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May’s Festival: Option 2 & 4 Spaces SOLD OUT. Only ONE Option 1 space and ONE Option 3 space left – get in there quick!


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London Photo Gallery News: Summer Exhibition 2014

We are very proud to be exhibiting as part of the WPF Therapy’s Spring/Summer Exhibition.

The exhibition will run from April to November 2014 with a Private Viewing held on Thursday, 10 April from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.  If you would like to attend the Private Viewing please contact to book a place.  If you are unable to attend on the 10th, please contact Claire to arrange a viewing by appointment.

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© Tim Smith ‘Boom’


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We are delighted to announce our Judge for May’s Festival….

Colin O’Brien has been documenting the streets of London since 1948 and knows a thing or two about street photography.

Colin’s photographs of mainly urban scenes demonstrate his eye for irony, combined with his obvious professional competence with the camera and in the darkroom, winning competitions and resulting in a number of reviews and critical articles recognising his increasing importance as an exponent of the peripatetic school.

Colin’s creative eye frames, in composition, images that communicate decisive moments. Whether of historical events or narratives of everyday life. Colin has produced a body of work in which poetic beauty is never lost, no matter how commonplace at times the subject matter.

© Colin O’Brien: Smiling Man, Upper Street, Islington, 1980’s

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Sign up for a Portfolio Review – 24th May

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers and photo agencies ( She is an expert in the visual language of stills photography within commercial contexts.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years of experience analysing and critiquing ideas and photography intended for commercial use across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography. Since then she has been Creative Director at Image Source and Content Director at Gallery Stock.

As a passionate believer in photography’s power to communicate at all levels, Zoe transmits her enthusiasm and knowledge through speaking widely at workshops and conferences. She has judged international photography competitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year, STA Travel Photo Competition, the Association of Photographers Open Awards and the 2011 annual Association of Photographers Awards.


Where?: The Crypt Borough High Street SE1 1JA

How much?: £25 for 20 minutes

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We are delighted to announce……

that Amateur Photographer Magazine is now a supporter of the Festival – welcome! Make sure you collect your complimentary copy of the AP Magazine at the Festival.

Amateur Photographer is the world’s oldest weekly photographic magazine, established in 1884. It is the respected authority for news and reviews, with detailed tests and investigations on the latest equipment. The weekly contents includes interviews and columns from many of the world’s leading photographers and practical technique to inspire and enthuse the devoted readership, to whom taking photos is far more than just a hobby.

Get a free 30 day trial to Amateur Photographer on your tablet. Visit

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Preparing for a Portfolio Review

Portfolio reviews are a great way to get face to face feedback on your work and to ask specific questions to an objective professional that relate to your photographic practice. By having a dialogue about your work and taking on feedback you should gain greater clarity about your creative direction.

* Be prepared for constructive criticism.

* Time passes very quickly during a review, so make sure you are clear on your objectives – why you want to attend a review and what you want to get out of it – and that they are reasonable given the short time (often only 20 minutes) that is available to you. Have a couple of specific questions ready to ask.

* Give a very short summary of your vision and practice as a photographer so the reviewer can understand your aspirations as a photographer.

* Often sessions offer a range of reviewers with different backgrounds and specialties. Research the background of the reviewers so that you can be sure you get the right match between yourself and the reviewer. There is no point in spending time with a gallery curator if you are looking to find pure commercial work.

* If you are serious about your aspirations as a professional photographer present a portfolio rather than an iPad so that the great quality printing and effort it has taken to create can be appreciated. This is particularly important if you a fine art photographer as the quality of the object is as important as the image itself.

* Ensure the portfolio itself is practical to use and flick through. If the reviewer has to fiddle around trying to pick up prints it wastes time and distracts from the job at hand.

* How many images? Between 20-30 for a 20 minute review.

* Really listen to the feedback you are being given as you are there to gain valuable insights and help. Try not to be defensive as it lessens the opportunity for the reviewer to pass on pearls of wisdom.

* Make sure you are really honest about your level of experience so help can be appropriate to your skill set.

* Take notes and make sure you have a business card to leave behind

Thanks to Zoe Whishaw for her pearls of wisdom. We will be holding Portfolio Reviews during the Festival on Saturday, 24th May – details on how to book will be announced on our website soon.