BPF18 Instagram Project – #ThisPhotoChangedMyLife

Take part in the festival by sharing an image that changed your life.

It might be a selfie or a picture of a loved one; the first scan of a child; a photo of a new house; an image of someone who has died; a landscape that feels like home. It might be a photo in a newspaper of an event that changed the world, or a photo by an artist that has left a lasting impression. It can be happy, sad, profound or trivial. It will be a photo that made change happen.

Inspired by Marvin Heiferman’s book Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2013), submit your photo to one of Heiferman’s insightful categories:

# who we are:

Photography is central to who we are and how we portray ourselves and those around us.

# what we do:

Photography does more than document what we’ve done; it shapes what we do.

# what we see:

Photography allows us to see what the human eye cannot, what lies outside our daily experiences, and determines what we choose to show to each other.

# where we go:

Photography enables us to see beyond the boundaries of everyday life in ways that were once unimaginable.

# what we want:

Photography powerfully shapes our needs and expresses desire.

# what we remember:

Photography influences and alters our relationship to history, memory and even death.

Submissions are now open and will close on the final day of the festival, Sunday 28 October 2018. Submitted images will appear on our Instagram feed; on the Maxx Brighton Lights Screen on Queens Road, Brighton; at Phoenix Brighton and at our Closing Party at ACCA, University of Sussex on 27 October. Come and hear Marvin Heiferman speak at our Closing Party.


  • Post an image on your own Instagram account and make sure to tag @photofringe and use hashtag #ThisPhotoChangedMyLife


  • Submit one image that you believe ‘changed your life’
  • Include the title and author of the image (if applicable)
  • Include a short description of how the image changed your life
  • Let us know your Instagram profile if you have one (ie @yourinstagramname)
  • Send your photo as a.jpg file to info@photgfringe.org with subject line: INSTAGRAM SUBMISSION

By taking part you agree to let Brighton Photo Fringe share your submitted image across our social media platforms within the context of BPF18.

We look forward to seeing and sharing the images that changed your lives!





Image: © Kate O'Neill from The Precursor Project, November 2015. "This photograph was taken on 13th November 2015, the day of the Paris terrorist attacks, hours before the attacks occurred. The image, taken on on analogue camera, launched an ongoing photographic archive project looking at the documenting process of precursor moments to terrorist attacks - aiming to encourage social change through positive imagery."

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