2018 Speakers

Speakers at the 2018 Birmingham Photography Festival included:

Walter Rothwell

Walter Rothwell

After finishing a Photography Higher National Diploma at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, Walter Rothwell ran a photography gallery in London and freelanced for companies, newspapers and magazines. He then spent a period travelling, living in Europe and Asia working with NGO’s and undertaking personal projects. Now back living in UK, working on commissions and long-term personal projects. Walter’s photography has been published and exhibited internationally, is held in private collections and the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. He is a co-founder of the Street Photography International collective, which has the largest dedicated street photography account on Instagram with over 635,000 followers.


Instagram: @walter_rothwell

Emma Case

Emma Case

Emma Case is a British Photographer currently based in Birmingham, England. Emma has an honest and natural affinity for the glorious everyday… the extraordinary in the ordinary.   With her background in Acting and also being fluent in British Sign Language, Emma has found her curiosity and deep desire to explore and share stories has influenced her professional journey. Shooting on both film and digital, Emma has worked on several commercial campaigns, overseas charity projects, local documentary photo stories and weddings all across the globe. Her current work involves venturing into new territory in the form of audio and she is currently working with Multistory on a bi-monthly podcast – Sandwell Stories – sharing everyday stories of local people. She is also working on a long term personal project RED – an archive of personal stories and images of Liverpool supporters (www.redportraits.com). Recently Emma and her husband Pete have founded the IDo Community which is a space where members of the online community can give their time and skills to raise funds and create awareness for various charities and non-profits.


Instagram: @emmacaseweddings

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson is a contemporary British artist who engages with the challenges of representation and narration through the medium of photography. He is an award-winning recipient of the Autograph ABP 2018/Lightwork International Photography Residency in Syracuse, New York. His interventions focus on the African Diaspora, memory, family, storytelling and urbanism. They speak to how the experiences of others impact both upon our systems of belief and our notions of self, but also to our connection to the physical spaces around us – and those who inhabit them. Increasingly he seeks to explore notions of belonging and home specifically in works such as From a Small Island. A graduate of the MA Documentary program with distinction at Newport in Wales, he has since undertaken both self-initiated and commissioned works in the UK and abroad. He co-founded and was co-director of Some Cities CIC, a community-oriented participatory photography company, between 2013 and 2018. In 2018 he was nominated for the Elliott Erwitt Fellowship.


Instagram: @andrewjacksonphotos

Claire Armitage


People, and their environments, have always fascinated Claire – their psychology, their stories, where they come from and who they are. Claire likes to use her photography to explore this and enjoys the connections that her photography brings with people, places and with herself. Capturing moments in time – whether shooting a documentary project or a wedding – Claire wants to create a narrative and tell a story, with emotion. Claire tries to capture the intangible, make it tangible and release its story.  Every image captures just a single moment in time, but if you capture enough of those moments they tell a story. Claire love these stories – why, what and who: who’s behind the face, what’s behind the door, what came before? Claire has recently had photographs from my current project exhibited in ‘Because She Can’ at Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France.


Instagram: @claire_armitage

Derek Bishton

Birmingham-born journalist and photographer Derek Bishton worked as part of the Sidelines collective in Handsworth during the 1970s and 80s where they produced the Handsworth Self Portrait (to be shown at the Mac next year) and launched Ten.8 photographic magazine (an internationally distributed journal published until 1992). He will talk about his photographic work in the city, and how one of the legacies of Ten.8 was the first Birmingham Photography Festival in 1991.


The discussion featured four Birmingham-based photographers who cover a range of photographic disciplines. They answered questions from the audience on all aspects of photography such as their experiences so far, techniques, kit, competitions, inspiration and working as photographer.

The panel:

Verity Milligan

Verity Milligan

Verity is an award-winning photographer currently working out of Birmingham. She is happiest when outdoors capturing the landscape and loves to travel, both around the UK and beyond. Honing her craft for the best part of a decade, Verity has worked on commissions for organisations such as Yorkshire Tea, Visit Britain and American Express. Currently Verity writes a monthly column for Practical Photography magazine and her work has featured in local and national press outlets like the Guardian and the BBC.



Tim Cornbill 

Tim Cornbill

Tim is an architect and photographer based in Birmingham. His photography is mainly based on the urban environment, but he also likes to delve into the world of architectural and astrophotography. He loves to travel and discover places through photography, and is currently working on a book to be released next year. Tim was the winner of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards Open Architecture category and the UK National Award category also.


Instagram: @timcornbill

Ross Jukes

Ross Jukes

Ross Jukes is a freelance photographer living and working in Birmingham. His work aims to showcase the city and Ross will commonly be found roaming the city streets at sunrise or sunset, looking for a new angle. Ross has developed his own style and always works hard to keep improving his technique. Ross has also developed his video production skills and when not working on private commissions, Ross will make tutorials and product reviews to help other photographers develop their skills.


Instagram: @rossjukes

Kris Askey 

Kris Askey

Kris Askey is a passionate photographer from Birmingham, UK. He worked as a Graphic Designer for 8 years until becoming a full-time freelance photographer in July 2016. In his first year as a full-time photographer he was approached by tech giant Apple to do a ‘photo walk’ based on his photography style, asked to showcase his work in 2 separate solo exhibitions, as well as building up his client portfolio with many other great opportunities. The photography that Kris creates is strongly focussed around ‘people’. Whether it’s portraits inside a studio or on location, documentary photography covering a certain space or city, or just the friends & family he surrounds himself with on a daily basis. Kris lives & breathes his work, whether he’s shooting for a client or for his own personal work, images are always being created. He currently lives and works in Hollywood, Birmingham.


Instagram: @krisaskey

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