Talk: Photographing Locally – Olivia Arthur, Eddie Otchere & Johny Pitts

Hear Olivia Arthur, Eddie Otchere and Johny Pitts discuss their different practices and what it means to capture the life of an area

Street photography can reveal as much about the life of a place as it does the individual subject. It is a record of the everyday to the more pivotal moments that make our history. Contemporary photographers continue to redefine the genre, turning to photojournalism, documentary and conceptualism as influences. But what do the images of today tell us about the time we are in? What is the social responsibility of practitioners today when capturing private moments from closed worlds?

Join Olivia Arthur, Eddie Otchere and Johny Pitts in conversation as they share their experiences of working across different local geographies and what it means to see a city through the eyes of its residents.


Olivia Arthur is a London-based photographer who has worked for many years on the East-West cultural divide. Her first book Jeddah Diary was about the lives of young women in Saudi Arabia. Her second book, Stranger is a journey into Dubai seen through the eyes of the survivor of a shipwreck. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been included in institutional collections in the UK, USA, Germany and Switzerland. She is co-founder of Fishbar, a publisher and space for photography in London, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

Eddie Otchere (b.1974) is a British-Ghanaian artist whose solo and collaborative projects employ portrait photography, street style and the urban landscape, live performance and hip-hop culture to explore ideas surrounding city life, social history and analogue media. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the culture’ by juxtaposing the music and photographs of personal and interpersonal encounters with his subjects and the landscape, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched socio-economic contradictions in contemporary society. Otchere has exhibited, performed and presented projects at institutions within the UK and internationally, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; Brighton Festival; SouthBank Centre, London; HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles; Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles and Photofusion, London.

Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and broadcast journalist. He has received various awards for his work exploring Afro-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize and an ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award. As a photographer, he has had work published by Cafe Royal Books and recently collaborated with author Caryl Phillips on a photographic essay for the BBC and Arts Council England. His photography has been featured on The New York Times Lens Blog and appeared in the German edition of the 2017 Reporters Without Borders yearbook. As part of an ongoing project, Johny founded and curates the award-winning online journal, part of the Guardian’s Africa Network dedicated to the Afro-European diaspora.

Cost: £8/£5 members & concessions.

Date And Time: SAT 30 NOV 2019, 18.30–20.00.

Location: The Photographers Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW.

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