The Photography Show - held at the NEC in Birmingham from 21-24 March - is one of the biggest photographic events in the year, bringing together the very best of the photographic industry.
Part of The Photography Show's appeal is that it provides a platform to address and champion all aspects of the photographic world. In-keeping with this ethos the show has introduced a panel discussion that focuses on Women in Photography, a subject that is topical for the industry and still very much discussed and debated.
A panel of women, all leaders in their chosen field, will discuss the position of women in photography as seen from their own experience and perspectives.
Facilitator, Bridget Coaker, Founder of Troika Editions and Picture Editor for The Guardian and The Observer explains ''The resurgence of feminism and issues of gender equality make the debate around the role of women in photography relevant not only to the photographic industry but to women's position in society more generally. Women work either side of the camera, as maker or subject and as importantly women are often the leaders, taste-makers and educators within the photography world, yet it is the men who command the high prices in galleries and are chosen for high profile fashion and advertising commissions.''
The three key themes open to discussion will be
Does photography have a gender bias
Raising the profile of women photography - should we rely on more traditional strategies of encouragement to help break through
Networking and self promotion, confidence and self belief. Are they enough
Coaker goes on to say ''This will be a great opportunity to hear how women can succeed and what obstacles still remain to be overcome. Expect a lively discussion from both the panel and questions from the floor.''
The panel discussion takes place 1400-1530 on Monday 23rd March in the Toute Suite.
The Photography Show would like to take a leading role in the wider discussion about women in photography, to open up a debate around key themes within this area and promote more inclusive attitudes throughout the industry.
An expert panel of leading female imaging professionals will discuss, in an open and frank way, their experiences working within the photographic community.
Taking part in the debate will be a dynamic collective of women. The panel consists of
Bridget Coaker - Founder of Troika Editions and Picture Editor for The Guardian and The Observer will be the discussion leader.
Louise Clements - Artistic Director, QUAD and FORMAT Festival
Anna Fox - Documentary Photographer and Professor, UCA
Camilla Brown -Curator, Writer and Lecturer of Contemporary Art
Natasha Caruana - Professional Photographer, Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey.
The Women in Photography Discussion Panel will provide an opportunity for all photographers to share their experiences of working within photography.
Places to attend are limited, pre-bookable tickets are not necessary; however a ticket to enter The Photography Show is needed.
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