Talk: Sketchbooks – Weds 7th Jan

Kicking off 2015, we’re putting on a new night that should inspire everyone to get cracking in the New Year! Sketchbooks will feature three photographers discussing the background to their major projects. What got them excited in the subject matter in the first place? What was the genesis of the idea? What research went into it all and what drives them to keep going with it over months and sometimes years?


Wednesday Jan 07th. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm. Free Entry at The Old Market, Brighton. Free Entry.


It’s sure to be a unique and inspiring insight! The photographers involved include…

Murray Ballard

Aaron Drake, Medical Response Director

Murray Ballard (b.1983) is a photographer born and based in Brighton, UK.  He graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a degree in Photography.  The following year he was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 08 – the annual showcase of work by the ‘most promising recent graduates’ at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.  In 2011 the British Journal of Photography recognised him as an ‘emerging photographer of note’, following his debut solo show, The Prospect of Immortality, at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

In 2012 The Prospect of Immortality toured to the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland as part of the exhibition Moral Holiday and in 2013 to the Centro Cultural de Espana in Mexico City for the Transitio_mx 05 festival.

His photographs have been published in many magazines and newspapers including: Esquire, FT Weekend, GEO, GQ, The Guardian, IL, The Independent and Wired.  As well as the photography journals: 6 Mois, 8, Dummy, The British Journal of Photography and HotShoe.

As well as working on his own projects and commissions he continues to assist renowned Magnum photographer Mark Power.

Alexandra Lethbridge


Alexandra Lethbridge is a photographer based in the UK. Central to her work is the relationship between the imagined and reality, ideas of Utopia and the impulse to search for the ‘other’ within the everyday. Using these ideas, her work aims to challenge our preconceptions of our surroundings and question the parallels between our own world and our imaginations. Drawing upon a range of references and source material, her practice combines found imagery with her own works and examines the relationship between the photographic print as image and object.

Simon Roberts

We English

Simon Roberts (b.1974) is a British photographic artist whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. His large format photographs are taken with great technical precision, often from elevated positions. The distanced vantage point allows the relationship of individual bodies and groups to the landscape to be clearly observed, and echoes the visual language of history painting.

He has exhibited widely and his photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography. In 2010 he was commissioned as the official Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the General Election on behalf of the UK Parliamentary Art Collection. In 2012 he was granted access by the International Olympic Committee to photograph the London Olympics and most recently was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

He has published three critically acclaimed monographs, Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009) – voted as one of the best photography books of the past decade – and Pierdom (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013).

Simon is a patron of Photofusion (see a video interview here), an advisor to Fotodocument and a member of the European photographic collective POC.


Wednesday Jan 07th. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm. Free Entry at The Old Market, Brighton. Free Entry.



  1. Hello,
    Might it be possible to make this talk available online please? I cannot be at the event in Brighton, but would like to see/hear it. Would, for example, be fascinated to know what the reactions to the Jeff Wall exhibition shown in the Sketchbook images, as I saw the exhibition too.
    Thanks and I hope you get lots of support. It’s a great venture.


    • We’re working on something for this talk that we hope will work really well and should allow people who couldn’t make it to share in the experience a bit. We’ll post it on the blog when it’s ready (should be pretty shortly after the event). Thanks for supporting us!

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