2013 Community Matters

Community Matters: Photography Collectives of the 1970s, and Today
Thursday, 23rd May, 2013, 1.30 – 5.30pm
The Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
Community Matters: Photography Collectives of the 1970s, and
Today
Paul Trevor, Mozart Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, 1975
This study afternoon brings together those who were involved in, and those who are
researching, photographic projects and collectives of the 1970s. In order to provide a
contemporary perspective, there are contributions from those involved in contemporary
‘community’ photography projects. This will stimulate debate on the ways in which these
groups and collectives viewed concepts of collaboration, engagement and empowerment
within community, together with a willingness to experiment with modes of production,
distribution and exhibition. This raises questions of agency: who is taking the pictures
and for whom within the community?
This event is programmed by Noni Stacey, an AHRC-funded research student,
attached to the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre. This afternoon
has been organised by Photography and the Archive Research Centre as part of the
Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research
Community Matters: Photography Collectives of the 1970s, and Today
Thursday, 23rd May, 2013, 1.30 – 5.30pm
The Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
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1.30 - 1.40 Introduction by Professor Val Williams
1.45 - 2.10 Noni Stacey ‘Making the Invisible Visible: The work of the Hackney
Flashers in London in the 1970s’. Talk + Q&A
2.15 - 2.40 Malcolm Dickson, director Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, on the
Red Road community photography project. Talk + Q&A
2.50 - 3.10 Tea and cakes (tea available form nearby cafes)
3.15 – 3.45 Noni Stacey in conversation with Paul Trevor, photographer,
member of Exit Photography Group and founder member of the
radical photo journal Camerawork. Talk + Q&A
3.50 - 4.10 Jess Baines, on radical printshops of the 1970s, ‘Experiments in
democratic participation: feminist printshop collectives’. Talk + Q&A
4.15 – 4.40 Ingrid Guyon, Valentina Schivardi and David Kendall talk about
their work with Fotosynthesis, ‘Reflexive Disclosure: Process,
Practice and Projects - Fotosynthesis 2009 – 2013’. Talk + Q&A
4.45 – 5.15 Screening of documentary about a revolutionary commune in
London in the 1970s, ‘Wild Things’. This film was produced and
directed by Adam Hopkins
5.20 – 5.30 The Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research comes to an end
Community Matters: Photography Collectives of the 1970s, and Today
Thursday, 23rd May, 2013, 1.30 – 5.30pm
The Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
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Biographies
Noni Stacey
Noni Stacey is a PhD research student attached to the UAL Photography and the Archive
Research Centre working under the supervision of Professor Val Williams. She is
researching the history of ‘community photography’ in Britain in the 1970s, building on
research carried out for her MA dissertation. She completed her MA in the history and
theory of photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2010.
Excerpts of her dissertation, ‘Community Photography in Britain in the 1970s:
Photography, Pedagogy and Dreams’, were published by the Natiÿ