AOP Awards Exhibition
Following the reveal of this year’s winners the free exhibition opens to the public over 4 days as part of the Beyond the Lens Festival between 13-16 October packed programme of talks, workshops and seminars. Last year we had over 2,000 to the festival.
Beyond the Lens Festival of Events
Click on each date below for details of the events and talks happening on each day of the Beyond the Lens Festival.
Each talk is £5 to attend (Monday is FREE but you should still book a place online, and The Flash Centre/Phase One workshops are priced differently) AOP Members will have the option to purchase a Day Pass for £10 and can attend all talks in that day, make sure you are logged in to view this Day Pass option!
CLICK HERE to buy tickets for Beyond the Lens Festival
Saturday 14th October - Talks
Saturday 14th 10.30am to 5.00pm
11.00am - 12.00pm: Zoe Whishaw: Personal Projects – Building a Style & Defining your Brand
Successful professional creatives across all disciplines will agree how important it is to find ways to explore new ideas, to be allowed to make mistakes and to show others they are moving forward and keeping things alive in their work. Photography consultant and mentor, Zoe explores the value of personal projects in developing and growing a visual identity and harnessing this to define a personal brand.
12.00 - 1.00pm: Nick Dunmur and Emma Taylor - Nobody does it better...
or, at least, that’s how you want to be perceived, so find out about professional best practice, the do’s and don’t’s of working as a professional photographer and how to get it right, meaning you have more time to make pictures.
1.00 - 2.00pm: The Meaning of Independence
Erik Knudsen is a filmmaker, photographer and Professor of Media Practice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the UK. Erik runs film workshops across the world developing cinematic stories, including at the renowned Escuela International de Cine y Television in Cuba. He also runs a small film production company, One Day Films. Starting his film career on celluloid over 30 years ago, Erik has since embraced the digital revolution in the moving image and has been working with digital formats since 2001.
The arrival of highly video-capable DSLRs in 2009, led to a new level of expansion of independent filmmaking across the world and Erik has embraced these camera developments and credits them for rekindling his interest in developing both photography and filmmaking as an integrated creative practice. His forthcoming feature film, Cleft Lip, was shot on a Leica SL which he also uses for his stills photography.
From the personal perspective of an independent filmmaker, Erik will talk about the democratisation of narrative filmmaking and distribution brought about by the DSLR revolution and will examine the impact that this digital revolution is having on film industries, globally. He will show clips from his work, both cinematic and photographic, and will explore the challenges and opportunities that face the independent filmmaker and photographer in an age of complexity and abundance.
2.00 - 3.30pm: Developing work for publications:
AOP member Aidan McCarthy and publisher and designer Jim Sutherland of Sutherl&Editions will discuss the different stages and approaches artists and photographers take when developing work for publication in book form. With special emphasis on exploring the relationship between photography, text, and design.
3.30 - 4.30pm: Peter Dazeley
Dazeley's latest book, 'London Theatres', was launched in September 2017. It is about recording London Theatres as they stand in the 21st Century. The book contains 47 London theatres, from the ‘Grandes Dames’ of the West End, to some of London’s smaller gems. Dazeley, whose work crosses the border between the commercial and fine-art arenas, will discuss his career and his many publications, including Unseen London, the subject of his last AOP talk in 2015.
4.30 - 6.00pm: Giles Duley
Title of talk: Legacy of War, The Art of Storytelling
With a special ability to connect with people and an unfaltering empathy for the plight of others, Giles Duley has become one of the world's leading documentary and humanitarian photographers. His mission - to tell the stories of those impacted by the long-term effects of conflict - all through the medium of photography.
As a result Giles has made storytelling his art. Learn from this in-demand speaker as he talks about how photography has the power to change lives - we guarantee you will leave inspired and with a renewed faith in humanity.
Please note that this talk takes place in T2, FREE admission but you will need to register here https://ilfordinspires.eventbrite.co.uk
Saturday 14th October - Portfolio Review (One-2-Ones)
On Saturday 14 October we are offering photographers the opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed by six of the industry's leading creatives.
Sessions take place between 12.00noon and 3.00pm and are 30 minutes long.
Sessions cost £10 (inc VAT) for AOP Members and £20 (inc Vat) for non-members.
Harriet Cauthery, Executive Producer, Laura Conway, Sarah Thompson art buyer and producer: Creative Blood
Founded by producers Harriet Cauthery and Laura Conway creative blood is a boutique production agency with a bespoke ethos. producing shoots worldwide with extensive experience in the us and europe, with a personal approach to production. working in advertising, editorial stills, moving image, art buying and event production.
Martin Homent, Creative Director, Integer
Martin Homent of Integer is a Creative Director, with over 20 years experience, creating integrated campaigns for some of the world's best known brands. Martin has created award-winning campaigns for Transport for London, Tesco, Starbucks, Vodafone, Nestlé, Havana Club, to name but a few.
Charles Laird, photo agent, Sarah Laird & good company
Charles graduated from St Andrews with a Masters of Art History. She grew up in New York and spent summers working in the studios of artist Jeff Koons, set designer Stefan Beckman and in the installation & curation department of PS1 MoMA. She moved to London and started working in photo production and in 2012 she opened up the London office of Sarah Laird & good company.
Danielle Bouchard has been working in the commercial photography industry in London for over ten years. Danielle currently works as both agent and producer, and has had long term relationships with artist representative agencies such as East Photographic, Blink and Lisa Pritchard Agency. She was instrumental in starting the photo division for Pointblank Productions. Danielle works predominantly with advertising and commercial photographers, and one of her specialities is in helping artists learn how to negotiate with clients.
Beth Taubner, Mercurylab
Founder of Mercurylab, Beth Taubner has been a Brand Strategist and Creative Director working with strategy and creative communications for over twenty years. Beth has developed a proprietary approach to branding using a combination of psychological, visual and analytic processes that apply to anyone, from individuals to brands of all sizes. Her clients have ranged from well-known American brands such as A&E, Stop & Shop and Miramax Films to UK-based The Well-Fed Cuckoo and Début Art, retailers such as online fashion powerhouse Moda Operandi, luxury safari company ROAR AFRICA, and Condé Nast Publications and International Newsweek. She works on branding programs with esteemed artist representatives in the US and UK, and works closely on brand identification, language communications, creative direction, visual development and marketing with some of the top photographers in the world. Beth offers one-on-one consulting and coaching, and business consulting on brand and creative development, communications, and implementation worldwide.
Portfolio Reviews: Beth is interested in seeing both stills and motion, and begins reviews with a focus on how to express your visual brand through language.
Sunday 15th October - Talks
Sunday 15th 10.30am to 5.00pm
11.00am - 12.30pm: Winners panel: enjoy a Sunday breakfast treat with a panel made up of some of this year’s amazing winners. Find out more about them and their work.
12.30 - 2.00pm: Food for Thought: This panel, which is chaired by AOP agent member, Hat Margolies of Lucid, will look at the world of food photography, how it has changed, what makes it such an exciting field to work in and what are the challenges facing those working in this important area of photography. Panelists confirmed so far include agent Skye Trayler, photographer Hugh Johnson, Louise Hagger, Susan Bell, Sal Henley and Caroline Kenyon, Director of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year.
2.00 - 3.30pm: Chris Floyd
Chris Floyd is a British photographer and film maker whose work has appeared in some of the world’s most highly respected publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and Wallpaper* among others. He has shot advertising campaigns for Apple, British Airways, Sony and Philips and has been selected several times for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and the annual publication, American Photography.
As a director, he has produced moving image work for Avis, Anthropologie, Mr Porter, Space NK and a Christmas TV campaign for Debenhams. Chris will discuss his work with the AOP’s Emma Taylor.
Chris Floyd's book is out now: ‘The Verve: Photographs By Chris Floyd’ Published by Reel Art Press, £29.95
3.30pm-5.00pm: Franz Pagot
AOP member and cinematographer Franz Pagot AIC was born near Venice, Italy, and was educated in the classics. After working in the camera department for many years, he moved to London in the 1980s, assisting famed Steadicam operator John Ward on Full Metal Jacket, Robin Hood and Sleepy Hollow, and ultimately establishing himself as a respected cinematographer in features and commercials.
With his chiaroscuro style, he has framed many cinema icons including: Peter O'Toole, Ray Winston, Jude Law and Steven Berkoff, among others. He recently shot The Contract with a combination of RED Epic, GoPro and Blackmagic cameras. Franz is member of BAFTA and the GBCT. He has won many awards and published several books, including the highly-praised Immersive 3D: The Secrets of Beautiful Stereo Cinematography.
Franz has already hosted three packed workshops for the AOP on the Craft of Cinematography, so do join us for this unique insight to one of our great talents.
Monday 16th October - Debates
Monday 16th 10.00am to 4.00pm
11.00am - 12.30pm: Photography Education Today:
Join us for a panel discussion about the relationship between photography education and the commercial sector. We are very pleased to include on the panel Gemma Marmalade (artist and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Derby), Rainer Usselmann (co-founder of Happy Finish, digital re-toucher and industry researcher), Aidan McCarthy (professional photographer and film-maker), Skye Trayler-Graham (agent at Trayler & Trayler) and Paul Wenham-Clarke (Professor of Photography and Research Fellow at Arts University Bournemouth and professional advertising photographer).
Together with others from industry, and chaired by Nick Dunmur, the themes for discussion and debate will centre around the following;
What are the challenges facing those in the sector? How do courses reflect the needs of today’s photography industry? How do we ensure our future photographers are aware of, and can defend, their rights and avoid the unsustainable practices that exist and how can colleges, lecturers and organisations like the AOP be a force for positive change?
1.00 - 3.00pm: AOP Debate 2017:
In this debate we will explore how photography and photographers are perceived post-digital, and ask are people savvier about photography? Are their expectations greater, or diminished? Is photography to remain a major medium? ‘Art’ photography is on the rise - why? How do commissioners pick up on and predict trends? Will print survive? How is moving image affecting photography/advertising/art/editorial - it was held as the future at one point, but what’s the reality?
Panellists so far confirmed are Mike Trow, Picture Editor at Vogue, AOP Awards Curator and senior art buyer Sarah Williams, Tim Paton of Magnum, Skye Trayler of Trayler & Trayler, Chantal Webber of Webber Represents, and the award winning photographersDavid Loftus and Tim Flach with Chair Ian Potter of the Miss Jones Agency. Details of additional guests to be announced.