Images are everywhere. From selfies and social documentation to advertising and commercial content – the medium has become truly democratised. Is is the signifier of our times, opinions and lives in contemporary society. Tapping into this growing demand is The Photography Show, a four-day event at the NEC, Birmingham. Welcoming emerging and established practitioners, the platform showcases the latest technology whilst offering demonstrations and masterclasses of all kinds. Running alongside the inaugural The Video Show, it is a destination for image-makers.
As Ruth Folkard, Event Manager, explains: “Huge advances in technology over the last few years have made stills photography and film-making much more accessible. Add this to the growth in social media channels, such as Instagram, and rise of vlogging, and there is a huge demand.” With dedicated social media seminars, insights into video content and a focus on drone technology, the event taps into key 21st century questions.
Highlights for 2019 include the iconic Super Stage programme, which brings together the world’s best-known photographers for insightful talks. 2019’s line-up includes Magnum Photos’ Martin Parr, who is recognised for his intimate, satirical and anthropological approach to themes of leisure, consumption and communication in the UK and further afield. At The Photography Show, Parr’s Photobiography (16 March) explores his long career, referencing the upcoming show at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Only Human.
Other featured talks include Behind-the-scenes with President Obama from former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza (16 March). Chris Burkard’s The Hard Way Home (19 March) explores experiences of travelling to some of the most remote parts of the globe, whilst fashion photographer Lindsay Adler speaks in The Creative Edge (18 March). Adler has been published in the industry’s most iconic titles, from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire to Elle Magazine.Annie Griffiths discusses documenting aid organizations that empower women in the developing world in Photography for Good (17 March).
Exploring similar themes is the Show’s The Women Who Photo campaign, which champions female practitioners by showcasing work from leading talents across multiple genres. Featured here is an image by Nikon ambassador Amy Shore, a lifestyle photographer based in Leicestershire, UK. Her portfolio is steeped in narrative, bringing a storytelling element to campaigns for clients worldwide. Other names include Agatha A. Nitecka, who has shot promotional material for the likes of Universal Studios, BBC Films and Film4, and Panasonic ambassador and Getty contributor Emma Drabble.
The Photography Show runs 16-19 March. Find out more here.
Lead image: Image by Amy Shore.