Belfast Photo Festival presents Music Symposium

Date Saturday 16 June 2018
Time 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Price£8 (Day Pass) or £4 (Half-Day Pass)
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Belfast Photo Festival presents Music Symposium


A still photograph of a musical moment can capture and define it - making it iconic in a way that no other medium can achieve. And according to critic Sean O’Hagan, many of the most recent collaborations between photographers and musicians have renewed  the genre of music photography.

Against this dynamic background, BPF present this day  of talks exploring  the evolving art of music photography from the 1970s to today’s newest independent labels.

Jenn Five is  a Canadian music  photographer who will  be taking you behind the  scenes. From  within  a mosh pit  at a tiny show  to working huge arenas  to create memorable live photography. Go behind the lens of shooting features and  magazine covers with music's coolest bands. With  a portfolio spanning artists like Prince, Foo Fighters and Lady Gaga, her work has been featured in several of  the largest music publications including NME, Rolling Stone, and Kerrang!   

TONN  Recordings is  a Belfast-based independent record  label, dedicated to electronic music, with a distinctive visual aesthetic - derived from its partnership  of designer Christopher Martin with the label’s  founder the lens-based visual artist Mary McIntyre. Martin and McIntyre will combine image and music in a presentation  exploring how a distinctive record label’s imagery has evolved.   

James Mollison has  his exhibition  The Disciples running  across BPF 2018 at Belfast  City Hall. The project is a  unique visual study of musical  subcultures in large scale composited panoramas made up of individual portraits of fans outside their musical heroes’ gigs - from Arctic Monkeys to Kiss to Dolly Parton  to U2 and  many more. Mollison’s talk  on The Disciples will explore  the role the image plays in the  tribalism and fandom invoked by popular  music stars in contemporary music culture.

Brian Griffin has his exhibition Pop running across BPF 2018 at the Crescent Arts Centre. As far as music photography  was concerned, the late ’70s and early ’80s  has been described as a dazzling, visual goldmine  and Brian Griffin’s photography was at the centre of  that era - shooting Ian Dury, The Clash, Depeche Mode,  Echo And The Bunnymen, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, The Specials,  Elvis Costello and many more. Griffin’s talk on Pop explores  his career defining photographic innovation in a pre-digital age, shooting iconic Post Punk, New Wave and the New Romantic album covers, single sleeves, press shots and posters.

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