Women in Photography
Talks: 11am – 4pm
Venue: University of Westminster
Address: 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
Chair: Andy Golding
Monica Allende is a photo editor, curator, educator and co-founder of Offspring Photo Meet. During her tenure at the Sunday Times Magazine she oversaw the launch of award-winning photography section Spectrum, and it's online compliments; Beyond Spectrum showcased exclusive multimedia and the Spectrum blog, a behind the scenes insight into the photo industry. She helped the magazine secure a wide array of prizes including; the Amnesty International Media Photojournalism Award, World Press Photo General News, the Picture Editor’s Award, the Online Press Award and Magazine Design Award for Best Use of Photography.
She has been a guest lecturer, portfolio reviewer, jury member and educator for various leading organisations including; World Press Photo, Visa Pour L’image, PhotoEspaña, Magnum Photos, Bamako Encounters Biennale, Lianzhoufoto, Getxophoto, London College of Communication. She produced and curated the exhibition and book “Darfur: Images against impunity” with Stanley Greene, Lynsey Addario and Alvaro Ybarra Zavala.
She lectures, writes and consults on photography.
Monica will be giving an illustrated talk on a number of significant female photographers whose work she has published. She will also address the reasons why she would commission a female photographer for a particular story or angle and what qualities she looks for when selecting a photographer in general. Other areas of discussion will include; the risks and opportunities women face and what the future looks like for print and online photograph.
UK, 1974- Alixandra Fazzina’s photography focuses on under-reported conflicts and the often forgotten humanitarian consequences of war. Alixandra is the author of “A Million Shillings- Escape From Somalia” (Trolley) which follows the often deadly journey on people smuggling routes from the Horn of Africa. Her current long-term project The Flowers of Afghanistan, documents the journeys of Afghan children seeking refuge in Europe.
Studying Fine Art, she began her career as a war artist in Bosnia. Since then, she has worked independently as a photojournalist throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In 2010 Alixandra was recognized as the winner of the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for her fearless and tireless dedication to humanitarian photography throughout her career.
Gina will explore her latest touring exhibition and book The Metabolic Landscape, initiated with Geof Rayner and Jessica Rayner (The Metabolic Landscape: Perception, Practice and the Energy Transition,Black Dog Publishing, December 2014) The project looks to the experiential understanding of the changing environment of which we ourselves are part. This project makes the case that art might achieve what science fails to do, to communicate feelings and sensibilities about a world under threat because of human activity and the need for a response. In this work she focuses on sites of energy in different parts of the world and she observes climatic effects, from glacial melting and iceberg formation in Greenland to coastal erosion in England.
Gina Glover was born in London and lives and works in England and France. She is an alumnus of the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) She is a co-founder and director of Photofusion Photography Centre London. In 2008 Gina received the Royal Photographic Society’s Hood Medal and she is twice winner of the Medical Research Council Visions of Science award. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Europe, China and the United States. www.ginaglover.com
Jenny Matthews Hon FRPS
Are you still ?…Yes I am….In 1983 a group of us set up Format, a women’s photo agency. Since then I have been documenting women’s lives worldwide, often in areas of conflict , sometimes commissioned by NGOs (ActionAid, Care International, Save the Children amongst others) sometimes thanks to my credit card. Just as the bombing started in Iraq, in 2003, I published ‘Women and war’. I’ve been working on part two ever since. I also hang out in Hackney, East London, and cycle around with a camera marveling at the vibrant community I live in. I would like to show work from my archive and my ongoing projects and in the course of doing so raise the question of how women can survive and enjoy photo world. http://www.jennymphoto.com/
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