During the last two years, we have had the opportunity of bringing different professionals to share their experiences. From archivists, researchers, editors, curators to multimedia producers who exchange points of view and ideas with our audience. Here you can find some information about our guests.



July2012. In collaboration with The Hinterlands


Brenda Ann Kenneally is a mother, documentarian and interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. Kenneally’s obsession with capturing a core truth of the people she photographs earned her The W. Eugene Smith Award in 2000 for photographers who work in the tradition of the legendary Life Magazine photographer.

Her long-term projects are intimate portraits of social issues that intersect where the personal is political.

Her book and web publication MONEY, POWER, RESPECT; Pictures of My Neighborhood received numerous awards: The W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, a Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship and The Mother Jones Award. In 2006 the multimedia project won the Best of Photojournalism award for overall Best Use of the Web by the National Press Photographers Association.

The multi media work that she was commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to do for the first Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, was nominated for a Pulitzer and the feature production by Media Storm won a Webb Award.

Since that time Kenneally has sought to push the boundaries of art and the social document. Using the web as collaborative tool.

In 2004, Kenneally began photographing in Upstate New York, where she was born. The ongoing project, Upstate Girls is a look at the lower working class America that, despite sweeping technological advances remains unchanged since Kenneally herself was a child there. The lives of women and children in the City of Troy, New York, where the Industrial Revolution is thought to have begun, are contextualized through Kenneally’s lens.

The use of color iconology serves as an historical record, as well as an indictment of the by-products of globalization that shape The American visual and social landscape.

Kenneally is seeking to expand her immersion style of reporting to include the subjects of her work. Web technology has made real, the possibility for open-ended stories that allow policy makers and socially concerned citizens to put personal stories into an historical context that facilitates cultural literacy.

In this spirit Kenneally and independent producer Laura Lo Forti founded The Raw File, a digital theatre dedicated to providing a space for socially provocative media.




July 2012. In collaboration with The Hinterlands


Robert Knoth began his career as a photojournalist in 1993. Throughout the 90’s he covered many of the conflict zones in Africa, Asia and the Balkans. Since    then his work has been widely published in international magazines, such as: New York Times, Der Spiegel, Sydney Morning Herald, La Repubblica, Sunday Telegraph Magazine, amongst many.

In recent years Robert Knoth has been working on long term projects as an autonomous documentary photographer. He has been following the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 1996 and is currently working on a book about Afghan heroin in cooperation with writer and broadcaster Antoinette de Jong. Throughout his career Robert Knoth has won numerous prizes, including two World Press Photo Awards in 2000 and 2006.

For further information about his biography and his work see:



March 2012.

Gavin Maitland is a curator, archivist and photo-historian. He currently works in archives of Christies and the Victoria and Albert  Museum and previously attended Glasgow School of Art, NSCAD in Nova Scotia and most recently DeMontfort University in Leicester. He writes about the social and geographic (mis)representation of maligned cultures through photography’s varying histories.

Maitland shared his research into the history of the Bamboo Club, Bristol’s first West-Indian social club located in St. Paul’s from 1966 – 1977. The fragmentary archive of which serves as a visual legacy to the history of West Indian culture in Bristol at a time of great cultural and political upheaval in the UK. Maitland will highlight the importance of employing different approaches in order to conduct historical research, arguing that considerations such as the ephemeral nature of the photograph may lead to an appreciation of its social, commercial and/or industrial life prior to its internment within the archive.



December 2011

Born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1952 I studied at Manchester Polytechnic 1970-73. Photography projects from that time include The Shop on Greame Street in Moss Side (1972) as well as collaborations with Martin Parr: Butlin’s by the Sea in Yorkshire (1972) and June Street in Salford (1973).

In 1973-74 I toured England in the Free Photographic Omnibus running free portrait studios in towns and cities across the country. My account of that journey: Living Like This – Around Britain in the Seventies (Arrow Books) was published in 1975.

He says:

”…by which I mean that I am one who, in an attempt to make sense of the times in which we live, engages with others to gather, create and present – with as few fictional additions as possible – stories made out of photographs and/or oral testimony.

Since coming to Wales, more than thirty years ago, I’ve mostly earned my living as an independent photographer and by teaching in higher education; except, that is, for the years 2001-2006 when I was creative director of Capture Wales (all links open in a new window), the BBC digital storytelling project, which I devised and led. (For more on BBC Capture Wales go to theDigital Storytelling pages on this site.) ”




September 2011


Jamie Carstairs is a photographer working at the University of Bristol on the ‘Historical Photographs of China’ and ‘Visualising China’ projects. He digitally re-photographs pre-1950 photographs taken in China, and collates captioning. The images and metadata are uploaded to the Historical  Photographs of China and to the Visualising China web sites.

Jamie is one of the co-authors of “Picturing China 1870-1950, Photographs from British Collections” (2007).

Jamie has had over 400 pictures published in the National Geographic Traveler series, Geographical Magazine, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday, Times Educational Supplement Cymru, Health Service Journal, Nursing Standard, Time Out and Bizarre, among many other titles.

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