Today (16th November 2017) wraps up a fascinating 7 month collaboration between Ffoton and Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) on a series of Photo Essay's documenting 'Pilot Engagement Projects' in the Cardiff City Region.

Working with JOMEC's Director Professor Richard Sambrook (an accomplished journalist and himself a talented photographer), we teamed up four South Wales-based photographers with postgraduate journalism students and asked each team to select and collaborate on one project to produce...

  • a set of 12-15 images and written story as a record for Cardiff University
  • additional images and printed Zine with their own creative interpretation of the same photo essay

The final results were creative and diverse.

Beyond delivering the final materials, Ffoton and JOMEC were just as interested to observe the different approach and challenges faced by each of the four teams. Other than a facilitated group meeting early on where we arranged access to historical photo essay materials from the inspiring Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History in Cardiff University, the teams were left to develop the projects in their own time.

Ffoton and JOMEC would like to say a massive thank you to all photographers and journalists who gave up the time to participate:
Lorna Cabble, Peter Evans, Andrew Hyde and Tracey Paddison
Respective Journalists
Rimantė Bivainytė, Keith Hursthouse, Alessio Perrone and Pommy Harmar

This evening we'll be bringing the teams back together along with a small invited audience at Cardiff University to hear a brief summary on each photographer's approach illustrated by some examples of the work and their final Zine. We're also very excited to have professional photojournalists Gareth Phillips and Glenn Edwards join us for a conversation on story, the market for and collaboration on the contemporary photo essay. It'll be spicy!

And for those not with us this evening...

In the first in a series of Ffoton videos exploring the photo essay, it seems fitting we start with the wonderful Daniel Meadows - an important and still passionate photographer in social documentary and himself a former lecturer in photojournalism at Cardiff University. 

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