Catch it if you can: Photomonth
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Catch it if you can: Photomonth

While a two month long festival in London doesn’t sound like something that could slip under your radar, you may be surprised. Since launching in 2001 photomonth has marked each October and November by celebrating contemporary photography and emerging photographers through a programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and events, but at the rate that these pop ups pop up and pop down you’ll need to be in your toes if you want to catch any of the action.

Now well into the first month of this East London based festival there is still so much to see and do and the events are spread across a huge variety of venues which means there is no excuse for missing out. Head to the Doomed Gallery in Dalston to catch Chris Barrett’s Icons of Rhetoric; a project based on North Korea that pierces the country’s isolation through a series of text and images documented with smartphones, instant photography, and news footage. For a subject closer to home stop by the Blackall Studios in Shoreditch for an insight into Christian de Sousa’s Postcards from Babylon, an exploration of our civilisation and the way in which it is evolving. You can find out more about the ways in which the project itself is developing from Christian’s website.

If you are looking to try your hand at something new, head to the Double Negative Darkroom where there are a range of courses running throughout November from experimental gum printing with John Brewer to adventures in polaroid manipulation. Here, until December 7, you can also catch The Blue Show, a range of beautifully delicate imagery by four London based female artists who explore cyanotype in their work.

The Barbican library is a good place to go for some excellent amateur photography and there are loads of ways to get involved through tours, portfolio reviews and late night events up until the end of next month. The festival diary is jam packed and varied, with some events only lasting a day or two, so look ahead and make a note of what you want to see.

If you are heading out of London for the weekend there is no need to miss out – move fast and visit the Brighton photography fringe on until 2nd November. And finally, if none of that can get you off the couch you can still take part in photomonth with Mandy Williams’ online exhibition – as seen from the comfort of your very own home!

Words: Alice Lewis Photography: Rob Macdonald

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