Milda Books presents the photobook "Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country" by Georgs Avetisjans

Milda Books presents the photobook Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country by University of Brighton graduate Georgs Avetisjans at the Photo Publishers Market organised by Brighton Photo Fringe and Photoworks.

Phoenix Brighton, October 20th - 21st. 11am - 5pm.

“Landscapes – actual, remembered or idealized – feed our sense of belonging to whatever place, region or nation that we view as homeland.”

Liz Wells
Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country (2015-2018)
is a multi-layered photographic narrative in a form of a photobook with cross-references like hyperlinks to additionally inserted stories connected to the subjects and landscape. The book is about the village where my Armenian-Greek father once had a dream to build a house for our family, but unfortunately couldn’t finish it as he passed away when I was only 6 months young.

The project explores the sea, the land and memories, how the time affects and changes our sense of a place at the same time serving a nostalgic representation of the village in Latvia - Kaltene and its recent history from World War II until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 via interviews, notes and archival imagery. As the Iron curtain fell, the local economy changed and upon joining the EU in 2004, it changed again. These historical shifts made a huge impact on the society and its dreams, many of which the younger generations have abandoned.

The place is located between the forest and the sea about 100 km northwest of the capital Riga. In the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th century it was the second most productive village in the country as 55 seagoing sailing ships were built there.

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Images from the series  The Longest Village in the Country  by Georgs Avetisjans

Images from the series The Longest Village in the Country by Georgs Avetisjans

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Revolv Collective presents 4UZHBINA

Preview: 29th September, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Open daily: 30th September – 29th November, 11:00am-5:00pm

Venue: Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB

Revolv Collective invites you to The Collective’s Hub, part of Brighton Photo Fringe taking place at Phoenix Brighton from Saturday 30th September to Sunday 29th November 2018.

4uzhbina is a photographic installation, created collaboratively by the artists Krasimira Butseva and Lina Ivanova, for Brighton Photo Fringe 2018. The word ‘4uzhbina’ describes a non-existent place, an illusory location, which cannot be found on any map, nevertheless it could be accessed by anybody. It is simply an invention of the tongue, existing only in the spoken and written Bulgarian language. The term contains simultaneously the essence of a no-man’s land and a dolce vita. 

In her new work, Krasimira Butseva uses moving image and appropriates found photography and materials, entangling personal and fictional histories. In her short film, she remembers the day, in which Bulgaria was accepted in the European Union, while performing repetitive rituals and readings. Using a found family archive originating from Kent, Krasimira plays with connotation and denotation, shaping a completely new narrative out of the photographs. Through this body of work, she explores the way in which politics inform nations and form identities, along with the correlation between native roots and cultural routes.

Lina Ivanova’s autobiographical piece explores issues of representation, identity and status of the migrant in the birth country. Photography becomes a power tool to remember, to store memories and experiences and possess a space, in which one feels insecure.  The manipulation of family archival records creates a personal interpretation of one’s own origin. The use of alternative processes suggests the transition from a state of familiar to a state of the foreign. Fragile family photos are reproduced on the surfaces of domestic objects and removed from their expected setting providing a context of the every-day in a moment of return. 

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4UZHBINA: Artist talk 

20th October 2018 (Saturday)
1:00pm – 2:00pm

The founders of Revolv Collective, Krasimira Butseva and Lina Ivanova will form a dialogue about methods of using found photography and objects, alongside alternative processes to create new bodies of work. Reflection on current work on display at the Collective’s Hub, will lead to a discussion about belonging and identity. 

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Routes OR Roots

27th October 2018 (Saturday)
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Routes OR Roots invites participants to take part in a two-hour long workshop delivered by Revolv Collective. The activities encompassing notions of belonging and the self, welcomes participants to contribute to the workshop with personal objects, photography and memories in order to form a narrative of personal and collective diaspora. The workshop is open to people from any age and background to join.

Hull International Photography Festival

5th October to 28th October 2018, from The Creative & Cultural Company

HIP Fest may well be the country’s biggest annual Photography festivals and it returns for a 5th year. Turning the city’s largest shopping mall into a cultural centre for the whole month, 12 major exhibitions in converted galleries will stand alongside the usual outfitters, boutiques and chains. It is this unique venue that helped account for  8600 visits to the festival last year.

New for 2018

PhotoCity come to Hull for the opening weekend, following on from their PhotoCity London exhibition & trade show close by St Paul's Cathedral. 

Partners Fujiholics & Redeye will be facilitating on the opening weekend, which will feature more workshops, masterclasses and photowalks than ever before. Making 50 events over the month.

Festival highlights


POP, by legendary photographer Brian Griffin, features his music photography and album covers from the UK’s post punk and new wave music scene

Premier of the intense and personal Stranger In My Mother’s Kitchen exhibition by Celine Marchbank delves the therapeutic power of photography (shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank Photography Awards) 

A world premiere exhibition of fashion icons in Haute Couture to the Birth of Prêt-à-Porter A Fashion Retrospective by Marilyn Stafford

A1 Britain On The Verge by World Press Award-winning photographer  Peter Dench is a homage to Britain’s longest road, captured with Peter’s typical sense of humour and humanity.

50 Workshops and Masterclass include

A masterclass by Youtuber sensation Sean Tucker

Fujiholics director Matt Hart takes us out on a photowalk

Elke Vogelsang is coming from Germany to talk Dogsonality

Tom Stoddart shows how every picture tells a story

HipFest is committed to bringing new talent, and radical and diverse artistic sensibilities, to a curious public. So expect to discover new and intriguing photographers and unforeseen views of the world. There is an open exhibition and learning opportunities for all levels of ability and experience 

This year HIP FEST supports Care International’s Lendwithcare Campaign and will have an exhibition from 5 international women photographers to raise awareness. 

Alan Raw Curator & Festival Director said:

“In just five years, HIP Fest has established its credentials as one of the most significant photography events in Europe.  Thanks to our fabulous volunteers we have put together a stunning celebration of photography for 2018. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming Celine Marchbank and Marilyn Stafford to HIPFest, their work highlights the contribution female photographers have made, and are making, to this most democratic of art forms. There will be something for everyone and plenty to learn, do and enjoy.”

A £5 entry ticket (wristband) gives access to all exhibitions, discussions, the HIPfest Prize Draw, on-site discounts and access to many of the workshops. Premier workshops, master-classes and portfolio reviews require individual additional tickets, available on Eventbrite.

For further details of the festival visit or email:

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Event Report: 'Bloom', Vortigern Gallery, Margate.

The Photograd Event Reporter blog series continues with 2016 Photography graduate, Emma Sage. We found her work at Free Range, featured her image and review via our dedicated Spotlight, and she's now part of a collective exhibition based in Margate. This post is written from Emma's perspective so carry on reading to find out more about herself and her exhibition experience.

Bloom  poster, image from the series  Homeland  by  Scott Thomas .

Bloom poster, image from the series Homeland by Scott Thomas.

Just a brief bit about me, I’ll keep it short and sweet and get to the interesting part, the photography of course!

I’m Emma Sage, a graduate from the BA (hons) Photography course at Middlesex University. My personal practise tends to concern the landscape and environments (check it out here if you like:, but where looking at or researching photography is concerned, I’m not into sticking to one genre!

So I’m going to just let you all know about Bloom, an exhibition for recent Middlesex Photography Graduates running at the Vortigern gallery in Margate, it’s a rather sweet little place, pretty close to the sea front, so you can enjoy some great work and then go for a paddle after!

The work rotates each week, our tutor, Mark McEvoy, has been curating the show. There is selected work (i.e. a chosen piece from a students Final Major Project) and one ‘feature’ wall, which includes a larger selection of work from a chosen students series. So there’s a fresh mix of varied work every week, which keeps it exciting!

As I have mentioned, the space is fairly small, but there’s also a rather interesting selection of photography books, everything from more local photographers to biggies like Martin Parr and Rinko Kawauchi, so it’s varied and there’s something for everybody. There’s also a collection of postcards, prints and magazines to buy.

Below are a few photos to give a better idea of what we’ve been getting up to.

^Left to right: Devon Hampshire, Domante Kantauskaitė, Zowwi Ranford, & Wai Lap Mok.  This was week one, a lovely mix of varied work.

^Left to right: Devon Hampshire, Domante Kantauskaitė, Zowwi Ranford, & Wai Lap Mok.

This was week one, a lovely mix of varied work.

^Left to Right: Joe Brayford, Michal Wrona & Marta Liley-Gray.

^Left to Right: Joe Brayford, Michal Wrona & Marta Liley-Gray.

^My own work from the series  Aethon .

^My own work from the series Aethon.


The feature wall has been pretty varied, Wai Lap Mok kicked things off for week one. We get to do our own thing (within reason). I decided to write on the wall, which was fun! In the upcoming weeks Kaya Murray and Erika Krapavickaitė will have their work on the feature wall so check it out!

^And just in case you need more persuading to come and give Margate and the Vortigern a visit, there’s one of Margate’s famous ‘Turner Skies’!

^And just in case you need more persuading to come and give Margate and the Vortigern a visit, there’s one of Margate’s famous ‘Turner Skies’!

<^ The selection of books and postcards available at the gallery.

<^ The selection of books and postcards available at the gallery.

Gallery Opening Times:
Mon: Closed
Tues 2:30pm-5:30pm
Wed 11am - 5pm
Thurs 11am - 5pm
Fri 11am - 5pm
Sat 11am - 5pm
Sun 12pm - 5pm

NOTE: not open 6th - 7th August

Facebook: Vortigern Margate

Find out how to be an Event Reporter for Photograd here.

Event Report: Photograd At PhotoEast

What's better than a photography festival based in a local town, learning more about what you enjoy, and a fantastic new event. Oh and some great weather.. Nothing!

PhotoEast has been very warmly welcomed by East Anglia this past weekend and we hope it's just the beginning for even more exciting things to come in 2018.

We hope you enjoy reading through our day and finding out about PhotoEast.


Above images taken by Henry Huxtable.


The Face of The Century, Julian Germain and The Family, Zed Nelson, are on display at the UCS Waterfront Gallery until 25th June 2016. The small gallery space at UCS has been transformed for the use of PhotoEast and this combination of exhibitions. On show is Julian's 101 portraits with sitters birth dates spanning every year of the 20th century. It's interesting to see this timeline of people span from a 100 year old and ending with a tiny baby. Also making a connection between the old and the young is Zed Nelson's work; very simple portraits of one family photographed every year, on the same day, at the same time, for over a quarter of a century.

Above images, Julian Germain and Zed Nelson. Images taken by  Henry Huxtable .

Above images, Julian Germain and Zed Nelson. Images taken by Henry Huxtable.

Also at home in the UCS Waterfront Building is the current final year Photography Degree Show, Anywhere and Everywhere, before they make their way to Hoxton Arches, London, on the 13th June. It really is a must see show this year with a strong variety of work all presented perfectly. Stand out work and presentation for us included Rachel Dockerill, David Bull, Amanda Hook, and Natalie Wall.

Adrian Manning ,&nbsp; Cars of England . Image by  Henry Huxtable .

Adrian ManningCars of England. Image by Henry Huxtable.

David Bull,&nbsp; The Grateful Escape.&nbsp; Image by  Henry Huxtable  .

David Bull, The Grateful Escape. Image by Henry Huxtable.


Above images George Georgiou Omnibus taken by Henry Huxtable.


Shot from the top of a double decker bus, photographer George Georgiou aims to explore towns and cities from a new perspective. The work, shot in both London and Ipswich, looks at migrations and diversity in built up areas. The movement of people continues to change both the landscape and community within it. This work is fun and really unique; being presented along a busy path between the university and halls of residence gives the viewer a chance to step back, and take in even further the surroundings of the images, and those presented in the images. This is another must see part of PhotoEast!


PhotoEast Talks and Events

A small selection of photographers filled the schedule on Saturday and we chose a few of the talks to go to. Firstly was Fiona Shields, Picture Editor at The Guardian, then photographer Chloe Dewe-Mathews in conversation with curator Katy Barron, UCS Photography course leader Mark Edwards, and finally, one of the exhibiting photographers at this year's event, Julian Germain. 

Fiona ShieldsSifting through a whopping 25,000 pictures a day, the Guardian Picture Editor Fiona Shields discussed what kind of imagery is selected for publication and why. With a rough idea of what kind of stories will be highlighted each day, she looks for strong graphic images that stand out. When talking about portraiture, Fiona announced that “animation” is something they look for rather than something “dry and formal”. For the Eyewitness spread in the Guardian, the audience found out that if a group of images are printed, this means that no solo image was strong enough that day. Fiona’s preference is to print a single photograph as she finds this more effective. 

Above images taken during Fiona Shields' talk.&nbsp;

Above images taken during Fiona Shields' talk. 

The Guardian has a no editing rule for imagery submitted. Darkroom processes are allowed such as the changing of contrast but nothing else would be accepted that could compromise the truthfulness of a photograph, otherwise this would encourage the readers to question the validity of the material published, in effect causing a loss of trust. Even if an image doesn’t look technically great, there is no room for manoeuvre on their no editing policy.

Something that many of us may not have considered before is that these editors have to look at all the imagery submitted, and when there’s a catastrophic event such as a terror attack, they have to sift through masses of imagery all of a graphic nature, and this overexposure can leave them emotional by the end of the day. 

Katy Barron meets Chloe Dewe-Mathews: Unlike the other talks we attended during the day, this one was much more intimate in style as it was a conversation. The talk focused solely on one body of work called Shot at Dawn produced by Chloe Dewe-Mathews over a two-year period. The project centres on the places of executions of British, French and Belgian soldiers accused of cowardice and desertion during 1914 – 1918. Each image was taken at a similar time the executions took place, and the name of the project reflects this.

Above image taken during Katy Barron and   Chloe Dewe-Mat  hews'&nbsp;talk.

Above image taken during Katy Barron and Chloe Dewe-Mathews' talk.

Coinciding with the centenary of the First World War, this project proposed many questions about how to photograph something that happened such a long time ago, and Chloe found this an exciting prospect to consider. After researching each case in detail it was difficult to not feel an emotional connection to the stories. So when it came to showing the work, Chloe decided to only display names and dates with each image to make it more of an objective and equalising approach to seeing the work. As Katy Barron said, this allows the viewer to project onto the imagery with their own thoughts about it, making it an active process of looking rather than a passive one, Chloe added. The project allows for the people that were swept under the carpet and kept out of the history books to become remembered, and excluding the stories has let each person be as important as the other. 

Mark EdwardsMark spoke a lot about his childhood and influences he's carried with him into the work he makes today. His earliest memories of the landscape are spending time with his Grandfather at his allotment, learning of ways we utilise and shape the land. Mark later moved to Norfolk as an outsider from Liverpool and for a time, found it difficult to make work here.

Mark photographs spaces he is fond of, those he feels a connection to and where he finds beauty. As a photographer he works very slowly, almost like a painter; he takes his time to find a location and can be thinking about a spot for over a year as he runs or cycles past, before making an image. His words were "a picture will reveal itself to me”. Mark accepts that anybody can make the images he does technically, but in fact wouldn’t because of his own personal relationship with the area.

What's interesting about Mark's work is that all areas of his images are of equal importance and everything is always in focus. There's no enjoyment in creating a hierarchy of elements within the frame which is why he works on very still, calm, overcast days to avoid any movement or fleeting moments of light. He also shoots from a height to exclude any foreground and always includes small aspects of the landscape beyond.

Julian GermainOne of the talks I found the most inspiring personally was by one of the exhibiting photographers at the inaugural PhotoEast festival, Julian Germain. Photography, according to Julian, is “a great way to discover the world”.  Areas of particular interest for him are family and amateur photography because they contain emotionally stronger stories. Discussing his projects and their conception, many stemmed from one to the other; Generations grew from The Face of The Century, for example.

As family photographs are a prominent theme to Julian's projects, he stated his concern and upset that our own personal memories are being ditched at this current time for more digital modes of preservation rather than the traditional printed material. Although he believes that some will survive, he said he’s yet to see something on a computer screen that moves him in such a way that something printed in your hands can. A particularly poignant moment during the talk was a video shown of a woman looking at family photographs. The room was so quiet as we watched the subject slowly open up emotionally, from a rather deadpan expression, to a smile donning her face, to tears in her eyes. This video perfectly illustrates the emotional quality that can be felt through family photographs that Julian discussed.

When asked what is more important, technique or content, Julian answered by saying that it’s more important to say something about life and that the camera doesn’t matter, the picture does.

Fiona Shields, Chloe Dewe-Mathews and Julian Germain talk summary by Lauren Carter.
Festival summary and Mark Edwards talk summary by Melissa Belton.


24th May - 25th June, 2016

Julian Germain, 'Face of the Century'

Julian Germain, 'Face of the Century'

PhotoEast is a new photography festival for East Anglia. Organised with support from University Campus Suffolk (soon to be the University of Suffolk), the festival will be the place to be for photography enthusiasts over the month of exhibitions, talks, activities and many other events.

The main location for the festival will be the Ipswich Waterfront along with other spots along the East Suffolk Railway line. All of the PhotoEast events are free which we think is amazing! Book yourself onto the day of talks (Saturday 28th May) via this link.

The theme this year is ‘Of Time and Place’. The UCS Waterfront Gallery will be home to two reflecting exhibitions; Julian Germain with Face of the Century, and Zed Nelson's The Family.

Image by Zed Nelson, from the series 'The Family'

Image by Zed Nelson, from the series 'The Family'

What the Photograd team are most excited about are the talks at UCS on Saturday 28th May led by world-renowned photographers and industry professionals. UCS Photography course-leader Mark Edwards will be talking about his work that he makes in East Anglia, and George Georgiou will also talk about his work made in both London and Ipswich itself which was commissioned by PhotoEast; this work will also be on display during the festival.


Throughout the day of talks in Ipswich we will be working on making some blog content based around our visit and filling our Instagram page with related images. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram to find out what we're up to.

A big congratulations to the team behind PhotoEast, we can't wait to see it all take place!