Photo North Festival 2024, Leeds

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Leeds will host the fifth Photo North Festival this spring, marking a significant event in the photography industry.

Main Attractions

  • Exclusive Exhibitions: Featuring a blend of established and rising photographers.
  • Interactive Sessions: Engaging talks, networking opportunities, and screenings.
  • Culinary Delights: Offering a variety of food and drink options.

Featured Exhibitors and Works

  • Martin Parr: Showcasing “Chew Stoke: A Year in the Life of an English Village” with images capturing the essence of community life.
  • Peter Mitchell: Renowned for his documentary work in Leeds, exhibiting specially curated prints.
  • Tracy Marshall-Grant’s “Voices”: A powerful exhibition combining the works of Jillian Edelstein, Carol Allen-Storey, and Kirsty MacKay, focusing on social, political, and healthcare narratives.

Collaborations and Special Features

  • The Royal Photographic Society Collaboration: Presenting “The Fighting Spirit of South London” by Aneesa Dawoojee.
  • Harry Borden’s “On Divorce”: A reflective exploration in partnership with The School of Life.
  • Carolyn Mendelsohn’s “Hardy and Free”: Celebrating women in diverse landscapes.

Additional Highlights

  • John Bolloten’s “Tbilisi Raw”: An intimate insight into Georgian underground culture.
  • Barry Lewis’s “GULAG”: A photographic journey into Stalin’s Siberian prison camps.
  • Jeremy Nicholl’s Soviet Memorials: Documenting Lenin’s remaining memorials across Russia.

Engaging Presentations and Partnerships

  • “Windrush: A Voyage through the Generations” by Jim Grover: Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Windrush generation.
  • Home. Perspectives: Ukrainian photographers’ diverse perspectives on their nation’s history and culture.
  • Channel 4 Picture Team: Portfolio reviews and inspiring presentations.

Founders’ Vision

Festival co-founder & curator, Peter Dench, says: “We recognise people are passionate about photography. Photo North Festival aims to introduce or advance understanding of the medium through our programme of exhibitions – to inspire and engage debate. We have one perfect venue, with headline events and renowned photographers confirmed and the list is growing. The creativity in planning the festival format, talks and screenings is something unique to offer people in the north of England and beyond.”

Event Details

Date: 12-14 April 2024
Location: The Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square, Leeds, UK


Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square, Electric Press 3, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD
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12th Apr - 14th Apr, 2024
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