Photography Show speakers announced

It's less than two months to go before The Photography Show opens it doors to photographers once again, and there's still plenty to be announced. If you're planning in your schedule you won't want to miss the highlights from The Super Stage. Tickets to The Super Stage sessions are priced at £10 each, but you must also have a ticket to The Photography Show itself. This year's speakers include Jill Furmanovsky, Albert Watson, Clive Arrowsmith and more. For more details read the official press release below:

Photography heroes take to The Super Stage at The Photography Show

The Super Stage at The Photography Show will host some of the greatest international photographers of our time this coming March (18-21 March, NEC Birmingham). Albert Watson, Nadav Kander, Frans Lanting, Jill Furmanovsky, Clive Arrowsmith, David Alan Harvey, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Alex Webb and Louis Cole have all been confirmed and will offer insights into the images they’ve captured, their eventful careers and the challenges they’ve faced along the way.

A talk by Albert Watson will explore his distinctive visual language and the stories behind his images. Albert's varied, powerful images and stunning hand-made prints are featured in galleries and museums the world over and include beauty shots of Kate Moss, still-life photos of Tutankhamen artefacts, and portraits of Alfred Hitchcock and Steve Jobs to name but a few. The photo industry bible, Photo District News, named Albert one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time, along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, amongst others.  Albert said: ‘Creative preparation has been a hugely important element in achieving my images over the years and this process is one of the things that I look forward to sharing at The Photography Show.’

Globally renowned portrait and fine art photographer, Nadav Kander, said: ‘You need to look very deeply to see clearly’; his interview with curator, William Ewing, will give an exclusive insight into   his unique approach to photography. Coinciding with Obama’s Presidential inauguration, Kander’s 52 full page portraits of the President and his closest colleagues, aides and advisors was the largest portfolio of work to date that has been published in one issue of The New York Times Magazine. In 2016, Time Magazine commissioned Nadav to photograph President-elect Donald Trump for the Person of the Year issue.

Taking a retrospective look at his four decades as a photographer, Frans Lanting will divulge the secrets behind his recent Dialogues with Nature exhibition. Frans has documented the natural world from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the earth through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet. He has received top honours from World Press Photo, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award.

Jill Furmanovsky, founder of the Rockarchive, will tell the tale of how it all began, including backstage narratives from her intriguing experiences. Jill said: ‘On the Super Stage this year I will be sharing my 45 year career in rock and roll photography through imagery and anecdotes. I feel immensely privileged to have worked with some of the world's greatest musicians, many of whom contributed to an important era in cultural history.’ Artists she has photographed include Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Blondie, The Police, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, Bob Dylan and Oasis.

In addition, Clive Arrowsmith will present ‘Technique to emotion” talking about the journey he makes to produce images that draw in the viewer and how he directs the subject in a subtle way when capturing portraits; and social media phenomenon and Sony ambassador, Louis Cole will explore the role that photography has played in building his 4.5 million-strong social community.

With further sessions featuring legendary street photographer, David Alan Harvey (Magnum Photos), fine art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten and documentary photographer, Alex Webb (Magnum Photos); each with huge back-catalogues, numerous award wins, exhibitions, and magazine covers between them, the opportunity to hear from this year’s Super Stage stars is not to be missed.

The 2017 Super Stage speakers follow in the footsteps of fellow photographers David Bailey, Rankin, the late Mary Ellen Mark, Don McCullin and Steve McCurry, all of whom have taken centre stage in previous years.

The full 2017 Super Stage line-up can be seen here.

Tickets to The Photography Show are now on sale and visitors will have the option to add Super Stage sessions to their package, priced at £10 each.

The Photography Show takes place at The NEC, Birmingham from 18-21 March 2017. For more information visit The Photography Show website.