Photo North brings its uniquely accessible vibe to Harrogate

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Tish Murtha Elswick Kids

“This is an important film. A loud and clear expose about the desperate times we are living in. It’s also about one of the great voice to emerge from these times: Sleaford Mods. Comfortable with it or not, they stand tall as a beacon of hope, an outlet for a nation’s frustration. If you’re angry about the bullying ruling bastards and you give even half a toss, you have to watch this film.” – Maxine Peake

The first full scale, Olympus-sponsored photography festival opens its doors at Harrogate Convention Centre, bringing together hands-on professional workshops, unseen imagery and thought-provoking content with a live music social, all weekend long.

Organisers today announced the final line up on a show that is expected to bring 5,000 people through its doors on the weekend of November 9th.

Sharon Price, Festival Director, said “We’ve put our heart and soul into curating unique takes on three clear themes of music, war and marginalisation to make internationally-renowned photographic art fun, exciting and accessible to all, as well as highlighting topical issues. We’re hoping people take the time to come and experience some brand new, unpretentious creative projects. It’s not formal, intimidating or academic, just the best stuff in the one place.”

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The Last of The Crooners by Tom Oldham. A photographic portrait of an East End pub, the Palm Tree in Bow.


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Dean Belcher – My First Vinyl

The glamour of Sony award-winning photographer Tom Oldhams‘ Last of the Crooners’ gets its first ever gallery airing at Photo North, vivacious work that is in stark contrast to Northern social documentary photographer Tish Murtha’s Youth Unemployment shots which are coming home for their first ever Northern showing.


The music themed line-up includes 12 year old break-through acoustic artist, Poppy Eaglesham, currently featured on the BBC’s ‘Got What It Takes’, playing alongside Keeper of Bees and local classical pianist Karen Singleton.

Co-founder of the Global Underground movement Dean Belcher’s ‘My First Vinyl’, includes his vintage record player serenading sitters attending his 45min portrait salons with the first ever vinyl record they bought.


Hilary Roberts Imperial War Museum curator and Anne McNeill of Bradford’s Impressions Gallery consulted on artists dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the First World War through the front-line women photographers of the era’s unseen before pictures. Tom Stoddart’s haunting and poignant reportage ‘Shadows of War’, a video remembering the armistice sits alongside dedicated humanitarian and conflict photo journalist, Paula Bronstein’s World Press Photography Award-winning work on the daily effects of war on Afghan civilians.


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John Bolloten – Nothing To See Here

Giving the under-represented in society a voice, Sleaford Mods, the film Maxine Peake said ‘if you’re angry about the bullying ruling bastards and you give even half a toss about…” has earned a two-hour screening each day. Undiscovered documentary photographer John Bolloten’s  controversy raising ‘Nothing to See Here’, documenting two years of homelessness and addiction in Bradford, complements iconic Northerner Tish Murtha’s remarkable images on austerity and the young, which are presented posthumously and rather poignantly, by her daughter Ella.

A percentage of print sales throughout the exhibition highlighting marginalisation, social realism and austerity will be donated to homeless charity Simon On The Streets.

Reuters global photo-journalist will be on hand for free portfolio reviews.

Kids go free.



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