Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 10:00

Redeye is delighted to be returning with this year’s National Photography Symposium (NPS), its biennial event, this year held at the MediaCityUK base of the University of Salford. The Symposium will be held over three dynamic and engaging days, Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 November 2018.

Innovative and forward-looking, the programme of events will be richly curated, with over 20 influential people speaking.

Redeye is interested in hearing from anyone wishing to make a short contribution. Entitled The Future of Work in Photography, the symposium will be a chance for people working with or in photography to discuss current issues, trends, ideas, movements and campaigns to improve the industry.

NPS 2018 will be based around three strands:

  1. Cultural and social shifts: what new roles have developed in photography, and which skills remain relevant? Exploring where amateur and professional artists overlap, how to finance creativity, and the photography of the future.
  2. The impact of technology within the industry: how is photography and creative work being consumed and shared, through which platforms? What new possibilities does technology present, how will AI and algorithms have an impact, and how are the large tech organisations influencing?
  3. Political and legal: exploring ownership, IP, copyright, the use of metadata, the place of blockchain, and whether current laws are workable. Discussing how global social changes such as climate, war or migration affects work.

We are pleased to open invitations to people working in photography to get in touch with existing work or work in development. We welcome photographers, artists, academics or people in related fields who interrogate and explore cultural, social, technological, legal or political themes.

Send expressions of interest including information about your work to by Tuesday 28 August 2018 at 10am.

We can’t pay fees for these shorter contributions, but can pay for expenses and attendance to the conference. Please provide details of any venue or technical requirements.

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