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  • Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 Installation © Nigel Green
  • Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 Installation © Nigel Green
  • Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 Installation © Nigel Green
  • Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 Installation © Nigel Green
  • Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 Installation © Nigel Green
  • Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 Installation © Nigel Green

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About BPB

Brighton Photo Biennial is an ambitious, bold and innovative festival of international photography. It aims to offer a challenging and stimulating event to wide and varied audiences. Previous editions have been curated by Jeremy Millar (2003), Gilane Tawadros (2006), Julian Stallabrass (Memory of Fire, 2008), Martin Parr (New Documents, 2010), and Photoworks (2012) who also produce the festival.

BPB12 in the Press

‘Politically and socially engaged, it looks like the tightest Brighton Photo Biennial since Julian Stallabrass’ epic survey of war photography in 2008’

British Journal of Photography

‘Brighton’s extraordinary Photo Biennial is in its fifth season, and this year it is edgier than ever.’

The Independent

‘From British squats to Brazilian favelas, Magnum photographers and artists turn their lenses on what lurks at the fringes of our urban centres for the Brighton Photo Biennial’

The Telegraph

Previous Years

2012

Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space

Curated by Photoworks

The fifth Brighton Photo Biennial (BPB12) explored how space is constructed, controlled and contested, how photography is implicated in these processes, and the tensions and possibilities involved in this dialogue.

Exhibitions in galleries and public spaces around the City included work by Edmund Clark, Omer Fast, Julian Germain, Jason Larkin, Trevor Paglen, Corinne Silva, Thomson & Craighead and more.


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Argus Archive Preston is My Paris

Viviane Sassen Stephen Gill

2010

New Documents

Curated by Martin Parr

BPB10 reflected the immediacy and vibrancy of contemporary photographic practice, the eclectic passions found in collections of historic and vernacular photography and new commissions informed and inspired by the diverse communities and contexts of Brighton & Hove.

The fourth Brighton Photo Biennial included work by Alec Soth, Rinko Kawauchi, Vivian Sassen, Stephen Gill, Alejandro Chaskielberg, Billy Monk and more.


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2008

Memory of Fire: The War of Images and Images of War

Curated by Julian Stallabrass

The 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial examined photographic images of war, their making, use, circulation, and currency in contemporary society.

This third edition on the festival included work from Broomberg & Chanarin, Don McCullin, Frank Hurley, Geert Van Kesteren, Philip Jones Griffiths, Simon Norfolk, Thomas Hirschorn amongst many others.


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Memory of Fire: The War of Images and Images of War Memory of Fire: The War of Images and Images of War

Picture Book of Britain Richard Avedon

2006

Curated by Gilane Tawadros

The second Brighton Photo Biennial brought together historical, contemporary and newly-commissioned photographic and moving image works by a range of artists exploring the thin line between past and present, fact and fiction, illusion and reality.

BPB06 exhibitions included works from Richard Avedon, David Claerbout, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Paul Fusco, Alfredo Jaar, Steve McQueen , Lee Miller, Henna Nadeem, Mitra Tabrizian and Fiona Tan.


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2003

Curated by Jeremy Millar

The inaugural Brighton Photo Biennial presented the new and encouraged a reconsideration of the familiar.

Exhibitions around the city included work from Alec Finlay, Peter Fraser, Rachel Harrison, Mark Leckey, Boris Mikhailov and Beat Streuli.


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Peter Fraser - Two Blue Buckets

Publications

  • Photoworks 19

    Photoworks 19

    Our largest ever issue documents and expands upon aspects of Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 Agents of Change: Photography and The Politics of Space, examining how space is constructed, controlled and contested; how photography is implicated in these processes and the tensions and possibilities this dialogue involves.


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  • I Only Want You To Love Me - Phil Collins

    I Only Want You To Love Me - Phil Collins

    Internationally acclaimed artist Phil Collins, shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2006, was commissioned by Photoworks and the Brighton Photo Biennial to make his first bookwork in October 2003.


    Buy for £19.99
  • Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images - Julian Stallabrass

    Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images - Julian Stallabrass

    This richly illustrated book is a visual, theoretical and historical resource about the photography of war, and how images are used as instruments of war. Published in 2013 Memory of Fire updated and supplemented content gathered for the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial with recently commissioned texts and interviews.


    Buy for £19.95
  • Photoworks 15

    Photoworks 15

    The autumn/winter issue of Photoworks magazine is published in October to coincide with the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010, curated by Martin Parr.


    Buy for £6.95
  • Outside In - Stephen Gill

    Outside In - Stephen Gill

    For this new commission for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents, Curated by Martin Parr, Hackney based photographer Stephen Gill has created Outside In, a series steered and guided by the physical place itself, literally scooping up bits of Brighton and dropping parts of it into his camera.


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  • Brighton Picture Hunt - Carmen & Alec Soth

    Brighton Picture Hunt - Carmen & Alec Soth

    Celebrated American photographer Alec Soth has collaborated with his seven-year-old daughter Carmen to create a new body of work made in Brighton, specially commissioned by Photoworks for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents, Curated by Martin Parr.


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  • Murmuration - Rinko Kawauchi

    Murmuration - Rinko Kawauchi (SIGNED)

    Murmuration presents a Photoworks commission by acclaimed Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi (b 1972, Shiga, Japan), made for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents, Curated by Martin Parr.


    Buy for £100.00