21 September 2018 – 31 March 2019
New exhibition of black and white photography reveals the optimism and ingenuity of a post-war world
In the years following the First World War, countries, cities, societies and individuals had to regenerate and rebuild themselves on an unprecedented scale – but from devastation and loss, a new world emerged.
Exploring the theme of renewal in relation to individual, societal and global recovery, Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs (21 September 2018 – 31 March 2019) highlights the ways in which lives, landscapes and national identities recovered, evolved and even flourished in the aftermath of war. Examining the complex processes of reconstruction, this major exhibition at IWM London includes over 130 black and white photographs, documents and objects from the museum’s extensive collection.
The exhibition charts the initial optimism that followed the end of the First World War, as well as the realities of displacement, demobilisation, social change and the fall of empires. Many individuals found themselves in new nations as borders were re-drawn and empires disbanded, but while the devastating effects of war were felt on both sides, developments in materials and new technologies also led to innovations. Military equipment was repurposed for civilian use and advances in medicine and plastic surgery enabled the reconstruction of the human body.
From images of refugees returning to ruined homes, through the reconstruction of Ypres, to battlefields depicting the villages that ‘died for France’ and were never rebuilt, these rarely seen photographs from this little-explored time period reveal the extent of destruction and change in war-torn Europe and beyond.
Alan Wakefield, Head of First World War and Early 20th Century Conflict at IWM, said: “Drawing primarily on IWM’s rich and varied photography archive, this new exhibition presents images from both official and personal collections, giving insight into the innovation, opportunism and resourcefulness that shaped the rebuilding and regeneration of the post-war world. Both surprising and inspiring, the exhibition highlights the resilience and ingenuity of the human spirit in a time of unprecedented social and political change.”
Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs is part of Making a New World, a season of innovative exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences taking place across IWM London and IWM North between 27 July 2018 and 31 March 2019. The free season will explore themes of remembrance and how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.
This year’s The Photography Show starts today at the rather cold and snowy Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
I’m here at the show today to search out the show highlight, including interesting exhibits and show gear deals.
Here’s my first update from the show; a gallery of shots from WEX, Cameraworld and LCE, who are the main three camera retailers exhibiting this year:
Meanwhile, all the main camera marques are exhibiting. It has to be said the Nikon stand, although located in a prime position near the main entrance, seems smaller and less visible than it has been in the past. Canon has a massive stand at the opposite end of the hall, complete with cavernous presentation theatre. Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Fujifilm occupy the centre of the hall with spaciously large stands. Pentax/Ricoh are off to one side with a rather more modest sized stand. Sigma again has a large and impressive stand to show off its wares. Tamron’s is more modest. A gallery of shots from the show aisles will follow later.
For more information about the exhibitors attending and the parallel events, including talks by great name photographers, check out The Photography Show official website.
The Photography Show is a destination event for all image creators. Whether a seasoned professional, or just starting out, head to the NEC, Birmingham on 18-21 March and be inspired by a host of experts, learn new photography and video techniques, get hands on with the latest kit and find fantastic deals. It’s an unmissable date in the diary for anyone looking to reveal the next step in their photography journey.
1HEAR FROM THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE GAME
Photography icons Sebastião Salgado, Albert Watson, Nadav Kander, Frans Lanting, Jill Furmanovsky, Clive Arrowsmith,David Alan Harvey, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Alex Webb and Louis Cole will take to the Super Stage this year. Each will offer insights into the images they’ve captured, their eventful careers and the challenges they’ve faced along the way.*
2GET UP TO SPEED WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
Take a leap into the world of virtual reality and get hands on with 360° technology. Be sure too to check out the Drone Zone – complete with a drone flying demo area and drop into the Video Theatre, packed with insightful sessions giving give you the skills you need to capture dynamic footage on camera and integrate moving image into your photography skill set.
3SHOPPING & EXHIBITORS
From the latest cameras, lenses and bags, to albums, clothing and gadgets you didn’t even know you needed, you’ll find the latest kit and accessories from over 200 leading photography brands including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Sony at the show. With the chance to try before you buy and some great bargains up for grabs, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
4 EXPERIENCE LIVE PHOTO SHOOTS
The Live Stage* promises to put you right at the heart of the action and excitement of a live shoot – expect to be enthralled and inspired by various demo offering practical insight into taking beautiful shots of a range of subjects, in character and in action – with lighting and settings thrown in. Everything from shooting the big day to a live catwalk show awaits.
5HEAR THE STORIES BEHIND THE SHOTS
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and at The Photography Show this year, a host of imaging experts will step out from Behind the Lens to reveal how they captured some of their most stunning and specialist shots. Richard Bradbury will divulge the stories behind shooting record breakers whilst on assignments for Guinness Book of World Records. Other sessions include: Coastal visions (Karl Holtby), Expedition photography (Ben Cherry), Capturing time (John Miskelly), Close-up and macro photography (John Humphrey), and Forgotten locations and hidden worlds (RebeccaBathory), among others.
6 MASTERCLASSES & CONFERENCES
If you’re looking to take your photography journey to the next level, why not consider one of the Masterclasses and Conferences on offer at The Photography Show this year. Sessions are designed for all levels: beginners, professionals and those thinking about making the leap from amateur to pro.
7TAKE AWESOME PHOTOS ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND GET SHARING
Click… Flash…Edit… Filter… Tag… Share… the all-new Mobile & SocialStage**line-up will spark the creativity of anyone looking to make the most of their mobile phone camera or their use of social platforms to showcase their image-creation skills. The full programme will include YouTube photography vlog sensation Bert Stefani and Weekly Imogen, plus Insta-famous photographers Tobishinobi and @Levanterman.
8EXPLORE THE GALLERIES AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS
Take some time out to explore the galleries around the show including the highly anticipated Outdoor Photography of the Year exhibition, showcasing compelling imagery taken from around the world.
9 PUT WHAT YOU’VE LEARNT INTO PRACTICE
There will be many photo opportunities around the show so remember to bring your camera or snap away on your mobile phone and use the techniques you’ve acquired straight away – get social and use the show hashtag #UKPhotoShow to share the images of your experience at The Photography Show.
10 CAPTURE BIRMINGHAM
Capture Birmingham, the weekend-long photography and arts extravaganza, will return to the city this March (18-19), offering a series of exhibitions, photo-walks, masterclasses and workshops for all with an interest in photography. Extend your experience at The Photography Show by taking part in one of the many Capture Birmingham activities around the city.
Additional talks, seminars and workshops can be booked in addition, at a price of £10 each
Student entry will be free of charge on Tuesday 21 March
*Tickets to all sessions on The Super Stage are priced at £10 each
**Sessions are included in the show entry ticket fee and will take place on all four days of the show.
About The Photography Show
The Photography Show (TPS) was launched in 2014 by Future plc, a world-leading photography publisher. Attracting both professional and amateur visitors over the four days, The Photography Show is now considered to be a major UK calendar fixture by attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.
At The Photography Show, visitors can expect to learn the latest techniques, hear from industry thought leaders and experts, and see the latest technology and kit revealed.
The Photography Show is run by a team with over 60 years collective event organising experience and is backed by Future’s market-leading photography portfolio, which serves an extensive audience across the global photography industry via magazines, websites, apps and events.
Since its launch, The Photography Show has celebrated many achievements, including:
Event Experience of the Year (PPA Awards 2016), Winner
Event of the Year – Consumer Media (PPA Awards 2015), Winner
Best New Organiser Team (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Winner
Best Consumer Show (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Highly Commended
Organiser Team of the Year (AEO Excellence Awards 2014), Winner
Show Rising Star (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Highly Commended
Launch of the Year (PPA Connect Awards 2014), Highly Commended
London, UK, 6th January 2017: Continuing its long-standing partnership with NOOR, Nikon is proud to announce the 2017 Nikon-NOOR Academy programme of masterclasses for aspiring photojournalists. Four-day workshops with NOOR photographers will be provided free-of-charge to selected participants in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK in the coming year. The series will kick off in the spring and calls for applications are now open.
Nikon Europe has partnered with the renowned Amsterdam-based NOOR collective of documentary photographers since 2008, supporting group projects and bringing yearly masterclasses to the furthest reaches of Europe – offering opportunities in regions where professional photography training is limited. This year’s programme offers the chance for photographers to work intensively with NOOR tutors closer to home, with workshops being held in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Manchester. Photographers who are resident in the countries where the classes take place will be eligible to attend.
Each workshop has only 15 participants, who will be guided by their NOOR tutors through portfolio reviews, developing and editing their photographic stories, and learning how to navigate the international photo market. It is a rare opportunity for photographers starting out in their careers to work closely with professionals and develop a strong network of contacts.
The event dates and application deadlines are:
Amsterdam – 28 February to 3 March 2017
Application deadline: 8 January 2017
Berlin – 7 March to 10 March 2017
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
Paris – 20 March to 23 March 2017
Application deadline: 22 January 2017
Manchester – 30 March to 2 April
Application deadline: 29 January 2017
For further information on the Nikon-NOOR Masterclasses and calls for applications, see: