NPS2 Timetable

Please note that the timetable will be subject to change as we make final confirmation of speakers and sessions over the next few days.

Friday 7th May 

From 14:00 Arrival and registration

15:30 to 17:00 Choice of:

New media, new opportunities Considers how photographers have benefited, or could do, from social media and other digital tools and online possibilities. With practical suggestions to help photographers build this area of their work. Speakers: Christian Payne, Yasmina Reggad; Chair Nick Dunmur

Further session to be confirmed.

17:30 to 19:00

Welcome by Louise Clements / Paul Herrmann

KEYNOTE Francis Hodgson

19:00 to 20:00

Drinks, exhibition opening


Saturday 8th May 

9:15 to 10:30

KEYNOTE Robert Pledge

10:30 to 11:00

Break – work on show

11:00 to 12:30 Choice of:

Photography, security & terrorism The ground on photographing in public seems to be constantly shifting, with pronouncements from government and police seemingly contradicting existing law. Can photographers coherently challenge what is coming out of the Intellectual Property Office as it relates to photography in public? What progress is being made on terror legislation? Speakers: Grant Smith, David Hoffman; chair John Toner

Education and skills This session will summarise current debates around education and skills in photography. How can a young person looking to enter education make sense of the many paths available? What do we want from education in photography? Does photography really belong within the arts, or perhaps more under media or language? Speakers: Pippa Walkley, John Darwell; chair Huw Davies

Producing exhibitions Workshop session for photographers who exhibit, or would like to. Steve MacLeod works with many of the UK’s top photographers, producing exhibitions. This session will go through the options and practical requirements of exhibition production; scanning and working with vintage negatives, printing and framing possibilities, costs and fundraising. With thanks to Metro for support. Presenter: Steve MacLeod, Metro Labs

12:30 to 13:30

Lunch – work on show


13:30 to 15:00 Choice of:

Museums and galleries What will the new photography gallery of the National Media Museum in London, and the appointment by Tate of their first curator of photography, mean for photography, London, Bradford and the rest of the country? Is photography centralising in London, and is this to be expected ?Speakers: Charlotte Cotton, Ian Beesley; chair Louise Clements

Libraries, stock and licensed Images Times have been difficult for many photo libraries, but are things set to improve? Has stock reached rock bottom? Are picture buyers starting to admit the situation is unsustainable? Can photographers co-ordinate on this ?Speakers: Robert Pledge, Homer Sykes, John Harris; chair Linda Royles

Imaging software (repeated 15:30) Hands on workshop exploring new features in Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, Aperture 3. Presenter: Michal Dybowski

15:00 to 15:30

Break – work on show


15:30 to 17:00 Choice of:

Copyright and orphan works The latest on orphan works, the Digital Economy Bill, moral rights, and metadata removal. Following the successful campaign by photographers, including the two speakers at this session, to remove the orphan works clause from the Digital Economy Bill, how can photographers maintain momentum in this area? What is the future for orphan works ?Speakers: Andrew Wiard, Paul Ellis, chair Neil Turner

Climate change This area has two concerns for photographers – not just as a photographic subject, but as a possible impact on the way we work. What ways are photographers finding to depict this difficult subject? How can photographers act responsibly and build the status of more sustainable modes of practice ?Speakers: Bridget McKenzie, TBC; chair Francis Hodgson

Imaging software – repeat of 13:30 session Hands on workshop exploring new features in Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, Aperture 3. Presenter: Michal Dybowski

17:00 to 17:30

Break – work on show

17:30 to 19:00

KEYNOTE Rut Blees Luxemburg


Sunday 9th May

10:30 to 12:30

Walk and talk – photography and ideas. Join other photographers for an informal and enlightening walk with members of Lunar 21. This is a 21st Century reincarnation of the 18th century Lunar Society, a group of Midlands entrepreneurs who met on evenings near the full moon so they would be able to find their way home afterwards. Like its forerunner, Lunar 21 seeks to develop thinking skills through the sparking of ideas between disciplines, and aims to take a long view of current issues.



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