We are pleased to announce that the RPS Contemporary Group AGM is to be held on the 9th July at the “Art Workers Guild” premises, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT between 10.00 and 16.00.
The AGM will be held at 11.00-12.00 and is open to members and non-members, although only members will be allowed to vote. There will be no charge. All Contemporary Group members will be sent a copy of the Agenda in due course.
After lunch we are pleased to welcome two photographers who are both accomplished in producing work that exemplifies our ethos on Contemporary Photography. These are Fergus Heron and Tom Owens. Their presentations will be followed by an open forum.
Fergus Heron studied at the Royal College of Art and the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham.
He was nominated for the Jerwood Artist Platform and his work has been exhibited internationally in group shows at the Museum for Contemporary Art Roskilde, Denmark; K3 Zurich, Switzerland; Cantieri Culturali Alla Zisa, Palermo, Italy and at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery and House, London; George and Jorgen, London; Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and was included in the first major exhibition of Photography at Tate Britain; ‘How We Are: Photographing Britain’.
He is a Senior Lecturer in Photography in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton.
Peacocks, Woking, 2003 from the series ‘Shopping Centre Interiors’ :
Owens popped into the world in Toxteth 1955, the son and grandson of keen amateur photographers.
He has been making images since 1968 but the earliest surviving negatives he has are from 1972. They were from a portfolio presented for University admission and are now part of his Liverpool Echo series. He did not go to University when offered a place in 1973 through his idleness at school and spending too much time running the school photographic society and 6th form bar.
He joined the Civil Service and one of his first jobs was surveillance photography on the docks in Liverpool. Time moved on and photography waned and waxed until the digital revolution in 1999 re-awoke his interest in earnest.
He embraced this form of darkroom free photography purely on an accessibility level.
In August 2011 he gained a place on the BA (Hons) Photography course at UCS in Ipswich and he graduated in 2014.
He has had a successful solo exhibition at the Museum of East Anglian Life July 16th 2015- March 31st 2016 of his Edgelands series.
He makes series to self–set parameters with a range of tools from 35mm Rangefinders to Medium & Large format film and digital. The tool always influences the outcome.
He delivers intermittent lectures at UCS on Professional Practice and provides the Drum Scanning service for their students in between running his own businesses of Photography and Business Analysis and serving on the Board of an international consortium delivering Agile Project management methods.
He lives in Ipswich with Anne, his wife of 37 years.
Main Image: Stowmarket, from the series ‘Edgelands’