19th May – 28th May
WEDNESDAY, 24TH MAY
Together for the first time, newspaper photographers Julian Simmonds, Peter Jordan and Jack Hill discuss covering the war in Ukraine .
During this panel discussion, national newspaper photographers Julian Simmonds (The Telegraph), Peter Jordan (The Sun) and Jack Hill (The Times) will discuss their time covering the war in Ukraine. This talk is a must for anyone who wants an insight into the challenges facing photographers working in the most hostile of environments.
Following his time at art school in London and Berlin in the early eighties, Julian began to shoot portraits for the iconic fashion and culture magazine Blitz, worked as a unit photographer at the BBC and shot arts for The Times. He moved into photojournalism with work for The Telegraph covering conflict, war, politics and current affairs in over 120 countries. As he puts it “Twenty three wars and one football match”. Julian was in Eastern Ukraine on the day Russia invaded - 24th February 2023 - on what was the Donbas frontline between Separatists and Ukrainians. He witnessed the first attacks, the confusion, panic, death and destruction that took place in those early days of the war, spending around six months across several visits to Ukraine since early 2022. We are honoured to have Julian on our panel and look forward to hearing about his personal ‘Independence Day’ project, which has seen him visit the countries of Europe on their own day of national celebration over the last 30 years.
While serving as a tank driver in the Queens Royal Irish Hussars, Peter bought his first camera from an officer in his regiment. After leaving the Army he went on to start his photography career at his own local newspaper, the South London Press and after 4 years made the move to Fleet Street. He began as a freelancer working for agencies, evening papers and Sundays, before finally settling at the Sun newspaper where he has been for the last 20 years. Last year Peter spent 10 weeks over two assignments in Ukraine covering hotspots such as Kharkiv where he was shelled by Russian artillery, the Grad rockets narrowly missing him and his team by just a few streets. He also spent time following the Ukrainian SBU on a raid to locate and arrest a Russian collaborator and was given privileged access to captured Russian prisoners of war in Dnipro. We are delighted Peter has agreed to join us and share these stories.
After graduating from Manchester University, Jack took a job at a south London photo studio before realising he was more interested in news photography. He began taking pictures for several south London free sheets before spending a year with the National news service. He then moved on to The Independent and finally in 2002 to The Times.
Jack has covered US elections, the Beijing Olympics and several world cups, but he has spent many years reporting from conflicts around the world, particularly in the Middle East. More recently covering the conflict in Ukraine, Jack arrived in the country the day before the invasion and woke up in Bakhmut to the sound of shelling on the morning it started. He spent the best part of four months covering a variety of different aspects of that conflict and we are grateful he has chosen to share his story with us.
THURSDAY, 25TH MAY
Denise Maxwell is the Photographer behind Lensi Photography; covering genres such as sports, fashion, events, portraits and photojournalism, workshops and mentoring to name some.
· Was the award winning photographer behind the Starling Bank “Make Money Equal” Campaign
In 2022 she had 8 features in mainstream photography magazines and has delivered Masterclasses on the Super-stage at The Photography Show.
Denise continues to speak across the UK sharing her knowledge and experience, specialising in teaching photographers how to set up multiple streams of income and creating educational experiences for emerging photographers on real life commissions.
‘How I turned my side hustle into my main hustle’ with Photographer Denise Maxwell
To specialise or diversify? Denise will share her journey to becoming a full time photographer of 12 years, turning her hobby into a full time caree. She will give tips on actions you can follow to achieve the same and make money from your photography and she will discuss the pro's and cons of being a multi genre photographer in an industry that still advises most to specialise.
THURSDAY, 25TH MAY
Photographer Chris Floyd rose to prominence during the heights of Britpop. Not Just Pictures, published by Reel Art Press in October 2022, is the first monograph dedicated to his 30-year career. A visual memoir, Chris’s selected career highlights are accompanied by his incisive, insightful recollections, first-hand accounts of, in his words, ‘unique encounters on the confrontation and collaboration line’. Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Bill Murray, Vivienne Westwood, David Hockney, Ian McEwan, Margaret Drabble, Oasis, Robert De Niro, Iggy Pop, David Attenborough, Imelda Marcos, Debbie Harry, Christopher Reeve, Boris Johnson and Marcus Rashford are a fraction of the subjects that have engaged with Chris and his camera over the last 30 years.
‘Not Just Pictures’ is all about stories: from getting his first camera, to getting mugged, to believing one of his heroes would only want to buy the rights to an image because “he disliked it enough to want it removed from the public domain. Often very funny, Chris’s talk is a rich dish that reveals what it’s like to pursue a life of photography and demonstrates how the camera is an incredible key that can unlock any door.