Using photography as a tool, a form for my lack of sight, I am able to utilise the lens of the camera rather than my own, to sensitively capture the beauty and distortion of the world around me, which due to my degenerative blindness I am unable to see.”

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Show and Tell
Exploring mental health through photography

‘Show and Tell’, organised by The Photography Movement, is a project which encourages young people between the ages of 10 and 18 to explore their own mental health through photography.

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CREDIT: Claire Sheppard
A View of Photography and Mental Health

Alison Webber interviews RPS member Claire Sheppard, who is not only a keen photographer but who is also a strong advocate of the benefits of photography for our mental health.

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CREDIT: Alison Webber
Exhibition: Holding the Baby
An exhibition of images by Polly Braden

'Holding the Baby' is an exhibition of images by Polly Braden illustrating the lives of single parents, which is on display at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol until 12th June 2022.

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Bristol Trans Portrait Project
An interview with project founder Nicky Ebbage

Alison Webber interviews Nicky Ebbage, a non-binary photographer from Bristol and creator of the “Bristol Trans Portraits,” a project to bring visibility and awareness to the transgender community in Bristol.

CREDIT: Tony Fisher
Giving a voice to loneliness
Tony Fisher's "Only the Lonely?" project and exhibition

“Only the Lonely?”, which was funded by Arts Council England, provides a valuable insight into the nation’s mental health and wellbeing through his study of human solitude and isolation.

RPS Journal articles & extracts

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CREDIT: Angela Catlin
Still Life: the story of a pandemic
A portrait of life during the pandemic

When Covid-19 confined photojournalist Angela Catlin to her home city of Glasgow she collaborated with poet Henry Bell on a moving portrait of life during the pandemic.

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CREDIT: Paul Sanders
Five favourite landscapes by Paul Sanders
An award-winning photographer in pursuit of mental wellbeing

RPS member Paul Sanders was picture editor at the Times for seven years before anxiety and depression led to him taking up a new career as a landscape photographer. 

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CREDIT: Dr James Clifford Kent
Pregnancy and birth during the pandemic
A project by James Clifford Kent

When James Clifford Kent shared a picture of his wife and newborn baby taken soon after birth, the response was a global one. And so the series 'Pregnant in a Pandemic' was born.

Exhibitions and events

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Construct by Anthony Luvera

CONSTRUCT by Anthony Luvera - a new body of work created in collaboration with people who have experienced homelessness in Birmingham.

14 September - 13 October 2022

Snow Hill Square and Snow Hill Station


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Disabled Photographers Society Exhibition 2022

The Disabled Photographers Society annual exhibition is being held at The Art House in Wakefield from 6th September - 9th October 2022.

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CREDIT: © John Humphrey FRPS

Workshop: Photography and Happiness

Combine photography with positive psychology to develop happier, stress-free lives. A workshop for all photographers.

27 May 2022

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CREDIT: Workshop Participants

Photography and Autism Workshop

A free online photography workshop specifically tailored to a small group of autistic adults.

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Other stories

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CREDIT: Goska Calik
RPS London Group and CaféArt
An exhibition of work by photographers affected by homelessness

Over the past 2 years, mentors from the London region of the Royal Photographic Society in conjunction with Café Art have been helping a group of photographers affected by homelessness.

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CREDIT: ‘Blurred picture’ by Marnie, Look Ahead
Our Lens on Life
RPS-backed photo project unlocks experiences of homelessness

In an innovative project backed by the RPS, people who had been affected by homelessness are putting their experiences in the frame.