Event: Now We Also Live Nicely – Tues 9th June, 2015

“Now We Also Live Nicely” – What can photography do for us today?

Miniclick and the final year students of the BA Documentary Photography course at USW Newport present an evening of discussion on photography, where it is now and where it’s heading. It’s never been easier for photographers to present their ideas in a myriad of different ways than it is today, and in this panel discussion we’ll be talking to a group of people who are working at pushing the ways we present work in exhibitions and books, and the way we communicate ideas and stories.

As well as the panel discussion, the evening will also include a short film loop from the students at Newport and a special edition of the Miniclick Mobile Library.


Tuesday 09th June at 7pm. The Dissenting Academy, London (N1). Free Entry.


The panel will feature…

Gemma Padley

Gemma Padley is a freelance journalist and editor who specialises in writing about photography.

From 2012 to 2014, Gemma worked at British Journal of Photography as the title’s senior reporter, contributing long and short-form features to the monthly print and iPad editions, and daily articles, including interview-based features and news stories, to the website.

Gemma currently works on a freelance basis for BJP as the magazine’s Projects Editor, and is also a contributing writer.

With seven years’ professional writing experience, Gemma has also written for The Telegraph, Photomonitor, Nowness, LensCulture, Featureshoot, 1000 Words Magazine, IMA Magazine (Japan), Amateur Photographer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, The RPS Journal, Digital Camera, and N-Photo.

Gemma recently founded the blog, Too Many TasteMakers, an online platform that focuses on showcasing new talent and photography news.

She regularly takes part in photography talks and portfolio reviews, and has presented at The Cass at London Metropolitan University, the London College of Communication, Falmouth University, Hackney Picturehouse with Miniclick Talks, the University of Westminster, and Goldsmiths, University of London. She also chaired a panel discussion at the 2014 Guernsey Photography Festival.

Recently, Gemma judged the first Open Call at One Eyed Jacks Gallery in Brighton and co-judged 2015’s ‘30 Under 30’ competition organised by Magnum Photos and The Photography Show. She is on the advisory board for this year’s Flash Forward Festival in Boston, and is involved in coordinating the talks programme at Belfast Photo 2015. In addition, Gemma is part of the Photo-Forum team where she helps to organise monthly talks.


Maja Daniels

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Maja Daniels’ photographic work focuses on human relations and identity construction in a Western, contemporary environment. She uses sociology as a frame of research and approach to her self-initiated long-term personal projects.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the 2013 Contour by Getty Portrait Prize. She was a participant in the 2012 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and her work has been included in exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Photographers Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, Belfast Exposed (Belfast) and Getxophoto (Bilbao). In 2013 she had her first solo exhibition at Galerie Polka in Paris.

She has received bursaries to develop personal projects by the John Kobal Foundation and the Arts Council. Apart from her dedication to long-term personal projects she also collaborates with the weekly and monthly press and with social scientists, using photography as a tool within academic research.


Peter Watkins



Peter Watkins (b. 1984, UK) is a photographer and artist living and working in London. In 2014 he graduated from Royal College of Art with an MA in Photography. Watkins’s autobiographical work begins with photography, but incorporates sculptural and spatial elements—such as casting, stacking, obscuring, and installation. His work is above all a meditation on the practice of archiving and remembering: how certain material is preserved or lost through processes of memorialisation.

Reviews of Watkins’s work have recently been featured in The Guardian, Hotshoe Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, 1000 Words Photography Magazine, and American Suburb X. He was the recipient of the Brighton Photo Fringe Solo Exhibition 2014, and has been shortlisted for the Paul Huff Award 2014, BJP International Photography Award 2014, and his self-published book Index of Time in collaboration with Tereza Zelenkova was shortlisted for the Photo Eye Best Book Award 2012.

Recent solo exhibitions include The Unforgetting, Format Photography Festival, The Unforgetting, OPEN14 Brighton Photo Fringe, and group exhibitions include SHOW RCA 2014, Planche(s) Contact Photography Festival, Deauville (2013); Thresholds, Belfast Exposed, Belfast (2013) and Wonders of the Visible World, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2011-12).


Lisa Barnard



Lisa Barnard’s photographic and film practice is placed in the genre of contemporary documentary. Her work discusses real events, embracing complex visual strategies that utilize both traditional techniques with more contemporary forms of representation. Barnard connects her interest in aesthetics, current photographic debates around materiality and the existing political climate. Of particular interest to her is the relationship between the military industrial complex, new technology, and the psychological implication of conflict. Barnard receives regular funding, exhibits frequently both nationally and internationally, and has portfolios of her work featured in contemporary photographic publications. She is a Senior Lecturer on Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. She has two publications Chateau Despair was published and Hyenas of the Battlefield Machines in the Garden, both published by GOST.



Tuesday 09th June at 7pm. The Dissenting Academy, London (N1). Free Entry.



  1. Ray Hobbs

    I’d love to be able to attend, but as I’m a 1st year BA Photography in Carmarthen (just up the M4 from Newport) I can’t afford the fare to London. Will this seminar be repeated in Newport of Cardiff?

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