[Conférence] National Photography Symposium 2018 (University of Salford, 1-3 Nov. 2018)

Redeye is delighted to be returning with the next National Photography Symposium (NPS), its biennial event, this year held at the MediaCityUK base of the University of Salford. The Symposium will be held over three dynamic and engaging days, 1-3 November 2018.

Entitled The Future of Work in Photography, the Symposium will be a chance for people working with or in photography to discuss current issues, trends, ideas and visions for the future of photography.

Innovative and forward-looking, the three-day programme of events will be richly curated and designed to begin conversations, collaborations, movements and campaigns to improve the sector, with over 20 influential people speaking.

NPS 2018 will be based around three strands:

  1. Cultural and social shifts: what new roles have developed in photography, which skills remain relevant, and how are these be disseminated? Exploring where amateur and professional artists overlap, how to finance creativity, and the photography of the future.
  2. The impact of technology within the industry: how is photography and creative work being consumed and shared, through which platforms? What new possibilities does technology present, how will AI and algorithms have an impact, and how are the large tech organisations influencing this?
  3. Political and legal: exploring ownership, IP, copyright, the use of metadata, the place of blockchain, and whether current laws are workable. Discussing how global social changes such as climate, war or migration affects work.

Join Redeye for the first in a new series of lectures that will honour the great champion of British photography Pete James, who died in March 2018. The Pete James Lectures will be regular events delivered in partnership with The Royal Photographic Society, PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre), and FORMAT International Photography Festival & QUAD.

Pete was a central figure in British photography, establishing an outstanding collection of photography at the Library of Birmingham over his 26-year career at the institution, and researching and curating exhibitions at the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Ikon Gallery, the Library of Birmingham, and many more. The lectures will explore and interrogate some of the issues that were an important part of Pete’s illustrious career surrounding historical and contemporary photography, libraries and archives, curatorial practice and research, and technological change. Each lecture will also provide audiences with a platform to delve into discussions, encouraging an environment to share thoughts.

For the inaugural Pete James Lecture, we are delighted to welcome Professor Elizabeth Edwards to deliver Photographs and the Public Library: Back to the Future. Addressing the subject of libraries, historical collections, anticipated futures for photography and where that leaves us now when thinking of identity in the public sphere. Elizabeth’s recent work has involved public libraries – an area of much-discussed interest shared with Pete himself. Many people mention Pete’s unwavering generosity. He supported and backed many people, advising them from his wealth of photographic knowledge. Birmingham born and bred, his knowledge from the 18th century to the modern day, his imagination and loyalty to the city was unparalleled.

The Pete James Lecture forms the opening event of the National Photography Symposium, this year running from Thu 1 – Sat 3 November at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford.

For more information on the National Photography Symposium : http://www.uknps.org.uk 

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