PhotoCity London 2017 was a huge success. The chosen photographers were Fujifilm Ambassadors Matt Hart & Paul Sanders, plus London street photographers Christian Cross & Linda Wisdom joined by Hull street photographer Rob Bentley.
Curated by Alan Raw.
When: 3rd August 2017
Where: Paternoster Square, St. Paul’s London.
PhotoCity London was free to attend as an open -air exhibition in the main Square surrounded by other attractions including information & demonstrations by Fujifilm, Ametour Photographer Magazine, Cameraworld, Lee Filters, NEST, HIP Gallery, Gravy Magazine & Snapper Stugg, a book signing by multi award winning photographer Peter Dench and big screen interviews with the artists who you could meet on the day.
Matt Hart: Matt is a black and white street and event Photographer based in Liverpool. His journey through photography has been over 45 years mostly using film. He still shoots film, but most recently he prefers the freedom and flexibility of the digital medium striving to retain the integrity of the original image. Matt’s stock images have been used in advertising all over the world, his work has also been published in many books and magazines, including many photography magazines. Matt runs Street Photography workshops and courses around UK cities passing on his tricks and techniques in Street Photography and processing in black and white. Matt is also the latest UK Fujifilm Ambassador and founder of the Fujiholics social media groups. Matt is represented by the HIP Gallery for his artistic work and has a solo exhibition at HIP Gallery Hull in September 2017.
Paul Sanders: Paul is a professional landscape photographer based in the south east of England. He started his career as a news photographer working on regional newspapers before joining International News Service Reuters in 1998. After four years covering major news and sports stories across Europe, he was recruited by The Times in London. With a clear vision of how good photography should be displayed in newspapers, he was appointed as Picture Editor of The Times in 2004, guiding the visual transition from broadsheet to the more popular compact format. He left The Times in 2012 to pursue his passion for fine art landscape photography. Paul’s work reflects his emotional and spiritual reaction to the world around him. He believes that as an artist he has to have full connection with his subject. By being totally immersed in the moment his work takes on ethereal calmness. Paul is a Fujifilm X Series ambassador, leads workshops for Light and Land and is a judge for USALPOTY, Take a View, The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year as well as supplying his work to corporate clients and writing for several photography magazines.
Christian Cross: Christian is a street photographer from SE London. “Born and raised in Peckham, till the age of 26, when I was sent to jail, for some wrong life choices that I made. After two years of my life in jail, I got out, got a job and my good friend Liam got himself a camera, which got me started on looking into photography as a hobby to focus my energy on.” Christian brought an iPhone 6 and went out taking photos with it for a month. He was soon hooked on photography and decided to buy his first dslr camera, an entry level Nikon d3200. Not knowing much about cameras he brought some books and started teaching himself about shutter speed, f-stop and it wasn’t long before he knew the basics. Fast forward a few months and after signing up to Various social network sharing platforms. Christian and Liam saw a photowalk hosted by EyeEms which is a photo sharing app. He says “it was this day that I found my love for street photography and have never looked back. Fast forward and now it’s just been four years since I picked up My first camera and I now shoot with the Fuji X100F and the Ricoh GR2. In my opinion, they are the perfect street photography cameras and I have been hooked on them since the day I bought them. Street photography for me is a way of life, going out and never knowing what you’re going to see, or not knowing what’s around the next corner always intrigues me. Christian captures moments that will Otherwise be lost.
Linda Wisdom: Linda is a London born photographer, specialising in social documentary, street photography & fine art urban cityscapes, which have been exhibited in gallery shows in the UK & worldwide. Linda is a self-taught, turned semi-professional photographer and has had work featured in The Huffington Post, BBC Radio 4, PDN, Light and her work is regularly featured in leading photography publications such as Amateur Photographer and Digital Camera. Her schedule is split between private commissions, teaching street photography workshops and recently being appointed as one of the pioneer London Experience Hosts for Airbnb, through which she hosts guests on exclusive London street photo tours & workshops. Linda won first place at the British Life Photography Awards in the Street Life category and voted best in show at gallery exhibitions including the London Photo Festival & The Print Space.
Robert Bentley: Rob is a street photographer based in Hull, East Yorkshire. Ever since he won his first camera at the age of 9, he has enjoyed making photographs. However, he didn’t think of it as a career choice and for 25 years Rob went from job to job, doing everything from barman to delivering sacks of potatoes. It wasn’t until he approached 40 and a life affirming moment, that he finally decided to take photography further and enrolled in a full-time degree course. It is here that he found his passion reignited and he has been working as a photographer ever since. As a freelancer Rob covers most areas of photography but his artistic passion is street photography. Rob can be found most days walking around Hull city centre with camera in hand or volunteering at the HIP Gallery. He says “I hope you enjoy my work and if you would like to see more just contact me”.
Curated by Alan Raw: Alan is currently curating the HIP Gallery, The IN&AT Exhibition with the European Capitals of Culture 2016 & 2017 and Hull International Photography Festival 2017. Alan is also a Photography Tutor for the WEA, Judge for the Millenium Prize & Season4tography, multi award winning BBC Presenter/Producer and CEO of The Creative & Cultural Company in Hull City of Culture UK 2017.