In partnership with FORMAT Festival and GRAIN Photography Hub, Redeye hosts a series of short talks at The Photography Show in Birmingham NEC that look to the future of photography and the steps professionals are taking to combine meaningful work with continued success.

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Who is it for?

These talks are for photographers at all levels looking for innovative ways to boost their business and gain a better understanding of the contemporary photography market. Please note to attend this event you will also need a ticket to The Photography Show in Birmingham. Tickets to the show can be found here

Programme Breakdown

Saturday 18th March

Two short talks exploring new possibilities for creative and contemporary photographers to boost their business and visibility.

Future-proofing your Photography Business: 13:30 - 14:10

What does tomorrow's professional photographer look like? This talk outlines changes in the markets for photography, and the steps professionals are taking to combine meaningful work with continued success.

Collaborative Marketing for Creative Photographers: 14:30 - 15:10

The smartest photographers are finding new partnerships and channels for presenting and marketing their work. This talk outlines a range of possibilities and concentrates on self-publishing, photo books and collaborative exhibitions with photo festivals.

Tuesday 21st March

How do you make a living from the work you really want to do? The best contemporary photographers balance powerful and meaningful work with strong business; in these four presentations Redeye explores a range of routes to success.

Getting Started as a Contemporary Professional Photographer: 11:00 - 11:45  

This event covers the important areas you need to think about when starting up a professional photographer, including an overview of the market, building contracts, networking and relationships, marketing and time management.

Collaborations in Photography: 12:15 - 13:00

“The future of great ideas will come from great collaborations – people working together.” - Trevor Beattie

This talk outlines the benefits of collaborative working relationships in Photography. Looking at particular case studies and the range of possibilities for temporary partnerships and long-term co-creation.

Exhibiting and Print Sales: 14:00 - 14:45

This event explores a growing art market for photography. This talk will look at both public and commercial galleries, how to build trusting relationships with curators, fund personal projects and the do’s and don’t of limited editions.

We are all Archivists: 15:15 - 16:00

All photographers have an archive, whether this is part of their own personal practice or a study of other archives and collections. This event invites you to consider your photographic legacy, outlines best practice for preserving photographs and turning your archive into a collection, and explores the creative possibilities of working with ‘found’ photographic objects. Plus an introduction to The Photographic Collections Network.


About the Speakers

Paul Herrmann
Paul Herrmann is the Director of Redeye, current chair of The British Photographic Council, set up LOOK festival in Liverpool and the Northern Photography Consortium, and is currently Manager of the newly established Photographic Collections Network, a knowledge exchange and advocacy network for anyone working with collections or archives. Paul presents widely on many aspects of photographic work but specialises particularly in business models and career paths in photography.

Nicola Shipley 

Nicola Shipley is an independent Producer, Curator, Project Manager, Mentor and Consultant. She is the co-founder and co-director of GRAIN Photography Hub.
Nicola has worked with a wide range of visual arts organisations, public and private sector stakeholders such as the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Arts Council England, British Council, Redeye, FORMAT, Capsule and University of Birmingham.  She has an MA in History of Art and has a background in the visual arts and artists’ professional development, exhibitions and commissioning and a specialist interest in contemporary photography


FORMAT International Photography Festival was established in 2004. Today it is one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. FORMAT organises a year-round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally.
The biennial festival is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

FORMAT is directed by Louise Clements, organised by QUAD and the University of Derby. Supported by Arts Council EnglandDerby City Council and multiple partners from the UK and international origins. 


These events take place on the Saturday 18th and 21st March 2017 

This event takes place in the Piazza Suite at The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. The venue is fully accessible.


This event is free but you will need a ticket to The Photography Show, booking is essential. Please register via the link below. It is also possible to make a donation at the time of registering, this helps to support our future programme of events.

Special discount: Enter the code FORMATTPS17 for £3 off the standard entry rate for adult tickets at The Photography Show.

Please note our terms and conditions including our refund policy.

This event is part of the DEVELOP strand in our new spring/summer programme;

Related DEVELOP events:

Photobooks with Manchester School of Art

Lightbox Launch

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