Anna McNay

Review of Photoworks Annual Issue 20


Photography, Art, Visual Culture

Issue 20

Family Politics

Photoworks, the National Portfolio Organisation, supported
by the Arts Council England, curates exhibitions, commissions new work, and
runs events, including the Brighton Photo Biennial. In addition, for the past 10
years, it has been producing a biannual magazine, showcasing new writing and
photographic commissions. This autumn has seen issue 20 expand into the new
format of a heftier annual tome: a 256 page catalogue filled to the brim with
works by both new and established photographers and insights and discussions
presented by writers on the subject. At heart, Photoworks has always been about
commissioning new work, says Director and Co-Editor, Celia Davies, and so this
larger platform really takes the organisation back to its roots, providing time
and space for just this. In addition, the newly adopted thematic approach –
this time Family Politics – provides a focus for debate and a central idea to
which contributors can respond.

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