‘Storytelling strategies and other forms

in documentary photography”

Talk by Max Pinckers

THU 20th November 2014

7pm (open doors 6pm)




Max Pinckers comes to Bristol again after launching his last book Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty at Photobook Bristol last June. Max will give an unique talk about the way he develops different storytelling strategies using photography and other forms. Max will discuss the different areas   and disciplines where he approaches a new body of work, playing as an interface between reality and fiction taking his stories to a new different level of understanding.



Max Pinckers, who was singled out as one of ‘The Ones To Watch’ in British Journal of Photography edition [#7808]. His first book, The Fourth Wall, sold out its first edition of 1000 self-published copies, won the City of Levallois Photography Award and was nominated for the Photobook of the Year Award by Martin Parr at the Kassel Fotobookfestival. With its take on Mumbai and the influence of Bollywood, the work also led directly to a commission for the Europalia International Arts Festival. Now in its 24th biennial, the Brussels-based festival highlights the artistic and cultural output of one country. In 2011, the featured country was Brazil; this year it’s India.


Initially, Pinckers was reluctant to commit to another project about the subcontinent, concerned he would be typecast as “the guy who does India”. But the opportunity presented by the commission and the openness of the brief convinced him this was a chance to develop the approach he had taken in The Fourth Wall, where the documentary and the fictional mix in a way that references both the retro look of 1970s Hindi cinema and the visual landscape of contemporary Mumbai. 


Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty is the project that developed out of these initial thoughts. It focuses on honour-based violence in India; in particular, the attacks on women and men who fall in love, or have a relationship against their family’s will. Honour-based violence used to be limited to rural areas, but it is expanding into large cities due to the rise in extreme religious and political groups. One organisation fighting this violence is the Love Commandos, a voluntary group that originally formed to protect couples who celebrate Valentine’s Day from attack by extremists.