23 September 2021

‘Photography can be a mirror’: Reflections on the Bristol Photo Festival

Bristol Photo Festival is a new and innovative festival. The festival commissions and produces exhibitions biannually across the city, alongside an ongoing programme of talks, events, workshops and training.

As part of this programme, our curator of modern and contemporary art, Julia Carver, has curated James Barnor: Ghanaian Modernist and co-curated Island Life and Beyond the Frame at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

In our illustrated late lunch talk, Julia will discuss some of the themes in the shows.

She will look at the changing shape of documentary photography from Humphrey Spender and the 1930s Mass Observation project in England to Vinca Petersen’s European rave scenes. She will discuss James Barnor recording the Independence of Ghana and migration to England. And she will also explore how Heather Agyepong, Jessa Fairbrother and Lua Ribeira present different perspectives on the museum’s art collections.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 23 September.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.