National Photography Symposium 2012

27 April 2012, 12:00 to 29 April 2012, 12:00

NB If you're arriving on Saturday, registration on that day only takes place at Strand Palace Hotel.

The National Photography Symposium explores the most critical and talked-about subjects for photography and photographers. Now in its fourth year, it's strongly recommended for anyone interested in the development of photography in the UK.

In 2012 it takes place in collaboration with World Photo London at and around Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA.

It consists of a range of panel discussions, presentations and practical sessions. There are also plenty of opportunities to meet and chat informally, and look at photography.

In 2012 the fourth Symposium covers issues around ethics and the press; the pros and cons of collaboration and co-operation for both individuals and organisations; recent developments in archiving; new patterns and models for employment in photography; and the effects on photography of global economic change. Around 20 speakers, including many top professionals from across photography, will present on these and other subjects.

Francis Hodgson, the writer and photography critic of the Financial Times, called it "The most important forum in UK photography."

Karen Strunks of the 4AM project said "What a weekend. I am all photography inspired."


The latest programme can be found on the NPS blog: We suggest you follow that blog to be kept up to date with programme changes. Click on the logo and click Follow.


To keep costs down, we are not providing food or accommodation. The Symposium hotel is the Strand Palace; rooms are currently available online (eg


The Symposium takes place at World Photo London, a hotbed of photographic activity with events, workshops and exhibitions.

The first 50 Symposium ticket buyers can obtain 50% discount on the following two highlight events at World Photo London, the same weekend:

£5 off In The Photographer's Studio, with William Klein and Vanessa Winship, Saturday 28 April, 18:15 (normal price £10)

50% off the full price of The Business of Photography Seminar on 29 April 2012 (normal price £250)

These offers are first come first served, subject to availability, and can't be combined with other offers.

Plus there's 50% off Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition ticket (normal price £7.50)

Once you buy your Symposium ticket, you will get details of how to obtain the discounts.


Full weekend: £96 / £76.80 (concession) / £70 (Redeye member)
Saturday 28 April only: £84 / £67.20 (concession) / £60 (Redeye member)

ON THE DOOR TICKETS (if available - cash only)
Full weekend: £150
Saturday only: £125

NB If you are buying a Redeye Member ticket, please log in with your member details first.

Concession tickets are for students or the unwaged. You must show proof of status on the door or you will be charged the full price.

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