Firecracker interview with Olivier Laurent of the British Journal of Photography:
Let's hear it for the girls! Firecracker & women practioners featured on Ideastap blog:
February's featured photographer, Anastasia Taylor-Lind is awarded the first FNCA Photojournalism grant. FNAC's award was created with the goal of financing independent photojournalism, as part of their commitment to help the photographic medium as a whole:
Magnum Photos Foundation & the Inge Morath Foundation annouce the 2011 Inge Morath Award. The annual award is given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age, to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project:
Firecracker annouce their first event to be held at the Apple Store, 235 Regent Street, London on Monday 4th April. Join Firecracker founder Fiona Rogers as she introduces three photographers, Tessa Bunney, Laura Hynd & Leonie Purchas who will each show and discuss their work. Begins at 19:00, free to attend & no rsvp required.
Firecracker will be hosting it's second event in conjunction with the forthcoming London Street Photography Festival. Firecracker will present the work of street photographers Polly Braden & Kate Hooper who will both show recent work and discuss their working practices.
In summer 2012 the Firecracker Photographic Grant will be announced, providing funding for a female photographer to complete a documentary photographic project. Applications will be welcome from women photographers born or residing in Europe and submissions judged by a panel of industry specialists including Shannon Ghannam, Pictures Project Manager at Reuters, Francesca Sears, Director of Panos Profile, Jessica Crombie, Head of Film & Photography at Save The Children and Diane Smyth, Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Photography. To raise funds for the grant, Firecracker has produced an illustrated 2012 diary, beautifully designed by Dutch duo Kummer & Herrman, showcasing the talents of Firecracker's featured photographers for 2011.
Preview & puchase online
These photographers are not just observers but active participants in their unconventional approaches to self portraiture, bravely allowing their audiences a glimpse into their private lives and the opportunity for us to empathize, relate and perhaps understand a little about the lives of others.
Each of the five projects examines ideas around identity, culture, family and immersive participation. In ‘The Dad Project’ and ‘Tulip’ both Briony Campbell and Celine Marchbank use their powerful and moving photography to record the pain and devastation of losing a parent. Léonie Hampton’s ‘In The Shadow of Things’ is the product of months spent clearing Hampton’s mother’s home of the clutter collected over years battling with OCD. Laura Hynd’s self portrait project ‘The Letting Go’ questions Hynd’s perception of herself and experiments with loss of control and inhibition. Natasha Caruana’s ‘The Other Woman’ is a visual confession of Caruana’s life with a married man, and the exploration of other ‘other’ women who were experiencing the same.
The exhibition coincides with the launch of the Firecracker Photographic Grant, which will be awarded in autumn 2012 to support a European female photographer and aid the completion of a documentary photography project.
Firecracker Photographic Grant - inaugural winner announced
British photographer Jo Metson Scott has been awarded the first Firecracker Photographic Grant for her work 'The Grey Line', a reflection on war told from the perspectives of US and UK soldiers who have spoken out against the Iraq War.
Due to the high level of submissions received, the Firecracker Photographic Grant also acknowledges two Highly Commended photographers; Agata Pietron and Abbie Trayler-Smith.
Details of the 2013 Grant will be announced in summer 2013.
Firecracker first commission
Firecracker are delighted to be working alongside the Portugese photography festival Entre Margens in celebrating Firecracker's inaugural photographic commission. As part of the invited photographers activity, Firecracker has commissioned British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews to produce a body of work in the Douro region of Portugal. The work will be on display until 25 August 2013.
Second Firecracker Photographic Grant receipient named
Russian photographer Nadia Sablin has been awarded the second Firecracker Photographic Grant, alongside two highly commended photographers Myriam Meloni and Regine Petersen.
Review Sablin's winning portfolio 'Two Sisters' here
Firecracker photographer wins 2014 Inge Morath Award
American photographer Shannon Jensen, Firecracker's featured photographer in July 2013, has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Inge Morath Award. She was nominated by the Magnum Photos' membership for her depiction of Sudan's refugees 'A Long Walk'. Read more
Firecrackers: Women & Wit Symposium
Photography is sparkling with the work and wit of the women who create and shape it, but the path has been never straightforward. Join us for a viewing of the essential documentary Finding Vivian Maier, the story of an extraordinary photographic talent that remained invisible for too long. Questions of conformity, identity, self-portraiture, wit, art and ownership raised by the film will be discussed by Fiona Rogers in conversation with Brigitte Lardinois. Rogers founded Firecracker, a platform for female photographers, in 2011, and, to celebrate its fourth anniversary, she will talk about its continuing necessity, with Brigitte Lardinois, who was instrumental in the women’s photography movement in the 1990s. Presentations by outstanding contemporary practitioners will follow, including Natasha Caruana and Anna Fox, whose show opens at PARC the same night - Firecracker attendees are invited to the private view.
Tuesday 5th May at 1.00pm
Main Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication
The winner of the new Firecracker Contributors Award 2015 was Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography at the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and a visiting lecturer.
She regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards, to include an FT special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London 2015. After graduating, she took an internship at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Word and Image department, before working for 2 years as first assistant to a commercial London photographer and also as a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths University. She joined the FT Weekend Magazine in 2009 and was involved in the relaunch in 2010. The magazine won Supplement of the Year 2014 in the UK Press Awards.
Emma has a Masters degree in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths University in London.
Twitter @emmalbowkett @ftmag
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