02nd March 2013 / Firecracker

We’re proud to join forces with Firecracker to put on the first Miniclick Saturday Session of 2013 – a full day of discussions featuring some of the finest European women in photography. Saturday March 2nd, 11am ’till 4pm. Free Entry. Green Door Store (Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton Train Station, Brighton, BN1 4FQ)

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Throughout the year we’ll be running a series of Saturday Sessions – full days of discussion that will allow us to really get into a subject. To coincide with International Women’s Day in March we’re planing a full month of events centered around the theme of Women in Photography and we’re pleased to be working with Firecracker to open the month.

The day will kickoff at 11am with an introduction from our host for the day, deputy editor of Hotshoe magazine, Miranda Gavin. Following on from Miranda, founder of Firecracker, Fiona Rogers has curated a series of photographers her organisation has worked with in the last year. They include; Firecracker 2012 grant winner Jo Metson Scott, Abbie Traylor Smith, Maria Gruzdeva, Agata Pietron and Chloe Dewe Matthews. All will present short talks on their work.

After a spot of lunch, we return at 2pm with a panel discussion, chaired by Miranda and featuring Fiona and all the photographers, discussing some of the issues facing women in photography today.

The day ends at 4pm, and (as with all Miniclick events) there’s a strong chance we’ll all retire to the pub to continue the discussion.


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Firecracker was established in 2011 by Fiona Rogers to promote European women working in photography, through a variety of online features, networking opportunities and public events.

Rogers currently works at Magnum Photos London as the Cultural & Education
Manager, a position she has held since 2005.  Fiona’s responsibilities include originating and touring international photographic exhibitions, and working alongside Magnum’s Cultural & Print Room Director to program Magnum’s London gallery space and represent its photographers within the commercial market. In 2007 Fiona founded Magnum’s educational initiative, which now encompasses a yearly schedule of global workshops, professional practice seminars, masterclasses and portfolio review events.

Prior to Magnum, Fiona was employed at a popular London gallery and studied BA Arts & Media at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey.  She holds a postgraduate certificate from the London College of Communication in Creative Enterprise Management.

In 2012, Firecracker launched its inaugural Photographic Grant, awarded to a female photographer born or residing in Europe to assist with a documentary project.


Jo Metson Scott


Jo Metson Scott is a portrait and documentary photographer whose work highlights the relationship between people and their communities. Working predominantly on film and inspired by the way people live and express themselves to her camera, Jo’s work has a strongly subject driven approach often leading to an exploration of the less palpable elements of life – such as morality or imagination. Her subtle, elegant images capture softness in even the hardest subjects.  

Jo’s work has been commissioned by a variety of organisations including The New York Times, The Telegraph,  Another Magazine, and The Photographer’s Gallery.  

Jo has exhibited in the UK and Europe, including Nottingham Castle Art Gallery,  Arles Photography Festival, Hereford Photography festival and the Venice Biennale Fringe.
She lives and works in London.

The Grey Line is a reflection on war told from the perspectives of US and UK soldiers who have spoken out against the Iraq War.

Photographer Jo Metson Scott began working on this project in 2007, after meeting a young US soldier who has recently gone AWOL as a result of being denied Conscientious Objective status and in order to avoid redeployment to Iraq. There began a journey that took her across the US over several years in search of veterans who had similarly been morally opposed to the war, and who had spoken out against it, at varying costs. Metson Scott’s work looks to a growing movement of young men and women who chose to fight for their country but began to question what they were being ordered to do – at a time where the legality of the war was also being disputed internationally.

Whilst the Iraq War remains polemic and has created complex debates on morality, The Grey Line examines details of these soldiers’ lives through photography and interviews in an attempt to capture the essence of what made these men and women take position.

The work is being published to mark 10 years since the invasion of Iraq.


Chloe Dewe Matthews


After graduating from Fine Art at Oxford University, Chloe Dewe Mathews spent four years working in the film industry.  Since dedicating herself to photography, her subject matter has been diverse, from Uzbek gravediggers on the Caspian coast, to Hasidic Jews on holiday in Wales.  In 2010 she hitchhiked from China back to Britain, which became a recce for a lifetime’s work ahead, informing her work both at home and abroad.

She has been awarded the BJP International Photography Award, the Julia Margaret Cameron New Talent Award, PDN’s 30, the Flash Forward Emerging Photographer’s Award by the Magenta Foundation and was nominated for the prestigious Prix Pictet.  Her work has been exhibited in London, Berlin, Buenos Aires and Toronto and magazine clients include The New York Times, the Telegraph, Le Monde and the Sunday Times.

Over the next year she will be artist-in-residence at St John’s College in Oxford and METAL in Southend, developing a new body of work about the river Thames.


Agata Pietron

Songs of Congo

“I am independent photographer, journalist, cinematographer and graphic designer currently based in Warsaw, Poland. I received Masters Degree from Cultural Studies at University of Warsaw, studied Photography in European Academy of Photography and Cinematography in Academy of Film and Television. I work on social projects in Eastern Europe, Latin America, USA and Central Africa (DRC, Rwanda). My works have been exhibited in Poland and abroad. One of the works from “one degree of warmth” story was acquired by Princess Royal Anne collection. I also continue to work successfully in the field of commercial photography. My clients (among others) include: Orange, Unicef, RR Donnelley, Sotis, Lego, Natura, Lyreco, Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom Niepełnosprawnym, Fundacja Synapsis, Polish Olympic Committee.”


Abbie Traylor-Smith

Childhood Obesity.

Abbie Trayler-Smith is a documentary and portrait photographer whose work draws primarily on an emotional response and engagement with her subject. Her work embraces the personal and private aspects of people’s lives and is driven by a desire to get under the skin and cut straight to the heart of the issues she chooses to explore. Abbie grew up in South Wales, studied Law at Kings College, London and now spends her time living and working in London and Devon. After an initial period with the Telegraph as a contract photographer she now travels globally to complete assignments for a large variety of clients including Time Magazine, GEO, Marie Claire, The New Review, The Independent on Sunday, Guardian Weekend, Observer Magazine, Oxfam, UNICEF and BBC Worldwide.  She has covered major events such as the Iraq war, the Darfur crisis and the Asian tsunami as well as spending time on long-term projects in the UK. Her major project on the lives of asylum seekers in the UK,  ‘Still Human, Still Here’ was exhibited at HOST Gallery, London, in 2009 with the accompanying multi-media film receiving critical acclaim and winning both The Nikon Award 2009 and The PPY Best Multimedia Piece 2009.  In 2010 she won 4th prize in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Prize exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery for her portrait of Chelsea from the series The Big O, an ongoing personal project.

She joined Panos Pictures in 2007 and became a member of Panos Profile in 2010.


Maria Gruzdeva


Maria Gruzdeva is a Russian-born photographer based in London. Being physically away from her country of origin for the past few years, she is able to offer a unique perspective on processes taking place there, investigating into Russia’s post-Soviet conscientiousness, identity and aesthetics. She draws inspiration from the prominent Western artists and art theory, however issues connecting her native country’s past and present remain central to her work. She usually works on long-term documentary projects, underpinned by extensive research.

In 2010 Maria graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art in Design with First class honours. In the same year she also completed her first major project Direction–Space!, which was exhibited internationally and published into a book by Dewi Lewis publishing in 2011. She then went to continue her studies at London College of Communication, receiving a Masters Degree in Photography with Distinction in 2011.

She is a recipient of the annual Joss Turley award, Ideastap & Magnum Photos Photographic Award, winner of the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer 2012, FFWY2012 and other competitions. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with group and solo shows in Russia, UK, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Malaysia. Her work was also featured in a number of photographic festivals, including Les Rencontres d’Arles and Bristol Photo Forum.


and our host…

Miranda Gavin

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Miranda Gavin is a freelance writer, media trainer and photographer. She is Deputy and Online Editor for the bimonthly contemporary photography magazine Hotshoe International, runs its blog, and is a regular contributor to other photography publications in the UK and abroad. She has judged a number of photography competitions, does portfolio reviews and regularly delivers and chairs photography-related talks.
Miranda has worked as a teacher and a photography trainer (PhotoVoice) and has a degree in Photography, Film & Video (University of Westminster) and a Master of Research in Humanities and Cultural Studies (University of London). Clients have included the National Union of Journalists, British Airports Authority and Incisive Media. In 2010, she co-founded Tri-pod, a creative initiative that supports lens-based artists with personal projects in progress.


Saturday, March 02nd, 11am ’till 4pm. Free Entry. Green Door Store (Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton Train Station, Brighton, BN1 4FQ)


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