AOP f22 #herstory: Sandra Lousada in conversation with Kate Abbey

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Monday 19 April – 20:00 – 21:30, Zoom

From the f22 Women Photographers of the AOP, photographer Sandra Lousada will be in conversation with Kate Abbey to discuss her illustrious career in the industry, spanning over 6 decades.

Sandra Lousada made her name as a portrait photographer in the 1960’s, and was commissioned to take pictures of Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave and David Hockney, amongst others, often revealing the intimate and private side of those that she captured. In more recent years, she became better known for her photography of children and families.

Her photographs have illustrated many books, including, London’s Parks and Gardens, and Hampstead Heath, and her book Public Faces Private Places: Portraits of Artists 1956-2008 was published in September 2009, and was accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Theatre. In 2011 she was granted a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and 40 of her images were purchased for the NPG collection.

Her inquisitive nature and desire to learn found her studying at St. Martin’s School of Art in her sixties and to this day she’s still intrigued by why photographers do what they do.

Black and white image of Kate Abbey

Kate Abbey is an advertising photographer and director, represented in London, New York and Shanghai. Her work is renowned for her storytelling approach that creates lifestyle and portrait imagery. Capturing the intimate and honest bonds between her subjects, she hides the meticulous consideration behind her effortless style.

Shooting campaigns for the likes of Amazon, Uber and Samsung she is equally at home directing on large-scale productions as she is working with skeleton teams. When not working on commissions, her personal work allows her to pursue her constant fascination with the humanity we all share.

Free to Accredited, Assisting and Associate AOP members

AOP Access and Student members £5

Non-members £10

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Previous Talks

f22 #herstory: Laura Pannack

From the f22 Women Photographers of the AOP activity, renowned AOP photographer Laura Pannack will be in conversation with Kate Abbey, about her award winning documentary photography. Q&A to follow.

Laura Pannack is a London based photographer.

Renowned for her portraiture and social documentary work, she seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer. Many of her work focusses on youth and adolescence. Her images are born from curiosity and a passion for exploration.


f22 #herstory: Julia Fullerton-Batten

Both highly successful AOP photographers, Kate Abbey talks with Julia Fullerton-Batten about Julia’s career in photography. Brought to you by the f22 Women Photographers of the AOP.

Julia Fullerton-Batten is a fine-art photographer renowned for her highly cinematic visual story-telling. Her large-scale projects are based around specific themes. Each image in the project embellishes her subject matter in a series of thought-provoking narrative ‘stories’ using staged tableaux and sophisticated lighting techniques.


Her fine-art work is globally renowned and exhibited. She has won countless awards worldwide, is frequently portrayed in photographic journals, has published two books, is a Hasselblad Ambassador and a frequent speaker at international workshops and a juror of international competitions. Her images are on the front covers of ‘A Guide to Collecting Contemporary Photography’. She has a permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne and the Parliamentary Art Collection, Houses of Parliament.


f22 #herstory: Alys Tomlinson

From the f22 group, AOP photographer and f22 working group member, Kate Abbey, talks with AOP photographer, Alys Tomlinson, about her recent success in the Taylor Wessing and her career pathway.

Voted Photographer of the year in the Sony World Photography Awards (2018) and more recently First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (2020), Alys’s standing as a world class photographer cannot be disputed. Along with countless other awards, Alys has exhibited throughout the world whilst also taking advertising commissions.

Her first major study, Following Broadway is a collection of portraits taken over 4 years along the breadth of Broadway in New York and was published in 2013. Her more recent study on votive offering, taking her to France, Ireland and Poland, ties in with her continued interest into places of spiritual worship and pilgrimage. The study resulted in the publication Ex-Veto and is also extending to a feature length film called Vera, based around the life of one of the Orthodox nuns. More recently shooting on large format and B&W, her mesmerising imagery focuses on the players, landscapes and the interwoven faith in between.


f22 #herstory: Jillian Edelstein

From the f22 Women Photographers of the AOP activity, comes this talk in which renowned AOP photographer, Jillian Edelstein, talks with Kate Abbey, about aspects of her work. You can support Jillian’s forthcoming book here https://unbound.com/books/here-and-there/

Jillian began working as a press photographer in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1985 she attended the London College of Printing (London College of Communications).  Her portraits have appeared in many publications including the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine and Interview.

She has received several awards and her photographs have been exhibited internationally at venues including The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Royal Academy, The OXO Gallery. Tom Blau Gallery in London, the Rencontres de La Photographie in Arles, France, the Bensusan Museum, Johannesburg, Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, South Africa and Dali International Photography Festival, Yunnan Province in China.

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