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2022 Talks Programme

#17 CHROMA 1979-2019 © Grey Crawford – courtesy of the artist

Overseen by renowned author, curator, professor, and museum director William A. Ewing, the Photo London Talks Programme presents a strong line-up of speakers for its 2022 edition.

Providing listeners with a unique insight into some of the world’s most exciting voices in the medium, expect to hear lively talks, debates and discussions to broaden – and deepen – your understanding of photography.  

For the 2022 edition, there is a mixture of online and on-site talks.

 

Talks at Photo London 2022

On-site talk tickets now cost a special fair price of £5.00 and can be booked via the Somerset House website. Nikon talks are free of charge however booking in advance is strongly advised. Please note, talk tickets do not include admission to the Fair, you must have a day ticket to attend the talk. All on-site talks will take place in the Screening Room. 

 

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Thursday 12 May

 

13.00 – 14.00
Holding the Baby: Polly Braden and Hettie Judah in conversation
Overworked, under-appreciated and often vilified: it’s hard being a lone parent in a society still geared to a two-parent family. And yet one in four families are single parent households. Around 90% are headed up by a single mother. In the summer of 2019, Polly Braden, a single parent herself, started to document the day-to-day reality of what it means to be a single parent in the UK. From one mother’s resourcefulness in converting a sitting room into a bedroom, creating a special space for her child to thrive, to the loneliness of being sole earner, teacher, playmate; Polly puts the distinctive culture of solo parenting under the spotlight. Holding the Baby is a powerful collection of portraits; a moving expression of stoicism, anger, exhaustion, pride, compassion and love.

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14.30 – 15.30
Nikon Presents: From the Pit to the Pole
With unparalleled access to some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, Conor McDonnell will be talking about his images, expeditions and the stories behind them.
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16.00 – 17.00
Playing Performing Portraits 
Visual artist Melanie Manchot talks to Dr David Dibosa about her multifaceted and performative practice that embraces photography, film, video, and installation.
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18.45 – 19.45
Nikon Presents: Under the Surface with Fine Art Photographer Therese Asplund
In 2020 when Covid slowed everything down she set out to, jet another time, challenge herself and started a project where she wanted to create the same kind of fine art portraiture she does in the studio but underwater this time. Hear Therese talk about the struggles, the failures and what she did to finally succeed in making colorful and “flowing” fine art portraits, with beautifully controlled lighting, below the surface.
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20.00 – 20.45
Inside the Economist
1843 magazine’s photo editor Melanie Grant is in conversation with photographers Tim Flach and Emma Hardy.
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Berge Miami River, 2020, Series: Floridas © Anastasia Samoylova / Courtesy of Galerie Peter Sillem

 

Friday 13 May

 

13:00 – 14:00
Troubled Paradise
Artist Anastasia Samoylova and writer, curator, artist, and educator David Campany discuss Floridas, their latest publication bringing together photographs by Samoylova and Walker Evans of America’s most complex and misunderstood state.
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14.30 – 15.30
Nikon Presents: Under the Surface with Fine Art Photographer Therese Asplund
In 2020 when Covid slowed everything down she set out to, jet another time, challenge herself and started a project where she wanted to create the same kind of fine art portraiture she does in the studio but underwater this time. Hear Therese talk about the struggles, the failures and what she did to finally succeed in making colorful and “flowing” fine art portraits, with beautifully controlled lighting, below the surface.
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16.00 – 17.00
Was Frank Horvat a Feminist? 
Fiammetta Horvat and curator Dr Susan Bright delve into Frank Horvat’s relationship with his models and will consider what he referred to as ‘the true woman’. How did he collaborate with his sitters? How far did he push the boundaries for women to be natural?
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16.00 – 17.00
Magnum Photos x Prix Pictet: In Dialogue – Women in Photography
Magnum photographers Cristina de Middel and Olivia Arthur, both nominated for the Prix Pictet, talk to Katy Hessel, author, podcaster, and founder of The Great Women Artists. This talk takes place in the Prix Pictet Lounge, no booking is required.

 

 

17.30 – 18.30
Paradise to Landscape: Los Angeles in the 1970s
Conceptual artist Grey Crawford talks to author, curator, professor, and museum director William A. Ewing about his work.
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Saturday 14 May

 

13.00 – 14.00
Another Country: Post-war British Photography
Author, photographer, architect and critic Gerry Badger talks to author, curator, professor and museum director William A. Ewing about his new book, published by Thames & Hudson.
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14.00 – 15.00
Prix Pictet: Photography and Sustainability
Two artists shortlisted for the Prix Pictet, David Uzochukwu (Fire, 2021) and Margaret Courtney-Clarke (Hope, 2019), discuss their different approaches to photography and its theme of sustainability with Isabelle von Ribbentrop, Executive Director of the prize. This talk takes place in the Prix Pictet Lounge, no booking is required.

 

14.30 – 15.30
Nikon Presents: Challenges in Documentary Photography
Jon Williamson will be discussing the practicalities of shooting in difficult environments, as well as the extreme contexts and personal experiences of the subjects featured in his medical photo-documentary work. During his talk, he’ll give a unique insight into how he personally navigates the complex ethical dilemmas that arise in this work, with time for a discussion at the end.
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16.00 – 17.00
Nikon Presents: Kaizen – A journey of continuous improvement by Jeaniq Amihyia
Jeaniq lives by a simple mantra ‘Kaizen’ – a Japanese motivational method translating to ‘Continuous improvement’. In this talk Jeaniq will take listeners on a journey through his career and how he has implemented this mantra into the essence of his work.
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17.30 – 18.30
FT Weekend presents: Fiona Rogers in conversation with Natasha Caruana
Parasol Foundation Curator of Women in Photography at the V&A Fiona Rogers talks to Margate-based artist Natasha Caruana about working across photography, moving image and installation. As the respective founders of the photographic communities Work, Show, Grow and Firecracker, the pair will also discuss the importance of support and collaboration.
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Sunday 15 May

 

13.00 – 14.00
The power of the print 
William Ewing in conversation with distinguished names from publishers Thames & Hudson and Dewi Lewis Publishing. No need to book, turn up 10 minutes before the talk.

14.30 – 15.30
SHOTBYWOMEN – Breaking industry bias by providing content from the Female Perspective

Highlighting the significance of the female gaze in photography, this panel discussion is hosted by Tabatha Fireman, founder of the all-female photo agency ‘Female Perspective’ and newly launched content library ‘SHOTBYWOMEN’. Nikon shooters Scarlet Page, Shirlaine Forrest, Linda Wride and Stella Scordellis talk about their own experiences as women photographing in the fields of Music, Sport and Abstract Architecture.
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16.00 – 17.00
Nikon Presents: Kaizen – A journey of continuous improvement by Jeaniq Amihyia
Jeaniq lives by a simple mantra ‘Kaizen’ – a Japanese motivational method translating to ‘Continuous improvement’. In this talk Jeaniq will take listeners on a journey through his career and how he has implemented this mantra into the essence of his work.
Already got a day ticket? Purchase your talk ticket here

 

 

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Online talks

Digital talks will largely happen before the 11 May as an exciting pre-fair programme and are free of charge. You can view the talks here – more to be announced soon!