Survival Strategies for Photographers

Louise Clements I was chuffed to be asked to take part in one of the Format Festival’s events in Derby a few weeks ago.
It consisted of a Panel Discussion in the evening followed by Portfolio Reviews the following day.
Quite strange to be back in Derby again after so many years. The Déda dance centre where the panel session was held is a great venue. And exciting things look like they’re in store when the new arts centre Derby Quad opens in 2008.

format festival The panel consisted of Brian Griffin (, Paul Herrmann (, and myself.
As I often do I took along my field recorder and managed to capture the main part of the discussion. Its available to listen to here

Here’s a list of the full review panel…

Dr Mark Durden – Writer, Artist, Lecturer, formerly Programme Leader in 2003 At University of Derby, currently Photography Research Co-ordinator at Newport University Wales.

Khaleeda Kabani – Director, Daylight Magazine, Daylight Magazine has become one of the premier showcases for contemporary and documentary photography. anda, India and the United States. Khaleeda became the UK Director of Daylight Magazine in 2004.

Louise Clements – Senior Curator, QUAD & FORMAT

Melissa DeWitt – Editor, Hotshoe, a leading UK based contemporary photography magazine.

Susan Bright – Writer and Curator. Previously she was Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Curator at the Association of Photographers and Acting Director for the MA Photography (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Institute, London. She is an interviewer for the Oral History of British Photography project at the National Sound Archive and part of the AHRC research team investigating ‘New British Photography’ at the University of the Arts, London.

Paul Herrmann – Director, Redeye, the Photography Network.

Tim Simmons – Photographer

Rachel Rogers – AOP, responsible for the organisation and development of the AOPs gallery exhibition programme.

Brian Griffin – Brian has worked as a freelance photographer since 1972.

Mira Arya – Assistant Visual Arts and Literature Officer, Arts Council England, East Midlands

Mike Brown (floating reviewer) – co-founder of the FORMAT Photography Festival through his role as Arts Projects Coordinator at Derby City Council.

Anthony Noel (floating reviewer) – Art director and Senior designer at Katapult Ltd.

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