At the end of the last year, I was invited by Redeye: The Photography Network, Manchester, to compile a written documentary of the National Photography Symposium 2018. With speakers and delegates from far and wide across the field of photography, and beyond, it was timely and interdisciplinary in focus – photography and its online and offline roles in, and changing relationships with, technology, science, environment and sustainability, education and the world of work, journalism, gender, health and wellbeing, agriculture and the rural, community action, the “B” word (dare I say Brexit) and so much more. If photography is your world, read my words on NPS2018 here:
The three-day event concluded on discussions of potential “campaigns for the future” – what micro-actions can we make towards change in the photography sector? Four key areas were highlighted (in no particular order), including:
- Metadata – How do we gather research, identify targets and use a slogan to gain visibility of the need?
- Copyright – Specific to creative content, how do we inform photographers and work with the education sector to emphasis responsibility?
- Education – What courses and career paths are available, not limited to further and higher education?
- Gender bias – As a broader movement, what are the perceptions of this in/of photography and cultural leadership?
Redeye Network would like to hear your thoughts on the above – what are your key interests, issues and incentives that drive your photography and photographic practice? What do you think are key areas of change for the whole industry and can you think of issues in photography where you would like to see campaigns developed?