Monday, 23 December 2013

Review of Photoworks Annual Issue 20

Photoworks: Photography, Art, Visual Culture
Issue 20
Family Politics

Photoworks, the National Portfolio Organisation, supported by the Arts Council England, curates exhibitions, commissions new work, and runs events, including the Brighton Photo Biennial. In addition, for the past 10 years, it has been producing a biannual magazine, showcasing new writing and photographic commissions. This autumn has seen issue 20 expand into the new format of a heftier annual tome: a 256 page catalogue filled to the brim with works by both new and established photographers and insights and discussions presented by writers on the subject. At heart, Photoworks has always been about commissioning new work, says Director and Co-Editor, Celia Davies, and so this larger platform really takes the organisation back to its roots, providing time and space for just this. In addition, the newly adopted thematic approach – this time Family Politics – provides a focus for debate and a central idea to which contributors can respond.

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