NOW WE ARE 5: Miniclick’s 5th Birthday – Sat 12th Sept

Miniclick was started in 2010 to present free and accessible photography talks and events across the UK. Since then we’ve also commissioned projects and new works, and published a series of ‘zines. The last five years have been a blast – please join us to celebrate our birthday!

Saturday September 12th / 12-6pm / The Unitarian Church, New Rd, Brighton 8pm-2am / After Party Upstairs at The Eagle, Gloucester Rd, Brighton

All Free Entry

Feel free to drop in and out throughout the day! The Alternative Photography Studio in the community hall has lots of activities for kids too.


The day will feature a series of our short ‘Soapbox’ talks in the main church hall, and activities, games and photo booths in ‘The Alternative Studio’ in the community room.

Miniclick’s Alternative Photography Studio

The community room of the church will host a series of events, activities and photo opportunities that everyone can get involved with…

Sean Hawkey’s Tintype Photobooth

Our friend Sean Hawkey will be present, with his wet collision process, doing haunting portraits of visitors with technology that has remained unchanged since 1851, as part of his ongoing Brighton portrait project.

The Illustrator Photobooth

Ever wanted your own Andreas Gursky, Jeff Wall or Cindy Sherman print but couldn’t afford the price tag? Come describe your favourite ever photograph to one of our team of crack illustrators and they’ll draw it for you, there and then, just from your own words. You can then take the print away with you. Our illustrators in attendance will be Billy Mather, Anthony Atkinson and Lauren Holder.

Badge Making

Come and make a unique, one-off badge from one of three prints donated by three fantastic photographers. We’ll supply all the material, you cut a circle out of the print, and get to take your badge away.

Cut & Paste

We’ve got a whole load of magazine that were destined for the recycling bin. We’ve got scissors and we’ve got glue. Come and make photomontages in a reprisal of our Cut & Paste event we first hosted at Tate Liverpool earlier this year.

The Miniclick Mobile Library

Take a break from it all, pull up a chair and have a browse through the photobooks donated from all over the world to The Miniclick Mobile Library – a great chance to get to know a new book, or rediscover an old one.

Also, keep an eye out for our mini-exhibition on beer matts featuring work by Peter Dench, an exclusive cake decorated by ‘Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh’ creator Eleanor MacNair, and Beelzebab will be outside serving drinks and their vege hot dogs and kebabs. PLUS, even more to be announced!

The Miniclick Soapbox Talks

In the Church main space, we’ve gathered 16 past Miniclick speakers, and them just under seven minutes each to talk about anything they like. Expect the full range! The schedule looks like this…

1:30pm – 2pm – Alex Bamford / Niall McDiarmid / Antonio Olmos / Murray Ballard
2:30pm – 3pm – Ally Lethbridge / Abbie Trayler Smith / Annie Collinge / Jocelyn Allen
3:30pm – 4pm –  Peter Dench / Stuart Griffiths / Ewen Spencer / Kevin Meredith
4:30pm – 5pm – MacDonaldStrand / Natasha Caruana / Juno Calypso / Jim Stephenson
Some great talks and plenty of time in between to join in in the activities in the Alternative Studio!
Here’s some more on our speakers…

Abbie Trayler Smith


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.

Alex Bamford


“My background is design and art direction, so my general approach to photography is conceptual. I like to explore themes and push them as far as I can. I aim for simplicity and strong composition.

Like many photographers I am a bit OCD, which can be evidenced by my ever expanding Collections project. I’ve also been photographing by moonlight for the last 8 years, mainly in and around Brighton, Sussex. On a practical level, taking photos at night fits in really well with my day job and the resulting commute. The greater draw though is that I love the way that moonlight changes familiar surroundings into something other-wordly. In an effort to introduce a human element to my moonlit landscapes, over the years I have experimented within this surreal environment with a variety of home-made lights and  some rather dodgy dance moves. The resultant pictures form my Walkies and Light Fight series. As a natural progression, for the last 3 years my Sleepwalking project has been documenting the nocturnal adventures of a pyjama clad sleepwalker.”

Alex was also Miniclick’s first ever speaker.

Ally Lethbridge

Copyright Jim Stephenson 2015.

Alexandra Lethbridge (b.1987) is a photographer born in Hong Kong and based in the UK. She graduated from the University of Brighton with a Masters in Photography. Previous education has included Winchester School of Art and the International Center of Photography in New York.
Her work has been exhibited widely with an upcoming solo show in Portugal as part of Encontros de Imagem Festival, in China as part of Pingyao International Photography Festival and in India as part of Delhi Photo Festival.
In 2014, she was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award for her first publication, ‘The Meteorite Hunter’ and was awarded the Professional Choice winner of the Danny Wilson Memorial Award in association with Brighton Photo Fringe. 
Most recently, she has been selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 2015, as well as being selected as a winner for Flash Forward Magenta Foundation 2015 and a finalist in the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015. 
In 2015, The Guardian recognized her as ‘a rising star of British photography’ with her work featuring in magazines and online publications such as HotShoe, Source, Der Grief, Photoworks, Self Publish Be Happy, Pik magazine, Float magazine, Introdex magazine, The Telegraph online and Wired Magazine.
Between working on personal projects and commissions, Alexandra also works for Photoworks.

Annie Collinge


Annie Collinge was born in London in 1980. She studied at Central St. Martins and Brighton University, graduating in 2003.  Since then she has worked commercially throughout Europe and the US as well as on personal projects.  Her work has been included in The Vice Photo Show, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and Snap at Yinka Shonbare’s Gallery Space.  In 2013 she had a solo show, “The Underwater Mermaid Theater” at the Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans.  She has recently made her first publication, “Five Inches of Limbo”, which includes portraits of junk shop dolls and strangers she met on the streets of New York who look like them.

Antonio Olmos


Antonio Zazueta Olmos has worked extensively in the Americas, Africa and the Middle East for various editorial publications and NGO’s, winning the World Press Photo award for People in the News in 2001. In this most recent project, which is also his first book “The Landscape of Murder”, Antonio has worked within the borders of London to document every location where murder has been committed between January 1st 2011 and December 31st 2012, a harrowing count of over 200 sites. With the aim of giving a memory to what are mostly forgotten events and capturing the scarred, silent, largely unseen landscapes where great violence has occurred, “The Landscape of Murder” paints an alternative unsettling portrait of London.

Ewen Spencer

Ewen Spencer is a Newcastle born photographer of primarily youth and subculture who is now based in Brighton. He began his career as a stalwart of style, music and culture magazines The Face and Sleazenation and has since transplanted himself into groups of young people and musicians to form numerous notable personal projects, as well as making films for the likes of Massive Attack and The Streets.

Jim Stephenson

Jim Stephenson founded Miniclick in 2010, he’ll be talking about all the adventure the good ship Miniclick has been on since then

Juno Calypso

“I make self-portraits and I recently developed a character named Joyce. I build sets and create scenes for her; imaginary bedrooms in which I perform critical studies into modern rites of seduction and beauty, and the laboured construction of femininity. Objects once perceived as radical, innovative, fun and nutritious – an electronic anti-wrinkle mask, computer equipment from the 1980s, baby oil, a tin of cold meat – have become joyless and oppressive. Joyce appears alone, consumed by artifice. Her glazed appearance acting as a mirror to the exhaustion felt whilst bearing the dead weight of constructed femininity.”

Juno Calypso is a 2012 graduate of the BA Photography course at LCC, where her degree show was awarded both the Hotshoe Portfolio Award and the Michael Wilson Photographic Prize.

In 2013 The Independent noted Juno Calypso as the ‘One To Watch’. The Catlin Art Guide featured Juno as one of 40 of the most promising new artists in the UK, subsequently shortlisting her for the 2013 Catlin Art Prize, where she won the Visitor Vote Prize.

Juno has exhibited internationally with group shows in London, Miami and New York, and her work has been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine, Time Out, Wonderland, Dazed & Confused, and The Huffington Post amongst many others.

Kevin Meredith

Kevin Meredith is a photographer and author, his first instructional photography book “Hot Shots” was published in 2008. It sold out its first UK and US print runs in under a year and has now been translated into ten languages. He’s not traditionally trained and his style of photography is playful.

Everyday subjects interest Kevin from street fashion to open water swimming.  His passion for passing on his knowledge of photography has not wained; since his first book he has written two further books and he regularly runs photography courses.



MacDonaldStrand are the collaborative partnership of Gordon MacDonald and Clare Strand. They are based in Brighton, England. MacDonald founded and, until recently, edited Photoworks magazine. He is a co-founder of the Brighton Photo Fringe and Chair of the Board of Trustees. He is also co-Director of GOST Books, alongside Stuart Smith; a new photography and visual arts publishers based in London. Strand is an internationally recognised artist whose work is held in many private and public collections including the Arts Council of England collection, the National Collection at the V&A and Collection Centré Pompidou. She is represented by Brancolini Grimaldi, London.

Murray Ballard

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.

Natasha Caruana

Caruana is a photographic artist living and working in London. She has an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art, London and is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey, UK. In 2010 Caruana co-founded the London based studioSTRIKE artists studios. In 2014 Caruana was named as the winner of the BMW Artist in Residence Award 2014 at musée Nicéphore Niépce, France.

Niall McDiarmid

Niall has been an editorial photographer since graduating from the London College of Printing in 1993. He works for magazines and book publishers in the UK, Europe and US.

In January 2011 he began the Crossing Paths project, photographing people he met as he travelled across Britain. The series has been profiled widely by photography blogs, news websites and magazines and was awarded a Lucie International Photography Award in 2012.

A book of the project was published in 2013.

Peter Dench

Peter Dench (born in England, 1972) is based in London.

He works primarily in the editorial, portraiture, video and advertising fields of image making. He is a keen and astute observer of human nature, and in particular some of the more quirky aspects of life. His distinctive, strong reportage style, predominantly in color, has guaranteed regular commissions from a range of respected national and international publications including, among others; STERN Magazine, TIME, Weekend Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, GEO, Men’s Health, The National, GQ and Tatler.

Stuart Griffiths

Stuart Griffiths began using photography as a young Paratrooper whilst serving in Northern Ireland in the late 1980′s & early 90′s. In 1997 he graduated from University of Brighton with an Degree in Editorial Photography.  Isolation (Institute for Eyes) premiered at the 2009 Edinburgh Film Festival and toured Picture House Cinemas across the UK. In 2010 Griffiths won a bursary from the National Media Photography Award and was winner of the Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN 2010. His touring solo show Closer explores Griffiths’ personal feelings towards war and conflict. Alongside his photography, writing and book projects, Griffiths has worked as a film consultant and co-produced documentaries.  Pigs’ Disco is Stuart’s second book.

Jocelyn Allen


“On leaving high school I studied for a BTEC in Photography, which then led me to study for a BA in Photographic Art at the University of Wales, Newport. Initially I thought that I wanted to be a fashion photographer, but then I started to make the work that I really wanted to make – work that was more personal.

I graduated in 2010 with a self portraiture project that explored a personal phase that I went through in my second year of the course. From there a positive response (and a prize commission) gave me the confidence to produce further series, which in the making and exhibiting process have helped me overcome personal hurdles.

In December 2014 I completed an MA in Photography at the London College of Communication. During the course, my interest in video grew and for my final show I presented a video project, Your Dedication Worries Me A Little, as well as a photographic series, Covering The Carpet.

In 2013 I self-published my first book.”

Saturday September 12th / 12-6pm / The Unitarian Church, New Rd, Brighton 8pm-2am / After Party Upstairs at Quadrant, North St, Brighton

All Free Entry


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