FORMAT Photography Festival Workshops and Films

13 March 2017

We have a range of workshops and films focusing around photography to tie in with FORMAT International Photography Festival in venues across the city from 24th March to 23rd April. 

Photographing Wildlife In Their Natural Habitat will be led by BBC’s Countryfile and Springwatch photographer Jack Perks. The session will go through the skills needed to photograph wildlife and includes tips that photographers of almost any skill level can adopt. Jack’s appearance is supported by Affinity Photo. Suitable for anyone aged fourteen and above Photographing Wildlife In Their Natural Habitat with Jack Perks takes place on Saturday 25th March, 11:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 3:30pm, both workshops are free but booking is essential. 

There is a chance to learn how to get most out of your phones camera with Mobile Photography artist Olly Lang “Oggsie”. Developing new and existing skills and apps used by some of the top Instagram photographers. Mobile Photography with Oggsie takes place in QUAD on Saturday 25th March from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, the cost is £15, and places need to be booked in advance from QUAD Box Office. 

FORMAT 360 Degree Photo Walks, for anyone aged ten and above, offers an opportunity to explore the FORMAT International Photography Festival and get hints and tips on taking great photographs, as well as inspiration from the artworks on display. Led by local Photography Artist Pierce Starre, who will be capturing 360 degree images to join in with. FORMAT 360 Degree Photo Walks take place every Saturday in April (1st, 8th, 12th & 19th April) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, the walks are free but booking is advised. 

There are many more workshops, ranging from creating your own photo album, silkscreen printing to Risograph printing, please see:  http://www.formatfestival.com/whats-o

The Merchant of Images offers a chance to become part of a choreographed image and stillness, in the age of the selfie, in the considered space of the old-fashioned photo studio, to evoke a time when a visit to the studio was a more memorable experience. This was particularly the case In India, where the lead artist Seth is from, and the photography was often subverted and playfully tweaked by the fantasy – through fantastic backdrops, theatrically staged poses, or by hand painting the final image to infuse it with colour. Seth’s studio has travelled the world from Canada to India and comes to Derby with a specially commissioned backdrop for FORMAT17. The Merchant of Images is free and takes place in Derby Museum And Art Gallery on Friday 24th March from 10:30am to 5:00pm and again at Riverlights on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March from 10:30am to 5:00pm. 

There is a chance to see four specially selected films in QUAD which tie in with the theme Habitat. 

Artist Film Screenings feature artists Simon Aeppli, Cj Clarke and Christopher Smith, with curated slideshows from LensCulture and Circulations. Artist Film Screenings are free and take place in QUAD on Saturday 25th March from 12 noon to 5:00pm.

The is a preview of a new film Citizen Jane: Battle For The City. In 1960, Jane Jacobs’ book The Death And Life Of Great American Cities

sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in fights in mid-century New York to stop ‘master builder’ Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanisation moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacob’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions. Citizen Jane: Battle For The City (certificate to be confirmed) screens at QUAD on Wednesday 29th March at 6:30pm.

Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock's classic suspenseful thriller from 1954, is considered one of his best and received four Academy Award nominations. Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbours. One night during a thunderstorm he hears a woman’s scream and begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont (Grace Kelly) and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate. Rear Window (PG) screens in QUAD on Sunday 9 April at 4:30pm and on Monday 10th April at 12:30pm & 6:15pm.

Samsara is a thought provoking film with beautiful visuals that demands to be seen on the big screen. Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70mm film, director Ron Fricke’s stunning documentary Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. Samsara (PG) screens in QUAD on Tuesday 12th April at 12:20pm and 6:15pm. Tickets for the film screenings are: £8.20 or £7.00 concessions.