We’re really proud of the community we have created and the opportunities we have been able to provide. Here’s what some of our members and partners have to say about Shutter Hub:
“One of the reasons I continue to be a Shutter Hub member is that they support every part of my photography practice with the same enthusiasm I have for the craft itself. Photography can be very much a solitary thing, but when I do have some news to share, the Shutter Hub team is incredibly helpful and generous. Several times now, they’ve used their network to amplify and promote my exhibitions and charity work, helping me reach a broader, more international audience of peers and potential collaborators than I could on my own.”
Phil Harvey, Photographer
“By exploring the various relationships photographers can have with their street surroundings, Shutter Hub added a whole new dimension of urban contemporary art to our festival. Some of the photos seemed to suggest an entire story within a single image, and the way they were grouped together only added on to that experience. POW! WOW! Rotterdam and Shutter Hub was a great partnership!”
Dave Vanderheijden, Festival Director, Pow! Wow! Rotterdam
“Last year I came to see a Shutter Hub exhibition because I had some friends who were exhibiting their work in it. I was struck with how vibrant the room was and was smitten by the newspaper print on the walls. It is a brilliant way to show work without costing the exhibitors huge sums – and it looks good too! It must have been the next morning that I joined Shutter Hub and since that time I have been exhibited twice with them. It’s always been a pleasure to be part of the Shutter Hub community and it has opened my eyes to how rewarding collaborations are. I will continue to enjoy being part of this positive inclusive initiative which enables photographers of all genres to exhibit their work together and to celebrate our achievements with pride.”
Nicola Morley, Photographer
“I first heard about Shutter Hub during the opening year of my BA course in Edinburgh, where Shutter Hub had organised their OPEN exhibition as part of the Retina Photography Festival that year.
Since then I have been an active member of tShutter Hub, with many of my images featured in galleries around the UK and beyond, in London, Cambridge, Amsterdam to name but a few! I have been a featured artist in the Shutter Hub newsletters and website, as well as recent image in a Loupe Magazine feature on Shutter Hub. This has been a wonderful opportunity for me to reach out to a much larger audience than I could ever manage on my own, and the kind support and encouragement really does mean the world to me!
At such a critical stage of my photographic career, it is invaluable for me to have a strong professional network behind me, and Shutter Hub has been and continues to be a very important part of this process.”
Gavin Smart, Photographer
“It’s been a pleasure to partner with Shutter Hub for a few exciting exhibitions over the past year. They first approached us in 2018 with an innovative idea for London Photomonth: to display 220 images, created by 150 photographers, on newsprint posters.
It was the first time our newspapers had been used for an exhibition like that and the response was fantastic. We’ve since printed newspaper posters for Shutter Hub shows in Amsterdam and Cambridge and people have really responded to this new, democratic way of showcasing images.
It’s also been a great opportunity to connect with Shutter Hub’s global community of photographers, who have come to us with other brilliant printing projects. We look forward to continuing to our collaboration with Shutter Hub!”
“I love Shutter Hub, could not wish to be part of a better collective. I really do feel I’ve found my tribe here.”
Janet Lees, Photographer
“I first came across Shutter Hub when working on the PR for FORMAT17 and can’t believe I didn’t know about their great work before then. I’ve worked in photography for years and here I’ve found a genuinely engaged and accessible online community. I work on my own (both as a PR for photography and artist) and realise how important such communities can be for support especially as so many of us now work in isolation. In addition to this, the writing on the blog is informed and intelligent – I salute you Shutter Hub!”
Eleanor Macnair, Communications Consultant
“I love being part of the Shutter Hub community. As a photographer you operate mostly on your own, becoming a member of Shutter Hub has given me a sense of being part of a really supportive group of photographers. The team have created so many opportunities since I became a member last year, and visiting a number of the private views has given me the chance to meet the team in person and other photographers involved with Shutter Hub. I just feel the Shutter Hub team is always there, in the background, when I need them, and for that I am thankful. I am looking forward to progressing my photographic career with the support of Shutter Hub.”
Marianne Van Loo, Photographer
“Joining Shutter Hub has literally been the best thing I’ve ever done! I’ve never felt so supported, welcomed and positive about my work. In the short time since I’ve joined I’ve had incredible opportunities, information and successes that have been invaluable and have boosted my confidence enormously. Not to mention the portfolio review which was full of excellent feedback which I have already used to take my work further. On top of this, I am hugely inspired by the incredibly talented photographers whose work I am seeing which drives me to continue creating endlessly! Can’t believe what I’ve achieved in such a short space of time.”
Nicola Parry, Photographer
“The whole Shutter Hub team have a genuine warmth and openness that make them a pleasure to work with. Their determination to help photographers progress their careers is clear, and providing support for members to form connections and exhibit work seems like an excellent way to do so.”
Rachael Burns, Curator
“My first contact with Shutter Hub was at a portfolio review. I got great feedback with excellent expertise. When my photobook “Wild West” was released Shutter Hub did a tremendous job in promoting my work for which I am very thankful. They also offer great opportunities for members to exhibit their work. All in all, Shutter Hub is invaluable to anyone interested in photography.”
Joachim Hildebrand, Photographer
“The best thing about Shutter Hub is the sense of community and ‘togetherness’ that I’m sure is attributed to the team of people working there, who have clear goals to provide a professional, apporachable and very usable platform for photographers to find out whats going on out there. I particularly like the way that photogrpahers work is promoted across their social media channels as it’s delivered well without being too shouty. With a platform so easy to navigate I find myself using it more and more!”
Michael Whelan, Photographer
“As an older female working in photography I sometimes feel “invisible in plain sight” and the significant role of social media required in one’s own marketing, means another layer of work that an artist has to undertake. The connections Shutter Hub offers photographers allows more time to actually make more photographs. I don’t believe we have anything as “open to all” as Shutter Hub in Australia. Thank you for taking my work to a larger audience.”
Chris Byrnes, Photographer
“Shutter Hub is a lovely and supportive environment for photographers from all walks of life. They offer an inclusive and encouraging space to be part of and run lots of great events and exhibitions. They have promoted my work when it has been on in various places and been first to congratulate me on my successes. What a nice bunch of people!”
Margaret Mitchell, Photographer
“Shutter Hub is an invaluable platform for photographers – and anyone interested in photography – that organises brilliant exhibitions, meet-ups and events and provides great online content that includes helpful tips, reviews, open calls and members’ portfolios and news. Shutter Hub has been incredibly supportive since I joined, by promoting my work on their website and sharing my news widely on social media. I really appreciate all the hard work that Shutter Hub does and can’t think of any other organisation quite like it.”
Dafna Talmor, Artist
“My whole outlook on photography has changed since coming into contact with Shutter Hub. I’ve been given amazing opportunities to exhibit my work in places I would never have imagined and been offered opportunities I would never have predicted”
Justin Carey, Photographer
“Shutter Hub are more to Accumulate than a network, they provide knowledge and guidance and go out of their way to help advise and steer us in relation to the content and planning of our photography workshops for people affected by homelessness. They have surpassed my expectations in the amount of support they have given Accumulate, a total gift of knowledge, connections and expertise!”
Marice Cumber, Director, Accumulate
“Being part of Shutter Hub has definitely contributed to my professional development and raised my profile as an artist. Thanks to my growing CV of exhibitions and having an online gallery of my work via the website, I’ve recently been awarded a grant from the Richard Coward Photography Foundation to further develop my knowledge and skills of historic alternative processes. I’d encourage anyone wanting to progress and develop as a photographer to join Shutter Hub – I’ve benefited enormously from being part of a friendly, supportive and professional community.”
Jo Stapleton, Photographer
“Shutter Hub is the first outside organisation we have worked with to curate an exhibition from an open call. The behind the scene submission and selection process was very smooth and professional, and the caliber of works submitted very high. It was a pleasure to work with Shutter Hub and we are delighted to work with them again in the near future towards another photographic exhibition.”
Judith Weik, Exhibitions Coordinator, Art at the ARB, University of Cambridge
“Being a member of Shutter Hub has given me numerous opportunities to take part in interesting group exhibitions where I’ve met other photographers and learned about their work. The 2018 Borders exhibition opening party was a fun and informal event which really helped to build relationships, and I’m incredibly thankful to Shutter Hub for using my work to promote the show as this definitely raised my profile.
Shutter Hub and its team are very supportive of members, promoting their individual endeavours and achievements to an international audience through their good news roundups and must see exhibitions reviews, as well as providing useful tips and advice through their regular blog posts. This has all helped to encourage and motivate me, and fostered a sense of being part of something bigger than just my own individual practice.”
Nicola Jayne Maskrey, Photographer
“In recent years the South Holland Open Arts exhibition has benefited from the support of Shutter Hub who have provided a prize for Best Photography. Having the support of Shutter Hub has been fantastic for raising the profile of the exhibition and we are extremely grateful for their sponsorship of a prize which has enabled the exhibition to attract a high standard of photographic entries.”
Rachel Rowett, Community Development Manager, South Holland
“I took the opportunity of participating in the BORDERS exhibition and became a member of Shutter Hub. This exhibition exceeded my expectations and I was very happy to meet the very dedicated women of the Shutter Hub team. Shutter Hub offers members a great platform to present themselves with portfolios and current works. I especially like the ‘Close Up’ feature on the blog. I look forward to an exciting future with Shutter Hub.”
Ruth Stoltenberg, Photographer
“I had been aware of Shutter Hub for some time, but my first experience of them was when I saw their exhibition at the Truman Brewery in 2018. I knew quite a few photographers who were in the exhibition and I was very impressed with the quality of the work on display and the care that had gone into the installation of the images.
I joined at the end of last year and had work selected for the Everything I Ever Learnt exhibition that Shutter Hub curated for Art at the ARB, University of Cambridge. Once again the grouping of work on display was thoughtful and the quality of photography was high. I’m impressed with how inclusive and professional the organisation is and also how friendly and welcoming. I had heard very positive things before joining and this has completely been my experience as well. I would certainly recommend that other photographers join and support Shutter Hub and be a part of their community.”
Mandy Williams, Photographer
“It’s difficult to find the words to say how much Shutter Hub means to me: it has truly changed my life. I’m dyslexic and technophobic, and when I bought my first digital camera, it lived in a drawer for nearly six months. I signed up for a digital workshop where my work wasn’t valued, and as a result I never showed my images to anyone else for several years.
I booked a place on a Shutter Hub portfolio review without having any high expectations. I was so wrong: 5 minutes into our session, they identified themes and continuities which I hadn’t seen in my own work. They were so encouraging and made it clear that my methods were legitimate and suited my subject matter. Ever since then, the Shutter Hub team has supported me in so many ways, from answering questions, to making suggestions and helping me gain confidence in my own process through entering exhibitions.
I’ve also been feasting my eyes on the fascinating, varied, and often stunning work of other Shutter Hub members, and this in itself has been an amazing experience, as I’ve found such passionate engagement in members’ work, and I’m thrilled to be part of this. Going to that portfolio review and joining Shutter Hub was one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
Susan Bittker, Photographer