Photography Forum member offers his Croydon insights

Next week’s meeting of the Croydon Photography Forum will see one of the group’s own members talking about their lifetime’s work with their cameras.

Jan Podsiadly’s work has often featured Croydon sights

West Croydon resident Jan Podsiadly attended the London College of Printing in the early 1970s – the days of film, darkrooms and strange-smelling chemicals and, after a brief interlude as a ship’s photographer on the SS Northern Star, commenced a career as a professional photographer in a pharmaceutical advertising agency’s studio in the Wandsworth Road, before going freelance. During this time he also taught photography to graphic design students at the LCP and the Medway College of Art.

Podsiadly has twice been a finalist in the AOP Open competition. Alongside using photography in his marketing communications roles in a trade association and a disability charity, he developed a personal interest in street photography leading to an exhibition at the Click Clock Gallery in Croydon.

Forum guest: Jan Podsiadly

More recently Podsiadly had a photograph selected for the Hepatitis Trust’s Photography on a Postcard project and is currently involved in preparing a photo exhibition for St George’s Hospital Neonatal Unit and a personal exhibition on the aftermath of the Croydon riots.

The Croydon Photography Forum with Jan Podsiadly is next Tuesday, November 14, from 6.45pm at the CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, CR0 2TB.

As always the Croydon Photography Forum is a free event but we always welcome voluntary contributions from those that are able to make one. This all helps to offset the costs of running our monthly event for the benefit of the Croydon community.

  • Lee Townsend, the founder of the Croydon Photography Forum, recently had his camera and equipment stolen – something like £5,000-worth of kit. Friends and colleagues have lent him some equipment so that he can continue his professional work, but there is also a crowdfunding page to help Townsend replace the lost cameras. Click here to find out more

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