13/07/2013 – Tim Andrews

In 2005 Tim Andrews was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, left his job as a solicitor and turned himself into a living art project. Over the past six years he has been photographed by 250 different photographers in one of the most comprehensive and moving portraiture projects of recent years.

Back in March we did a full day event with Firecracker to launch our Women in Photography month (culminating in Publication#1 being issued). This full day event with Tim is part of our month of events around portraiture and leads up to Publication#2, which concentrates on the same theme.

At this event, Maja Daniels, Chris Floyd, Harry Borden, Brian David Stevens and Alma Haser will discuss their practice, their portrait of Tim and the nature of portraiture. Tim will also discuss his project. The morning will see each photographer (and Tim) do short talks on their work, followed by an afternoon panel discussion.

Saturday 13th July, 11am-4pm (doors open at 10:30am). Green Door Store, Brighton. Free entry (donation for lunch).

Tim Andrews

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(image by Brian David Stevens)

“I was born in London in 1951 but my father, who was a multi talented musician who played with swing and jazz bands, died in 1953, leaving my mother, a beautiful ex-dancer aged 34, with 5 children under the age of 8. I worked hard at school and passed my exams and eventuallly trained as a lawyer. I worked as a lawyer for 29 years eventually owning my own firm with 5 other partners. However, working in the law was not really my thing – I was always artistic and I really wanted to be an actor so when I was 39, I trained at drama school in the evenings and eventually ended up performing one man plays and was seen by a theatrical agent and went on her books but realised that I had to choose between acting professionally and the the law – the law won as I needed the guaranteed income for the mortgage, school fees etc so I acted whenever I could on a semi professional basis.

In 2005, I discovered I had Parkinson’s disease and had to stop working in June 2006 since when I have found my freedom – I have been writing a lot, having my photograph taken by wonderfully interesting and talented people and going to the cinema which is my greatest love apart from watching cricket. l do not regard my modelling as akin to acting. ln the photos you see the real me – many sides of the same person – whereas when l was acting l was pretending to be someone else. Where there is an overlap perhaps is that, when l acted, l became that other person and therefore felt that l could do anything on stage in the same way as when l tell the photographers that l am willing to do anything in front of the camera.

I used to spend my days wrapped in a suit imprisoned in an office but now I spend my days feeling free and I am very, very happy.”

Alma Haser

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Born in Germany in 1989, Alma Haser moved to the UK in 1995 and gained a BA in Photography from Nottingham Trent University before moving to London in autumn 2011. Her shortlisted portrait, taken in her house in South London, is of friends Luke and James who have known each other since they were 12. Struck by their hairstyles, an East London bowl cut, Haser initially planned to take separate portraits but it was difficult to get them to focus so decided to photograph them together. She says ‘I asked them to sit on a tiny, wobbly coffee table, forcing them to almost cling onto each other. I wanted to exaggerate their amazing size difference, by making Luke slouch and James sit bolt upright. The title is designed to help the viewer make up his or her story about what is going on.’ Haser’s work has been included in over 10 exhibitions internationally, her work received third place in the People’s Choice for Foto8 Summer Show 2012, Fourth prize in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and she has just won the Magenta Foundation Bright Spark Award 2013.

www.haser.org

Brian David Stevens

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Brian David Stevens (b.1970) is a photographer living in London, his work has been published and shown worldwide.

He is a member of the US based Hamburger Eyes collective and is currently not writing a book.

www.briandavidstevens.com

Chris Floyd

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Chris Floyd is an internationally acknowledged photographer. His work is in the National Portrait Gallery and has also been recognised by the British & American awards for portrait photography, the Taylor Wessing in 2008 & American Photography in 2008 & 2010.

He is also currently working with The Imperial War Museum on a project called ‘The Consequences of Vengeance’, which consists of large format photographs of Dutch launch sites and British impact sites associated with the German V2 rocket, which terrorised London between September 1944 and March 1945.

His commercial work has been published in Wallpaper*, The New Yorker, Guardian Weekend, Esquire & Harpers Bazaar, as well as in advertising campaigns for Agent Provocateur, British Airways, Sony & Toyota.

His most recent project, ‘One Hundred and Forty Characters’, in which he photographed 140 people he follows on Twitter but had never previously met, was inspired by the realisation that he was communicating more frequently and more intimately with people he had befriended on the social networking site than he was with people he had known as real and actual friends for more than 20 years

www.chrisfloyd.com

Harry Borden

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A native New Yorker, Harry Borden’s earliest commissions were in the UK for the Observer. Career highlights include two World Press Awards and a solo exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery.  Currently working on a series of portraits of single parent Dads and a book on Holocaust Survivors.

www.harryborden.com

Luca Sage

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Luca Sage holds a degree in Social Anthropology and following on from those studies he gained a 1st class honours degree in Editorial Photography from the University of Brighton in 2004. Whilst still in his second year at Brighton University Luca was selected for the prestigious Schweppes Portrait Prize and went on to receive two national student awards. Much of his documentary work is now shot in Africa, especially West Africa, using his Social Anthropological background as a grounding for his large format portraiture series.

Luca has won four international photography awards including the Foto8 Summershow 2011 and his portraits have been chosen for the prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2010. His work has been selected for many international photography awards including American Photography, Renaissance Prize, The New York Photo Awards, ONWARD and the Salon Photography Prize. Luca Sage’s commissions cover editorial, fashion and advertising shoots. His clients include The Telegraph, The Photographers Gallery, Orange, UNICEF, Hackett, WaterAid, The Independent on Sunday, Monocle Magazine and The Guardian on Saturday.

www.lucasage.com

Saturday 13th July, 11am-4pm (doors open at 10:30am). Green Door Store, Brighton. Free entry (donation for lunch).

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