Award-winning photojournalist Louis Quail to give Forum talk

Louis Quail’s photojournalism often captures the whole story in single frames

Louis Quail will be presenting his work at the Croydon Photography Forum next Tuesday September 11.

As well as discussing his globally acclaimed photojournalism, Quail will be sharing how he developed the concept of what is his most personal piece of work.

The Getty-represented, award-winning photographer will be joining the Forum, which meets in Thornton Heath, to speak about his new book, Big Brother.

It is a piece of work that explores the life of his brother, Justin, who is 58 and has suffered from schizophrenia for his entire adult life. The book serves to create awareness, stir up feelings of empathy and give its readers causes for laughter as both Justin and Louis himself expose their vulnerabilities through this very open and self-revealing body of work.

The project took six years to complete and has won the portfolio review prize at Format International Photography Festival. Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase at the Croydon Photography Forum.

Award-winner: Louis Quail

Quail uses reportage and portraiture to document stories relevant to modern times and occasionally writes and interviews as part of this process. He has given a fresh perspective on the situations in Libya, Afghanistan and Haiti, and he has had his work published in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Geo, Stern and Aftenposten, and many others.

Increasingly he is looking to exhibit his work and follow long-term and personal projects. His series Desk Job, exploring globalisation, through the eyes of the office worker, has been selected for Format Photography Festival, the Renaissance Photography prize and has been exhibited at Scotland’s Street Level Photoworks.

He was awarded Arts Council funding in June 2014 for a project exploring the aftermath of the Afghan war from the perspective of British military families.

Big Brother: Quail spent five years on the  study of Justin, his bird-watching schizophrenic brother

He has twice been a finalist at the National Portrait Gallery annual exhibition and is held in their permanent collection. He lectures on a regular basis, was invited to talk at the Guardian Master Class and asked by the British Embassy to run a workshop in photojournalistic storytelling in Azerbaijan.

Lee Townsend, the Croydon Photography Forum’s co-ordinator, said, “There is no question that this promises to be a very informative and exciting evening at the Croydon Photography Forum.”

As usual the Forum is free for anyone to attend, although donations are welcomed to help offset the cost associated with running the event. There will also be an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for £2 each for a chance to win a copy of Louis Quail’s book, Big Brother.

The Forum meets at 6.45pm at the CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, CR0 2TB.

Places at the September Croydon Photography Forum are expected to be in high demand, so make sure you book yours now by clicking here.

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