Wex Photo Video has announced 'Women in the Industry' - a showcase presenting the work of female photographers and cinematographers across eight concurrent events around the UK. A new landmark for the photo/video category, Women in the Industry will feature a series of creative and insightful workshops, equipment presentations, photo walks, masterclasses and seminars, all taking place on Friday 28 September 2018, at locations from Edinburgh to Belfast to London.
Speakers will range from award-winning food, fashion and architectural photographers to renowned professional filmmakers.
Tiffany Tangen, events coordinator at Wex Photo Video, commented, ''Here at Wex, we want to celebrate some of the incredible female photographers and videographers we work with every day. This new initiative creates a unique platform for them to showcase their immense talents, while sharing their knowledge and experience with others.
''We feel it is important to change the way the industry is presented and the way it works. This event is just the beginning of a more diverse portfolio of activities you can expect to see from Wex Photo Video in future. Challenging the norm, from engaging female speakers to using a higher percentage of male models in shoots, will ultimately help to create a more welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for all. We hope that Women in the Industry will inspire other companies to follow suit.''
Angela Nicholson, founder of women's photography network SheClicks, said, ''One of the reasons behind the SheClicks Facebook group is to enable women to learn from other female photographers, and it's great that Wex has recognised that the industry needs to change if it's to become more inclusive. Events like Women in the Industry are an important step forward and one that I welcome wholeheartedly.''
Verity Milligan, who will host a photo walk as part of the programme, said, ''I'm delighted to be taking part in the inaugural Wex Photo Video Women in the Industry event, and I'm looking forward to running a photo walk in Bristol, a city with which I have a strong connection. Events like this are a fabulous way to raise awareness of women working in an often male-dominated industry, and will hopefully provide inspiration and motivation for other talented photographers.''
Ellie Rothnie, wildlife photographer, commented, ''When I first started out as a wildlife photographer, I was struck by just how few female role models there were. The vast majority of images I saw and admired were taken by men and, for many years, I wondered why this was the case. Over time, it became clear that a large number of women are dissuaded from taking up wildlife photography because of the perception that it is physically challenging and, at times, can be potentially dangerous. I'm delighted to say this situation has massively improved in recent years and I now find myself guiding trips where, in a growing number of cases, half the guests are women. This will only continue to improve if we actively support and celebrate the success of female wildlife photographers and filmmakers and provide positive role models for the future. This first Women in the Industry event is tremendous news for everyone involved in photography and filmmaking.''
Gigi Umbrasaite, fashion photographer, added, ''I am honoured to be invited to take part in this event. Women in photography is a subject close to my heart. In a previously male-focused industry, it's encouraging to see how it has all started to change. I am grateful to be able to share my own journey, and through activities like this, to encourage other women to be proud of their work and their career.''
Women in the Industry speaker line-up on 28 September 2018:
Belfast - Calumet Photographic, Boucher Road, Belfast
10.00 Seminar with Helen Sloan - official photographer for Game of Thrones
London - Wex Photo Video, Commercial Road, London E1
10.00 Seminar with Ellie Rothnie - wildlife photographer 12.00 Seminar with Martine Hamilton-Knight - architectural photographer 14.30 Seminar with Gigi Umbrasaite - fashion photographer
Glasgow - Wex Photo Video, Oakbank Industrial Estate, Glasgow
10.00 Workshop with Natalia Poniatowska - art photographer
Birmingham - Wex Photo Video, 100 Hagley Road, Birmingham
10.00 Seminar with Marianne Chua - documentary wedding photographer
(sponsored by Fujifilm)
Bristol - Wex Photo Video, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol
10.00 Photo walk with Verity Milligan - landscape photographer
Norwich - Wex Photo Video, Frenbury Estate, Norwich
10.00 Masterclass with Esther Ling - food photographer (sponsored by Panasonic)
Edinburgh - Wex Photo Video, Bonnington Business Centre, Edinburgh
10.00 Seminar with Sophie Gerrard - documentary photographer
Manchester - Wex Photo Video, Downing Street Industrial Estate, Manchester
14.00 Seminar with Tania Freimuth - DOP and cinematographer (sponsored by Canon)
For full details of each seminar, the presenters and venue information, and to make a booking, please visit the Wex Photo Video website below
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