RECLAIM PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2018
Reclaiming Our Future
Reclaim Photography Festival returns to the West Midlands from May to June 2018. The programme will include responses to our open call: Reclaiming Our Future. We will also be offering a special regional project: Reclaiming Our Industrial Might, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Black Country Living Museum, capturing the people, places and industries, past and present, within the Black Country region. We will also be offering events, pop up displays, gallery exhibitions and professional opportunities for young people and emerging artists.
Reclaiming Our Future – We live in an age of rapid acceleration. Advancements in technology, globalisation and climate change are significantly reshaping our communities, cultures, politics, workplaces and fundamental values. The aim of this year’s festival is to capture the impact surrounding these accelerations, and the creative energy and problem-solving initiatives being applied to meet the challenges of our era.
12 May 2018
*A small selection of prints exhibited at our Dudley venues will be chosen for this pop up display.
19-20 May 2018: 19 May 10am-5pm & 7pm-10:30pm*; 20 May 10am-5pm
Print and projected image format
19 May 2018: 10am-4:30pm
*The Museum will be closed between 5pm and 7pm on Saturday 19 May 2018, while we prepare for the evening event.
4 May 2018 9am-8:30pm 5 May 2018 4pm-8:30pm
5 May 2018
Digital format 10am-1pm
* This event is strictly for adults only. The display at the Light House Media Centre shows adult content and mild nudity, and is therefore not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 or for some adults. As a result, audience discretion is advised.
19 May 2018
11am: Photo-walk Black by Day*
This walk includes a tour of our displays and a short visit to Dudley Archive and Local History Service.
9pm: Photo-walk Red by Night*
This walk includes a visit to our special night display.
*Book online direct from the Black Country Living Museum. Museum visitors only.
All events: children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. RPF & RWM accepts no liability for damage, injury or loss.
Book your Eventbrite tickets for our events and talks here.
3 May 2018 7:30-8:00pm
Evening Talk with Walter Rothwell, member of Street Photography International. Read more about Walter and Street Photography International below. Limited tickets available. Booking essential. Order your free ticket from our Eventbrite page.
24 May 2018 7:00-8:30pm
Print Swap Evening – meet other photographers, view their work, alongside our international exhibition, participate in our special Print Swap evening. Please bring along a print of your choice, taken by you, (maximum size 16″ longest edge), to swap during the evening. Limited tickets available. Booking essential. Order your free ticket from our Eventbrite page.
NB: Details of further events to be announced soon.
2 Station Street, B2 4AU
31 May-26 June 2018
Mon – Sat 9am-8pm
NB: No admittance when the Hub is booked for events and meetings.
Tipton Road, DY1 4SQ
Dates coming soon
Tues 9:30am-5pm; Weds-Fri 10:30am-4pm; Sat 10am-4:30pm
Photographic exhibition by looked after children and care leavers. A miniature version of this display will also be exhibited at selected libraries in the Black Country region. More details coming soon.
Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, WV1 1HT
Dates 4 May-30 May 2018
Mon – Fri 9am – 8:30pm
Sat & Sun 45mins before first film until 8:30pm
Gallery Exhibitors Birmingham
John Lewis Community Hub
Adelina Recchia; Brad Horton; Catherine Peakman; David Barrett; Drifter Nick; Emily Naylor; Hanny Foxhall; Jack Yong; Kieran B; Louis Painter; Oliver B; Onur Ercoşkun; Pete Davies; Satish Guddu.
Gallery Exhibitors Wolverhampton
Light House Media Centre
Aaron Cole; Ana Caroline de Lima; Arka Dutta; Ashley Carr; Atsushi Fujiwara; César Dezfuli; Denise Wilson; Fabio Sgroi; Hiro Tanaka; João Galamba de Oliveira; Jochen Stierberger; Lesia Maruschak; Maki Hayashida; Margaret Lansink; Mattia Vacca; Paul Castro; Rachael Bint; Vera Hadzhiyska; Zeng Ge.
Exhibitors Industrial Might
Black Country Living Museum
We are pleased to announce our Industrial Might award winners. A selection of work from each project will be shown with documentary work and archival images from our invited guests 19-20 May 2018. Details about this display coming soon. Award winners: Andrew Crawford; Bradley Pearce; Ken Harrison; Peter Hodgson and Phil Loach.
Exhibitors One Day Event Dudley
Black Country Living Museum
Aaron Cole; Adam Stephenson; Agi Vedres; Alex Djordjevic; Alphonso Sanchez; Aram Tanis; Arka Dutta; Ashley Carr; Bayu Wira Handyan; Ben Altman; Birgit Moser; Bob Langridge; Brendon Bosworth; César Dezfuli; Chiara Giurato; Daniel Evans; Datta Gawade; Denise Wilson; Dibs McCallum; Fabio Sgroi; Georgia Henn; Greg Vivash; HanShun Zhou; Harry Tilsley; Iana Zholud; Jason Carden; Jay Mason Burns; João Galamba de Oliveira; Jochen Stierberger; Joe Black-Ardy; John Hodgett; Joseph Ball; Kieran Wakefield; Laura Cunningham; Lesia Maruschak; Lucia Peluffo; Maki Hayashida; Matt MacPake; Megan Wilson-De La Mare; Melanie King; Mike Cassell; Nevi Kaninia; Nicholas Priest; Nick Tarasov; Nik Taylor; Pablo Charnas; Pablo-Martín Córdoba; Paige J; Paul Castro; Pauline Jurado Barroso; Peter Franck; Rachael Bint; Richard PJ Lambert; Robert Law; Roberto Agostinelli; Samira Saidi; Sean MM; Simon McCreery; Stephen Curry; Steven Fratson; Suzanne Plunkett; TAXI; Thibaut Fleuret; Tom Hicks; Vasilis Katsaganis; Vera Hadzhiyska; Verena Andrea Prenner; Zoe Shayle.
Exhibitors Digital Display Only
Dudley Archive & Local History Service
Wolverhampton Archive Centre
All submissions, approved by our venues, are shown in our digital displays. In addition, the following photographers are exhibiting solely in our digital displays.
Adele Reed; Andrea Zvadova; Andrew Mellor; Aya Nassar; Claire Ferguson; Daniel Munteanu; Dawn Parsonage; Gian Cruz; Inma Berrocal; Janne Riikonen; Maria Lloyd; Marie Smith; Nelson Miranda; Peter Harper; Rana Aminian; Stephanie Foden; Tanya Ahmed.
Exhibitors One Day Event Birmingham
Diana Halstead; Drifter Nick; Eva Bachmann, Lindsey Davis; Mohammed Bukhari; Nic Redhead; Pete Davies; Peter Griffiths; Richard Lambert; Richard Nicholls; Satish Guddu.
Exhibitors One Day Event Wolverhampton
Light House Media Centre
Abi Fryer; Adam I; Alex Mitchell; Alisha A; Amy G; Asalah Ahmed; Barney W; Bethany R; Bobbie H; Brooke R; Bryony C; Cait B; Charlie B; Charlie C; Chelsey W; Chloe F; Chloe HP; Courtney Cutler; Courtney Roussell; Dani B; David Wakelam; Eleanor T; Emmy C; Ervic DJ; Ethan H; Eve R; Florence R; George K; George W; Georgia B; Georgie M; Giovanni de Luca Blakeman; Hannah S; Hanna T; Hattie R; Heidi L; India C; Isabella H; Jack S; James Edmunds; James G; James P; Jamie B; Jessie M; Joanna Niec; Joe H; Joe JS; Joe W; Joseph Jones; Josh J; Juliette C; Kaitlin L; Kiera L; Laura May M; Lauren Cartwright; Lauren MD; Lauren S; Lauren T; Leah T; Liv M; Lois H; Lucy J; Maddie F; Maddie L; Magdalena Nycnerska; Matthew G; Matt H; Megan S; Meg C; Milly A; Nat BS: Owen W; Peter C; Sam H; Shannon Hales; Sophie C; Sophie P; Tav Manyara; Tiegan Ogden; Tillie Smith; Yasmin S.
Reclaim Photography Festival is proud to announce our third Festival awards. Our team of Festival curators will select a range of prints for our gallery exhibition hosted by the Light House Media Centre from 4 May – 30 May 2018 and the John Lewis Community Hub from 31 May – 26 June 2018. Awards for our gallery exhibitors include:
*exhibition alongside internationally renowned photographers;
*exhibition exposure in two main city galleries;
*inclusion in exhibition marketing and promotion campaign;
*inclusion of a selection of gallery exhibitors’ work in Lenscratch magazine*.
Work Experience Opportunity – Reclaim Photography Festival is offering work experience opportunities for young people to assist with the planning and delivery of our special group autumn gallery exhibition.
Exhibition Opportunity – Reclaim Photography Festival is offering the opportunity to a selection of photographers, to exhibit in a special autumn exhibition and publication.
LENSCRATCH – LENSCRATCH* is a daily journal that explores contemporary photography and offers opportunities for exposure and community. Created in 2007, Aline Smithson set a goal of writing about a different photographer each day, presenting work in a way that allows for a deeper understanding of a photographer’s intent and vision.
Since its inception, LENSCRATCH has featured the work of thousands of photographers and has provided a platform to launch numerous portfolios. LENSCRATCH has been a media partner to numerous photography festivals and organizations such as CENTER, Filter Photo Festival, Medium Photo Festival, LOOK3, and Reclaim Photography Festival in the UK.
NB: Please note all details are subject to change.
Maxine Watts – Founder and Artistic Director of Reclaim Photography and Festival (RPF) West Midlands UK. RPF offers an annual programme of collaborations, events and exhibitions; dedicated to showing the very best in art photography free of cost or competition. Recent work includes producing A Cartography of Dreams for Dimbola Museum and Galleries with artists: Paul Biddle, Tami Bone, Jonah Calinawan and Fran Forman. reclaimphotographyfestival.org
Aline Smithson – Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore ideas of childhood, aging, and the humanity that connects us. She received a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Alan Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor, Aline returned to Los Angeles and to her own artistic practice.
She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN, Communication Arts, Eyemazing, Real Simple, Soura, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.
In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 and she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition.
In 2007, Aline founded LENSCRATCH, a photography journal that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photo-eye, and has provided the forewords for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Meg Griffiths, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron, amongst others. Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines, including Review Santa Fe, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and the Griffin Museum. In addition, she is a reviewer and educator at many photo festivals across the United States. She is a founding member of the Six Shooters Collective and has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001. www.alinesmithson.com
Walter Rothwell – After finishing a Photography Higher National Diploma at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, Walter Rothwell ran a photography gallery in London and freelanced for companies, newspapers and magazines. He then spent a period travelling, living in Europe and Asia working with NGO’s and undertaking personal projects.
Now back living in UK, working on commissions and long-term personal projects. Walter’s photography has been published and exhibited internationally, is held in private collections and the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. He is a member of the Street Photography International collective, which has the largest dedicated street photography account on Instagram with over 400,000 followers. www.walterrothwell.com streetphotographyinternational.com instagram@walter_rothwell instagram@streetphotographyinternational
Bradley Pearce – Bradley Pearce is an event and award winning fine art photographer. His clients include: Big Bear Music, the University of Wolverhampton, Evocreative (Czech Republic), Le Monde Restaurants, Muchapraga (Czech Republic), Care Roadshows, Peli, iPilot Escape (Czech Republic), Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Karlin Studios (Czech Republic), Czech Botanical Institute (Czech Republic), Licklist, Splaat Media and Deliveroo.
Bradley was runner up at the Fujifilm Young Talent Awards 2016. He also graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a First Class Honours Degree in Photography. www.bradleypearcephotography.com
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, sponsors, supporters and venues, for their help with this year’s events, exhibitions and talks, and Reclaim Photography members for inviting us to host our third UK international Reclaim Photography Festival.
KBM Framing Gallery Walsall
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Telephone: 01922 710444
Email: 07941 845336
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Palm Laboratory Birmingham
69 Rea Street, Birmingham, B5 6BB
Telephone: 0121 6225504
We offer all types of film and photo processing services, digital photographic printing, scanning, mounting and photo books. We pride ourselves on our friendly helpful service, as, likeminded people, we have a love of the photographic image. Make sure you visit us at www.palmlabs.co.uk and join us on Facebook.