FOCUS 2020

Online on Zoom

The Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd earlier this year have had a far-reaching impact. The impact is felt not just in news reporting or creative fields but in the business world where corporations are reviewing past practices and addressing issues around race, gender, disability and discrimination.

Nowhere is this more relevant than in the picture industry where we have to look not just at who and what we picture in front of the camera, but who is behind it and what they are doing.  In response to this, BAPLA has chosen to concentrate our annual FOCUS conference on the topic of diversity and inclusion.

In light of COVID19, this will be the first time that FOCUS is held online, with panels, lectures and seminars delivered digitally throughout the week commencing 9 November.  All sessions are open to members and non-members and we are excited that we will be able to reach a wider audience than ever before. Since its inaugural event in 2014, the BAPLA FOCUS conference has established itself as the must-attend event in the image-licensing sector. With the event being held online, we will this year be asking for a much smaller than usual contribution to the cost of putting on the event, and there will be an option for free entry to every session.


Staying Power at the V&A: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s

This talk will introduce 'Staying Power', a project to collect photographs and oral histories relating to black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund from 2008-2015, the project was a partnership between Black Cultural Archives and the Victoria and Albert Museum. It resulted in the V&A's acquisition of 118 photographs by 17 artists and culminated in two exhibitions at the V&A and BCA in 2015.

Speaker: Dr Marta Weiss Senior Curator, Department of Photography, V&A

When: Monday 9 November 16:00 - 17:00

Mistakes with Identities

The session will be touching on the issue of race, diversity and attribution in relation to the supply, selection and availability of pictures under a time-pressured editorial environment and how picture agencies can provide support.

Speaker: Elisabeth Ribbans, Guardian and Observer's Global Readers' Editor

When: Tuesday 10 November 16:00 – 17:00

Diversity and the Media

Exploring the BAME experience of working in the media with our participants: a photographer and a former television news journalist. We will be discussing with them how organisations can build a more diverse media which better represents society and how do we support new entrants.

Speakers: John Ferguson, Commercial and Editorial Photographer

Bridgid Nzekwu Presenter, Corporate Host and award-winning Media Trainer

When: Wednesday 11 November 14:00 – 15:00

Supporting young emerging talent to tell their stories: how can we do better?

In this session we explore three different perspectives, from a young photographer, an archive consultant, and a creative director from a leading publisher, to discuss diversity within our industry.

Are we doing enough to identify and promote talent from varied cultural backgrounds, showcase their works to publishers and support different voices with unique stories to tell?

Speakers: Hamish Crooks, Archive Consultant

Letitia Kamayi, Photographer

Donna Payne, Creative Director, Faber & Faber

When: Thursday 12 November 15:00 – 16:00

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