From 'The Cut: London Fashion Week' © Ewen Spencer
From the Size? Winter Look Book 2013 © Ewen Spencer
Join us for a discussion on the crossovers and divisions between fashion commissions and personal projects. Olivia Gideon Thomson will talk with specific reference to Viviane Sassen’s career, an artist whom she has represented commercially through her agency, We Folk, since 2009. Presenting the perspective of the photographer, we are joined by another We Folk represented artist, Ewen Spencer, who will talk about how making personal work has helped to establish a commercial career.
Olivia Gideon Thomson started in the industry as a part-time office assistant at the legendary Z Photographic, run by Katy Baggott in London, which represented Juergen Teller and a host of other 1990s rising stars, including Donald Christie, Dana Lixenberg, Phil Poynter, Katie Grand and Stefan Ruiz.
After studying an MA in History of Photography and Cultural Theory at LCP, Olivia took to the commercial world, and in 2009 started We Folk in the midst of the crash and chaos around the industry, instigating a shared belief system that combines the commercial with the personal.
Ewen Spencer (b. 1971) is a British photographer based in Brighton. His photography is primarily of youth and subcultures. He began his career working for style, music and culture magazines The Face and Sleazenation and has since transplanted himself into groups of young people and musicians to form numerous personal projects, as well as making films for Massive Attack, The Streets and undertaking commercial work. His photography series have included Wag Lad, Three's a Crowd and Open Mic. He self-publishes his own photobooks under the name ES Books.
Free, booking essential
08 Jan 2015
6:30pm - 8:00pm