PHOTOMONTH presents a far-reaching festival of photography in the East End of London, an area often blighted by poverty, politicians and planners, but that always survives through the imagination of the people.
There is a Radical London theme flowing through Photomonth this year. East London has a proud history of activism, of protesting against injustice, inequality and racism, of rising up in favour of a fairer society and seeking to improve the lives of ordinary people. The East End of London has also undergone radical changes within its landscape, from the redevelopment following the Blitz of WW2 to the current regeneration created by the 2012 Olympics.
Photographers David Hoffman, Ed Thompson and Jenny Matthews have documented different aspects of ‘Radical London’ from the Poll Tax Riots, to ‘Reclaim the Night’ and the Occupy movement, and they will be giving talks about their practice and exhibiting their work during October and November 2012 at the Bishopsgate Institute.
Photomonth opens at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street E2 6HG, celebrating its status as an international photography festival with the ‘1Day6Cities’ exhibition featuring images taken on the same day in six different cities around the world. During October and November there are more than 200 exhibitions and events in galleries and venues across East London that demonstrate the depth and diversity of contemporary photography. There is something for everyone, and everyone is welcome.
Major events include:
PHOTOMONTH PHOTOFAIR: Saturday 6th October, 10am-6pm
Spitalfields Traders Market, Brushfield Street E1 6AA. (Liverpool St tube)
100 stalls and stands with photographers selling prints, galleries, books, magazines, products and services. An ideal opportunity to buy new work at very reasonable prices, including work from printed.com partners Graham Baker & Alberto Duman.
Two amazing history walks have been specially devised with professional guides and photographers to assist.
Sat 13th Oct REBELS, STRIKERS and ANTI-FACISTS: the Radical East End 11am-1pm Booking www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Sat 20th Oct HISTORY IN THE HEART OF HACKNEY 11am-1.30pm
PHOTOMONTH PORTFOLIO REVIEW: 27 & 28 October 11am-4pm
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road. E2 9PA.
An exciting opportunity for photographers to showcase their work to picture editors, curators, gallery owners, publishers and agents. Reviewers this year include Sophie Batterbury/Independent on Sunday, Alex Ortiz/Guardian & Observer and many more.
PHOTOMONTH PHOTO-OPEN: Rich Mix, 34-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA
1st November-1st December EXHIBITION of a wide range of subjects and approaches with prize for ‘Best in Show’ given by the World Photography Organisation.
FILMS BY PHOTOGRAPHERS: 4th November, screening 12noon-3pm.
Find out more about Photomonth here.
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