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Photomonth 2011

Photomonth 2011

Event preview

THIS year, the annual east London photography festival, Photomonth 2011 runs from October 1 to November 30, 2011.

The event opens on October 1 with a retrospective of the documentary photographer Phil Maxwell at Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH, where his work is being archived for public use.

The exhibition, which runs until November 30, is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm.

More than 100 galleries and venues in East London and beyond are exhibiting work by established and emerging photographers.

Major exhibitions include Simon Roberts at Flowers, Faseeh Sams at Gallery 320, Rob Macdonald at the new Hackney Picture House, Kerry Clarke and Gemma Donovan at the Townhouse, Andrew Grainger at the Carpenters Arms and Colin O’Brien at Pages of Hackney.

Original venues include Agnes b, Heel Gallery in the Grocery and Lock 7 Cycle Café.

Photomonth, which aims to be the most inclusive photography festival, creates opportunities for everyone to be involved in photography with a wide range of workshops and courses, photowalks, the photofair, the photo-open show, seminars, discussions, artists talks and entertaining events.

This year’s events include:

Photomonth Photofair – at Spitalfields Traders Market, Brushfield Street, E1 6AA on Saturday, October 8 (10am to 6pm). Admission free.

There will be a hundred stalls and stands with photographers selling prints, galleries, books, magazines, products and services – an ideal opportunity to buy new work at very reasonable prices. Look out for the Camera Obscura Campervan by Fotonow.

Exhibitors include: Association of Photographers, Books by Photographers, Four Corners, Idea Generation, ITINERARTE, London Independent Photography, Metro Imaging, Photobox, Photofusion, theprintspace, Troika Editions, Elisa Bellomo & Daniele De Paola, Christopher Burrows & Duncan Godfrey, Stewart Birch…

… Christian Carella, Anne Clements, Laura Cockburn, Patrick Dalton, Gareth Davies, Simona Dell’Agli, Cath Dupuy, Chloe Edwards, Vikki Ellis, Peter H Evans, Carolyn Gaskell, Bill Gilliam, Becky Hamilton, Isabel Infantes, Catherine Jacobs, Shelly Kallmeyer, Sarah Keller, James Kerr, Stuart Koenig-Roach…

… Ashley la Grange, Ben Lovejoy, Rob Macdonald, Andrew Millar, Peter Moseley, Elizabeth Orcutt, Emma Patricia, Massimiliano Petrossi, Duncan Phillips, Santa Piterniece, Susan Power, Natasha Quarmby, Nina Saunders, Becky Kate Shepherd, Beccy Smart, Peter Spurgeon, Petr Strnad, Heather Sullivan and more….

Photomonth Photowalks, a programme of history walks that have been specially devised with professional guides and a photographer to assist.

Saturday, October 9 – Brick Lane/Spitalfields (2pm to 4.30pm); Sunday, November 6 – The Porter’s Path/Hackney (11am to 1.30pm); Saturday, November 12 – Stokey, Past and Present (10.30am to 1pm). Booking essential.

Photomonth Photolounge – at 4 Wilkes Street, E1 6QF from October 11 to October 16 (11am-6pm).

A fine selection of photographers: Anne Clements, Daniilas Galickis, Anthony Jones, Chris Mammone, Steve Schofield, Gisela Torres, and the IdeasTap/Magnum Photographic Award.

Photomonth Lecture at the Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX on October 27 (7pm).

Simon Roberts delivers this years keynote lecture and introduces the first London screening of his new video work Landscapes of Innocence & Experience.

Tickets: £6, £4 concessions. To book call 020 7522 7888 or visit

Photomonth Portfolio Review at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA on October 29 and 30 (11am to 4pm).

An excellent opportunity for photographers to showcase their work to curators, publishers, picture editors, gallerists, agents and established artists. Reviewers this year include Tony Bell/Picture Editor Observer New Review, Sophie Batterbury/Picture Editor Independent, Diane Smyth/British Journal of Photography, Robert Moye/V&A Museum of Childhood and Laura Noble/Diemar Noble Gallery.

Booking opens October 1. Apply by email only to

Photomonth Photo-Open – November 3 to November 26 (10am to 12 midnight) and Photomonth Photo-Party – November 3 (8pm to 12 midnight) at Rich Mix, 34-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA.

See this year’s submissions and enjoy a big screening with live music by the Electric Landladies at the party. Admission free.

Hackney Observed at Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ on November 24 (7pm to 9pm).

Tom Hunter and Jenny Matthews, patrons of photomonth, are amongst the list of invited photographers to show their work on the big screen. Admission free.

Eatyourartout – Feast upon stunning photographic images at restaurants, bars and cafes all over East London.

A full diary, latest listings and news of the photomonth 11 programme will be on

Photomonth is produced by alternative arts. For more information call +44(0)20 7375 0441 or visit