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Photomonth 2009

Event preview

THIS year, the annual east London photography festival, Photomonth 2009, runs from October 1 to November 30.

Described as a photographic feast, Photomonth 2009 consists of over 150 exhibitions and events, which take place in more than 85 galleries and spaces across East London and the City. It’s London’s only photography festival and the largest in the UK.

Major artists exhibiting this year include Eugene Richards, Jim Goldberg, Jenny Matthews, Nadav Kander, Terry O’Neill, Tom Hunter and Sophie Calle, as well as many exciting emerging artists who have chosen to show in a wide variety of interesting venues – from the Crypt at Christ Church to Lennie’s Snack Bar.

Headline Events:

Photomonth Opening – Thursday, October 1 (6pm to 9pm) at the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Photomonth opens with an evocative exhibition of Paul Trevor’s images of an East End childhood from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. At the opening, Photomonth will launch its new Youth Photography Award, sponsored by the World Photography Organisation.

Photomonth Photofair – Saturday, October 10 (10am to 6pm) at Spitalfields Traders Market. Admission free.

Here, you’ll find photographers selling their prints; galleries, including The Photographers Gallery, Cynthia Corbett Gallery and Rocket; magazines, books, products and services; the photo-bus and a photo-bar. It provides a great opportunity to buy prints at very reasonable prices from emerging artists and play Pass the Parcel with Photobox for fantastic prizes.
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Photomonth Photo-Open – from Thursday, October 15 to Wednesday, November 4 (daily from 12 noon to 6pm) at the Old Truman Brewery (F Block). Admission free.

See this year’s submissions in a show invigilated by the photographers. A wide range of subjects and approaches will be exhibited and all prints will be for sale. The show will be curated by Alternative Arts. To participate, email

Photomonth Portfolio Reviews – Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 (11am to 4pm both days) at Whitechapel Gallery.

This is an opportunity for photographers to showcase their work to curators, publishers, picture editors, journalists, gallerists and established artists. Reviewers this year include Louise Garczewska/Getty Images Gallery; Tony Bell/Picture Editor, Observer; Hannah Watson/Trolley Books; Simon Bainbridge/British Journal of Photography; and Renee Mussai/Autograph ABP.

Photomonth Lecture – Thursday, November 12 (7pm) at Whitechapel Gallery.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Mark Neville, who is best known for his Port Glasgow Book Project where he produced a coffee table book of social documentary style images which he then delivered free to all 8,000 homes in the Port.

Tickets: £7, £5 concessions. Booking essential on 020 7522 7888 or online

Free Brochures are available from

Full details of the Photomonth 2009 programme will be on the Official Website