GOOD NEWS: (Autumn 2018)

Shutter Hub OPEN 2018. © Karen Harvey.

So many good things have happened since our last Good News round up!

The Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 ran from 4th-9th October, at the Old Truman Brewery, as part of London Photomonth. 150 photographers, 220 images, over 500 private view guests, and the most amazing feedback we’ve ever received.


Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 Private View. © Jayne Lloyd.

Every day the gallery filled with a flow of people wandering in and getting involved, taking their time to view the exhibition, and voting for their Best in Show. People commented on the standard of the exhibition, the variety, the democracy, the quality of photography, and the format. We also hosted a drop-in ‘Meet Up’ session and a day of free portfolio reviews. (Don’t forget, each month, Shutter Hub members can book a 20-minute time slot and ask an expert for advice, run ideas past us, or just check in for a chat. Get in touch for more information).

If you couldn’t visit the exhibition, or if you simply wish to remember how beautiful it was, we prepared a blog post for you, full of the install photographs. You can also view lots of images from the buzzing exhibition launch, which took place on the evening of Thursday 4th October.

We announced Brick Lane Girl, the gentle and painterly portrait, by Heloise Bergman as the winner of Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 Best in Show, voted for by the public and sponsored by Newspaper Club. 


Out of the Ordinary Private View

We launched Out of the Ordinary – an exhibition of exceptional things, on Monday 15th October at the Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery. We’re excited to share this unordinary exhibition with you at the Bridewell Theatre, a thriving Off-West End venue built over the City of London’s first swimming pool. The exhibition runs until the 26th January 2019, so there is plenty of time to see how creative photographers from around the world enlighten us with their interpretation of the theme.


Shutter Hub Meet Up Edinburgh, Phil Lavery Talks. © Anneleen Lyndsay

A Shutter Hub Meet Up took place in Edinburgh on the 16th of September. Part of Phil Lavery’s solo exhibition Exploring the Liminal, the Meet Up saw a series of short talks from Phil Lavery, Ilisa Stack, Christi MacPherson and Adam Fowler.

So that’s what we’ve been up to – and it seems you lot have been pretty busy too!


Burma Veteran Dick Garwoods memorabilia © WendyAldiss

To celebrate the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK, The Royal Photographic Society ran a campaign to find and honour one hundred photographic Heroines. The Hundred Heroines will be part of a landmark exhibition and receive a specially minted medal – the Margaret F. Harker Medal, Harker being the Society’s first female President and the UK’s first female Professor of Photography.

Among the nominated heroines, are 52 amazing Shutter Hub members, including Wendy Aldiss, whose work has been featured in an article by the campaign. 


© Tasmin Green

Tasmin Green was featured in Aint-Bad with her self-published book Born of the Purest Parents (2018), a handmade limited edition of 35. The book was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2018, and shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award ’18. Born of the Purest Parents oscillates between the fragmented mineral specimen and the topographic survey. Through closely observed landscape features, scale and alienation are explored within both natural and man-made places.

Tasmin’s work is also exhibited at Casting Off exhibition, part of the Brighton Photo Fringe 2018. For this group show, seven photographers have come together to respond and engage upon the theme of Casting Off. The exhibition will run up until 28 October.


Shortlisted image of Michaela selected from 13000 entries for the Portrait of Britain Award © 2018 Ilisa Stack all rights reserved

Great news from Ilisa Stack! Her series ‘Oot tae Play’ is being presented as part of the Photographic Parallels exhibition at aff Galerie in Berlin. The series focuses on Glasgow children at play, creating a social document around specific postcode areas identified as being areas of ‘multiple deprivation’.

This exhibition is part of a larger Artistic Exchange through Contemporary Photography featuring a residency exchange and exhibitions in Berlin and Glasgow. One of the portraits from the series has been shortlisted by The British Journal of Photography for their Portrait of Britain photo project. Ilisa talked about her work to Document Scotland.


© Camila Cavalcante

Camila Cavalcante spoke at the seminar ‘What is Street Photography Now’, a key lecture on the history, styles and ethics of street photography.


© Ruth Stoltenberg

Ruth Stoltenberg will exhibit her work in two solo exhibitions: ‘Schengen’, at AUS am KLEISTPARK I Projektraum from 17 January to 24 March 2019 and ‘Stasi-prison and prison hospital in Berlin’, at Tempelhof Museum from 24 January to 3 March 2019.


© Siân Davey

Siân Davey received a grant as part of Refocus, a WeTransfer initiative to showcase photographic talent from under-represented groups. It resulted in this beautiful story you can read on the WeTransfer website.


© Amanda Jobson Constructed Geographies

Amanda Jobson’s forthcoming exhibition, Constructed Geographies, will be held at Devonshire Collective DC1 Gallery 67-69 Seaside Road Eastbourne BN21 3PL. Amanda says: “I wanted to find stories of women representing histories and discovered a woman of ancient origin”. The preview event will be on  Thursday 8 November 2018, at 5pm.

As part of the exhibition, The Beachy Head Lady talk will take place on Thursday 22 November at Devonshire Collective in Eastbourne. Eastbourne Borough Council Heritage Manager Jo Seaman will be looking at the fascinating archaeological detective work that has revealed the story of ‘The Beachy Head Woman’ and he will also discuss the continuing research into her life and death in Romano-British Eastbourne.


© Jo Stapleton

Jo Stapleton took part in the online exhibition Rethinking The Menopause. The exhibition accompanies the conference Reinventing, Rethinking, and Representing Menopause: Beyond the Interdisciplinary Paradigm, on 29 September 2018 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.

Curated by Beverley Carruthers (Photographer and Course Director, Photography, London College of Communications), Jane Woollatt (Visual Artist) and Judith Weik (Visual Artist & Coordinator of Art at the ARB).


© Kit Martin

Kit Martin‘s work was on display in the Scottish Fisheries Museum during the month of September. Most of the print part of The ‘Lightwave’ exhibition have been made at the shoreline in and around St Monans. The cyanotype prints are made by coating paper in the studio, then taking it to the beach and having the waves, sand and sometimes seaweed make the image. Each print is therefore unique and captures a snapshot of a few minutes at the shoreline. The argyrotype prints of seaweeds were made back at the studio, using seaweeds collected at the beach.


© Dafna Talmor

Dafna Talmor presented a lecture at the University of Westminster on Wednesday 17 October as part of the Westminster Photography Forum. Dafna’s work, Constructed Landscapes, was selected for the shortlist of the Unseen Dummy Award. The award has been introduced by Unseen Amsterdam in collaboration with Lecturis.

Constructed Landscapes is featured in the current issue of 1000 Words with an essay by Duncan Wooldridge. Dafna showed work at Manchester Contemporary between the 10th – 12th of October at Stand 134 with Hobo Photo, a roving curatorial initiative set up by Greg Hobson and Simon Bowcock.

Dafna is a featured artist in the Another World charity postcard sale. Over 800 postcards have been created by living female artists from the Deutsche Bank collection, to raise money for charities that support vulnerable women.


© Victoria J Dean. Untitled VIII (The Illusion of Purpose)

Victoria J. Dean featured in Source magazine, with her work ‘The Illusion of Purpose’, a series of images taken on the coast of Britain and Ireland. They show obsolete structures that were part of communication systems but are now redundant. Resembling symbols of a forgotten language they were obviously built for some purpose that is now inscrutable to us. Introducing the work, Garrett Carr notes these landmarks ‘have remained the same, it is just that the world has changed’.


Untitled #9367. From the series Wild West, 2015-2017 © Joachim Hildebrand

Joachim Hildebrand is a finalist at Singapore International Photo Festival Open Call Photo Book 2018. Exhibition: National Design Centre, Singapore 5. – 30.09.2018 and National Library Building, Open Plaza, Singapore 5. – 30.10.2018.

His work has also been exhibited at the ENCONTROS DA IMAGEN discovery awards exhibition, from 21 to 23 September, in Braga, Portugal.


© Roger Coulam

Roger Coulam exhibition ‘The Blast’ opens on the 27th of October with a free event. Roger has photographed Blast Beach near Seaham on the County Durham coastline for a decade. His pictures consider what would be left behind if our society ended today, and how our lives and culture might be interpreted by the people of the future. 

He has collected cultural objects found scattered and washed up on Blast Beach and made striking and thought-provoking compositions with them. Over 1000 unique items have been used to make scale-sized pictures which have relevance to us all.


© Emily Garthwaite

Emily Garthwaite‘s image of a sun bear has been selected as Finalist for Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The exhibition, now in its fifty-fourth year, showcases some of the best wildlife photography on the planet. This year’s competition attracted more than 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs in 95 countries. 


© Bethe Bronson

Bethe Bronson exhibited in Umbra Sumus – We Are But Shadows at Walcot Chapel in Bath, during October. Umbra Sumus brings together four London based artists who met whilst studying MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art seven years ago. Drawn to the particular qualities of Walcot Chapel; its history, location and atmosphere the artists create a site-responsive exhibition. Using a wide variety of media including painting, collage, sculpture, photography and moving image, each artist brings an individual response to shared ideas such as memory and presence, truth and illusion, the unexposed and the unseen.


Incongruous. Amass zine 02 – foldy zine by Jayne Lloyd

Jayne Lloyd exhibited her work at the Chelmsford Arts Trail, from 22 July to 5 August in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford. The Art Trail included 26 venues showing the work of 24 artists.

These events were part of the 2018 Essex Summer of Art and Essex Network of Artists’ Studios (ENAS) Open Studios Showcasing artists from across the county from May to October, providing exciting opportunities to visit art trails, artist studios, workshops and showcase events. The Essex Summer of Art is now in its tenth year.


© Amanda Eatwell

Amanda Eatwell showcased works from several projects, all inspired by her fascination of humans and their individuality, at B.A.D Art Exhibition and Studio at Dukes Lane, Brighton from 1 to 5 August.


© Fiona Bailey

Fiona Bailey won first prize in the Still Life category of the 11th annual iPhone Photography Awards. This year’s winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from over 140 countries around the world.


© Susan Bittker

Susan Bitker exhibited her photographic collages at Stockbridge Library in Edinburgh. The exhibition, A Bit Off the Map, related to the layers of landscapes in the Scottish Borders which I could see from the buses and trains which I used each week to get me to the next increment of the Borders Abbeys Way.


© Celine Marchbank

Celine Marchbank held a talk in September, with Matthew Finn, at theprintspace, on the subject of  ‘Mother’. Celice’s work focuses on the quiet details of everyday life, often exploring deeply personal stories. Her first book Tulip, which tells the story of the last year of her mother’s life by focusing on the small details in her home rather than images of her mother’s demise, was published to widespread critical acclaim and was named The Observer Photo Book of the Month. The book is now part of the Wellcome Gallery collection. 

Celine’s work, ‘A Stranger In My Mother’s Kitchen’, is exhibited at HIP Fest – Hull International Photography Festival up until 28 October 2018. 


© Nicola Parry

Nicola Parry has been shortlisted for the Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage award 2018 with her project exploring the impact of disability on families.


© Paul Hart

Paul Hart‘s is currently displayed at Fen Ditton Gallery, as part of the Trees Observed exhibition. The exhibition of artists’ perspectives on trees in celebration of the work of Oliver Rackham OBE (1939-2015) and the Woodland Trust.

DRAINED is Paul’s second book in a three-part series on the Fenland in the UK, published in October to coincide with a reissue of the first book FARMED. Both books were launched at The Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop on Thursday 11th October.


© Pippa Healy

Pippa Healy’s work, ‘Have you seen her?’ was part of the group show Cold Cases at The Old Police Cells Museum, Brighton Photo Fringe, curated by Natasha Caruana and Juno Calypso x Work-Show-Grow.


© Ioana Marinca – Shutter Hub OPEN 2018

AllFormat Film Photography Collective has been published in India & South East Asia’s biggest photography print magazine – Better Photography in their September issue. Ioana Marinca is one of the fifteen international photographers that make up the collective. 


© Ky Lewis

The Obsolete & Discontinued exhibition is open at Waterstones Bookshop Gallery in 82 Gower Street London, WC1E 6EQ. It will run up until the 27th of October and is open every day of the week. The exhibition includes over 80 prints featuring work from all 56 participants which will showcase the broad range and diversity of the project. The launch of the exhibition coincided with the official launch of the book, which features a full portfolio of the project.

Amongst these photographic artists were Shutter Hub members Daniel Berrange, Melanie King, Ky Lewis, Nicola Jayne Maskrey, Sheila McKinney and Tina Rowe.


© Saskia Wesseling

Saskia Wesseling’s Time to Tame the Tigers? Multimedia piece, which combines her experience as documentary radio journalist with her photography, will be exhibited in November 2018 at Shenzen Annual Image Festival.


© Simon Isaac

Simon Isaac’s work was part of Memorial Device, a multimedia group exhibition exploring the concept of memory tokenisation. Objects allow memory to be rendered whilst interpreting the real and the imagined. The thresholds between past and future and national and international are blurred creating an interplay with the visitor’s own memories.


© Inese Golde

Congratulations to Melanie King and Inese Gold, who have been shortlisted for the THRESHOLD Awards 2018 by Metro Imaging. Melanie King won the honourable mention. 


209 Women

Shutter Hub members Kat Dlugosz, Celine Marchbank, Jocelyn Allen, Margaret Mitchell, Becky Warnock, Sian Bonnell, Debby Besford, Kirsty Mackay and Helen McGhie have been involved in  209 Women’, an all-female photography initiative to champion the visibility of women in environments that are still largely male-dominated, such as politics and the arts.

This project supports 209 women photographers across the UK to make portraits of all 209 women MPs, to mark 100 years since some women achieved the right to vote. 

We’re looking forward to seeing the finished images in the exhibition, which will be displayed at Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, from 14th December to February 2019 (TBC). After that, it will travel North to Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool. It is supported by Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool City Council and The Royal Photographic Society.


© Venetia Menzies

Venetia Menzies has been selected as an Honourable Mention for her series ‘21st Century Bedouin’ for The 2018 Getty Reportage Grant. Venetia has also been shortlisted as BBC Visual Journalist of the Year.


© Andreas Tschersich

Andreas Tschersich’s work is featured in a touring exhibition and book Civilization, The Way We Live Now. The publication, by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell, published by Thames & Hudson will be presented Monday 5th November, 6-8PM at Flowers Gallery, in London.


© Chloe Rosser

Laura Noble’s article on How to collect photography has been featured in The Observer. The article features also Chloe Rosser. 


© Luke Harby

Face With Tears Of Joy brings together the work of four artists – Betsy Kenyon, John Whapham, Steff Jamieson and Luke Harby – all using analogue photography in various ways. Luke Harby will exhibit a small series of works which play with the nature of conjuring and sleight of hand, showing both positive and negative prints in parallel.

The show opens on Thursday 22 November with a private view from 6 – 8PM at Burns Street Studios, 7 – 9 Burns Street, Northampton, NN1 3QE. The exhibition runs until Sunday 23 December. 


© Margaret Mitchell

On 10th November, in Edinburgh, Margaret Mitchell will be joining the great tour for Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience. Invisible Britain will be a platform that will work with underrepresented individuals and communities to amplify their voices and help enable them to tell their stories via a diverse range of creative projects. The platform will also run workshops on the creative arts, a mentorship scheme and provide practical support and advice regarding creative opportunities, as well as offering paid work placements on film and television productions.


Want more good news?

Belfast Exposed has announced the winner of the 2018 Belfast Exposed Graduate Award, Mike Bors. Mike is a Polish photographer based in Ireland, and recently graduated from the MFA Photography programme at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. His practice is primarily autobiographical, working with family albums, video, collage, and notebooks to explore notions of separation, the breakdown of family bonds, displacement and death.

World Architecture Festival exhibits finalists of The Architectural Photography Awards 2018. The 20 shortlisted photographs will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam, which takes place from 28th-30th November. For further details on the World Architecture Festival please visit:

The 2018 Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researchers Photography Competition showcases research undertaken at the University of South Australia.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world. The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. The exhibition of fifty-seven works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.

Unseen Magazine has been shortlisted by Stack Awards 2018 for Best Use of Photography Receiving over 400 submissions across all ten categories, Stack narrowed the longlist down to a selection of just 15 international publications for this category.


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