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Ffotogallery - Fanny Street opening

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Ffotogallery - Fanny Street opening

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Ffotogallery celebrated the opening of their new home on Fanny Street in the Cathays area of Cardiff on the evening of Wednesday 11 September 2019.

If you didn’t have an invite, you’ll have missed the opening speeches by new Chair of their Board of Trustees Mathew Talfan and current Director David Drake. So we recorded it for posterity.

Congratulations to the Ffotogallery team on securing a home and new gallery space - and for the initial refurbishment efforts to create an immediately useable gallery and library space.

“The beginning of a new chapter…”

Ffoton believes it important that all photographers in Wales have a listen and keep track of actual delivery on the many aspirational goals mentioned in the recording since, in their own words…
“Ffotogallery is the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales”.
This self-ascribed title attracts £199,472.00 of Welsh Government public funding via Arts Council Wales* - so it’s important that photographers across Wales share in the benefits of this funding annually.

Pay attention folks.

*source: latest Ffotogallery Accounts to 31 March 2018 on Charity Commission website (worth a read)

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
— Ansel Adams

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#zineswap at Northern EYE Festival

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#zineswap at Northern EYE Festival

Continuing our experiment to encourage more photographers in Wales to liberate their images off hard drives and share them in print, Ffoton & The Northern Eye Festival are partnering to introduce a new ZINE SWAP event for the Festival speakers weekend (12-13 October 2019.)

It's really simple…

If you have a personal photography project (completed, in-progress or experimental) just bring it along in the form of a A4 zine. All we ask is you bring along two copies of the same zine to swap with other willing photographers. By the end of the weekend, we hope ‘swappers’ will be taking home photography they admire by two others in a unique, limited edition zine format.

Daunted by the prospect of putting a zine together and the potential cost of producing it? Fear not, there is a special Zine sections on the Ffoton website for Resources and a new Print Guide written in collaboration with online digital print experts Mixam.

By using the Mixam 'test print' option (HERE) to upload your zine pages or artwork, you can receive two free copies of a fully printed and stable-bound zine of up to 16 pages for just £1.80 to cover postage.

Bargain!- there has never been an easier way to test out ideas and proof your projects in print!

And on the off chance you might have more than one photography projects tucked away on your computer that merit Zine liberation, you can use the Mixam test print service once every 30 days - meaning you can get busy between now and the weekend of 12-13 October and potentially bring along six different zines (2 copies of each) to the Northern EYE. More Swaps!

We can't wait to see some new photography in A4 zine format! This larger size offers a few more creative options to incorporate text, narrative, graphics etc alongside larger images - and A3-size spreads!

Visit our Zine pages via the links below for some tips and ideas on producing your own zines…

A couple of very simple T&C’s:

  • Only open to holders of Northern Eye speakers weekend/day tickets

  • For the purposes of this #zineswap please stick to the 16 side A4 format (you are free to choose any other paper weight/finishing options you desire)

  • Both printed copies must be made available for ‘swapsies’

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Rituals of Intimacy - Photographers Talk

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Rituals of Intimacy - Photographers Talk

On Saturday 30 March 2019 Geoff Young and Diane Bailey, curators at Ffotogaleri y Gofeb in Machynlleth, brought together celebrated photographer and teacher John Blakemore along with Pete Davis, Marian Delyth, Peter Cattrell and Aled Rhys Hughes for a unique talk on landscape photography.

Rituals of Intimacy, taken from John Blakemore’s writings provided the inspiration to bring together Ffotogaleri y Gofeb’s Collection 1, a special exhibition featuring the work of the five photographers and was exhibited from November 2018 until 19 April 2019.

Many thanks to the photographers and curators for allowing Ffoton to record the talk and share the audio below.

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The South Wales Project

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The South Wales Project

Jon Pountney (right) introduces the South Wales Project and fellow members Anna Jones and Siôn Marshall-Waters.

Anna Jones describing some of her work as family members look on.

Formed late 2018 by photographers Jon Pountney, Dan Wood, Rebecca Thomas, Anna Jones and Siôn Marshall-Waters - the South Wales Project announced they would hold a forum on Saturday 13 April 2019 in Ynyshir to explain more about their plans do document the South Wales Valleys and also provide information on how other photographers could contribute to the project.

The above recording was made on the day alongside a recording of Paul Cabuts CHAPEL talk in The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. The South Wales Project also feature alongside six other photography Collectives in a six page article in Offline Journal Issue #2, published April 2019.

You can follow developments on The South Wales Project and their work via Instagram and Twitter

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CHAPEL - Paul Cabuts

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CHAPEL - Paul Cabuts

Photographer and educator Paul Cabuts presented an enlightening and entertaining talk to accompany his new CHAPEL exhibition of photographs in The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir on Saturday 13 April 2019.

Photographer Paul Cabuts presenting his CHAPEL talk in The Workers Gallery, Ynyshir

Ffoton had the pleasure of being amongst a large and friendly audience to hear Paul Cabuts give a talk on his Chapel photography. The full text of Paul’s talk is available on his website here >
Thanks to Paul for allowing us to record the talk and present it here.

Paul Cabuts presenting his talk

Gayle Rogers from The Workers Gallery tells the audience of the work and facilities offered by the Gallery to the local community before introducing Paul.

CHAPEL documented in the South Wales valleys by photographer, educator and writer Paul Cabuts runs:
4 April - 18 May 2019. Free entry

WORKERS GALLERY
99 Ynyshir Road, Porth, Wales, CF39 0EN

Check the Workers Gallery website for location details and opening times: www.workersgallery.co.uk

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