2018 Programme

The 2018 event took place at the Birmingham & Midland Institute (9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS) in Birmingham city centre.

The day was chaired by Fraser McGee and included lectures from four top UK photographers, a panel discussion with four well known Birmingham-based photographers, a Pecha Kucha style session where members of the Birmingham photography community, a session with one of the founders of the original Birmingham Photography Festival in the 1990s, a pin up session and a competition.

10:00am: Welcome from the Festival Team

  • Fraser McGee, Beth Astington and Martin O’Callaghan

10:10am: “Street Photography”

  • Walter Rothwell

10:55am: “Exploring Emotion and Identity through Self Portraiture”

  • Claire Armitage

11:40: Break

  • A chance to view and discuss the prints in the pin up exhibition or take a comfort break

12noon: “Representation Matters: photography, method and meaning”

  • Andrew Jackson

12:45pm: Competition launch

  • A rundown of how to take part in the lunchtime Birmingham Photography Festival Competition**

12:50pm: Lunch break

  • A chance to take part in the lunchtime competition, view and discuss the prints in the pin up exhibition, and purchase lunch

1:45pm: “What should I bring? Just you”

  • Emma Case

2:35pm: Panel discussion

  • Martin O’Callaghan put a number of questions to Birmingham-based professional photographers Kris Askey, Ross Jukes, Tim Cornbill, and Verity Milligan, before opening up the session to the audience

3:10pm: Break

  • A chance to view and discuss the prints in the pin up exhibition or take a comfort break

3:20pm: Pecha Kucha-style session

  • Chaired by Beth Astington, this session featured five quick-fire presentations
    • “How photography made me a Brummie”
      Alexa Jones
    • “Why Festival Photography is an important documentation of British culture”
      Garry Jones
    • “Exploring Birmingham through photography”
      Ben Davis
    • “Once upon a time”
      Ceridwen
    • “Discovering Home”
      Joseph Allen-Keys

4:00pm: The Legacy of Ten.8

Derek Bishton

4:15pm: Closing remarks from the Festival Team

  • Fraser McGee, Beth Astington and Martin O’Callaghan

4:25pm: Post-festival drinks

* Everyone was welcome to bring one piece of their own work to display at the festival. The prints were displayed along with the person’s name for everyone to see during the break sessions. It was completely up to the individual as to whether or not they took part. It was a great way to share work with other BPF attendees and sparked many conversations.

** As well as a print for the pin up session, attendees were invited to bring their camera to the festival for the competition. The exact nature of the competition and prize (which is sponsored by Staying Cool at the Rotunda – pictured above) was kept under wraps until the day.

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