London Independent Photography presents the 30th annual exhibition at Espacio Gallery + free talks by photographic artists

Preview: Thurs 4th October 2018, 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition: Tues 2nd – Sat 6th October 2018, 1pm –  7pm

Sun 7th October, 1pm – 5pm

Venue: Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG


London Independent Photography celebrates its 30th annual exhibition this year at Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green, from Tuesday 2nd of October to Sunday 7th of October 2018.

The members of LIP were invited to submit their most innovative and creative works through an open call launched in August 2018. A panel of professionals from the photography industry were invited to select the works taking part in the exhibition, including Tom Lovelace who is an artist, curator and visiting tutor at RCA and has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, along with Hazel Watts, who is a managing partner at Spectrum Photographic and have worked on projects such as Brighton Photo Biennial and Focus Mumbai, and also Wendy McMurdo, who is an artist, photographer and tutor at Falmouth University and has exhibited at TPG and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

More than 100 photographs created by 72 photographers were selected and the varied collection includes landscape, portrait, still-life and experimental photography. The 30th annual exhibition is also a part of prestige International Photography Festival Photomonth, happening each autumn in East London.


Joint statement by LIP: ‘’Our annual exhibition is a celebration of the 30th anniversary year and the great talent of all LIP members. This year the selectors have chosen thought-provoking and innovative photography, which will display the diversity and craft of the photographers behind the organisation London Independent Photography.’’

In addition to the LIP 30th annual exhibition a programme of free talks by photography practitioners will take place between Tuesday and Sunday. On the 3rd of October, Wednesday from 6:30pm Dafna Talmor - an artist and lecturer will speak about her on-going series Constructed Landscapes made from collaged colour negatives through historical and contemporary references. On the Friday, 5th of October from 5:30pm, the artist Peter Ainsworth will discuss his current research practice surrounding the museum space examined through the use of consumer level photogrammetry apps. On the following day Saturday, 6th of October from 6:30pm, Thom Bridge will present an on-going collaboration with his identical twin Theo challenging the twin as a photographic trope and his project Field/s in collaboration with other artists funded by Artquest. The last talk of the series will be by the Ukrainian photographer Alina Kisina, on the 7th of October from 1:30pm, where she will discuss the ways to enrich one’s artistic practice by combining one’s photographic practice with teaching.

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[City] Stories - Urban photography exhibition

WORLDWIDE COLLECTIVE OF URBAN PHOTOGRAPHERS STAGE EXHIBITION AT FOUR CORNERS IN BETHNAL GREEN

13 urban photographers from Goldsmiths are opening their MA Degree Show at Four Corners gallery from 3rd-6th October 2018, including an exclusive lecture from Danish photographer Lene Hald.

The exhibition will feature new work made as part of the Photography & Urban Cultures MA at Goldsmiths, University of London, exploring the creative interplay between urban theory and the visual representation of cities & communities.

Coming from all over the world, the artists featured share their take on the contemporary life of the city, informed by urban theory and sociological research.


 
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3rd - 6th October, Four Corners Gallery (London), part of Photomonth

10th - 14th October, Phoenix Brighton, part of Brighton Photo Fringe

Private View - 4th October, 6-9pm - register here

Urban Photographer's Association Annual Lecture by Danish photographer Lene Hald - 5th October, 4-5.30pm

Artist's Panel & Urban Photo Walk - 6th October, 2-4.30pm

*All events are free.


Co-curator Becky Morris Knight commented:

“As global urbanization speeds up and our political and media environments become more fragmented, exploring and examining how we live together becomes an urgent task and one which artists can make a valuable contribution to.”

“The work we make is informed, inspired and underpinned by sociology and urbanism, helping us to create meaningful images which speak to important issues our society faces, such as gentrification, media censorship, the body, identity and class.”

About the exhibition

Ting-Ling Yu shares a delicate exploration of nudity and public decency in London, while Yihong Wu’s work offers a consideration of typical interiors in China through carefully composed medium format images.

Image by Steve Jones

Image by Steve Jones

Other projects include Steve Jones’ forensic examination of the staircase as a shaper of architectural space and Henry Woodley’s personal journey through the waterways of London and the communities of boaters he lives alongside.

Image by Henry Woodley

Image by Henry Woodley

Artist Shan Ye worked in green spaces in London to think about how citizens in a wealthy country use their leisure time. Bo-Cheng Liu took inspiration from the margins, walking over 100km to explore the liminal land between airports and the city, often overlooked and unconsidered.

Image by Becky Morris Knight

Image by Becky Morris Knight

Becky Morris Knight approached the idea of how our online spaces influence our urban lives, with a series which looks at how censorship works on Instagram and what that might look like if applied to our cities.

Image by Qiunan Li

Image by Qiunan Li

Taking a personal approach, Mia Irmgard Klit will be launching an innovative photobook which challenges conventional approaches to medical sociology by exploring her sister’s experience of coma. Qiunan Li is also looking at memory and individual experience in his project in which he picks out images he cannot remember making and creates a new narrative from them.

Image by Lee Gavin

Image by Lee Gavin

Lee Gavin will be showing a series of portraits which investigate class, life milestones and identity, while Korean photographer Suhyuk Chai shares images made within a transient community on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Image by Lorena Sanchez Pereira

Image by Lorena Sanchez Pereira

Kat Huber’s poetic work captures a fleeting moment within the landscape, layering the past, present and future in images of a derelict fairground slated for renewal in Berlin. Also considering a landscape in flux, Lorena Sanchez Pereira creates large-scale images exploring the regeneration of Hackney Wick in her series Gentricity.

Special Events

The exhibition also has a series of special events taking place throughout the run, kicking off with the Private View on 4th October, 6 – 9pm.

Danish photographer Lene Hald will fly in to deliver the Urban Photographer’s Association Annual Lecture on the 5th October, 4-5.30pm in the Four Corners gallery.

Titled Photography, care and co-creation, the talk will set off in Hald’s own photographic work, which is situated in the intersection of photography, visual storytelling, social engagement and participatory practice.

On Saturday 6th October, urban photographer and Director of Urban Photo Fest, Paul Halliday, will be chairing a panel discussion with 3 of the artists from the exhibition, considering the role photography can play in generating new knowledge of the urban.

After it closes in London, [City] Stories will transfer to Phoenix Brighton as part of Brighton Photo Fringe, from 10th – 14th October.

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