Key Speaker: Susan Bright – Collaboration and Creative Practice

The Photographers’ Gallery

Tuesday 22 January: 18.30

Admission: £8/£5 members and concessions – Booking essential

This talk by curator and writer Susan Bright asserts that photographic practice is inherently collaborative.

Drawing on recent projects where she has developed relationships and friendships with artists, writers and editors, Bright considers what curating can be and its possibilities when working with others. Examples including Elina Brotherus’ solo exhibition Playground (from which the work above features), her book Feast for the Eyes and forthcoming writing projects highlight the in-flux nature of her work and the various roles a curator and her collaborators play.

The Story Behind a Photograph: Hussein Chalayan and Elif Shafak

The Photographers’ Gallery

Wednesday 23 January: 19.00

Admission: £8/£5 members and concessions – Booking essential

Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan and novelist Elif Shafak, both London-based creatives and global souls, come together at The Photographers’ Gallery for an unusual conversation. Award-winners in their respective fields, their work is deeply inspired by some of today’s major topics and conflicts, including cultural identity, migration, belonging, freedom and how to possibly swim against the tide.

Through a series of photographs selected by Chalayan and Shafak, the two will share their personal reflections on subjects ranging from fashion to literature, from exile to motherlands, from life to love.

Photobook Launch: ‘Londoners’ by Alex Amorós 

Radio Hair Salon, King’s Cross

Thursday 24 January: 19.00 – 21.30

Admission: Free

“Londoners” is a project of portraits carried out over three years on the streets of this city. A few years ago, while living here a person stopped me, took my photo and changed my life. After some time observing people, so diverse and lacking communication amongst them in this city, I decided I was going to stop people and take portraits without fear or modesty. I wanted to break those limits and show their humanity, so I made the decision to enter into relations with strangers on the streets and this is the final result of the project captured in a photo book and various exhibitions.