BPF18 Emerging Curators: Is Photography Democratic?

20 October


Join us for an event specially created by our Trainee Curators to interrogate how photography changes everything.

Anyone can take a photo and anyone can be photographed. From surveillance to social media, photography has changed everything. But has the ubiquity of image-making democratised the medium? A third of the world owns a camera... but in a digital age who owns your image? Join the BPF18 Trainee Curators in lively contemplation of how we experience photography today.



Lewis Bush is a writer, photographer, curator and lecturer exploring photography and invisible power. Having spent much of his career illuminating how invisible power operates through the medium of photography, Lewis will speak about surveillance, security and state power in relation to images, with reference to his work.

Vindhya Buthpitiya is a PhD researcher at UCL exploring the relationship between vernacular photography, experiences of conflict, and expressions of identity among the Tamil community in post-war Sri Lanka. Vindhya will tell us about her work on the use of photography during protests of the families of the disappeared in Northern Sri Lanka, as a mode of resistance and remembrance.

Cinzia D’Ambrosi is an award-winning photojournalist, often collaborating with charities and NGOs. She is a champion of photography’s capacity to illuminate human rights issues. Cinzia will contribute insight into the changing role of photojournalism in new mediascape, state/other restrictions on freedom of expression and photography’s power to effect social change.

Lotte Andersen is an artist and visual activist whose practise is rooted in alternative medias and community engagement. Andersen practices in relational media, considering the body as an ever changing site of joy and resistance. Lotte will speak on whether photography today has made it easier for different perspectives to be shared and recognised.

0 BPF18 Collectives' & Youth Hub
Phoenix Brighton
10-14 Waterloo Place
Brighton, BN2 9NB

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