Photo news – Sunday Morning, afternoon and evening round up


© Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos, JAPAN. Road works and Fuji near Kawaguchiko. I stopped at some road works at night and Fuji was visible. I made a 4 minutes exposure and the flashing red lights combined with the green fluorescent light of Fujinomiya city reflecting from the clouds was almost hallucinogenic. 1999.

A day later than planned, here’s a round up of some of the photo news which may be of interest including a last call for applications for a £20,000 bursary, a conference on Humanising Photography in Durham, UK, and Magnum’s latest photography workshops where Chris Steele-Perkins, who took this photo, will be one of the six Magnum shooters leading one of the workshop in Barcelona, Spain.

You have until 25 September to apply for the National Media Museum’s £20,000 photography bursary scheme. Aimed at emerging photographers “the bursaries help talented photographers produce existing projects or a new body of work and provide support for them to develop and enhance their practice and profile”. All nationalities are welcome to apply as long as they are resident in the UK at the time of the award. Sponsors working in partnership with the Museum include Zelda Cheatle (WMG Photography Advisor and Curator) and James Hyman (James Hyman Gallery).

A previous recipient of the bursary documentary photographer Simon Roberts follows up his Russian adventure Motherland with the launch of his new book We English (published by Chris Boot, 2 October) at The Photographers’ Gallery this week. The work is also on show there from 1 September – 18 October in the Print Room where Roberts will be giving a talk on 30 September. Photographs from this project can also be seen in New York at the Klompching Gallery from 10 September – 24 October, and an exhibition of We English, which was produced with the help of a £7,000 award from the scheme, will take place in March 2010 at the NMM.

Provide a brief written synopsis of your proposal with your CV, an example of your work, and the application form.

25 September.

“Projects must be completed within one year of awards being made and successful applicants are expected to work independently, but will receive support and guidance from Museum staff if required. At the completion of the project successful applicants must donate one work from an edition, or a series of works, to the National Media Museum”.

You’ve got until 11 September to sign up for a three-day conference, Humanising Photography: Third International Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies (DCAPS) Conference which takes place from 25 – 27 September at the University of Durham. To register you need to download a registration form from the DCAPS website.

“Humanising Photography explores the relationship between photography, humanism, human rights and humanitarianism” and will feature contributions “from photographers Luis Sinco (who will discuss his iconic ‘Marlboro Man’ image in conversation with Thomas Keenan), Marcelo Brodsky, and Bruno Boudjelal, as well as papers from a range of international experts, including Sharon Sliwinski, Patricia Hayes and Mark Reinhardt.

The conference is organised by Autograph ABP in partnership with the University of Durham.

Applications are now open for Magnum Photos will be holding an intense five-day practical photography workshop in Barcelona from 3 – 9 November. The workshops are run in partnership with the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB) and the Institut D’Estudis Fotográfics de Catalunya as part of the 2009 Trafic photography forum.

Six Magnum photographers from the agency, Antoine D’Agata, Chien-Chi Chang, Bruce Gilden, Carl De Keyzer, Mark Power and Chris Steele-Perkins, will each lead groups of 12 students. The workshops are offered in English with translators on hand, aim to “provide photographers with an opportunity to spend time and gain advice from leading industry practioners, with a focus on developing individual photographic identity and the skills required to compete in a changing marketplace”.

Submit your portfolio online. This should consist of 10 images and reflect the photographic interests and style of the applicant. Ideally a portfolio should include a project shot over a period of time and be edited in the form of a photo essay.

A good level of photographic aptitude will be essential criteria for participation and candidates should arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph. Magnum recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. Individuals wishing to use film may do so, but at their own cost and during the time imposed. The workshop will coordinate a lab service where possible.

Selected participants should ideally arrive with at least one project idea they wish to develop during the workshop. We recommend that research be conducted before the workshop begins. This should include contact liaison, access information and even preliminary shooting. Project ideas will be discussed at the beginning of the week, and participants will be responsible for their own project coordination. All projects must be conducted within Barcelona and the surrounding area.

€700 plus VAT (does not include travel, accommodation or on the ground expenses)
All applicants must submit a €75/£65 application fee, which will be applied to your tuition if you are accepted into the workshop. This fee will be fully refunded, minus a 5% service fee, if you are NOT accepted into the workshop. 
Applications without a fee will not be processed.

Funding from Centre de Fotografia Documental de Barcelona, means that 15 Spanish residents will be given the opportunity to participate in the Magnum Workshop Barcelona for a subsidized fee of €300.


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