The 2014 London Independent Photography Symposium: Passion and Photography

On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 October, London Independent Photography (LIP) are hosting a lecture by renowned photographic artist Mishka Henner, as part of the LIP Janet Hall Memorial Lecture series, and a symposium at which you can hear from five internationally recognised photographers presenting their work on the theme of Passion and Photography.

© Mishka Henner

Now in it’s 7th year, the 2014 LIP Janet Hall Memorial Lecture is recognised by members of LIP and by the wider photographic community as a great opportunity to hear a practicing contemporary photographer give an illustrated talk about their work.

The lecture for this year is from Mishka Henner, and is entitled ‘The View From Here’. Mishka will talk about his projects, career and influences, after which the audience will have the opportunity to have a conversation and ask questions about the work.

Friday 17 October, 18.00-20.30 | London Metropolitan University, E1 7PF


LIP is also proud to present its first Symposium. Five internationally recognised photographers will participate, showing their own work and debating with the audience and each other the Symposium’s theme: PASSION AND PHOTOGRAPHY: The idea and the Instinct. This topic brings to question whether the intellectual approach so popular in contemporary photography has replaced the traditional emotional response of the artist – or are they complementary?

The five internationally recognised speakers invited ti show their work and tell us where they stand in this debate include Anna Fox, David Bate, Laura Pannack, Paul Hill, and Peter Kennard.

Peter Kennard

Left: Anna fox | Right: Peter Kennard

Collectively their practices straddle the personal and the political, the theorectical and the visceral. The artists will present their thoughts and work and discuss and debate with each other and with the audience whether, in pursuit of intellectual credibility, the passion has gone out of photography.

Between midday and 2pm those attending the Symposium are invited to bring along their own work (prints or books) and set out informal displays on the tables that will be provided and perhaps get some useful feedback.
There will be a stand selling books signed by the invited speakers and another selling second-hand photographic equipment.

Photomonth 2014 and the RPS Contemporary Group are also taking spots where you can learn more about these organisations from their representatives.

Paul Ellis, from Photofusion, will be showing example portfolios prepared by students for presentation to galleries and giving advice on this.


Signing up for the Symposium will also give you a free ticket to the Mishka Henner lecture the evening before.

For the full programme and to book your ticket visit: