International Photography Festival 2018 / Gŵyl Ffotograffiaeth Ryngwladol 2018

Fantastic Speakers

Once again, we've arranged a diverse mix of talent working in different genres of photography as EYE Festival speakers - so there's sure to be something of interest for everyone.

Our speaker programme over the Festival weekend has been the big talking point amongst attendees of past EYE Festivals and we think we've risen to the challenge again for 2018. Our roster includes the much respected UK street portrait photographer Niall McDiarmid (now showing at The Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol), cultural documentary master and VII Agency member Jocelyn Bain Hogg, award-winning photojournalists Danilo Balducci and Kate Holt, wet-plate photographer Kasia Wozniak, photo editor Neil Bennett from Australia, and artist/photographer Helen Marshall.
 
As ever, the friendly atmosphere of our event and venue means there's ample opportunity to meet and chat with our speakers over the Festival weekend.

Niall McDiarmid

Documentary Photographer

Kasia Wozniak

Film wet-plate photographer.

Danilo Balducci

Photojournalist

Kate Holt

Photojournalist

 

Neil Bennett

Picture Editor

Helen Marshall

Artist/Photographer

José Sarmento Matos

Documentary Photographer

 
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Niall McDiarmid

Documentary Photographer

 
 

Niall McDiarmid is a Scottish photographer based in London.

His work is primarily about documenting the people and landscape of Britain. His relaxed approach of spending short periods wandering the streets of unfamiliar places allows him to observe not just the characters but also the complimentary colours, details and textures of their surroundings. His books include Crossing Paths (2013), Via Vauxhall (2015) and the latest Town To Town (2018).

Recognising the importance of Niall's portraits captured across Britain, a large selection of his work featured in the first guest photographer exhibition held in the new Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, UK in early 2018.

Niall's portraits are held by the Museum of London, the National Portrait Gallery and the Sir Elton John Photographic Collection.

www.niallmcdiarmid.com

 
 

All images © Niall McDiarmid. Used here with permission.

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Kasia Wozniak

Photographer

 
 

Kasia Wozniak, is a photographer who specialises in the Wet Plate Collodion process.

Wet Plate Collodion is one of the first photography techniques, dating back to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The photograph is an outcome of a photographic ceremony, starting with the preparation of chemical solutions, pouring the negative solution onto the glass plate, which is then placed in the camera and exposed to the subject, the ceremony ends with developing the image in the darkroom. The fixed plate then becomes a hand crafted photograph.

Kasia Wozniak is fascinated by the idea of creating a photographic image that is permanent and fragile, encapsulating the bespoke element of the photograph created once and only once, in the moment never to be repeated. Simultaneously, she is concerned with the relationship between photographer, sitter and the viewer. Her work questions the authenticity of the image and how we view photographs today. Intrigued by how the photographic image can become an object in its own right in the age of digital image making.

Kasia has been a guest lecturer and workshop leader at the University of The Arts London and the Norwich University of the Arts.

Born in Poland 1983, she currently lives and works in London.

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All images © Kasia Wozniak. Used here with permission.
Portrait of Kasia © Lily Bertrand-Webb

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Danilo Balducci

Photojournalist

 

Danilo Balducci is a multi award-winning professional photojournalist.

Born in L'Aquila, Italy in 1971, Danilo graduated from the Superior Institute of Photography and Integrated Communication in Rome and has worked as a professional photographer internationally since 1999.

His work has been used in national and international newspapers and magazines and he has exhibited world wide winning numerous prestigious awards including 1st prize in single and picture story at the Italian Photo Awards and Tokyo Photo Awards and Photographer of the Year at the B&W Spider Awards - all during 2017.

His latest book, 'La Linea Invisible' (The Invisible Line) records the ongoing migrant situation across Europe.

In addition to his work as a photojournalist, Danilo is a professor of photography and reportage at the Academy of Fine Arts in L'Aquila. 

www.danilobalducci.photoshelter.com

 
 

All images © Danilo Balducci. Used here with permission.

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Kate Holt

Photojournalist

 

Kate Holt is a photojournalist and founder of Arete.

She started her career working in the newsroom of the BBC in London. Her first field experience was in Kosovo in 1999 documenting the effects of the conflict on the civilian population. Since then she has traveled extensively documenting refugees and the effects of war and poverty in conflicts in the Dem. Rep. of Congo, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti.

For the last twelve years she has photographed regularly for numerous NGOS – including UNICEF, Care International, Jhpiego, the International Red Cross, MSF and OXFAM. She is a regular contributor to the BBC, The Guardian and The Mail on Sunday and has also had work published in The Independent, The Times, The Observer, The Telegraph and The Financial Times.

Nominated numerous times for the Amnesty Award for humanitarian reporting and photography, Kate holds a Masters in History of Art and a Post graduate diploma in photojournalism.

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All images © Kate Holt. Used here with permission.

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Neil Bennett portrait

Neil Bennett

Picture Editor

 

Neil Bennett is an award-winning picture editor and photographer living in Sydney, Australia.

His professional career began as a trainee photographer in 1989, the last great year of the black and white darkroom in the legendary photographic department at the Western Mail and Echo in Cardiff. Over the last three decades he has worked for various newspapers and magazines in the UK, US, and Australia including The Guardian, the BBC, Big Pictures and The Sunday Herald in Scotland. As a picture editor, staff photographer, and deputy editor - his career has also taken him on assignment to New York, Ethiopia, Washington and Tasmania.

Neil is currently the National Photographic Manager for News Corporation, Australia’s leading publisher based in Sydney, after emigrating in 2008. Since joining News Corp he has managed over 80 photographers and picture desk staff. He enjoys nurturing young trainees and inspiring more experienced photographers.

He still loves creating pictures and believes Magnum Founder Robert Capa got it right when he said, "If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough”

instagram.com/bennettpix

 
 
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Helen Marshall portrait

Helen Marshall

Artist / Photographer

 

Helen Marshall is a British artist whose work is rooted in photography and new media.

She has a track record in socially engaged and participatory practice in the public realm.Her work is held in public and private collections. In 2016 she set up The Peoples Picture, a stand alone platform for her growing portfolio of photo mural work combining thousands of photographs to tell a story, commemorating an important occasion or to bring attention to important social issues.

Helen is the winner of numerous awards including Nikon International Award NPCI Japan and an abundance of exhibitions throughout the UK plus internationally in Indonesia, China, plus North Carolina, and Florida in the USA.

She has produced exhibitions and commissions for the Horniman Museum, BBC Television, Tate Britain, and The Photographers Gallery.

www.helenmarshall.co.uk

 
 

Images © Helen Marshall. Used here with permission.

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José Sarmento Matos

Documentary Photographer

 
 

José Sarmento Matos is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in London and a Leica Ambassador.

In December 2014 José completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, where he lectures on the BA and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses. He is interested in covering stories about the current social uncertainty in Europe and other parts of the world. As well as analysing relevant contemporary world issues by focusing on people's personal stories, he also focuses his work on his diary photography - documenting what's around his day-to-day life.

Jose is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He has also published his personal projects in outlets world wide including Newsweek, Financial Times, WIRED, The New Yorker. The New York Times and Suddeutsche Zeitung. Other clients includes, A+E Networks, HISTORY channel, Huck Magazine, Expresso, Jornal Publico, Noticias Magazine, Microsoft, Victionary, and Leica.

In 2015 the José was named one of the winners of "30 under 30" Magnum award for 'Young Documentary Photographers' with his project 'Turning The Page'. Developed in Portugal, the project focuses on the change in individuals who have been traumatised as a result of violent crimes. This project was also exhibited in several galleries in Portugal from November 2015 until late 2016.

José's work has been exhibited in galleries and other venues in cities including London, Oslo, Berlin, Birmingham, Stavanger and Paris. He was a member of 'Project Sea Change'; a documentary collective about today's young Europeans and how they are dealing with the social and financial crisis in Europe. 


The Sea Change photo book was published in January 2015. 

www.josesmatos.com

 
 

All images © José Sarmento Matos. Used here with permission.

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