This evening gallery event will explore the growing popularity of taking pictures in cities at night
with an introductory illustrated talk by Stephen McLaren and practical presentations by photographers Richard
Primrose, Maciej Dakowicz and Robin Maddock who have each created urban night photography
projects. Topics will include looking at how Brassai and Brandt overcame the challenges technically in
London and Paris; how flash lighting allowed reportage at night and interior portraits; how artists have
responded to the different atmosphere of a city at night and how digital has made long exposures and
tricksy night photography possible.
Stephen McLaren was a television director making documentaries and travel shows for the BBC before
digital cameras brought him back to photography. He became a professional photographer in 2005 and
works mainly in London. His work has been shown in three recent London exhibitions and he also
licenses his photography to several national newspapers and magazines.
Richard Primrose has been a professional photographer since 1994. He has an MA in Photojournalism
from the University of the Arts. His photo essay on Jamaican police and drugs gangs was published in
the Independent. His "night bus" series saw him wander London's night bus network recording candid
portraits of shift workers, tourists and revellers.
Maciej Dakowicz is Polish but lives in Cardiff. He is a photojournalist specialising in humanitarian issues
worldwide and his work has been published in several magazines. In Cardiff his ongoing project on the
city's nightlife scene has become a daring and witty comment on Britain's young people's love affair with
alcohol and late-night hi-jinks.
Robin Maddock is a documentary style photographer presently mainly working on extended personal
projects for exhibition and publishing. His night project, 'Raids', looks at police drugs raids in Hackney
after dark. He also curated last year's photography group show, ‘London Stories’, in Shoreditch Town
Date: Thursday 29 May 2008
Cost: £10 (£8.50 Photofusion annual members and LIP members)
Official Website: http://www.photofusion.org/education/coursesworkshops/artisticdev.htm
Added by kuju on May 22, 2008