Photography For Whom? Panel Discussion & Magazine Presentation. Thu 14 Nov, 18.00 - 20.00

Please join us in the Bookshop to celebrate Issue 01 of Photography For Whom? with a panel discussion between Anthony Luvera (artist, writer and educator), Shirley Read (curator, writer and oral historian) and Trevor Appleson (artist).

Published twice yearly, Photography For Whom? seeks to shine light on significant work of the past and to generate debate about contemporary practice. The journal brings writing and practice from the community photography movement back into circulation from sources which are out of print, largely unknown or difficult to access. Each issue presents a historic text alongside a newly commissioned piece of writing to foster critical consideration of socially engaged photography today.


Trevor Appleson is a South African artist based in London. He has created major projects in Mexico, Israel, Italy, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, with solo exhibitions being held in museums and galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, The Stanley Picker Gallery, Hales Gallery, and The Midlands Arts Centre. His work has also been included in numerous group shows, including at The Evangelos Averoff-Tositas Foundation, Galerie S65, and Aurel Scheibler Gallery. Appleson has completed residencies and commissions by The Jerwood Foundation, The London Contemporary Dance School, and the Stanley Picker Gallery in partnership with Tate Britain. Following the publication of Portable Studio in 2017, Appleson has been developing a research project with the Social Work faculty at Goldsmiths, University of London, which seeks to explore ‘whether art has a place in social work’. This research seeks to explore how social workers and socially engaged artists can work together in order to address the complexities and ambiguities of human experience in ways the dominant rational-technical models of social work cannot achieve. His books, Free Ground (2006), as Los Loss (2008) and Portable Studio (2017) are published by Booth Clibborn Editions.

Anthony Luvera is a socially engaged artist, writer and educator who has collaborated with people who have experienced homelessness in cities and towns across the United Kingdom for over fifteen years. The long-term collaborative projects he creates with homeless people and other community groups have been exhibited widely in galleries, museums and public spaces, including Tate Liverpool, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, PhotoIreland, Malmö Fotobiennal, Goa International Photography Festival, and Les Recontres D’Arles Photographie. Anthony is Associate Professor of Photography at Coventry University and editor of Photography For Whom?, a periodical about socially engaged photography. He also designs and facilitates public education programmes for the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Royal Academy of Arts, The Photographers’ Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, Magnum Photos, and community photography projects across the UK.

Shirley Read is an independent curator, writer and oral historian based in London. She also teaches and mentors at every level of photographic practice. Shirley worked at Camerawork in Bethnal Green from 1976-1984; during that time she coordinated an issue of the magazine Camerawork on community photography, and exhibitions such as No Access about disability and HATS off the Ocean for the tenants association of the Ocean Housing Estate in Mile End. All her subsequent work has developed from the ideas about collaboration and accessibility which were developed during that period. She currently curates exhibitions for the Idea Store Canary Wharf during the Photomonth International Photography Festival. Her writing includes the books Exhibiting Photography (Focal Press 2008 & 2014), published in English and Chinese; Photographers and Research: the role of research in contemporary photographic practice, with Mike Simmons, (Focal Press 2017); and the essay in Grace Lau’s Portraits in a Chinese Studio (Parakeet Books 2019). Shirley has been interviewing photographers in depth about their lives and work for the Oral History of British Photography (part of the National Sound Archive at the British Library) for over twenty years.


Thu 14 Nov, 18.00 - 20.00, Bookshop.

Free event, no Booking.

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