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Photo North festival lands at Bonded Warehouse in Manchester this weekend

Photo North 2022
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UPDATE: This Saturday, a three-day photography festival will take over Bonded Warehouse on Lower Byrom Street in Manchester as hundreds of photographers and photography lovers attend Photo North. 

Over the course of the weekend, guests will have the opportunity to attend workshops, take part in photo walks, have a portfolio review with industry experts and browse through a selection of photobooks and zines on sale. 

For an affordable, fun weekend, tickets can be purchased from the Photo North website and start at just £12 for a day pass. Doors open at 09:45 on 7 May and the event will finish at 16:00 BST on 9 May. 

Festival founders Sharon Price and Peter Dench are aware of how tough it's been for many over the past few years so from 14:30 on 9 May, may enter the festival free of charge or for a small donation.

Original (11/03/2022) - Photo North festival will take place from 07-09 May at Bonded Warehouse in Manchester, England. The three-day event brings together a selection of internationally acclaimed photographers who will present their work through a series of screenings and seminars. 

Attendees will also be able to take part in workshops, have a portfolio review, network with other photographers or get involved with a photo walk. The list of photographers attending the event continues to grow but Peter Dench, co-founder and curator of Photo North, has confirmed several of the photographers that will definitely be attending.  

This year, in memory of Tom Stoddart (opens in new tab) who sadly passed away in November there will be an exhibition featuring a selection of images from his final book  Extraordinary Women: Images of Courage, Endurance and Defiance (opens in new tab). The book celebrates the strong will of women throughout the world during war times, poverty and hardship. 

In the book, Tom writes, “When a crisis engulfs a community it’s the women who face the challenges head-on. Their love of family and ‘never surrender’ attitude drive them on to survive the miserable cruelty of conflicts, persecution, natural disasters and health emergencies.“ 

Known best for his work photographing music group The Verve from 1996 to 1997, Chris Floyd (opens in new tab) will provide insight into life as a music photographer, sharing his experiences while touring with the band while they promoted their first album in Britain, Ireland and the US.

Carolyn Mendelsohn (opens in new tab), a Nikon ambassador and the photographer behind Being Inbetween, will be representing female photographers. She’ll be discussing Through Our Lens, a photography project involving a group of young people in Bradford who documented their experiences of the first national lockdown through imagery.

She is joined by David Collyer (opens in new tab), the Royal Photographic Society's Documentary Photographer of the Year 2021 (opens in new tab). He won the prestigious award for his body of work photographing how a hospital ward in Abergevanny dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Curated and co-founded by Peter Dench and Sharon Price, the aim of the festival is to deliver thought-provoking, lively and inclusive events that will appeal to beginner, enthusiast and professional photographers. 

Talking about the festival, Dench said, “We recognize people who are passionate about photography. Photo North aims to introduce or advance understanding of the medium through our program of exhibitions – to inspire and engage debate.

Photo North promises to be an exciting, informal but inspiring weekend for anyone interested in photography. Earlybird tickets start at £10 for the day or £20 for the full three days and are now on sale through the Photo North website (opens in new tab)

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.