2015 Lectures

The Visual Literacy focus in 2015 was on Women in Photography and subjects ranged from early pioneers such as Julia Margaret Cameron to contemporary photographers like Gina Glover. Other lectures covered subjects from portraiture to the fragility of the planet.

Visual Literacy Lectures

Detail of My Grandchild by Julia Margaret Cameron 1865 Copyright Royal Photographic Society/National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Detail of My Grandchild by Julia Margaret Cameron 1865 Copyright Royal Photographic Society/National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

2015 Programme - Women in Photography

To coincide with the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with the University of Westminster, and the National Media Museum, are offering two days of lectures to celebrate women in photography, from both sides of the lens.  In addition to these events there will be a programme of talks held at other educational institutions around the UK.

This series of talks reflects on the historical and contemporary contribution made by women to photography. From the perspective of the photographer, we will be discussing their work and asking how and if gender makes a difference to the way they work and the influence it may have on their subject.

Further talks focus on photographers known for their iconic images of women before and during the age of glamour, and consider the unique relationship these photographers had with their sitters.



Ravensbourne College - Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Kajal Nisha Patel (see film above)

Leeds College of Art Thursday 8th October 2015 - Magda Rakita

Nottingham Trent University Thursday 26th November 2015 - Abbie Trayler-Smith.

The National Media Museum, Bradford Saturday 21st November 2015 - Linda Marchant on Cornel Lucas, Thomas Galifot Curator of photographs at the Musée d’Orsay on women photographers 1839-1919, Anthony Penrose on Lee Miller and Helen Clarke on Vivian Maier.

University of Westminster
, London Saturday 13th June 2015 - Gina Glover, Monica Allende, Jenny Matthews and Alixandra Fazzina.  


Other 2015 Lectures

Anderson & Low  

The Girl in the Red Hat Anderson  Low for  RPS 2

Image copyright © The Girl in the Red Hat by Anderson & Low - Image copyright © The Girl in the Red Hat by Anderson & Low

Anderson & Low gave a lecture at The Photographers' Gallery on Wednesday 4 November 2015.  During their career, working together for over 25 years, Anderson & Low have created a hugely diverse body of work which is represented in numerous museum collections. In this lecture they will touch on many of the artistic matters that drive them, their approach to each new project, their belief in the importance of the print, some of their methodology, and the connections they perceive between photography and other art forms. With subjects ranging from portraiture to abstraction, from sport to architecture, this lecture promises an insight into Anderson & Low's creative world.  There will be a book signing before the lecture begins at 1830.

Anderson & Low - Wednesday 4th November 2015 - Royal Photographic Society Lecture at The Photographers Gallery, London.

The Combined Royal Colleges Lecture 2015  

Professor Fercher is the recipient of the Royal Photographic Society’s 2014 Combined Royal Colleges Medal and is a pioneer in optical research. His work has led to a very important development in medicine called Optical Coherence Tomography. This is now a widely used imaging technique in medicine especially in eye examinations. By this method high resolution images of the front of the eye and of the retina can be obtained rapidly which enables the ophthalmologist to obtain valuable information such as the progress of  glaucoma and other diseases. Other applications in medical investigation are emerging with this valuable technology, a tribute to the pioneering work carried out by Professor Fercher in Germany and Austria. Further developments are now being undertaken by research centres around the world, which is increasing the scope and performance of this exciting optical instrument.

The Combined Royal Colleges Lecture 2015 - Tuesday 17th November 2015- The College of Physicians, London. 

Each year, the Combined Royal Colleges Medal recipient is invited to present a lecture.  2015's lecture is featured below:    

James Balog: Human Tectonics: Ice, Fire, and Life in the Anthropocene


Image copyright © James Balog

Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey team are featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning documentary Chasing Ice and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special, Extreme Ice.  In 2009, he served as a NASA representative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen.  In 2014, he was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Hood Medal.

A revolution is happening, yet few people know about it. James Balog’s lifelong adventure as a photographer, explorer and scientist has given him the opportunity to witness that revolution. Despite beliefs deeply embedded in Western civilization to the contrary, the human race is permanently altering the earth’s operating system. We are the dominant force of evolutionary change to the air, ice, forests, grasslands, wildlife, oceans, and reefs. As such, we are part of nature and integral to it.   In recognition of this new understanding, science has coined a word for our epoch of geologic time: “Anthropocene” (Anthropo = human, cene = period).   'Human Tectonics: Ice, Fire and Life in the Anthropocene' explores the collision between people and nature through Balog’s encounters with elemental substances—lava, forests, wildlife, ice, fire. Balog’s first-hand accounts and photographic testimony make for a provocative and riveting multimedia presentation celebrating the amazing beauty of the world we all share; at the same time challenging us to create a new relationship with the non-human natural world.

James Balog - Wednesday 2nd December 2015 - Regent Street Cinema, London.

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