PHOTOMONTH 2018: Shutter Hub Top Picks

© Jim Grover. From the photo-story Windrush: Portrait of a Generation.

Photomonth East London International Photography Festival runs from 1 October – 30 November 2018.

Photomonth celebrates photography in galleries and venues across East London. The Festival aims to demonstrate the diversity of contemporary photography and reach the widest possible audience. Since 2001 Photomonth has become one of the largest and most inclusive festivals in the UK – bringing innovation and inspiration through the Open Call for exhibitions, giving the opportunity for emerging artists to be appreciated in a wide variety of interesting and unusual spaces alongside leading internationally renowned photographers in galleries and major institutions.

This year the Shutter Hub OPEN is part of Photomonth, and we’re really excited to be a part of such a diverse and interesting mix of photography exhibitions and events. So we thought we’d put together a list of our top picks of things to see and do during the festival…


Cuban Notebook
1st – 31st October
Brady Arts Centre

These photographs are part of a much larger portfolio in the permanent archive of the Confederacion de Trabajadores de Cubanos (Confederation of Cuban Workers) in Havana which was first shown in a 2017 Mayday Exhibition in Cuba. The photographs were made during a period of four years.


London Independent Photography 30th Annual Exhibition
2nd – 7th October
Espacio Gallery

LIP 30th annual exhibition is a celebration of the diverse and exceptional talent across all members. This year’s selectors of the works exhibited are Tom Lovelace and Hazel Watts.
During the exhibition, free artist talks will take place by talented professionals such as Peter Ainsworth, Thom Bridge and Shutter Hub’s Dafna Talmor.


Photomonth Photo-Open – Women in the 21st Century
4th – 30th October

Launching Photomonth East London 2018 the Photo-Open aims to give photographers even more opportunity to exhibit their work. This year the theme is Women in the 21st Century celebrating the centenary of the first time some women gained the right to vote and the first time women were allowed to stand for Parliament. Women look very different today and this exhibition explores their differences. All the Photo-Open entries will be screened continuously and a selection will be printed and hung in the gallery. The public are invited to vote for the ‘BEST IN SHOW’ image and the winning photographer will be given two tickets to the Sony World Photography Awards to be held in London in April 2019, and a year’s free subscription to the British Journal of Photography. A programme of FREE TALKS accompanies the Photo-Open exhibition.



© Coralie Datta – showing in Shutter Hub OPEN 2018


Shutter Hub OPEN 2018
4th – 9th October
Old Truman Brewery

In collaboration with The Newspaper Club, Shutter Hub brings together international photographers in a selected exhibition of over 200 images, promoting the future of photography through diverse and creative imagery.


Windrush: Portrait of a Generation
5th – 28th October
Art Pavillion

Windrush: Portrait of a Generation is the latest, highly acclaimed, photo-story by award-winning social documentary photographer Jim Grover. For 12 months Jim spent time with the Caribbean community in South London, capturing the very distinctive ways in which the first generation of Caribbean migrants are living their lives, true to their culture and traditions.

First exhibited at gallery@oxo on London’s South Bank in 2018 it also includes written life stories of members of the community.


Photoforum with Emily Garthwaite
9th October

Presenting a selection of her work to date, Shutter Hub member Emily Garthwaite will be speaking about her own practice and the role that has played for her as a form of therapy, of freedom and creative expression, as well as an opportunity to forge an intimate connection to strangers around her. She will also be showing a section of her forthcoming documentary film on the Arbae’en pilgrimage in Iraq, which despite being the world’s largest annual pilgrimage, remains little known in the wider world. The film and her accompanying photo series provide a positive narrative of faith and resilience. Free Entry. Seating limited.


© Emily Garthwaite


Isle of Dogs: Before the Big Money
20th-26th October
Cafe Vert

This exhibition marks the publication by Hoxton Mini Press of Mike Seaborne’s new book, Isle Of Dogs : Before The Big Money. The photographs were taken in the early 1980s and capture both the environment and the people of the Isle of Dogs before the advent of Canary Wharf and global finance transformed the area forever.


Photomonth Photobook & Print Fair
27th October
RICH MIX Main Venue

Photobooks, prints, signings, small talks. An opportunity to buy original books and prints and meet the photographers and publishers. Admission Free.


Photomonth Portfolio Review
25th November
RICH MIX Venue 2

An excellent opportunity for photographers to discuss their current and future projects and receive critical feedback from experienced professionals including picture editors, publishers, curators, gallerists, agencies, and commissioning editors. The list of reviewers will be found at Each participant may sign up for two or more twenty minute slots, allocated on a first come first served basis. Cost £20 per slot. Booking opens 1 October 2018. Apply by email only to


London Independent Photography presents the annual Janet Hall Lecture
29th November
Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Tom Hunter talks on a life in photography and art from counter culture to Vermeer.


Looking the Other Way – annual exhibition of the Gay Photographers Network
20th- 25th November
Espacio Gallery

The Gay Photographers Network has been meeting for 12 years, offering a monthly meeting to share photographic ideas, projects and activities.  The annual exhibition has become a fun focal point for the group showing a diverse range of genres and images with a viewpoint that is not heteronorm.