Public commissions can be a fantastic opportunity for photographers, but who actually benefits?
Need a bit of help to kickstart your motivation for the year ahead?
This year, we bring you a blog post filled with advice and reflection from eight leading photographers.
Aswell as one piece of advice for 2016, we asked each photographer to tell us what they felt was their 'defining moment' of last year, giving a unique insight into their photographic practice.
Read their answers below.
Which photography news did you find most interesting in 2015? Reflecting on the year, we've pulled together the stories from around the web you viewed, shared, and clicked on most from Redeye's tweets.
2015 began with some bad news as significant cuts were announced to the Library of Birmingham causing hundreds to lose their jobs, and photography hub Grain to lose their connection to the Library's archives. In January, the British Photographic Council wrote a letter to Birmingham City Council, in response to the cuts:
Katrina Houghton is blogging for Redeye as part of CVAN NW's Critical Writing Programme. In her lastest post, she reviews The Phantoms of Congo River by Nyaba Ouedraogo. This exhibition is currently on display at The Study, Manchester Museum's new community research centre, where visitors are invited 'to use the museum's collections and tools, spaces and resources to pursue your own creativity and research'.
Gwen Thomas has worked behind the scenes for nearly 40 years on behalf of photographers, ending up as the Legal & Business Director of the Association of Photographers, with an unparalleled knowledge of the law and business as it affects professionals. At the end of September 2015 she retires. We’re delighted to publish this short interview with Redeye’s Paul Herrmann to mark her unique contribution to photography.
On Monday 14th September, the third Redeye Lightbox course started at CFCCA in Manchester. After receiving a record number of applications, we are pleased to announce the 25 participants taking part, selected by our expert juding panel (Andy Adams, Gemma Padley and Karin Bareman). The course continues throughout 2016 and will culminate with three group shows at a major UK photography festival in autumn 2016.
Here's a photo of the complete group, with staff from Redeye; photo: Chris Gleave. Below that some more info about each of the participants.
John Volynchook, the final winner of one of Redeye's Festival Travel Bursaries, reports on his bicycle trip to Fotobookfestival Kassel, the most important annual forum on the world of photography books.