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UCLAN Photography Fieldwork Conference

UCLAN Photography Fieldwork Conference

On the 15th November ten of Blackpool Sixth’s Excellence Programme students from visual arts attended the UCLAN Photography Fieldwork Conference.

The conference, discussing the topic ‘The documentary impulse’ , was part of The Great Northern Creative Festival and was hosted by John Van Aitkin, lecturer on the BA (Hons) and Masters of Photography and founder of the UCLan Photography Research Group.

Throughout the day upper and lower sixth students were treated to lectures from world renown photographers, curators, sociologists and academics. The lectures covered an overview of documentary photography, the changes and impact of documentary photography and discussion on the future of reportage photography. 

Speakers included the following international world renown photographers:

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen -‘Byker to Byker Revisited’ and her 20 year project on Byker. 

Manchester Music photographer Al Baker on his series – ‘The Last Days Of Hulme.’

Thomas Dukes, the Curator of Open Eye Gallery Liverpool discussing – ‘Photography as a platform for people, Open Eye Gallery and Socially Engaged Photographic Practice.’ 

John Darwell – ‘A Journey From the Post-Industrial to the Personal’ 

Blackpool Sixth photography teacher Sabina Wray said of John Darwell’s lecture “His critically acclaimed series photographing nuclear power around the world has been exhibited worldwide. Hiroshima and Chernobyl were particularly poignant, he approached his discussion with humour and captivated us with his work”