PICS - “Engaging, interactive, friendly, inspiring”
PICS 2012 - Phtoographic Images Changing Society
Saturday 19th May 2012, @Hub Westminster
This was the first of what we hope will become an annual event - and it turned out to be a resounding success! See below for a short video of panel debate highlights, and to read the PICS 2012 Special Edition Newspaper online!
Left: PICS 2012 keynote panel debate featuring Stephen Sidlo, kennardphillips, Matt Daw, Ivor Prickett and Joseph Cabon. Right: One of the “open table” discussions.
PICS 2012 Special Edition Newspaper
Throughout the whole day, the Hub Westminster was filled to the brim and those who attended shared ideas, opinions, and positive energy thanks to a varied programme of talks, exhibitions and multimedia screenings (the latter managed by our great new Projects intern, Kristian) We prepared lots of practical and participatory activities, including 45-minute long “open table” discussions chaired by, among others, Russell Watkins, photo editor of DFID UK, who wrote about the festival on his very interesting blog http://developingpictures.wordpress.com. Former Sky Digital News Editor Neal Mann and UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake, were also in attendance. Many enjoyed the workshops exploring three aspects of participatory photography: Visual Literacy led by photojournalist Jenny Matthews; Sensory Photography hosted by PhotoVoice’s Clare Struthers and Fotosynthesis’s Ingrid Guyon; and Text and Captioning by PhotoVoice project facilitators Glynis Shaw and Adam Lee.
The highlight of the day came in the afternoon with the keynote panel debate on the subject that has become PICS 2012’s headline: What role does ‘truth’ play in photography for social change?
“Great atmosphere, lots of interesting conversations and a positive buzz coming from the sharing of knowledge and opinions - thank you all for the amazing feedback on the festival!”
“A HUGE thank you to Globalnet21 and Photovoice! What a blooming marvellous event! Everyone I spoke to was positive and inspirational, focusing on change rather than problems. Special thanks to Francis, Christina and Matt for organising. I REALLY enjoyed the ‘Introduction to Sensory Photography - Photography Without Sight (with PhotoVoice and blind photographer Gary Waite)’, even though Gary, the main attraction had suddenly been whisked off to Devon on the day! But the two ladies holding it were amazing and it was great to get a feel of “blind photography”! I thought the range of photos from the totally amateur to the professional were fascinating and thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed the Panel Debate too, and it made me open up a lot more. So much appreciation to all who hosted and took part today.”
“An interesting combination of displays, projections, discussions and workshops expressing particular views and interpreted in ways I might not have expected. I felt I had spent my time well and hope I was able to contribute.”
BIG thank you to all who helped organise the festival - it wouldn’t be possible without you! And to those who attended - we do hope to see you again at one of the upcoming PhotoVoice events. To stay updated with the latest news subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter!