14th April
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This talk is taking place via Zoom.
A link will be sent out to attendees.

In their talk, Joanne Coates, Kelly O’Brien and Kirsty Mackay of The Other photography collective will explore issues of meritocracy and examine the visual discourses of photography, in particular the middle-class gaze and poverty porn, to outline an ethical practice of conscious image making.

About The Other

The Other is a photography collective working to raise awareness, using an intersectional approach, to class discrimination within photography in the UK. Cofounders Joanne Coates, Kelly O’Brien and Kirsty Mackay are photographers, artists, activists & educators from poor and working class backgrounds. We champion photographers & photographic artists from poor & lower economic positions in society. We believe that class must be on the agenda throughout the efforts in creating positive change in the photography industry.

This talk is hosted as part of our Blast! Creative Network programme. Taking place online once a month the BCN programme offers talks, workshops, opportunities and social events to bring emergent artists based in Sandwell or the Black Country a yearlong events programme that provides a space for knowledge sharing and support. You can apply to join the network and learn about upcoming sessions here.

Please message if you would like to attend, with a few lines about your practice / interests, why you’d like to join the network, and where you are currently based (with your postcode).

Photo credit © Kirsty Mackay