BIRDIE: New London story-based photography conference

One-day photography conference, BIRDIE, will take place at Shoreditch Village Hall in London on Saturday 13 September 2014.

BIRDIE is a new, intimate conference bringing together the photography community with inspiring photographers, speakers and storytellers for talks and discussion. BIRDIE is designed for passionate amateur and professional photographers. The event will be chaired by London-based photographer and creative director, Dan Rubin, co-founder of The Photographic Journal. Dan was one of Instagram’s earliest beta testers, and has become one of the most-followed, non-celebrity mobile photographers.

BIRDIE will present inspiring talks and panel sessions from the most exciting people in the photography industry and related fields. Sessions will cover topics as varied as astrophotography, copyright and Creative Commons licenses, music and film still photography, and the impact of the smartphone. The focus will be on the stories and inspiration behind photographers’ work rather than expensive kit and complicated technique.

Confirmed speakers include author and QI writer Stevyn Colgan, who will present a QI-style alternative history of photography. Live music photographer Katja Ogrin has photographed everyone from Beyonce to Metallica and worked for everyone from NME to Rolling Stone. Katja will show a selection of her favourite photographs and talk about the highs and lows of life in a photo pit.

London-based fine art travel photographer Conor MacNeill will share his experience of travelling around the world, facing unpleasant conditions and chasing cosmic phenomena such as the northern lights. Chris Wild, founder and curator of Retronaut ( will draw on his experience curating thousands of ‘time capsules’ of archive images to reveal what has
changed through our lens from the first camera to the smartphone – and what remains the same.

London based photographer Agatha A. Nitecka is one of only a handful of film still photographers and has shot posters for award winning films such as Wuthering Heights and The Selfish Giant. Naomi Korn will explore the nature of copyright in the 21st Century, the role of Creative Commons licences and how photographers can protect their rights, whilst exploring innovative internet-based business models.

BIRDIE is organised by White October Events, a Brixton-based events company and the organisers of events such as All Your Base and jQuery UK.

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BIRDIE tickets are on sale now from £75 plus VAT.