IPE 161 Photographer talks: Christopher Bethell and Jenny Lewis

09 February 2019

11:00 - 13:00

RPS Bristol
RPS House
337 Paintworks
Arnos Vale
Bristol
United Kingdom
BS4 3AR

Concession£6.00
Standard£8.00 

On this opening weekend of the RPS IPE 161 exhibition, discover two of the selected photographers as they talk about professional practice, personal projects, and the relationship between the two.

Each talk will last 45min + 15min Q&A.

 

11am - Christopher Bethell – IPE 161 Under 30s Gold Award winner
The Dream Archive: Finding my home on the other side of the world.

In 2015, at the age of twenty-six, Chris Bethell first stepped foot into the country he’d always called home. Chris will be telling stories of his journeys across the Atlantic to discover the significance of his dual-nationality and his relationship with the Grandfather he never met. He’ll be showing his project The Duke of Earl, some images from his on-going project Blue Velvet and some smaller, mini-series that help make up The Dream Archive. Personal work generally doesn’t pay the bills though, so Chris will also talk about how he applies this to his commissioned work and will pass on some of the lessons he learned along the way.

Christopher Bethell is a photographer, journalist and occasional picture editor. Graduating from London College of Communication's MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in 2015, Bethell came away with a body of work about his imagined family history and dual nationality with the USA. With this work Bethell has won the RPS IPE 161 Under 30s Gold award and been nominated for the Magnum Graduate Award and the MACK First Book Award. Bethell is primarily interested in the acceptance of subjectivity within documentary photography and how fiction can be used to tell a truth. Clients include VICE, BuzzFeed, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

christopherbethell.com

 

12noon - Jenny Lewis – IPE 161 exhibitor
Narrowing the gap between Commissioned and Personal Work

Jenny will talk about her career as an editorial photographer, and how her personal work such as the series One Day Young and Hackney Studios, both now published as books by Hoxton Mini Press, shaped her practice and the type of commissions she is now requested to work on. A journey that shows that pleasing yourself and working on projects you are passionate about are sometimes the best path to follow.

Jenny Lewis grew up in Essex and moved to Hackney over 20 years ago. Much of her work centres on her experience of living and working in East London. Alongside One Day Young, which captures mothers within the first 24 hours since having a baby, she has been photographing the network of creatives who live alongside her in a series called Hackney Studios.

After her talk Jenny Lewis will be signing copies of her books One Day Young and Hackney Studios, both available to buy on the day.

jennylewis.net

 

You can see both Jenny and Chris' work in the IPE 161 exhibition at RPS House, 7 Feb to 24 March, and touring the UK & Ireland throughout 2019. Visit rps.org/ipe161 for info and tour dates. 

Take a piece of the exhibition home with the IPE 161 print shop: click here to browse and buy prints.

The IPE 161 is kindly supported by creativehub.

Lead image © Christopher Bethell, Untitled, from the series Blue Velvet (cropped)

 

image copyright Christopher Bethell - Coney Island - The Duke of Earl

Image © Christopher Bethell, Coney Island, from the series The Duke of Earl

 

image copyright Christopher Bethell - Untitled (1 of 5)Image © Christopher Bethell, Untitled, from the series Blue Velvet 

 

image copyright Christopher Bethell - Untitled 2 of 5

Image © Christopher Bethell, Untitled, from the series Blue Velvet 

 

image copyright Christopher Bethell - Untitled 3 of 5

Image © Christopher Bethell, Untitled, from the series Blue Velvet 

  

image copyright Christopher Bethell - Untitled 4 of 5
 
Image © Christopher Bethell, Untitled, from the series Blue Velvet 
 
 
 
image copyright Jenny Lewis - One Day Young
Image © Jenny Lewis, One Day Young, Hoxton Mini Press
 
 
image copyright Jenny Lewis - Nicola and Jemima - One Day Young
 
Image © Jenny Lewis, Nicola and Jemima, from the series One Day Young
 
 
image copyright Jenny Lewis - Efrida Phirri and Praise - One Day Young

Image © Jenny Lewis, Efrida Phirri and Praise, from the series One Day Young, Malawi
 
 
image copyright Jenny Lewis - Hackney Studios
 
Image © Jenny Lewis, Hackney Studios, Hoxton Mini Press
 
image copyright Jenny Lewis - Andreas Schmidt - Hackney Studios
 
Image © Jenny Lewis, Andreas Schmidt, from the series Hackney Studios
 
image  copyright Jenny Lewis - Juno Calypso - Hackney Studios
Image © Jenny Lewis, Juno Calypso, from the series Hackney Studios

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