FILM/TALK: Photography A Visual Language: The Landscape Document Part 2

This short film is part of a conversation featuring photographers Marc Wilson, Brian David Stevens and Matthew Murray hosted by Ian McGuffie. In this film they passionately discuss the highly personal inspirations for their work, their process of working, the importance of history in personal experience and the role of landscape photography as a social document. 

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This talk was part of a day of talks titled Photography A Visual language: A Day of Conversation held by us in collaboration with Van Arts: Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Canada and the Editorial and Advertising photography course at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.

Film courtesy of Reece Pickering and Tchad Findlay.

Matthew Murray shoots above the line advertising campaigns for advertising agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi, TBWA, Leo Burnett, and M&C SAATCHI. His editorial work has appeared in  i-D Magazine, Port Magazine, The Independent, The Guardian, Dazed Digital, and Benetton Colors Magazine. During the last 16 years his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions and he has won the Open Awards Category at the 31st AOP Photography Awards and was a finalist at the 32nd AOP Photography Awards in the in the Open Awards Stills and Series Category. In 2014 he was awarded a Honourable Mention in three separate categories at the International Photography Awards, New York. He was a finalist in The International Street Awards, 2012, Finalist in The John Kobal Portrait Award and shortlisted  for The Observer John Hodge Award. In 2013 his book Ska was published by Schilt Publishing and his work documenting the British during the summer months titled Pleasure in Leisure was published by Cafe Royal Books in August 2015. Currently Matthew is working on a series of landscapes of Saddlewoth Moor and further areas of the Peak District, this series has been shot over a period of four years. A collection of this work will be published in 2016 with exhibitions to follow in 2017.

Marc Wilson has worked as a photographer for over 15 years, both on long term projects, and commercially since 2004. A book of his most recent project, The Last Stand, photographed between 2010 and 2014 documenting the wartime costal defences of North-West Europe and the memories and histories they contain, was published in late 2014. His projects document human interaction in the landscape, through subjects of memory, history and society and has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, both in the UK and internationally in Athens, Milan, Grenoble & New York. His work has been recognised by the The Terry O’Neill Award and his inclusion in the PDN Annual. His current project A Wounded Landscape documents the landscape of much of Europe marked with the tragedy of the Holocaust. The complete work will create a large archive of imagery. Beyond the archive will be a photography book complete with text and also exhibitions of the work.

Brian David Stevens is a London based photographer who is constantly working on projects resulting in exhibitions and books. Recent publications include Inside Burgerworld (Powerhouse 2007), Assignments 3 (PPY Press 2008), Stop The War A Graphic History (Francis Boutle 2011), It Is Alright To Adore Yourself And Everyone (King Hamburger Eyes 2010), Wouldn’t You Be Rather Be Watching This On Television (King Hamburger Eyes 2011), Tyburn Hemp (Cafe Royal 2013), Mayday (Cafe Royal 2014), Notting Hill Sound Systems (Cafe Royal 2014) and Brighter Later (Tartaruga 2015). His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Ian McGuffie is one of the leading members of the Vancouver photographic community, with over 40 years of professional experience. For the past nineteen years he has been director/curator of Exposure Gallery, Vancouver’s oldest photographic gallery. As an award-winning photographer his work has been exhibited in Europe, North America and Japan.  He is also President of the Vancouver Association for Photographic Arts, a society for the promotion of photography as a medium of creative and artistic expression, and a board member for the successful Capture Festival, showcasing the best in photography from Vancouver. Ian is Head of Digital Photography at Van Arts: Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Vancouver, Canada.