An exploration of collaborative working methods, with five very different contemporary photography collectives.
These contemporary views on photography provide a route into current conversations around the resurgence of photography collectives. Invited for their varying styles and their approaches to working together, ABC, Burn My Eye, RUIDO Photo, Sputnik Photos and Uncertain States outline the impact of this way of working, nationally and internationally. Considered here is the dynamic, democratic process of navigating and negotiating a cohesive voice through the notion of a collective.
ABC is an international group of artists seeking to create, engage and communicate on issues concerning self-publishing. The multi collaborative project ABCEUM re-imagines the museum as a book installation. Each room in the museum is an artist’s book of a different size and material. Assembled, the books constitute a floor-plan which visitors can wander through. ABCEUM is an evolving project that can be added to and expanded, with its own changing programme of exhibitions – much like any museum. In ABCEUM, however, the idea of a museum itself can become its own subject.
Burn My Eye grew from a small group of photographers with a shared passion for straight, unposed photography. Wanting to encourage personal development through critique and discussion with respected peers, the members embraced different sensibilities and cultural backgrounds that allowed for a broad set of influences in a close-knit environment.
RUIDO Photo, based in Barcelona, is the culmination of the work of a group of photographers, designers and journalists, who undertake independent photography projects with strong social content and cultural commitment with the clear aim of raising awareness, encouraging reflection and provoking social change.
Sputnik Photos is an international collective founded in 2006 by nine documentary photographers from Central and Eastern Europe. They are united in their desire to observe and describe their shared experience of living during the post-Soviet transformation period. They have organised several dozen exhibitions worldwide and have been featured in many photography festivals and magazines. Photobooks are an important feature of their practice, made in collaboration with journalists and writers in order to convey a rounded sense of each project.
Uncertain States is a lens-based, artist-led project releasing a quarterly broadsheet that expands critical visual dialogue. Themes include how our perceptions of key issues, such as politics, religion and personal identity, are formed. They showcase established and emerging artists through their exhibitions, monthly talks and web-based publications, showing work from all photographic genres. They work in partnership with other organisations, developing an extensive community and opportunities for their contributors
1. Julie Cockburn 2. Laura Hynd 3. Adrian Samson 4. John Paul Evans 5. David George 6. Federica Landi 7. Aviv Yaron 8. Fiona Yaron-Field 9. James Russell Cant 10. Lydia Goldblatt 11.Susan Andrews 12. Robin Grierson 13.Yaron Lapid 14. Agatha A. Nitecka 15. Richard Sawdon Smith 16. Ania Dabrowska 17. Spencer Rowell 18. Del Loewenthal 19. Grace Lau 20. Francisco Gomez de Villaboa 21. Mick Williamson 22. Karl Ohiri 23. Carolyn Lefley