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.

RPS Weekend Event: Concerning Photography

The Contemporary Group of the Royal Photographic Society are holding their sixth annual weekend event, featuring seven speakers in Sheffield. The speakers are Paul Reas, Melanie Manchot, Chris Coekin, Melinda Gibson, Liz Hingley, Zelda Cheadle and Peter Mitchell.

The event run the weekend of 16-17 May at Sheffield Hallam University, and is open to all photographers whether members of the RPS or not. Full event details are in the programme (PDF)

Email Avril Harris for booking details.

2014 Janet Hall Memorial Lecture: Mishka Henner

Mishka Henner photo
Unknown Site, Noordwijk aan Zee, South Holland.
From the series Dutch Landscapes, 2011 by Mishka Henner

LIP is pleased to announce our 2014 Janet Hall Memorial Lecture with Mishka Henner, taking place the evening of Friday, 17th October.

This special event is organised in partnership with the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University, and is a part of Photomonth 2014. We will shortly announce a full-day Symposium event to follow Saturday, 18th October, which will include a ticket to this lecture.

Each year we invite LIP members and the public to a unique lecture and conversation with a highly celebrated photographer. This year guests will enjoy a talk by Mishka Henner on his projects, career and influences, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about his work following the lecture.

The Janet Hall Memorial Lecture takes place each year in memory of LIP’s co-founder member Janet Hall who passed away in 2005. She was our energetic, original program organiser and a driving force in establishing London Independent Photography in 1987. The sale of her photographic equipment, bestowed to the group, made the original Janet Hall lecture possible. Previous speakers have included Martin Parr, Brian Griffin, Simon Norfolk, Roger Ballen and Mark Power.

Click here for full details and to register.