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BRIGHTON PHOTO BIENNIAL 2014

My previous experience of the Brighton Photo Biennial, the UK’s leading curated photography festival, promoting new thinking around photography through a commissioned programme of events and exhibitions, has always been very positive. Great exhibitions in appropriate spaces, the excellent Fringe exhibitions, accessible talks and workshops. Here is an early heads up from Photography Monthly  4 October – 2 November 2014

This year will mark the sixth occurrence of the Brighton Photo Biennial, with some incredibly curious events having taken our eye…

The BPB is the UK’s largest international photography festival and will take place across various venues in Brighton and Hove from 4 October- 2 November. Unlike other photo events, the BPB has no single curator and instead relies on the collaboration of 45 photographers, artists, collectives and partners.

In an official press release, the BPB describe the festival best: “From collusion and intrusion in paparazzi photography, to the sinking of a boat to create an artificial reef; diverse explorations of national and local photographic archives to questions of custodianship; ambitious public participatory projects, to photographers collaborating with environmentalists, scientists, young people, online communities and each other, the 2014 edition will see a focus on photo-collectives, as well as showcasing the results of practitioners invited to work collaboratively for the first time.”

Here are some things which caught our eye in the program:

• Real Britain 1974: Co-Optic and Documentary Photography will celebrate forty years since the launch of Co-Optic group’s Real Britain postcard launch, comprising of emerging photographers of the time, the likes of Martin Parr and Paul Hill.
• The Mass Observation Archive consists of thousands of anonymous submissions from the general public since 1937, documenting their every day lives with “autobiographical accounts, diaries, photographs and flip books.” For the first time, this will be open to the public in The Mass Education Project.
• Some Like You: Erica Scourti uses the non-human algorithms of ‘similar image’ searches to find and collaborate with work and artists online to explore the possibilities of shared authorship.

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