A monthly meeting for discussions about photography. Led by photographer, journalist, author and teacher, Paul Hill. Each session will present a different aspect within the field of photographic practice, including publishing, technique, artists and reading images. Relevant to image makers and enthusiasts from the region and beyond.
FORMAT: Photoforum is the last Tuesday of every month, 6.30 - 8.30 in QUAD.
28th May: Can photography change the world?
Since its inception photography has been used by numerous practitioners to affect social and political change whilst others have sought to establish it as a stand-alone art form.
Throughout his career, photojournalist and documentary photographer, Martin Shakeshaft, has, whenever possible, used the medium for political ends in order to help create a fairer society. In the 1980s he photographed the miners’ strike producing one of the most extensive archives of that seminal event in British politics. A graduate of the renowned documentary photography course at the University of Wales, Newport, he has worked for the BBC, Newsweek, The Daily Mirror, and The Independent, amongst others. He is now course leader of the MA in Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography at De Montfort University. In conversation with Paul Hill, he will examine the role of photography in politics, and show his coverage of anti-establishment protests in this country and abroad, including the recent riots in Greece. If you have any photographic work that relates to the issues this forum raises, please bring it in for comment by Martin and Paul and other members of the forum.