Hill on Photography

'If a camera could capture poetry, this might well be what it would look like' -
The Guardian.

Was Henri Cartier Bresson a ‘street photographer’ ?

In our interview with HCB in Dialogue with Photography he said he wasn’t a photo reporter but ‘a surrealist’. ‘Street Photography’ seems to have recently become a genre like the meaningless ‘travel photography’.
Where you are when you photograph and what you point the camera at is only the start. It’s the approach and what you wish ‘to say’ that matters (see Approaching Photography).Once you create fallacious categories you then have to establish ‘rules’( British are the best at this) and theories (French are best at that) that become straight jackets. Surreal, conceptual, visceral, spiritual, polemical, personal etc seem much more appropriate to me.

Alan Griffiths who runs the excellent Luminous Lint website responded thus:

Interesting Paul - I’m open to the idea of adding ways of slicing through the information I have on Luminous-Lint and your approach “Surreal, conceptual, visceral, spiritual, polemical, personal etc ” might be a way to do it. I don’t think we need to remove ways of approaching photography but I do agree that we need to add different ways of examining it. The more the better as long as they illuminate and enrich the subject.

Photoforum, QUAD, Derby Autumn 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE SUPERNATURAL
With Federica Chiocchetti
7 October, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Box, £5 (£4 for members/concessions)

Unable to be explained by science or the laws of nature, the supernatural relates to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe. When it comes to photography, allegedly the medium that mechanically reproduces what we tend to call reality, the supernatural tends to be associated with the ‘unphotographable’. Since photography’s inception in the 19th century practitioners have experimented with all manner of ways to show a reality beyond appearances. Federica Chiocchetti will explore the history as well as some contemporary works of ‘supernatural photography’ in this informative talk.

Federica Chiocchetti is a PhD researcher in photography and fictions at the University of Westminster, the founder and director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist.com, a writer and independent curator.

DAVID HURN – Magnum
A Personal Journey
4 November 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Box, £5 (£4 for members/concessions)

One of this country’s most influential photographers and teachers, David Hurn of Magnum reveals all in what he is calling ‘a 60 year self indulgent meander through friends and photograph whilst at no time suffering from malnutrition’.

Born in the UK but of Welsh descent, David is a self-taught photographer who began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency. He gained his early reputation as a freelance photographer with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, but he eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs preferring to take a more personal approach to photography.

He became an associate member of Magnum in 1965, and a full member in 1967.

In 1973 he set up the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales. He stepped away from this role in 1989 and has since been in constant demand; lecturing and leading workshops around the world.

EXPOSE YOURSELF!
Open Session at Photoforum
2 December 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Box, £5 (£4 for members/concessions)

We would like our Photoforum regulars and newcomers to share their photographs at this Open Session..

The session will be led by photographer, author and teacher, Paul Hill, but these sessions are about you and your photographs. The work may provoke lively discussions about the issues the pictures raise. Who knows? But you will certainly have the opportunity to ‘expose yourself’ in front of an informed audience of fellow practitioners and enthusiasts, and get the sort of feedback that may help move the work forward, or even get it published or exhibited.

If you want to show your work (maximum 12 images - as files or prints - to give an opportunity for discussion), please contact Paul in advance at paul@hillonphotography.co.uk


Details about Photoforums can be found on

http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/format-photoforum-photography-and-supernatural

Tel. 01332 290606

Bargain Offer !!

APPROACHING PHOTOGRAPHY by Paul Hill

 We are offering copies of the hardback version for £ 9.95 plus £ 3.80 P&P on a first come, first served basis whilst our limited stock lasts.

 If you are interested, please email: paul@hillonphotography.co.uk

 ' Every serious photographer should read it'  - The Royal Photographic Society Journal

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Photoforum - The Future

As you may recall there was discussion at a recent FORMAT Photoforum meeting about how the forum could be developed. An outcome from this was that a number of people generously volunteered to participate in a steering group.  This group has now met and a provisional programme has been developed. This is focused around three core areas; regular programme, additional programme and an annual project. Further detail on these is described below.
 
Regular Programme – a monthly programme of forum meetings. These will happen for 10 months of the year with a break around Christmas and another in the summer. The meetings will host talks and presentations reflecting the interests of those attending the forum. It is proposed that a rough annual programme would include; two headline speakers; six talks and presentations by photographers, publishers, curators and similar; and two open sharing events for forum members.
 
Additional Programme – this is activity that could be facilitated through the forum. It would reflect the interests of members and capitalise on opportunities that arise. Types of activity could include; group critique sessions; exhibition visits to other cities; master classes with visiting photographers; workshops on editing and sequencing; or a day shooting in a specific location. It would be open to forum members to propose ideas and for others to ‘opt in’ if the activity was of interest to them.
 
Annual Project – this would be a distinct strand of activity providing focus for forum member activity during the year. For 2015 it is proposed that this take the form of a group exhibition. This to be thematically linked and timed to coincide with the FORMAT Festival in March 2015.
 
Please give us your thoughts
We would welcome your feedback on the above proposed programme. In particular your responses to the following three questions would help us greatly in our planning.
 

  1. If you could choose three speakers or topics to be included in the Regular Programme, who or what would they be?


  1. Is there an activity or workshop that would be of interest or value to you in the Additional Programme?


  1. Would you be interested in participating in a Format Photo Forum group exhibition in March 2015?


Please can you let us have your feedback by 16th June 2014. We look forward to hearing from you. The next FORMAT Photoforum meeting is on 24th June 2014. This will be an open session, welcoming regulars and newcomers to share their photographs to fellow attendees. This is an occasional event that extends our version of speed dating with images – 5 X 5 - into an evening of showing your photographs to other photographers from around the region, led by photographer, author and teacher Paul Hill. For further information or to book visit: www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/format-photoforum <http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/format-photoforum>
 
Please direct any feedback to this email address!
 
Many thanks,
 
 

Cheers!

 
Michael Sargeant
Exhibitions Assistant

QUAD & FORMAT International Photography Festival
QUAD | Market Place | Cathedral Quarter | Derby | DE1 3AS | UK
 
T:  01332 285489 / 07720 763775  E:  michaels@derbyquad.co.uk <mailto:michaels@derbyquad.co.uk>  W: www.derbyquad.co.uk <http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/>  
  

Next Photoforum

EXPOSE YOURSELF !

Open Session at Photoforum

The Box, Derby QUAD

6.30 – 8.30

24th June 2014                  £ 3

We would like our Photoforum regulars and newcomers to share their photographs on this Open Session. This is an occasional event that extends our version of speed dating with images – 5 X 5 - into an evening of showing your photographs to other photographers from around the region.

The session will be led by photographer, author and teacher, Paul Hill, but these sessions are about you and your photographs. The work may provoke lively discussions about the issues the pictures raise. Who knows? But you will certainly have the opportunity to ‘expose yourself’ in front of an informed audience of fellow practitioners and enthusiasts, and get the sort of feedback that may help move the work forward, or even get it published or exhibited.

 If you want to show your work (maximum 12 images - as files or prints - to give an opportunity for discussion), please contact Paul in advance at paul@hillonphotography.co.uk

Details about Photoforums can be found on

http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/regular-event/format-photoforum                                                                        

Tel. 01332 290606

National Photography Symposium

12-14 June
Library of Birmingham

New speakers confirmed include Simon Roberts, Lara Ratnaraja, Paul Hill, Denise Swanson, Michael Terwey, Stephen Snoddy, loads more. And lots of great photo shows on nearby.

We have a couple of student bursaries left for students who are willing to write a small piece afterwards. These bursaries include free places plus help with travel costs. Please apply by emailing adam@redeye.org.uk with your details and confirmation that you will write a short piece.
http://www.redeye.org.uk

EARLY BIRD OFFER EXTENDED !!

MARKING THE  LAND

Site Gallery, Sheffield

May 24th & 25th, 2014

A two-day photography workshop with Paul Hill and Maria Falconer



Explore the mysteries of nature and look beyond the physical nature of things during a weekend workshop with award winning photographer Paul Hill MBE, assisted by Maria Falconer FRPS.

Marking the Land alludes to Paul Hill’s photography of the Peak District, capturing the relationship between marks made on the land by man and nature and by the process of photography. 

 



Book your place to join Paul and Maria for a weekend exploring these ideas in the countryside and the city with two field work sessions, where you will have the opportunity to enhance your photographic techniques with hands-on tuition, and group feedback at Site on the photographs you have taken. This workshop is aimed at photographers of mixed ability and offers appropriate support and guidance to suit varied levels of experience.



£180.00 per person (limited spaces available). 
Although the price includes light refreshments and group transport, participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Early bird: £ 150 if you pay by 14th May!

Author of the highly influential book, White Peak Dark Peak, Paul (www.hillonphotography.co.uk) has been teaching photography in higher education for many decades, and was the first professor of photographic practice in a British university. He created the famous Photographers’ Place group workshops in Derbyshire, and has specialised in running photography workshops throughout the world.
 A Derbyshire-based photographer, Maria (www.mariafalconer.co.uk) is also a very experienced teacher, whose work Keep Her Unnoticed, received much critical acclaim and resulted in her being awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

To book, contact: http://www.sitegallery.org/archives/6994 or email Jane Faram (jane@sitegallery.org.uk) or paul@hillonphotography.co.uk

Site Gallery, 1,Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS Tel. 0114 2812077

 

2014 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize

Michael Pritchard, generalissimo of the RPS, was there, took this appealing image, and wrote this:

There was a preview of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 nominees at London’s Photographers’ Gallery last week.

We caught up with our friends Sir Brian Pomeroy CBE ARPS, Colin Ford CBE and his wife Sue; Marta Weiss, curator at the V&A; Brett Rogers Director of the Gallery; and (shown here) photographer and teacher Paul Hill MBE and his partner Maria Falconer FRPS. 

Thank you, Michael

Make up your own mind about the nominees. The winners will be announced on 12 May. (http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/home)

Caption: Thanks Deutsche Borse - the £30k will help us develop our practice, assist with new projects, and help us keep on top of our wine bill…

NEXT TWO PHOTOFORUMS IN DERBY

EXHIBITING PHOTOGRAPHS

Camilla Brown

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 

The Box, QUAD, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS Tel. 01332 290606 

6.30 – 8.30       £ 3

Exhibiting your work in a gallery or public context presents its own challenges as it is such a different format of disseminating work, as opposed to the book or presenting a portfolio. As a curator of photography shows Camilla Brown has extensive experience of working with photographers and designing exhibitions and was senior curator at The Photographers Gallery, London. Using examples of exhibitions she has curated, Camilla will discuss the issues faced when displaying work. This should provide an informal context for the group to spend some time thinking about exhibitions.  It would be great to talk about photography exhibitions that have made an impact on you and why, alongside people discussing their ideas about presenting their own work.

Camilla trained as an art historian completing her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is a curator, writer and lecturer on contemporary art, specialising in photography. For ten years she worked at The Photographers’ Gallery, London and before that was Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool. She now has an academic post at Middlesex University. She regularly writes for artists monographs and contributes to history of photography books, alongside her work as an art critic for Photomonitor.co.uk. Examples of her work appear on her website at www.camillaebrown.co.uk <http://www.camillaebrown.co.uk/> .

If you have any images you would like to share that evening in our 5 X 5 slot, email paul@hillonphotography.co.uk.

PUBLISHING PHOTOGRAPHY
Tuesday 27th May


Founded in 2012 by Valentina Abenavoli and Alex Bocchetto, Akina Books is an independent publishing house of hand-made photobooks based in London. Our guests will share some of their past and present projects, including the recent collaborative publication between FORMAT and Slideluck London Hungry Still, and discuss their working practices and processes in publishing. They will also discuss Akina Factory, a photobook production oriented laboratory; a space to conceive projects, manufacture books, share know-how and ideas. It can be incredibly difficult to figure out how to create and self-publish a photobook from scratch. It is time consuming and skill intensive: Akina’s Factory can help you through this creative and technical process. Following on from this, regular host Paul Hill will lead a Q+A session with Valentina and Alex.

Details about Photoforums and booking a place can be found on

http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/regular-event/format-photoforum  

New 2 Day Workshop in Sheffield

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MARKING THE LAND

Site Gallery, Sheffield

May 24th & 25th, 2014

A two-day photography workshop with Paul Hill and Maria Falconer

Explore the mysteries of nature and look beyond the physical nature of things during a weekend workshop with award winning photographer Paul Hill MBE, assisted by Maria Falconer FRPS.

Marking the Land alludes to Paul Hill’s photography of the Peak District, capturing the relationship between marks made on the land by man and nature and by the process of photography.

This workshop takes place during artist Wu Chi-Tsung’s exhibition at Site Gallery, Dust. Chi-Tsung is an artist who tests the application of light and shadow in photography and installation to explore the natural landscapes and city-scapes of East Asia. He captures invisible worlds and re-imagines the technological and natural world around him.

Book your place to join Paul and Maria for a weekend exploring these ideas in the countryside and the city with two field work sessions, where you will have the opportunity to enhance your photographic techniques with hands-on tuition, and group feedback at Site on the photographs you have taken.

This workshop is aimed at photographers of mixed ability and offers appropriate support and guidance to suit varied levels of experience.

£180.00 per person, limited spaces available.
Although the price includes light refreshments and group transport, participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Each day the workshop starts with coffee at 9.00am and finishes at 5.00pm.

Author of the highly influential book, White Peak Dark Peak, Paul (www.hillonphotography.co.uk) has been teaching photography in higher education for many decades, and was the first professor of photographic practice in a British university. He created the famous Photographers’ Place group workshops in Derbyshire, and has specialised in running photography workshops throughout the world.
A Derbyshire-based photographer, Maria (www.mariafalconer.co.uk) is also a very experienced teacher, whose work Keep Her Unnoticed, received much critical acclaim and resulted in her being awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

To book, contact:

http://www.sitegallery.org/archives/6994

For more details email Jane Faram (jane@sitegallery.org.uk) or paul@hillonphotography.co.uk

Site Gallery, 1,Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS Tel. 0114 2812077