Podcasts

Putting Ourselves in The Picture

In collaboration with Social Broadcasts, Fast Forward have produced the Putting Ourselves in The Picture podcast series, which was funded through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Fellowship from AHRC/UKRI.

This series focuses on conversations around the Fast Forward Manifesto for increased involvement of women in photography concerned with improving inclusivity and diversity in photography. It also features discussions about the project Putting Ourselves in The Picture created with a group of partner organisations, participants and other photography professionals. This project engaged with three groups of women migrants and refugees providing them with skills training and knowledge about photography as a tool of empowerment to give voice to their stories which in turn educate us.

Presented by Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva / Fast Forward

Produced by Lucia Scazzocchio / Social Broadcasts

Supported by The Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of the UK Research Initiative and University for the Creative Arts

Episode 1: Fast Forward: An Introduction

In the first episode of the series Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva introduce the project Fast Forward: Women in Photography looking at how the project started in 2014 and how it has developed since then. They discuss the ideas behind the creation of the Fast Forward Manifesto, which can be joined by organisations and individuals from all over the world. 

Voices in this episode: 

Anna Fox, Professor of Photography at UCA, Director of Fast Forward: Women in Photography and Photographer

Maria Kapajeva, Project Manager at Fast Forward: Women in Photography and Artist

 

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Episode 2: Fast Forward Manifesto, Part One

Can the Fast Forward Manifesto change the world making it more diverse and representative? Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva talk to different professionals in photography about their take on the points outlined in the Manifesto. How can we be sure the changes, suggested in the Manifesto, will be implemented in the future? The guests, Jean Wainwright, Karen Knorr and Hannah Starkey are sharing their personal experiences of working in the photography world and their opinions on how vital it is to include women’s stories in historical and contemporary conversations about photography. Aldeide Delgado shares the story of Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA): how and why it was founded and what can we learn from each other’s experiences. 

Voices in this episode:

Jean Wainwright, Professor of Contemporary Art & Photography at UCA and a Steering Committee member of Fast Forward: Women in Photography

Karen Knorr, Professor of Photography at UCA, a Steering Committee member of Fast Forward: Women in Photography and Photographer

Hannah Starkey, Artist

Aldeide Delgado, Founder and Director of WOPHA and a Steering Committee member of Fast Forward: Women in Photography

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Episode 3: Fast Forward Manifesto, Part Two

In this episode, Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva continue the conversation about the Fast Forward Manifesto and how institutions and independent curators work on making the world of photography more inclusive and diverse. They have included in this conversation the Director of The Photographers’ Gallery in London, Brett Rogers, the Director of Impressions Gallery, Bradford, Anne McNeil and artist and independent curator Sunil Gupta. 

Voices in this episode:

Brett Rogers, OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery

Sunil Gupta, Artist and a Steering Committee member of Fast Forward: Women in Photography

Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery

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Episode 4: Putting Ourselves in The Picture, Part One

In the next three episodes Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva introduce their recent project Putting Ourselves in The Picture, which was run collaboratively with 5 partner organisations in London, Bradford, Edinburgh and online. The project was set to work with three groups of marginalised women, who are refugees and migrants, to teach them photographic skills, to increase their confidence and to give them an opportunity to share their stories and through this process educate us all. In this episode we are getting inside information about the process of the workshops and the participants’ impressions of their experience at National Galleries of Scotland and at Impressions Gallery. 

Voices in this episode:

Anne Lyden, Chief Curator of Photography at National Galleries of Scotland 

Sam Rutherford, Artist

Wendy McMurdo, Artist 

Jane Hiley, Visitor Services and Bookshop Manager at Impressions Gallery 

Carolyn Mendelsohn, Photographer and Filmmaker 

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Episode 5: Putting Ourselves in The Picture, Part Two

In this episode, Anna and Maria continue to talk about the processes, challenges and results of the year-long project Putting Ourselves in The Picture with groups of refugee and migrant women at different locations in the UK. This episode is focused on the conversation with Natasha Caruana, the founder Work Show Grow online school, about how and why Work Show Grow was founded, the nature of the school and the special workshops and activity set up for the participants.

Voice in this episode:

Natasha Caruana, Founder of Work Show Grow and Artist

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Episode 6: Putting Ourselves in The Picture, Part Three

In the final episode, Anna and Maria continue to discuss the processes, challenges and results of the year-long project Putting Ourselves in The Picture with groups of refugee and migrant women at different locations in the UK. This episode focuses on the challenges and successes we have experienced, and learned from, through this project in conversation with Bindi Vora (Autograph), Sam Hudson (Women for Refugee Women) and Aida Silvestri (Artist Educator). 

Voices in this episode: 

Bindi Vora, Curator at Autograph and Artist

Aida Silvestri, Artist and Educator

Samantha Hudson, Communications and Fundraising Manager at Women for Refugee Women 

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