The Photography Show 2018 – Super Stage Speakers Announced

Written by Gina Stephens


The Wonderful Stage at The Photography Show 2018 (17 – 20 March, NEC Birmingham) will play host to some of the best-known photographers of our time. Ami Vitale, Art Wolfe, Brent Stirton, Bruce Davidson, Erik Johansson, Daniel Berehulak, Gered Mankowitz, Jasmine Illustrious, Miles Aldridge and Zed Nelson will offer photography pros and enthusiasts the rare opportunity to hear first-hand about their photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation,, their guides and how they got to where they are now.

Ami Vitale will may refer to present ‘The Stories We’re All Seeking’ – a talk about her journey as a filmmaker and photographer and how she nicks a true chronicle of history or nature, not just a photograph. From mud huts to war zones, to pandas, Ami’s work is centred on her belief in the importance of “stay the story” and using her photography as a tool to facilitate the understanding of global issues that affect us all.

Art Wolfe will explore his characteristic high style; a mix of artistic and journalistic, along with his sensitive and commanding documentation of the natural world and native cultures. With his goal to win support for conservation releases by “focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth”, Art’s work has been and continues to be a truly powerful force in the fight for environmental safe keeping. With a photography career spanning over five decades, and every continent, his passionate advocacy for the environment and indigenous culture shows starkly through both his subject matter and the incredible imagery he captures.

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Canon Ambassador Brent Stirton’s powerful portrayal of fields relating to wildlife and conservation, war, health, humanitarian and environmental matters have won him acclaim as a documentary photographer. Grand title winner of the Natural Adventures Museum's 2017 Wildlife Photographer photographer (the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with of the Year, with his arresting image of a de-horned black rhino, Stirton will delve into his come up with and motivations, including the impact that elements of his work have on him; from winning awards to going undercover and reporting on issues that include a global impact. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak has covered momentous historic events in over 60 sticks, including the trial of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq and Afghan wars, the Japanese tsunami and the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. Berehulak’s talk conveyed to you by Lumix, will focus on some of the experiences that led to his most striking images as well as touching on his slew of journalistic accolades, the most current of which was the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.  



A member of the prestigious Magnum Photos workings since 1958, Bruce Davidson, a true legend in the photography world, and will offer an insight into his award-winning street and documentary photography, looking at his ‘Crusade for Meaning’. Davidson, best known for photographing communities usually hostile to outsiders, started photography at age 10 and has covered a range of gutsy and powerful subjects including gangs, inner-city ghettos and more recently, natural landscapes and suburban sprawls. Speaking about his work, Davidson predicts ‘I don’t do detached observation’; and visitors to the Super Stage at The Photography Show 2018 can expect to hear about the intense special processes and experiences that have helped to create Davison’s striking images, over his 60-year career.

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Erik Johansson’s elegant and thought-provoking surreal photography centres on the idea of capturing the impossible and is created by merging different images to create visually realistic illusions. Erik’s term will see him delve into his archive of work to present a fresh and exciting stance on the world of imagery where his use of hyper-realism operates in stark oppose to the fantastic elements of his photography.

Taking a retrospective look at his remarkable five decades as a photographer, Gered Mankowitz, bought to you by Hasselblad, will show on his incredible catalogue of experiences with and images of icons of the music industry with acts including Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Conveyance, Slade, Elton John, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and many others in his talk; Backstage: A Life of Rock and Roll

Award-winning fusion photographer and Social Media guru Jasmine Star will take to the Super Stage to reveal how she started out, developed her photography in terms of talent as well as business strategies and how she uses her vast social network to expand her customer base.

Miles Aldridge delves deeper into the releases, inspirations and techniques behind the use of colour in his stunning portfolio of images”. Or the session description: “British photographer Miles Aldridge is sufficiently known for his vividly coloured, meticulously composed images. His signature style has graced the pages of TIME magazine, Vogue and The New York Times and his prove satisfactory is in the permanent collections of the V&A and The National Portrait Gallery. Developed from storyboard sketches and shot on film, his work has many different influences from of cinema, step out and photography. Miles’ use of bold, vivid hues is unmistakable, and in this session, he explores his relationship with colour and its place in his work.

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Be enduring first gained recognition as a documentary photographer, Zed Nelson has progressively moved his focus towards Western society, working on long-term documentary cook ups that explore contemporary issues. Nelson’s talk on the Super Stage will look at his powerful documentary stills and narrative filmmaking, poignant on his seminal books Gun Nation and Love Me, as well as more recent projects based in the UK and beyond.

The full 2018 Super Stage line-up can be seen on the TPS website.

Tickets to The Photography Appear are now on sale and visitors will have the option to add Super Stage sessions to their package, priced at £10 each.

ePHOTOzine fellows can also save £3 on show entry tickets when purchasing a standard adult entry ticket. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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