Events

Launch Night — Wake Up Together: Ren Hang & Where Love is Illegal

15 November 2018

Projects Culture Shifts

Where Things are Different

15 August 2017

Events

The Art of Social Mobility with Tate Exchange

20 November - 25 October 2018

Exhibitions

She Dreams – Yan Wang Preston

24 September - 5 November 2018

Events

Homotopia: Alaska

23 November 2018

Events

Homotopia: Ancestral Constellations

26 November 2018

Events

Homotopia: Brews and Brows

27 November 2018

Main Exhibition

Wake Up Together

15 November - 17 February 2019

Events

Homotopia: Twin Peaks

29 November 2018

Exhibitions

DISTINCTLY

19 September - 25 September 2018

Projects

209 Women Crowdfunder

6 September - 17 October 2018

Past Exhibitions

XU ZHEN: OPTIMIZING

13 July - 7 September 2018

Past Exhibitions

HIDDEN WORLDS

14 July - 16 July 2018

Past Exhibitions

New Brighton Revisited

14 July - 25 August 2018

Exhibitions

SEEING FUTURES: HUGH BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATES & ALUMNI

29 June 2018

Past Exhibitions

‘ELLESMERE PORT’ WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXHIBITION

22 June 2018

Past Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful World Where Are You?

14 July - 28 October 2018

Past Exhibitions

China Conversation

17 June 2018

Projects

MA Course Brief

1 September 2018

Main Exhibition

Our North

28 March - 30 March 2018

Past Exhibitions

Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity

6 April 2018

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

The Pier Head – Tom Wood

12 January - 25 March 2018

Past Exhibitions

Ferry Folk

11 January - 25 March 2018

Projects Past Exhibitions

Culture Shifts: Local

6 October - 22 December 2017

Past Exhibitions

Finding Fangorn

26 October - 26 November 2017

Past Exhibitions

Who We Are

22 June - 26 June 2017

Past Exhibitions

OPEN 3: AFFECTING CHANGE

7 July - 17 September 2017

Past Exhibitions

Tate Exchange Liverpool

27 November - 29 November 2016

Past Exhibitions

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

28 October - 18 December 2016

Wall Work

40 Years of Open Eye Gallery: 1977-2017

5 January 2017

Past Exhibitions

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

6 January - 19 March 2017

Projects Past Exhibitions

Culture Shifts: Global

7 April - 18 June 2017

Projects Culture Shifts

Life Beyond Diagnosis

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

Home Is A Person/ L8: The World Lived Here

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

POSITIVE CHANGES

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

WINDS OF CHANGE

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

St Helens

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

As and When

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

Wirral: Another Language/ In The Pink Room

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Animator Training

9 October 2016

Past Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2016

9 July - 16 October 2016

Past Exhibitions

Walter & Zoniel: Spectra

9 July - 16 October 2016

Past Exhibitions

Tromarama

9 July - 31 July 2016

Past Exhibitions

Telling Tales

6 July - 11 July 2016

Past Exhibitions

Collected Possibilities

15 June - 19 June 2016

Past Exhibitions

Open 2: Pieces of You

15 April - 5 June 2016

Past Exhibitions

Flat Death: Edgar Martins & Jordan Baseman

15 January - 3 April 2016

Past Exhibitions

Edith Tudor-Hart: Quiet Radicalism

2 March - 29 April 2013

Past Exhibitions

Mishka Henner: Precious Commodities

2 March - 29 April 2013

Past Exhibitions

A Lecture Upon The Shadow

7 December - 17 February 2013

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From the 'RIGHT' Series, ©Jona Frank
From the 'Youth Unemployment' Series, ©Tish Murtha
From the 'Youth Unemployment' Series, ©Tish Murtha
From the 'Youth Unemployment' Series, ©Tish Murtha
From the 'RIGHT' Series, ©Jona Frank

Mere Mortal

By Eli Regan, photographer and editor of Mere Mortal, a new publication for photo stories. See the Kickstarter here.

 

There’s definitely still life in the photo story. Think of vintage photo essays like W Eugene Smith’s seminal work ‘Nurse Midwife’ about Maude Callen (a black nurse and midwife), Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’ essay, Gillian Wearing’s iconic heart-rending messages held by desperate businessmen and, more recently, Juno Calypso’s re-imagining of a solipsistic honeymoon.

Mere Mortal Photographic Magazine has grown out of the belief that the photo story is a powerful tool for communication and heightened global awareness. We will reflect photo stories by both known and lesser known photographers. Alongside this, we will provide a home for high-calibre journalism and other types of writing: poetic, non-fiction, flash fiction.

Mere Mortal is an inclusive magazine. The first issue features an all-female line-up of writers and photographers: this is significant when you consider the photographic industry as recently as September 2017 didn’t use any women photographers to review their new Nikon D850 camera. Our first issue features women who are Iranian-British, African-American, British and American.

We are including work by widely exhibited American photographer Jona Frank and the late documentary photographer Tish Murtha.

Jona Frank will be presenting pictures from her 2008 project ‘RIGHT’, which covered fundamentalist evangelical colleges in America. The reality of Trump in the White House serves to punctuate this careful and chilling portrayal of the American right and contextualises the climate which made his presidency possible.

Tish Murtha was a documentary practitioner who photographed the ruins of Thatcherite Britain in Newcastle from 79 into the 80’s in her work ‘Youth Unemployment’. The deprivation she faithfully recorded is again relevant to present day’s food banks, insecure work and a punitive welfare system.

We hope that there will be subsequent issues of the magazine. If there are, we plan to include stories from people from all walks of life: young, old, low income, multi-ethnic, trans, etc. We will source our stories not just from university graduates, but from community groups, schools, etc. We have ties with creative wellbeing groups who work with people who have mental health and substance misuse problems, and young people with a history of truancy. We are open to all sorts of photography, not just photography made with expensive DSLR cameras, but disposable cameras, smartphone photography, hand-made prints, and more.

We exist not to represent the elites, but the issues that affect us as a society on a day to the day basis – the housing crisis and lack of good employment for example. But also the belief that through creativity we can contribute towards a greater hope. There is a 2017 work by Bob and Roberta Smith (a pseudonym for the artist Patrick Brill) that is entitled and reads: ‘There Is Still Art. There Is Still Hope.’ We firmly believe this.

To help us get Mere Mortal off the ground, please back our campaign here.

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