Confirmed speakers

Vision 2010 speakers:

Jonas Bendiksen

The award-winning Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen often focuses on isolated communities and enclaves in his work. His first book, Satellites, was the culmination of seven years' work in the former Soviet Union. His second book, The Places We Live, covered the growth of urban slums across the world.

Jonas Bendiksen has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York, and second place in the Daily Life Stories for World Press Photo, as well as first prize in the Pictures of the Year International Awards. His documentary of life in a Nairobi slum, Kibera, published in the Paris Review, won a National Magazine Award in 2007.

Jonas Bendiksen began his career at the age of 19 as an intern at Magnum's London office, before leaving for Russia to pursue his own work as a photojournalist. His editorial clients include National Geographic, Geo, Newsweek, the Independent on Sunday Review, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Telegraph Magazine, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter graduated from the London College of Printing with a BA First Class Honours [1994] and took his MA at the Royal College of Art, London in 1997. In 1998, he won the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award. In 2006 Tom Hunter was the first artist to have a photography show at the National Gallery, London.

Tom Hunter currently lives and works in London. His work is often particular, but not exclusive, to the community of travellers he knows as neighbours and friends in East London. He has exhibited work both nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows and is also a Senior Research Fellow of the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

He has just been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society in their Annual Awards for 2010.

George Georgiou

George Georgiou won the 2010 BJP/Nikon Projects Assistance Award. He has spent the last decade travelling the Balkans, eastern Europe and Turkey. Now George Georgiou will go back to Georgia and the Ukraine to complete his latest series there, In the Shadow of the Bear.

In the Shadow of the Bear will explore life after the Rose Revolution of 2003 in Georgia, and the 2004 Ukrainian Orange Revolution. “The work looks, in subtle and quiet moments, at the signs in the domestic and public spheres, which when taken together, build up a representation of how ordinary people in Georgia and Ukraine negotiate the everyday space that they find themselves in,” he says. “I am looking at each country individually, with their own very different dynamics and characteristics, but also the aspects that are familiar between the two through their shared history in the Soviet Union.”

Georgiou has already shot many pictures in the series, but over the summer he plans to go back to both countries to explore the Black Sea coast and study the large residential districts around Kiev and Tbilisi. He expects to finish the project in September and will present his work at this year’s Vision.

Archive of Modern Conflict

Archive of Modern Conflict is an independent publisher based in London. Their books on photography and art have been shortlisted for prizes including the Grafik Design Awards 2010, the Rencontre d'Arles Historical Book Prize in both 2008 and 2009, and the New York Photo Fair Awards in 2008. They will be presenting new Chinese photography at Vision10.


Get Found: Search Engine Optimization for Photography Websites

PhotoShelter co-founder and CEO, Allen Murabayashi, walks participants through the basic principles that photographers must know if they care about getting found by Google Search. This presentation covers how strong SEO can attract media outlets and blogs alike, driving valuable traffic and potential sales, increasing search engine ranking and bringing SEO link “juice” to your site.

Allen Murabayashi is the CEO/Founder of PhotoShelter, Inc, an online service that provides website, archive and sales functionality to over 65,000 photographers worldwide. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop — a leading student and young professionals photojournalism workshop. Allen has also authored several free online marketing guides for photographers:

'Right Here, Right Now' exposures from the public realm

A preview of the FORMAT Photo Festival, an International Photography Festival Biennale taking place from 4th March - 3rd April 2011.

FORMAT was established in 2004, and is now one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. The biennale programme celebrates the wealth of contemporary practice in international photography. FORMAT is the place to see an incredible range of new work alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop and engage in the best of what photography is and can be. The festival is a unique opportunity to see and engage in contemporary photography and to hear what is happening 'right here, right now'.

FORMAT International Photography Festival is the one of the UK's leading biennales of contemporary photography and related media. It takes place in Derby and contains exhibitions, portfolio reviews, workshops, commissions, conference, screenings, talks, photo collectives, publications, international meeting place, mass participation, performance and much more. In the off years of the festival organises a professional practice programme, events, exhibitions and a summer school. The festival celebrates the wealth of contemporary practice in international photography. FORMAT is the place to see an incredible range of new work alongside the best known practitioners of the world; it is focused on developing opportunities to platform the work of international photographers and providing links for local/national practitioners to show work, exchange opportunities, skills and knowledge. The hub of the festival is QUAD but the festival also curates exhibitions and events in 30 other venues throughout the city and beyond.

The next edition, FORMAT11 is a unique month of visual culture expressed through the eyes of the finest photographic image-makers of the today, tomorrow and the past.
Through a programme of exhibitions, events, interactions and participation we will examine the various strategies of Street Photography titled is 'Right Here Right Now : Exposures form the public Realm'. 4th March - 3rd April 2011

FORMAT is organised by QUAD in partnership with Derby City Council and University of Derby and supported by Arts Council England

Street Photography Now

This new book, edited by photographer Stephen McLaren and Director of the School of Life Sophie Howarth, examines the role of the street photographer in society, through the work of 46 contemporary photographers.

Though the book has one theme, the photographers are from many different parts of the globe and have different approaches, from the subtle unseen observer, to those who like to go in close and record the reaction of their subject.

Trolley Books

Trolley Books is known for its controversial and left-of-center exhibitions and photography and art books. Areas covered by Trolley include social reportage, photojournalism/current affairs and contemporary art and architecture.

Previous Vision speakers:

Martin Parr

Magnum member and the UK's most renowned photographer and chronicler of our age, Martin Parr will be discussing his most recent project, Luxury - his epitaph to the age of conspicuous consumption, with candid images of the fabulously wealthy on the international party circuit. He will also be available for book signings.

Eugene Richards

One of the best living documentary photographers, Eugene Richards will be presenting his latest work, War is Personal, which focuses on Americans whose lives have been irrevocably impacted by the ongoing war in Iraq. The project highlights the consequences a war can have on people once they come home from the frontlines.

Steve Bloom

Best known for his wildlife photography, Steve Bloom will be discussing what inspired him to write and photograph his new book Trading Places: The Merchants of Nairobi (Thames and Hudson). This photographic portrait of the merchants of Nairobi offers an encounter with a community rarely glimpsed by outsiders. The results are often delightfully quirky – presenting an authentic form of popular street graphics. After his talk, Steve will be available to answer questions and sign his book.

Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts won BJP/Nikon’s Project Assistance Awards earlier this year with a lyrical set of images documenting Spain’s declining construction industry. Ben Roberts was first assistant to documentary photographer Zed Nelson for two years and won commercial representation at the Lisa Pritchard Agency earlier this year through the LPA Futures competition.