THIS YEAR, Photomonth East London, the International Photography Festival, runs from October 1 to November 30, 2012.
Photomonth presents a far-reaching festival of photography in the East End of London, an area often blighted by poverty, politicians and planners, but that always survives through the imagination of the people.
There is a Radical London theme flowing through Photomonth this year. East London has a proud history of activism, of protesting against injustice, inequality and racism, of rising up in favour of a fairer society and seeking to improve the lives of ordinary people.
The East End of London has also undergone radical changes within its landscape, from the redevelopment following the Blitz of World War 2 to the current regeneration created by the 2012 Olympics.
Photographers David Hoffman, Ed Thompson and Jenny Matthews have documented different aspects of ‘Radical London’ from the Poll Tax Riots, to ‘Reclaim the Night’ and the Occupy movement, and they will be giving talks about their practice and exhibiting their work during October and November 2012 at the Bishopsgate Institute.
Photomonth opens at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG, celebrating its status as an international photography festival with the 1Day6Cities exhibition featuring images taken on the same day in six different cities around the world.
During October and November there are more than 200 exhibitions and events in galleries and venues across East London that demonstrate the depth and diversity of contemporary photography. There is something for everyone, and everyone is welcome.
Major events include:
Radical London in Focus – exhibition and talks at the Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH with David Hoffman (October 6), Ed Thompson (November 3) and Jenny Matthews (November 10). Booking: www.bishopsgate.org.uk.
Photomonth Photofair – Saturday, October 6 from 10am – 6pm. Spitalfields Traders Market, Brushfield Street, E1 6AA.
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.
Photomonth Photowalks – Two amazing history walks have been specially devised with professional guides and photographers to assist – Saturday, October 13: Rebels, Strikers and Anti-Facists: the Radical East End (11am – 1pm), booking: www.bishopsgate.org.uk and Saturday, October 20: History in the Heart of Hackney (11am – 1.30pm), booking firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photomonth Portfolio Review – October 27 and 28 from 11am – 4pm. V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA.
An exciting opportunity for photographers to showcase their work to picture editors, curators, gallery owners, publishers and agents. Reviewers this year include Sophie Batterbury (Independent on Sunday), Alex Ortiz (Guardian and Observer), Diane Smyth (British Journal of Photography), Eva Eicker (Photographers Gallery) and Patrick DiNola (Getty Images).
Photomonth Photo-Open at Rich Mix, 34-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA.
November 1 to December 1: Exhibition of a wide range of subjects and approaches with prize for ‘Best in Show’ given by the World Photography Organisation.
November 4: Films by Photographers screening (12 noon – 3pm); Radical London Portfolios screening (4pm – 6pm).
Photomonth Lecture – November 21 at 7pm. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX.
Simon Norfolk delivers this years keynote lecture. The eminent photographer talks on the land as battlefield and the inscription of memory and metaphor in the natural world. Booking: www.whitechapelgallery.org.
Full diary, latest listings and news of the Photomonth 2012 programme can be found on www.photomonth.org.