Starting Out Programme 2022

Talks for students at Free Range 2022

Established in the early 1980s, the AOP Student Awards recognise and highlight the emerging photographic talent that exists in further education institutions across the UK. We pride ourselves on nurturing talented photographers throughout their career and many previous AOP Student Awards winners have gone on to become discovery winners as assisting photographers and then as professional photographers in our prestigious AOP Photography Awards.

The AOP Starting Out Conference offers photography graduates and students the opportunity to experience the professional working side of the industry. With the support of leading photographers and names within the industry, these sessions will provide practical knowledge and insights for you to start your photography career. Covering all the business basics including invoicing to licensing and contracts, as well as practical advice for those considering starting out as an Assistant Photographer – we will also be running portfolio review sessions and providing a healthy dose of inspiration through a series of talks from several award winning AOP Photographers.

Our Student Award 2022 finalists will be exhibited throughout the Show and we look forward to revealing our Gold and Silver winners as well as our Best in Show on Friday 24 June.

 

Join us in the AOP x Free Range Talk Space for what promises to be an exciting programme and your chance to see the work of finalists in the AOP 2022 Student Awards Showcase @ Free Range

All Starting Out sessions are Free but must be booked in advance

 

Student Awards Showcase Location: Free Range Hub, F BLOCK G5

Located on a raised ground floor on the west side of F Block, with frontage on Ely’s Yard. The Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR

22 June

Getting into Assisting

11:30 – 13:00

You need a myriad of skills when taking your first steps into the industry, both in relation to technical and soft skills, assisting is a great way to obtain this all-round experience by assisting a range of different photographers. 

As industry experts in their field, join AOP Photographer member and non executive AOP Board Director Adam Shaw and guest as they share their insights and experience as assistants, and why they see it as the perfect route into the industry.

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Adam Shaw is a freelance photographer based out of his studio in Leicestershire.

A Cumbrian who studied photography at Nottingham Trent University at the end of the 90s, he first entered the industry working as a photography studio co-ordinator for a global manufacturer and then moved to an in-house position with a retail design agency. Years spent working on high volume catalogue productions and for high street retailers gave him the experience and tools to transition to a successful freelance career.

Adam has since worked internationally and across the UK producing authentic, conscientious work for a wide range of organisations and businesses.

He is drawn toward working alongside everyday people and communities to help them tell their stories and share their loves. It’s one of the ways he can play a part in challenging prejudice and discrimination.

AOP Photographer’s Talks

13:30 – 14:30

Award Winning AOP Accredited member Catherine Losing talks about her work which embodies surreal studio scapes, colour brilliance and bold conceptual execution.

Catherine’s recent Award wins include Gold in 37th AOP Photography Awards – Food Category and Silver in Project category.

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Catherine Losing is an award winning director and photographer who has an undeniable ability to create graphic eye catching creations focussing on fashion, food and technology.

Selected Clients Include British Vogue, IKEA, Samsung, Peroni, Lacoste, farfetch.

23 June

How to Launch, Run & Expand a Successful Photographic Business

10:00 – 11:30

In this talk Richard will guide you through the essential stages to ensure your photographic business success in the 2020s. He’ll also talk about why many businesses fail, the importance of an effective workflow and the alchemy of effective marketing. Richard has been in business for more than 35 years and has produced campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world. This is his key to a long, successful, creative, career.  

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Richard Bradbury has been a working commercial photographer for over 35 years. In that time he has shot ad campaigns and editorial projects for the likes of Sony Playstation, Channel 4, Mars Chocolates, Harley Davidson and just about every high street bank in the UK.

He is well know for his work shooting crazy people the world over for The Guinness Book Of World Records and in 2010 he launched a personal project called The Children Of London. The project charts the diverse lives of London’s children in pictorial form and is printed as a huge hardback book at the end end of each year. The Children Of London, now in its 12th year, raises funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital and is retained by Her Majesty The Queen & The Prime Minister amongst many international collectors.

Richard has written several books on lighting and photography and in 2018 he published a guide to Launching, Maintaining and Expanding a successful photographic business. Rich Photographer Poor Photographer is a trilogy based largely on Richard’s own experience of running successful photographic studios for over 3 decades.

Covering everything from finding a studio to building workflow systems and the essential magic of marketing that every photographer needs to know, Rich Photographer Poor Photographer has become the go to reference for every aspiring professional photographer.

Richard is a respected educator and has lectured all over the world. He’s also gained many creative awards along the way. He is a past winner of AOP Editorial Photographer Of The Year and is the current SWPP Commercial Photographer of the Year. He is also captain of team GB for The World Photographic Cup. He lives between Chiswick and Somerset, is married with three children and has an unquenchable thirst for anything exotic, with an engine.

AOP Photographer’s Talks

13:30 – 14:30                      POSTPONED To Sunday 26 June

Internationally acclaimed and awards winning Photojournalist and Documentary photography Carol Allen-Story talks about her work and practice.

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Carol Allen-Storey, photojournalist and AOP non-executive board member

Carol Allen-Storey is an award-winning photojournalist specialising in chronicling complex humanitarian and social issues. Her imagery illuminating people’s dignity and quest for survival reflects the unique trust and respect she engenders with her subjects www.castorey.com

Carol is also host of the AOP Breakfast Club a series of programmes in conversation with the most influential figures from the photographic community. Series 1 featured: Shoair Mavlian – Photoworks, Michael Benson – Founder Photo London, Ben Burdett, founder – Atlas Gallery, Scott Gray, CEO World Photography Organisation, Hannah Watson -Trolley Books, Brandei Estes – Sotheby’s, Harriet Logan – Ian Parry Award to name but a few. Accompanied by world-renowned photographers such as the AOP President, Tim Flach, Alys Tomlinson, Jillian Edelstein, Simon Roberts, Adam Hinton, Julia Fullerton-Batten and many more.

The talks covered subjects from personal projects, publishing, festivals, agencies, online exhibitions, fine art to commissioning editors and the resulting effects of the pandemic. Series 2 began on 7 June 2022 Find out more.

24 June

Starting Out: How to Smash It

10:00 – 11:30

James Gerrard-Jones of Wyatt Clarke Jones and Sarah Williams of Darklight Art walk you through the real work world steps you should take when starting out in a photography career.

From building a portfolio, gaining experience assisting, connecting with agents and finding clients – they will provide scenarios and examples from photographers they have worked with and help you understand their respective roles as Photographers Agent and Commissioner.

 

Hit the ground running with their expert advice.

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Sarah Williams, Founder of Darklight Art

Previously Head of Art Buying at M&C Saatchi, Sarah has worked in advertising as a commissioner, producer agent and curator for over 15 years, working with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Coca Cola, Adidas, Vogue and Havana Club. In 2020 she launched photography art store Darklight Art. 

25 June

Portfolio Reviews

10:30 – 13:30

Book a portfolio review session to discuss your work and practice with professional photographers, commissioners and agents. 

Sessions last approximately 15 minutes and MUST be booked in advance

Today’s session includes:

AOP Accredited Photographer Gabrielle Motola,

Frances Leahy – Wyatt Clark Jones and

AOP Accredited Photographer Elisabeth Hoff

26 June

Portfolio Reviews

10:30 – 13:30

Book a portfolio review session to discuss your work and practice with professional photographers, commissioners and agents. 

Sessions last approximately 15 minutes and MUST be booked in advance

Today’s session includes:

Hat Margolies – Lucid Represents,

Catherine Losing – Awards Winning AOP Accredited Photographer,

Sarah Williams – Darklight Arts

Tim Flach – AOP President and renowned AOP Accredited Photographer

AOP Photographer’s Talks

13:30 – 15:00                  RESCHEDULED

 

Internationally acclaimed and awards winning Photojournalist and Documentary photography Carol Allen-Story talks about her work and practice which focuses on human rights, conflict and the environment and her role as a UNICEF ambassador for photography

Carol will be bringing along several physical folios, so this is an ideal opportunity to see and discuss her work in person.

Do you have what it takes to be a photojournalist? Grasp this opportunity and find out.

You can see more of Carol’s work at www.castorey.com

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Carol Allen-Storey, photojournalist and AOP non-executive board member

Carol Allen-Storey is an award-winning photojournalist specialising in chronicling complex humanitarian and social issues. Her imagery illuminating people’s dignity and quest for survival reflects the unique trust and respect she engenders with her subjects www.castorey.com

Carol is also host of the AOP Breakfast Club a series of programmes in conversation with the most influential figures from the photographic community. Series 1 featured: Shoair Mavlian – Photoworks, Michael Benson – Founder Photo London, Ben Burdett, founder – Atlas Gallery, Scott Gray, CEO World Photography Organisation, Hannah Watson -Trolley Books, Brandei Estes – Sotheby’s, Harriet Logan – Ian Parry Award to name but a few. Accompanied by world-renowned photographers such as the AOP President, Tim Flach, Alys Tomlinson, Jillian Edelstein, Simon Roberts, Adam Hinton, Julia Fullerton-Batten and many more.

The talks covered subjects from personal projects, publishing, festivals, agencies, online exhibitions, fine art to commissioning editors and the resulting effects of the pandemic. Series 2 began on 7 June 2022 Find out more.

30 June

Starting Your Photography Business 101

10:30 – 12:30

As part of our Best Practice series, join AOP Chair Hamish Crooks and AOP Business and Legal Adviser Nick Dunmur to discover and understand the practical basics you will need to start your photography business and career. From invoicing to licensing and contracts, getting your foundations in place frees you up to create and succeed.

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AOP Independent Director and Chair

Hamish Crooks spent twelve years as Archive Director, Online Director and Deputy Bureau Chief at Magnum Photos, with four of those years doubling up as a part-time sports journalist & sub editor for The Telegraph. Moving onto Reuters News Agency in the early 2000’s, Hamish had various product-based roles over nine years, including Head of Picture Products, before returning to Magnum Photos as Global Licensing Director. Hamish is now a freelance Media Licensing & Archive consultant, working on various projects, and manages the Abbas Photos estate (https://abbasphotos.org/) for Magnum Photos photographer, Abbas.

Hamish also acted as picture editor on the series of books, Reuters Sports in the 21st Century (published 2009) and Magnum Football and has written articles on subjects such as Brexit and ethnic minorities as well as on photographers such as Ernest Cole.

He has spoken on many industry panels, including several on supporting young emerging talent to tell their stories, and judged various photographic awards including the AOP Photography Awards, this year’s (2022) Open Award, and others.

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Nick Dunmur has been a professional photographer all his working life. He spent 6 years as a non-executive director of the AOP Board, two years of which as Chair.

Nick has been involved with various working groups and committees concerned with copyright and photographers’ rights at the AOP and other organisations including the British Copyright Council (BCC) and the British Photographic Council (BPC).

Picking up the reins from Gwen Thomas, Nick provides business and legal advice to our members on matters relating to professional practice, licensing, issues with copyright and infringements. This service is free to AOP Photographer members.

As a practicing photographer of commissioned and personal work, Nick is ideally placed to look at problems from a photographer’s perspective.

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AOP Photographer’s Talks

13:30 – 14:30

Join Award winning AOP Accredited photographer Wendy Carrig as she discusses her work and practice.  

Wendy is a founding member of f22 AOP women photographers, created to challenge gender disparity within the photographic industry.

Wendy Carrig photographs fashion, portrait and documentary; always with a narrative, always encouraging emotional response from both subject and viewer alike.

Her commissioned work has been widely published on magazine covers and advertising hoardings, and her personal projects have gained her recognition in many international photography awards.

She was a participating artist in the 209women takeover of Parliament, where new photographic portraits of all the UK female MPs were created exclusively by female photographers, marking a centenary of votes for women.

This extends back to her early career when, as a photography student, she documented the Women Peace Protestors at Greenham Common. This work has since been recognized with new exhibitions in the UK & Europe.

Wendy is a founding member of f22 AOP women photographers, created to challenge gender disparity within the photographic industry.

  • 2022 – 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, winner in Fashion, Documentary & Landscape
  • 2022 – 37th AOP Photography Awards, finalist in Fashion & Documentary Project
  • 2022 – Turner Contemporary Margate, Poster Exhibition
  • 2021 – COMMON PEOPLE exhibition, The Base Greenham
  • 2021 – ‘Women in Photography’, panel discussion, Photo London
  • 2021 – Someone’s Daughter, exhibition, Photo London
  • 2021 – RPS International Photography Exhibition 163, shortlist
  • 2021 – BJP Portrait of Humanity Award, shortlist
  • 2021 – 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, honorable mentions for Documentary, Still Life, and Architecture
  • 2021 – Women in Protest, solo exhibition, Pie Factory Margate, for POW! 2021
  • 2021 – Actions of Art & Solidarity, exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  • 2020 – PhotoLondon magazine, featured artist
  • 2020 – 36th AOP Photography Awards, GOLD award winner
  • 2020 – BJP Portrait of Humanity, exhibition, in Space!
  • 2020 – BJP Portrait of Britain, winner
  • 2020 – ‘Women Photographers Now’ guest speaker, the Photographers Gallery, London

1 July

Genesis Examines. Stuff About Printing and Other Stuff

11:00 – 13:30

Mark is the Creative Director of Genesis Imaging. He has worked closely with renowned and emerging photographers and artists throughout his 40+ year career. His prints have graced the walls of some of the top museums and galleries globally, including MOMA and Tate Modern. He has been a guest lecturer at many UK universities and a portfolio reviewer for numerous platforms. He is consumed by photography as it is as much him as his DNA.

2 July

Portfolio Reviews

10:00 – 13:00

Book a portfolio review session to discuss your work and practice with professional photographers, commissioners and agents. 

Sessions last approximately 15 minutes and MUST be booked in advance

Today’s session includes:

Wendy Carrig – Award Winning AOP Accredited Photography

Lauren Winsor – AOP Member, Another Photographer.

Moved to Sunday 3 JulyPhil Haynes – Award winning AOP Accredited Photographer and previous Student Award winner  and Tim Flach – AOP President and award winning Accredited Photographer 

3 July

Portfolio Reviews

10:00 – 13:00

Book a portfolio review session to discuss your work and practice with professional photographers, commissioners and agents. 

Sessions last approximately 15 minutes and MUST be booked in advance

Today’s session includes:

Kate Congreve – Producer, Mother London

Hat Margolies – Lucid Represents

Phil Haynes – Award winning AOP Accredited Photographer and previous Student Award winner 

Tim Flach – AOP President and renowned AOP Accredited Photographer

AOP Photography Awards 2021

The AOP Photography Awards are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the photography world. They celebrate excellence in the creative photography and image-making industry. This year’s Awards will open in October 2021 and close in January 2022. This is your chance to be seen by leading commissioners and names within the photographic industry.