Jack Latham, Abel’s Garden via It’s Nice That
We are delighted to announce Brighton-based photographer Jack Latham as the selected artist for the BPF Residency at Colonnade House. A Welsh photographer with a BA in Documentary Photography from Newport University, Latham’s work is often presented in a mixture of large format photography and film-making, and has been produced for several self-published books.
Latham is the author of Sugar Paper Theories, which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo / Aperture and Krazna Krausz photobook awards. The exhibition of the same name was later long-listed for the Deutsche-Börse Photography Prize 2017. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. Alongside his photographic work Latham is the founder of Divebar Printing, a photographic printing studio based in Brighton.
For BPF18, Latham takes inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s play The importance of Being Earnest. It focuses on a young man called Jack Worthing who adopts the moniker of ‘Earnest’ in an attempt to woo a potential partner and tells the story of the issues that unfold with dishonesty. Wilde wrote the play in Worthing in the summer of 1894, but the themes within the play are becoming ever more relevant in a digital age.
Latham will create a series of portraits depicting young couples in Worthing. The pairs will have all met through dating apps and websites. The portraits themselves will be simple in their approach but offer an intimate look at young couples in a new
age of dating. The work’s aim is not to address the issues with internet dating, but to offer a comparison of how we present ourselves and how others perceive us in an image-saturated world. Notions of digital process, self-curated versions of the truth and making the leap from online to real life will be in effect.
Alongside producing work, Latham will give tutorials to photography students at Northbrook College during the autumn term 2018 and run a small project with them. Latham will also engage with the community in Worthing, with talks during the exhibition at Colonnade House.
Brighton Photo Fringe has successfully delivered biennial, city-wide festivals in Brighton since 2003. This year, BPF is expanding along the coast both east and west, to Hastings and Worthing. In Worthing, alongside this month-long exhibition at Colonnade House, BPF is inviting local artists to self-curate exhibitions in pop-up venues around the town and there will be a series of talks and opportunities to get involved.
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BRIGHTON PHOTO FRINGE
Brighton Photo Fringe supports early-career photographers and lens-based artists, enabling all kinds of people to experiment with photography. Every two years, BPF designs and delivers the largest Fringe photography festival in the UK. BPF18, the 8th edition, will run from 29 September – 28 October 2018, offering a month‐long platform for hundreds of artists to exhibit their work. In true Fringe spirit, BPF18 will take art onto the streets and into unexpected spaces right along the coast, with Festival Hubs in Brighton, Hove, Worthing and Hastings. BPF18 is open to everyone and everybody’s invited.
Visit our website to take part: photofringe.org.
Northbrook Metropolitan College
Northbrook Metropolitan College is part of the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, created from the merger of City College Brighton and Northbrook College Sussex. Based west of Worthing centre, Northbrook hosts an impressive photography department, attracting students to a three-year BA programme run by Kirste McCool.
As BPF partner Metro provide production sponsorship each year to support the fringe with with support mainly focused on Open Solo, Youth Photographers, Outdoor Hubs and Danny Wilson Memorial Award. Metro also provide additional support via their marketing channels, judging, Mentorship for both Open Solo Winner and DWMA winner, prize for the Youth Photographer as well as host a Metro Staff + Mentorship group show at Collectives Hub throughout the festival.
Brighton Photo Fringe is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council, and with support from The Chalk Cliff Foundation. BPF is partnered with the University of Sussex; Phoenix Brighton; Regency Town House; ONCA; ACCA; Colonnade House, Worthing; Northbrook MET; Photo Hastings and Hastings Arts Forum; Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Rocket Artists, Articulate, Miniclick, Diep-Haven Festival, Photoworks, London College of Communication and many more.
BPF is sponsored by Metro Imaging Ltd, Locate Productions, Colourstream.
About the Residency Opportunity
BPF18 Artist in Residence opportunity provides the time and space for an artist to research and create a new project of work, culminating in an exhibition at Colonnade House in Worthing during BPF18.
The artist will have access to a network of peers and mentors during the residency and in turn the artist will be given the opportunity to mentor students in photography at the Northbrook Metropolitan College in Worthing during autumn 2018.