Secrecy – Power – Ignorance

The Martin Parr Foundation in collaboration with SPIN (the Secrecy, Power and Ignorance research Network) and the University of Bristol announce a new photography commission.

What does secrecy ‘look’ like?
How do confessions matter to society?
How does ignorance shape our daily lives and our politics?
How should we respond to the rise of ‘fakes’ and ‘fakery’ in the world?

Using these questions and themes as a provocation, we want to hear your ideas for creating a series of photographic images and/or photographic-based collage or screen-print.

Fee: £1000 + £250 travel expenses. Outcome: 4-6 images.

Apply before midnight, 20th May 2024.

Eligibility: We are particularly keen to hear from new and emerging photographers from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in British photography. 

Send a short expression of interest, link to your portfolio, and a short paragraph on why you think you meet the eligibility criteria to:
[email protected]

In addition, this commission will offer the chance to:

– Meet the team at the MPF, have access to their collection and extensive photographic library to use as a source of inspiration and reference for your work.
– Get invitations to attend MPF events, Foundation tour and an exhibition opening.
– To meet with and have access to research support from Dr Elspeth Van Veeren, Associate Professor in Global Politics (secrecy and security cultures, visualities, US politics) and associated researchers in SPIN.
– Invitations to attend SPIN events, talks, panels, workshops.

The work produced through the commission will be showcased via the MPF Instagram, on the SPIN website/socials, through the publication of a limited run of postcards through the MPF, and as part SPIN speaker series and/or podcast series.

If you have any questions please contact Elspeth: [email protected] or Jon: [email protected]

To see past examples of SPIN-MPF commissions, please go to:

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