Photo Forum puts life, death and marriage in focus, Mar 8

Angela Mazur

By Angela Mazur

The Croydon Photography Forum is playing its part in celebrating the contribution of women in photography, as part of International Women’s Day, with its latest forum session next Tuesday, March 8.

Many of us will have heard of Constance Talbot who is noted as being possibly the first woman to ever take a photograph or Anna Atkins who is also recognised as one of the pioneers of photography. Then came the rise of other greats such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Golding, Jane Bown and Sally Mann.

On the back of the success of so many amazing women in photography we have decided to use International Women’s Day as an opportunity to recognise the work of four wonderful residents of Croydon, each of whom are individually waving the banner of excellence as they each utalise photography in their business practice.

By Denise Ebanks

By Denise Ebanks

You will have the chance to hear from and see the work of:

Angela Mazur – a fashion, wedding and family portrait photographer.

Mazur is a proud past student of CALAT where she earned a City & Guilds digital photography level 1 and 2. In 2015 she was selected from hundreds of applicants to join the first batch of students to participant in Knick Nights recently launched fashion photography programme.

Her work has appeared in Photo Vogue and she receives regular features in number of other independent and online magazines. Twitter – @Zwezda

Jackie Morrison – an event and portrait photographer who after gaining a distinction in City & Guilds digital photography at levels 1-3 while studying at CALAT, left her full-time NHS post as a Clinical Service Lead in the community to pursue photography.

Jackie Morrison: one of the speakers at next week's Photography Forum

Jackie Morrison: one of the speakers at next week’s Photography Forum

As a result of her nursing background, Morrison’s photography often concentrates on documenting the wonderful gift of life and its numerous cycles. Her love for children and family health has guided her interest toward portrait photography, documenting life experiences such as pregnancy, birth, childhood, families, events which includes everything from fist birthday parties to funerals.

She has an exhibition in the Maternity Unit at Croydon University Hospital portraying pregnancy and a water birth. Her photography has also been exhibited at the Morley Gallery, as part of the City & Guilds annual photography competition, where she received a reward for her work and she has also exhibited part of the Heath Collective in Croydon. Twitter – @jackiejmphotos

Mariya Ustymenko – is a visual artist who uses analogue photography to create work ranging from installations to live performance. Since 2010 her work has been widely published and exhibited in the United Kingdom as well as abroad.

In 2013 Ustymenko received her PhD from the University of Essex writing on poetry and extratextuality in print book publishing. Ustymenko has most recently completed the production of her artist photobook project titled Fear of Disappearance, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with a contribution from the Eaton Fund. The project sets out to explore the notion of identity in relation to space and urban landscape encompassing elements of photography, sculpture, and print.

Ustymenko is currently part of the Preto Collective, a member-led network for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and information about artist photobooks and zines, initiated by The Unknown Books in 2015. Twitter – @MariyaUstymenko

By Mariya Ustymenko

By Mariya Ustymenko

Denise Ebanks is a wedding and portrait photographer with more than 10 years experience. Ebanks owns and operates a studio located in Croydon where she can often be found creating professional headshot for her corporate clients. Utilising her strong background in website design, Ebanks has created a wider customer base for her business.

Alexandra Coyle: will be chairing next week's Croydon Photography Forum

Alexandra Coyle: will be chairing next week’s  Forum

In 2009 Denise was featured in a documentary for Channel 4 about the wedding of the Washington couple, Donna Smojice and Peter Livingston, who flew her over to Jamaica to cover their wedding at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Motego Bay. Twitter – @imageXperience

This event will be hosted by the photographer Alexandra Coyle.

As is usual at the Croydon Photography Forum, there is no set charge, but all contributions towards the staging costs are welcome.

When: Tuesday, 8 March 2016 from 645pm to 9.30pm.

Where: CVA Resource Centre – 82 London Road Croydon, Surrey CR0 2TB.

To book your place online, click here

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