Interested in large format film photography? Want to improve your ideas and technique? Come and hear from photographer Craig Easton, and if you like, bring along your work for group critique and feedback.
Craig Easton uses large format photography as part of Sixteen, a major new national touring project involving 16 photographers looking at the experience of 16-year-olds all around the UK. The project evolved from his earlier work The Scottish Referendum Project and aims to give a platform for young people from all walks of life to express their aspirations, hopes, dreams and fears for their futures.
1pm: Doors open
1.30-2.15pm: Craig will present his work, talk about large format and how to use it effectively, then take questions
2.15-3.30pm: Critique and feedback of work in one large or several smaller groups - please remember to bring your work with you!
Who is it for?
Photographers with experience or interest in using large format, at all levels.
Saturday 23 March.
This event runs from 1.30-3.30pm, doors open at 1pm.
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
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About the speaker
Craig Easton juggles working for clients on a national and international scale with his own long term personal photographic projects. He is known for his dramatic landscape work and his intimate portraits of real lives. A documentary photographer at heart, he is often commissioned to bring that sense of reality and storytelling to his commercial and advertising clients.
Beginning his career at the then groundbreaking Independent newspaper in London, Craig has since gone on to win numerous awards for both his commissioned work and personal projects. His personal work is deeply rooted in the documentary tradition often mixing portrait photographs with his clear, graphic depiction of the landscape.
Craig says: "One of the major things I’m keen to stress when it comes to large format is not to get too bogged down in technique. I’m interested in the evolution of large format work and how it has responded since the advent of hand-held cameras.
I get the sense that new technology perhaps freed up those who still used plate cameras to be more creative and less focussed on the purely technical aspects of the equipment and it’s interesting to see how and why people still use sheet film now. I’ll talk through how I see some of that evolution using examples of photographers whose work has inspired me as well as look at my some of own projects.
Whilst much of my work over the years has been shot on smaller formats, for me it is very much 'horses for courses' when it comes to the right camera for the right project and there have always been projects for which large format was my natural choice. This will be a discursive session, and so I would be very interested and strongly encourage people to bring their work in."