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Wex Photo Video Women in the Industry Event Kicks Off Sept 28th

- 6 years ago

Wex Photo Video has organised, what looks to be an incredible and inspirational event entitled ‘Women in the Industry’, which runs a series of seminars concurrently across eight UK venues on Friday 28th September

Wex Photo Video Women in the Industry
Wex Photo Video Women in the Industry

The ‘Women in the Industry’ will showcase the work of female photographers and filmmakers in a series of workshops, kit presentations, photo
walks, masterclasses and seminars, which all happen on Friday 28 September 2018, at Wex Photo Video stores as far-flung as Edinburgh to Belfast and in the capital, too.

Speakers vary from award-winning food, fashion and architectural photographers to renowned pro videographers.

Tiffany Tangen, the events coordinator at Wex Photo Video, said: “Here at Wex, we want to celebrate some of the incredible female photographers and videographers we work with every day. This new initiative creates a unique platform for them to showcase their immense talents, while sharing their knowledge and experience with others. We feel it is important to change the way the industry is presented and the way it works. This event is just the beginning of a more diverse portfolio of activities you can expect to see from Wex Photo Video in future. Challenging the norm, from engaging female speakers to using a higher percentage of male models in shoots, will ultimately help to create a more welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for all. We hope that Women in the Industry will inspire other companies to follow suit.”

Helen Sloan Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones Official Photographer, Helen Sloan: Photographed by Olly Butler

Angela Nicholson, founder of women’s photography network SheClicks and co-founder of Camera Jabber, said:
“One of the reasons behind the SheClicks Facebook group is to enable women to learn from other female photographers, and it’s great that Wex has recognised that the industry needs to change if it’s to become more inclusive. Events like Women in the Industry are an important step forward and one that I welcome wholeheartedly.”

Verity Milligan
Verity Milligan

Verity Milligan, who will host a photo walk as part of the programme, said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in the inaugural Wex Photo Video Women in the Industry event, and I’m looking forward to running a photo walk in Bristol, a city with which I have a strong connection. Events like this are a fabulous way to raise awareness of women working in an often male-dominated industry, and will hopefully provide inspiration and motivation for other talented photographers.”

Ellie Rothnie
Ellie Rothnie

Ellie Rothnie, wildlife photographer, commented: “When I first started out as a wildlife photographer, I was struck by just how few female role models there were. The vast majority of images I saw and admired were taken by men and, for many years, I wondered why this was the case. Over time, it became clear that a large number of women are dissuaded from taking up wildlife photography because of the perception that it is physically challenging and, at times, can be potentially dangerous. I’m delighted to say this situation has massively improved in recent years and I now find myself guiding trips where, in a growing number of cases, half the guests are women. This will only continue to improve if we actively support and celebrate the success of female wildlife photographers and filmmakers and provide positive role models for the future. This first Women in the Industry event is tremendous news for everyone involved in photography and filmmaking.”

Women in the Industry speaker line-up on 28 September 2018 in Full:

Belfast: Calumet Photographic, Boucher Road, Belfast

10.00 Seminar with Helen Sloan: official photographer for Game of Thrones

London: Wex Photo Video, Commercial Road, London E1

10.00 Seminar with Ellie Rothniewildlife photographer
12.00 Seminar with Martine Hamilton-Knight, architectural photographer
14.30 Seminar with Gigi Umbrasaite, fashion photographer

Glasgow: Wex Photo Video, Oakbank Industrial Estate, Glasgow

10.00 Workshop with Natalia Poniatowska, art photographer

Birmingham: Wex Photo Video, 100 Hagley Road, Birmingham

10.00 Seminar with Marianne Chua, documentary wedding photographer
[sponsored by Fujifilm]

Bristol: Wex Photo Video, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol

10.00 Photo walk with Verity Milligan, landscape photographer

Norwich: Wex Photo Video, Frenbury Estate, Norwich

10.00 Masterclass with Esther Ling, food photographer [sponsored by Panasonic]

Edinburgh: Wex Photo Video, Bonnington Business Centre, Edinburgh

10.00 Seminar with Sophie Gerrard, documentary photographer

Manchester: Wex Photo Video, Downing Street Industrial Estate, Manchester

14.00 Seminar with Tania Freimuth, DOP and cinematographer [sponsored by Canon]

For full details of the seminars,  presenters and venue info, and to
book your place, go to the Wex Photo Video website

Tania Freimuth WEX Photo Video
Tania Freimuth

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.