Politics in Focus: A Discussion of Photography and Politics

Event Date: 16 June 2014
Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck presents:

Social Sciences Week 2014

Politics in Focus: A Discussion of Photography and Politics

Can and should photographers capture the complexity of the political process? Is the relationship between photography and political advocacy changing? Can photographs tell us anything about politics that we do not already know? In this panel discussion, three renowned photographers will show a selection of their work and talk about the changing relationship between politics and photography.

Martin Argles has photographed British politics for thirty years and until recently was staff photographer for The Guardian. In 2010, he was named the SABMiller Photographer of the Year in the Picture Editors’ Guild Awards for his photo essay on Gordon Brown’s final days as Prime Minister.

Melanie Friend is a photographer, photojournalist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. Her exhibition, Border Country, which uses sound and image to focus on asylum seekers and migrants in detention in the UK, was nominated for the European Central Bank Europe Annual Photography Award 2008. Follow Melanie on Twitter @MelanieFriend57

Carlos Reyes Manzo is a documentary photographer and poet. His work deals with people who are marginalised from society and who suffer human rights abuses. He has covered events ranging from the Nicaraguan revolution to famine in Ethiopia. In 2014, he was chosen as the first Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence at Birkbeck College. Follow Carlos on Twitter @reyesmanzo

Chair: Dermot Hodson

Introduction by Dermot Hodson (Birkbeck):

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Melanie Friend:

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Carlos Reyes Manzo:

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Martin Argles:

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