Portfolio Clinic with Alina Kisina

Alina Kisina

LIP member Alina Kisina is offering a workshop, Portfolio Clinic: Preparing for a portfolio review. From her extensive experience of both receiving and giving portfolio reviews, Alina will offer feedback and guidance to photographers to identify what can be gained from a portfolio review and how to best prepare for them, including editing and presenting your work. 20-minute slots are available throughout the day, on a first-come basis. Advance booking is required. This event is part of East London Photomonth 2015.

31 October, 9am-5pm
Cost: £20

Chisenhale Arts Place
64-84 Chisenhale Rd
London E3 5QZ
Transport: Bethnal Green/Mile End/Bow stations

Celine Marchbank’s Tulip: a crowdfunding campaign

Celine Marchbank Tulip

LIP member Celine Marchbank‘s Tulip – a heart-rending photographic portrayal of a daughter’s last weeks with her mother – is to be published by Dewi Lewis through a crowdfunding campaign. Celine is asking for your support of the book, and the campaign runs until 13th November 2015

In September 2009 Celine’s mother, Sue Miles, was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumour. While trying to come to terms with the fact she was dying, Celine decided to document the time her mother had left by photographing during her last few months in her Camden home. She looked at the things that made Sue uniquely her; the details of the house she knew so well and the things she realised would also be gone when her mother was.

Her mother’s love of flowers was a beautiful part of her personality; the house was always full of them, and as she photographed them she realised they were symbolic of what was happening – they represented happiness, love, kindness and generosity, but also isolation, decay, and finally death.

The final project, Tulip, is named after her mother’s favourite flower, and has been exhibited around the UK and internationally. The work has been nominated for awards including the prestigious European Publishers Award and the Deutsche Bank Awards in 2011. It has featured in a range of magazines, including fLIP, and The Telegraph Magazine.

If the funding target is reached, a beautiful hardback book will be published in early 2016 by Dewi Lewis Publishing – recognised as one of the leading photographic publishers in the world.

Supporters can find out more on Celine’s Kickstarter page.

London Independent Photography at 2015 Urban Photo Fest


Four of London Independent Photography’s collectivity of photographers will be contributing to the 2015 Urban Photo Fest at Goldsmith’s College this Autumn. Urban Photo Fest is organised by Goldsmith’s Centre for Urban & Community Research in association with a variety of organisations including Tate Britain, LIP, PhotoFusion and Kingston University. This year’s overall theme at UPF is ‘Photography & the Street’.

A seminar entitled ‘Approaching the street: perspectives on social photography’ will be presented by Mo Greig, Peter Luck, Claire Reddleman & Anita Strasser.

The seminar offers an opportunity to gain an in-depth insight into the multiplicity of ways in which the street provides accommodation & removal, community & conflict, metaphor & memory, razing & resistance, testament & record. The session will be in two parts: Each photographer presents a formal illustrated introduction to the background, motivation & processes of their working practice, followed by an open viewing of their archive portfolios and informal discussion with the photographers in an adjoining room.

Monday 26th October 2015
Seminar 2.30-4.30pm
Open viewing & discussion 4.30-6pm

Free admission

At Richard Hoggart Building, Room 144 [Ground Floor]
Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 6NW

There is a limit of 40 places available. For more information and to book, email John Levett

Nigel Tooby speaking at HIP Festival 2015

The Hull International Photography Festival is an annual event where the cultural importance of photography is recognised. It is a celebration of a physical art form, but one which is globally and digitally accessible. Professionals come to exhibit, network, sell work, exchange ideas, and meet contacts. The event is also an opportunity for amateur & emerging photographers of any age & ability to immerse themselves in the world of photography, find information, gain support, share their passion and showcase their work.

Sunday, 4th October from 4-5pm – LIP member Nigel Tooby (FRPS FRSA) will speak on ‘Extra Dimensions in fine-art photography’

The festival runs 2-30 October 2015 and is a 2hr direct train journey north from Kings Cross. See for full details.

British Humanist Association photography competition


How do you photograph happiness? LIP’s Chair, Hugh Look, will be one of the judges for a new photography competition that asks just that question. The British Humanist Association is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its ‘Happy Human’ symbol by asking photographers to:

– Show what makes or has made you happy
– Try to capture the essence of happiness in the world around you
– Reflect on the things that make you feel good about being human, either individually or as a community

Hugh says, “Photography has a long tradition of reflecting every aspect of being human. Happiness can be very intimate, and one of photography’s great strengths is that it can respond as much to fleeting, individual moments of personal happiness as it can to great shared celebrations. I’m really looking forward to seeing how people communicate the many forms it can take through their photography and I hope that LIP members would like to show what it means to them.”

Robert Ashby, Chair of the BHA, is a photographer himself, and his work has been exhibited at the Format International Photography Festival in Derby. Other judges include Diane Smyth, Deputy editor of the British Journal of Photography and Colin Jacobson, founder of the Reportage website.

There is a £300 first prize voucher for the winner in each of seven categories, and the winners and runners-up will feature in a week-long exhibition at the Strand Gallery.

To find out more and to enter the competition by Thursday 15 October 2015, go to

LIP Workshop @ Urban Photo Fest

Michael Rodgers image

John Levett and Michael Rodgers are offering an extended workshop as part of Urban Photo Fest 2015 at Goldsmiths College.

Re-Imaging: Critical Urban Practice

This course will provide photographers with tools for expanding their critical understanding of how photography relates to urban practice. Participants will learn about new concepts of urban exploration and reflect on their own relationship with the city to identify possibilities for generating new work or developing ongoing projects.

The course begins in August with a one-day intensive workshop which will examine theoretical approaches to photographing the city, and include practical exercises to stimulate and challenge the creative process. Participants will then work with these ideas independently and return to discuss results together in a session during Urban Photo Fest in October. There is also the option to share work-in-progress during a Crossing Lines group meeting in September.

The workshop spans the following dates:
Saturday, 1 August, 10:00-16:00 – One-day intensive
Wednesday, 2 September, 18:00-20:00 (Optional work-in-progress session)
Sunday, 25 October, 15:00-17:00 – Results session

Course tutors
John Levett – Visiting Research Fellow at Centre for Urban & Community Research, Goldsmith College
Michael Rodgers – Independent artist and LCC MA Photography graduate

Participation is free of charge and limited to sixteen applicants.
The organisers wish to emphasise that a commitment to attend both sessions is central to the success of the programme, as is spending time working on their target project in between.

Please email John Levett for further details and to book a place.