BOP 22
Saturday Artist Talks

BOP 22 is accompanied by a programme of talks across SAT 08 and SUN 09 OCT, which will be held in the RPS auditorium. On this page you can find further information and buy tickets for the talks happening on SAT 08 OCT.

This year the BOP talks have been curated to share new photographic works published in 2022 and to hold conversations on photography, publishing, archiving, and more. See below for a summary of the Saturday talks.

Reflecting on maternity and motherhood, photographer Andi Galdi Vinko will discuss her new photobook, Sorry I Gave Birth I Disappeared But Now I’m Back, published by Trolley books, 2022.

Drawing on her own personal experiences as a mother and as an artist, Andi presents motherhood in a realistic way, contradicting representations in film, photos, paintings and mainstream media produced by men.

This is a baby friendly event. Parents and children of all ages are welcome.

Photographer and cinematographer Roger Deakins – best known for his collaborations with directors such as the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes – will be in conversation with Aaron Schuman to discuss ‘Byways’, his first monograph.

‘Byways’ includes previously unpublished black-and-white photographs spanning five decades, from 1971 to the present, including previously unseen images.

Roger will be doing a book signing in the MPF gallery after the talk / 12.30.

12.30 to 13.15 / KAVI PUJARA
Kavi Pujara will share an insight behind his project, This Golden Mile. This talk coincides with an exhibition at Martin Parr Foundation and the publication of a photobook by Setanta Books that present this new work.

Photographed over the last five years against the backdrop of Brexit and the British government’s immigration reforms, Kavi explores themes of identity, migration, home and Britishness, as he rediscovers the Gujarati community he grew up in around Leicester’s Golden Mile; a community with a migration history to Britain going back over fifty years.

14.15 to 15.30 / MAGNUM PHOTOS AT 75, ERNEST COLE
Hamish Crooks and Mark Sanders discuss Ernest Cole’s seminal publication House of Bondage (Re-release Fall 2022, Aperture)

Ernest Cole was born on 21st March 1940 on the outskirts of Pretoria and died on 21st February 1990 in New York City. Growing up amidst discrimination in South Africa, inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cole emerged as the first black ‘essayist’ in South African photographic history; in 1966 he fled to Europe and later, the United States; House Of Bondage – the first photographic book by a black South African – was published in 1967.

It was readily assumed that the vast majority of Cole’s negatives had been lost. In 2017, more than 60,000 of Ernest’s negatives, missing for more than forty years, were discovered in a Stockholm bank vault. Magnum Photos are now working to catalogue this archive. Hamish Crooks, Magnum’s former Global Licensing Director, together with Mark Sanders, Special Advisor to the Ernest Cole Family Trust, discuss what we know of Cole’s life and work, the importance of his work’s inclusion in the Magnum archive, and the new expanded edition of House of Bondage.

15.45 to 16.30 / EWEN SPENCER
Ewen Spencer will deliver a talk on his latest photobook, While You Were Sleeping 1998-2000, published by Damiani, 2022. Featuring Ewen’s previously unseen photographs, While you Were Sleeping is a rich and comprehensive visual document of 90s nightlife and subculture. The publication grants special access to an underground world, providing a unique and genuine insight into one of the most memorable era for British fashion, music and youth culture.

Julia Fullerton-Batten will discuss her latest photobook, Looking out from Within, which she self published earlier this year. In this work Julia explores the disturbing effect the Covid-19 lockdown had on people’s everyday lives. She made portraits of her neighbours imprisoned in their homes as they gazed out of their window, onto the surreal and silent world outside.

Renowned for her highly cinematic visual story-telling, each image presents the narrative of the people in the image, who were invited to dress up and use props to share their experiences.

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