Talks: Satellites with UWE

It’s this time of year again, when final year students across the country are working frantically to finish their last projects and get together the exhibitions and publications. We’re very pleased to be working with The University of West England this summer to present a series of talks and a panel discussion that coincides with their Grad Show in London. The theme will be ‘Satellites’, where we feature a group of great photographers based outside of the M25 talking about their work, followed by a panel discussion on the nature of travel, photographing at home and photographing away.


Thursday 30th June. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm.

Free Entry at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH


Talks come from Sian Davey, Jon Tonks and Daniel Meadows, with Josh Lustig of the FT joining everyone for the panel discussion. Before and after the talks and discussion, the students will be on hand to take visitors through their work in a speed-dating style.

Sian Davey



Sian Davey is a photographer with a background in Fine Art and Social Policy. She has run a private Psychotherapy practice for the past 15 years, but has recently ended this work to dedicate her time to her photography practice. Her work is an investigation of the psychological, social and political landscapes of both herself and those around her. Having recently completed her MA in Photography and the Book, she is now currently taking part in the MFA programme at Plymouth University. Sian has been the recipient of numerous awards and exhibits internationally. Sian has recently released her first book ‘Looking for Alice’ published by Trolley Books.

Jon Tonks



Jon Tonks is a British photographer based in Bath, England. His work has been featured in The New York Times and Sunday Times Magazines, The Guardian and FT Weekend Magazines, Monocle, TIME LightBox, the British Journal of Photography and more. He has twice been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and the Terry O’Neill award, and in 2012 was a winner at the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Awards as well as was Judges Choice at the AOP Awards.

In 2014, Tonks was presented with the Vic Odden Award by the Royal Photographic Society for his first book Empire, a journey across the South Atlantic exploring life on four remote islands – relics of the once formidable British Empire. The book was hailed by Martin Parr as one of his best books the year. His work is now in a number of private collections, both in the UK and abroad, including The Hyman Collection of British photography, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas.

Tonks was born in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands (UK) in 1981, and took his first job as staff photographer on a local Midlands newspaper in 2005. Two years later he undertook an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, and now continues to work on  documentary projects and assignments.

Daniel Meadows

Portrait of Daniel Meadows by Paddy Summerfield. Oxford, May 1974

Peter Tatham, steeplejack. Salford City incinerator chimney. September 1976

Then & Now Portraits from the Free Photographic Omnibus

From his seventies journey round Britain in the Free Photographic Omnibus, to his pioneering digital storytelling work with the BBC (Capture Wales 2001-07) and his more recent High Street Stories, documentarian and teacher Daniel Meadows has spent a lifetime recording British society, challenging the status quo by working in a collaborative way to capture extraordinary aspects of ordinary life through photographs, audio recordings and short movies.

Josh Lustig

Josh graduated from Warwick University in 2004 with an Honours Degree in Film and Literature. He went on to work for local newspapers in London as a freelance photographer before heading to Nepal where he worked as a photographer, teacher and translator for two years. When he returned from Asia in 2006, Josh worked for HOST Gallery in London before moving on to working as an editorial assistant at Foto8 Magazine, a leading photography journal. In 2007 Josh moved to Panos Pictures where he started as a production assistant and in 2009 was promoted to Assignments Editor.

Until May 2014 Josh managed the assignments at Panos as well as overseeing the social media dimension of the agency. As part of his role at Panos, Josh has participated in a number of workshops, panel discussions and photo festivals, participating in workshops and events in Norway, France, Canada and Denmark, as well as in the UK.

Josh has also been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities including, London College of Communication, University of Syracuse, NY, USA and the School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark.  Josh currently works as the Deputy Picture Editor of the Financial Times Weekend Magazine, the UK’s leading colour-supplement, responsible for commissioning numerous covers and features.

In 2013 Josh co-founded the book-publishing wing of Tartaruga, a leading independent record label and print studio.


Thursday 30th June. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm.

Free Entry at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH


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