PEER FORUM at The Photographers’ Gallery
The PEER FORUM Group selected for the Photographers’ Gallery consists of: Lewis Bush (Lead artist), Alma Haser, Tim Mitchell, Tina Remiz, Max Colson, Jocelyn Allen, Clare Hewitt, Christopher Bethell, Andrew Youngson and Marcia Chandra.
Lewis Bush studied history at the University of Warwick, and worked in public health before gaining a master’s degree in documentary photography from the London College of Communication. He has since gone on to produce a succession of notable photographic projects, as well as teaching and writing extensively about photography. His projects are primarily concerned with the idea of power and the ways that it is created and exercised. Lewis was the coordinating artist of the PEER FORUM group at The Photographers’ Gallery. You can listen to his insights into the project in the interview below.
Alma Haser is a photographer based in London and the South East. Born in 1989 into an artistic family in the Black Forest, Germany. Specialising in carefully constructed portraiture influenced by her creativity and background in fine art, Alma creates striking work that catches the eye and captivates the mind.
Tim Mitchell studied Public Art at Chelsea College and then worked as an artist technician for clients such as Artangel and as a set-builder for film and television. Subsequently he has worked as a photographer, artist and educator taking on commissions, workshops and teaching. Often working collaboratively, Tim’s work debates the status of documentary while analysing the artefacts and structures that define our lives in the 21st century. He has exhibited in three solo shows and in a number of group shows around the UK and abroad.
Tina Remiz is a visual storyteller and documentary artist of Latvian origin, living on a canal boat in London. Since graduating from BA Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster in 2012, she has been working as a freelance photographer, journalist, curator and tutor.
Max Colson’s (1985) photography based practice is interested in repurposing techniques used to market and visualise controlled urban environments. His work also speculatively documents the covert nature of contemporary security design. He was artist-in-residence at UCL Urban Laboratory between (2014-2015), a position funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Virtual Control: Security and the Urban Imagination, his first solo exhibition, is being hosted at the Royal Institute of British Architects (2015).
Jocelyn Allen has a BA in Photographic Art from the University of Wales, Newport (2010) and an MA in Photography from the London College of Communication (2014). She predominately uses herself within her work, whilst looking at the themes of identity and representation.
After completing a degree in law, Clare Hewitt went on to study Commercial Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth. She currently works as a photographer in London, dividing her time between commissioned and personal projects. In 2010 her work was selected for Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed at The Photographers’ Gallery, and has since been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.
Christopher Bethell is currently studying MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication. His personal work has so far been based on the tension between fact and fiction within photography. His first body of work, City Stories, plays with suggesting false narratives by emphasising the significance of the scenes he shoots. Currently, he is photographing a long term project that is yet untitled, all about his family history, dual nationality and delusions of America. Bethell has been working professionally for three years. He mainly operates as a photojournalist/news gatherer, but also works on editorials, live music and events.
Andrew Youngson is a London-based photographer whose work investigates the subjects of landscape and memory in relation to armed conflict.
Marcia Chandra is a visual storyteller with a background in urban planning and anthropology. Her personal work is mostly centred around migration, identity and urban change. Currently she’s collaborating with Counterpoints Arts and Shoreditch Trust to produce a visual arts and housing estate project—everydayoncanalside.org. She works freelance in the UK and abroad on photography and ethnographic film projects and has led workshops with youth, migrant groups, alongside organisations in Canada, Uganda and the UK.