TPF Class of 2022 Exhibition

We are excited to invite you to TPF's Class of 2022 Final Exhibition. This is a chance to see what our trainees have been working on for the last 6-months and connect with other members of our community.

Dates:

  • Thursday 7th April 6.30-8.30 - Exhibition opening night
  • Friday 8th April 6.30 - 8.30 - panel talk with our trainees & closing night!

The exhibition will also be free to view from 10-5pm from Wednesday 6th April until Friday 8th April.

Please register for a free ticket to one or more of these dates. Donations are also welcomed to help us continue the work we do.


TPF TALKS with Alfie White

For this event, we are delighted to be joined by Alfie White.

Alfie is a photographer born, raised, and based in South London. Alfie's work explores the nuances and intricacies of the human condition and of everyday life.

Alfie predominantly works on 35mm Black & White film which he develops, prints, and scans from his bedroom/makeshift-darkroom. With three years in the industry, Alfie has forged his own path and artistic voice, often documenting events for the likes of Bottega Veneta, Dazed and Vogue.

Join us in the studio to hear Alfie's journey of navigating the industry as an emerging & neuro-divergent creative, the illusions of social media and the importance of having an identity outside of work.

Book your free ticket here.


TPF TALKS with Zula Rabikowska

In celebration of International Women's Day, we are delighted to have Zula Rabikowska speaking at this event. Zula is a Polish-British photographer & videographer based between London and Kraków. Her work explores themes of displacement, belonging and gender identity.

At this event, Zula will be sharing her tips on writing funding applications, working as a freelance photographer & balancing personal projects with commercial work. 

Book your ticket here.


TPF TALKS with Tee Max

For Februarys event, we are delighted to be joined by Tee Max . Broadcaster, cultural spokesperson and journalist, Tee Max started taking pictures through his love of Hip Hop in the 90’s. Documenting many of Black music’s most celebrated and influential figures (Prince, Nas, Notorious B.I.G, Outkast, Destiny’s Child and Wu-Tang Clan), as well as some of the decades most important cultural moments and events. Shooting concerts and taking portraits, his work was featured in influential underground music publications & mainstream broadsheet titles.

After ten years looking through the lens, Tee put down the camera to step in front of the it! He co-hosted TV and radio shows, provided cultural guidance on factual TV programmes for the BBC & went into music management, before stepping away from media completely in 2004. Join us to find out what he's up to now, and to hear Tee's advice of navigating the industry, and finding your own voice within it.

Book your free ticket here


Introduction to Photography Workshop

Join us on Saturday 5th February from 10-2pm in our Shoreditch studio for our first Introduction to Photography workshop of 2022, for just £5!

This workshop is aimed at people aged 18-25 who want to learn the basics of studio lighting and kit and are who are keen to develop their studio photography skills.

The workshop will be split into two parts. In the first half you will work with Chris, who will introduce you to some basic kit and lighting techniques. The second half of the workshop you will put what you have learnt into practice and take some portraits of each other! There will be plenty of space for questions & networking throughout the workshop! We expect this session to last 3-4 hours, light refreshments will be provided and there will be a break to grab some lunch too. This is a very practical workshop so please wear something comfy and practical.

We have limited spaces on this workshop due to covid & will also ask every participant to provide a negative lateral flow test result before coming into the studio. There is a small fee for this workshop, but if you feel unable to pay, please get in touch with us as we have bursary spaces available.


TPF TALKS with Judah Passow

The first instalment of 2022’s TPF TALKS will take place during January, a month that commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day. We will use this event to amplify the voices of Jewish photographers and people who document displacement, identity & conflict within their work.

We are delighted to have Judah Passow speaking at this event. Judah has been working on assignments for American & European magazines and newspapers since 1978. Based in London, his work has been published extensively by leading newspapers such as The Guardian, Die Zeit & The New York Times.

He is the winner of four World Press Photo awards for his coverage of conflict in the Middle East & his photographs have been exhibited widely throughout Europe & The United States. His book, Shattered Dreams, looking back at 25 years of his coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, was published in 2008.

“Judah Passow has an extraordinary ability to distil complex situations into powerfully loaded images that are deceptively simple to look at. His signature black and white technique has cut-glass clarity and beauty with a sensual quality that seduces the viewer to engage with even the grimmest reality.” Steve Mayes.

Book your free ticket here.


Vision board & discussion for 2022

We are kicking off 2022, and this year's series of events by bringing you this event which was meant to take place in December.

We will be hosting a discussion & vision boarding session for photographers and creatives. This will be a chance to come together, reflect on your creative achievements from 2021 & think about your ambitions for the year ahead. 

The event

The first part of the evening we welcome you join our discussion on your creative goals for 2022. What creative projects do you have in mind for the new year? Would you like to collaborate more with other creatives and talent? 

The second part of the evening is where the fun begins! We will host a vision boarding session to get your creativity flowing. Prompts, magazines and craft materials will be provided, but please bring any imagery or resources that are specific to your goals too! The collective vision boarding session is a great way to visualise your ideas and to look at other people’s goals – a great way to collaborate & network with others in the room. 

ImportantPlease take a lateral flow test less than 24 hours before attending this event. We will be checking lateral flow text messages, your temperature and providing hand sanitiser upon entry. This event will also have a limited capacity.


Starting out in photography

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

I’m often asked the same question: how do I get started in photography? Whether you’re completely new to photography, you’ve just bought your first camera, or you’re starting to think about stepping up your game, the answer is probably the same – just start taking photos!

Most of us get stuck on the first step, procrastinating and creating obstacles instead of creating photos. I’m going to touch on three of the most common challenges which hold us back from progressing and enjoying the art of photography.

1. Death by technology

“I can’t get started until I have the right camera, lens, editing software…”. When photography was first invented we didn’t have Adobe Creative Cloud or expensive DSLRs. Photography emerged through curious experimentation and lots of trial and error. It’s more important to spend time taking photos with your phone or an inexpensive camera, exploring what you enjoy capturing and how you approach it. Once you’ve found something you want to commit to capturing, the rest can come.

2. The fear

With social media platforms like Instagram playing such an important role in sharing photography, the fear of judgement and not being good enough is real for many of us. Like anything in life, if it makes you feel worse more often than it makes you feel good, don’t do it! Start with a private Instagram account and some trusted friends as followers, building on that slowly. This can be a safe and convenient way to get feedback and build your confidence – learn to make social media work for you.

3. What next?

So you’ve been taking pics with your phone or camera for a while now and you feel ready to learn more advanced techniques, but where do you begin? There is so much out there! For many of us the online world can feel overwhelming, and having a community of peers and some structured guidance is always a good idea. YouTube is incredible, particularly for those who are clear about the specific skills they want to learn. Taking a progressive online course on a platform like Skillshare, or attending an evening or weekend short course at further education colleges like City Lit or Morley College can be a great way to meet likeminded people, receive valuable feedback and grow in a supported way.


If you’re interested in starting, growing or advancing in photography, check out our outreach and community page and IGTV channel for a selection of new videos offering advice and tips on a range of useful topics.


Inspiring Your Practice: What Influences Your Work?

What influences your work?

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to begin exploring Alec Soth’s online Photographic Storytelling course through Magnum Learn. He has long been one of my favourite photographers because of his poetic approach to photography. I am learning so much from his teaching, and I think the chapter on influence and inspiration has had the biggest impact on me so far. In this chapter, Soth invites the reader to list five things outside of photography that have influenced their own creative work in some way. This could be a film, a song, a park near your childhood home or weird building that has stuck in your mind. Soth then asks us to write these down and see if we can find a connection between them.

This assignment sparked thoughts about obscure aspects of my past which have subconsciously ignited my creativity and influenced my way of seeing the world. For example, where I grew up had lots of alley ways and I used to run through them late at night, when I wasn’t supposed to - I was too lazy to walk the long way around! Themes around what’s hidden, forbidden and marginal have always fascinated me, and to an extent they continue to influence me creatively.

I would like to invite you to consider your own five influences outside of photography - what comes to mind?


We Can All be More Inclusive Photographers

Inclusive Photography In Practice

Inclusive practice isn’t something static that begins and ends with funding and an informed consent form. It’s a dynamic and evolving process, and all practitioners who are responsible for representing identities should regularly reflect and review how and why we represent people, places and communities. I truly believe that with our work comes great responsibility.

Society is currently going through a lot of introspection, and rightly so! All of us, regardless of our labels, need to consider what it really means to be an inclusive and ethical photographer. In order to help us consider this I have shared some questions below, which are taken from PhotoShelter’s excellent resource The Guide to Inclusive Photography.

 

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1. Am I perpetuating stereotypical narratives with my work?

2. Have I considered how my perspective or privilege may affect how I approach photography?

3. When selecting photos from other countries and of at-risk populations, am I applying the same standards I would apply for photos of my own community?

4. How can I expand the types of people, places (…) from which I draw story ideas and angles?

5. How many award-winning photographs feature black and brown people from the global South? How many of the photographers winning the awards are from that demographic?

 

Being honest with ourselves when considering the questions above could be the first step to better understanding what it means to be an inclusive photographer.