Barber shops given new focus by Photography Forum

The Croydon Photography Forum returns next Tuesday, when as part of Black History Month they will be looking at the theme “Celebrating Communities: A Tribute to Black Institutions”.

Anything for the weekend? Lenses of Croydon is focusing on the barber shop

The evening’s discussion will focus on photography projects that explore various themes related to the relevance and role of the barbershop within black and minority ethnic – BAME – communities.

Lee Townsend, the organiser, says, “While we will still be sharing varied photographic images, in contrast to our usual meetings, we will be utilising a panel discussion as opposed to merely having one person present their work to the group on the night.”

The conversation will be led by Joy Francis, executive director of Words of Colour, and there will be three photographers: Ernest Simons, William Leslie and Townsend himself, each of whom who will each present a selection of their work.

They will be joined by Joan Idris, BAME mental health community development worker for the youth counselling charity, Off the Record Croydon, and by Raymond Robb, a local barber.

Townsend says, “The evening’s discussion will not only serve to highlight the work and unique culture of barber shops in the life of ethnic men living in London, but it will also offer information and insight on how to go about identifying an idea for a documentary photography project, question how best to engage with members of close-knit communities as a photographer.

“The discussion will also surround mechanisms for consideration regarding how to fund photographic projects, issues relating to ethics and publicity the power of working independently.”

The Croydon Photography Forum is at 6.40pm on Tuesday, October 10 at the CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, CR0 2TB. The event is free, though contributions towards the cost of hiring the rooms are welcome. All places have to be booked, and you can do that by clicking here.

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