Exhibitions, Workshops, Walks: Urban Photo Fest

Rachel Holdsworth
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Exhibitions, Workshops, Walks: Urban Photo Fest
Claude Savona: Homebound. In seeking to understand the process of ageing in relation to the definition/construction of home, these photographs of elderly people in their homes explore what it means to grow old in an urban environment, specifically London.
Claude Savona: Homebound. In seeking to understand the process of ageing in relation to the definition/construction of home, these photographs of elderly people in their homes explore what it means to grow old in an urban environment, specifically London.
Yu-En Lin: From Fu Qing to London. Yu-En spent half a year working in Chinatown with the illegal immigrants from Fu Qing in order to integrate into their community and capture photos that illustrate their stories.
Yu-En Lin: From Fu Qing to London. Yu-En spent half a year working in Chinatown with the illegal immigrants from Fu Qing in order to integrate into their community and capture photos that illustrate their stories.
Yemisi Blake: Garden In The Skies. The Roof Garden at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank is closed to the public from winter to spring, but a community of gardeners tend to it during these months.
Yemisi Blake: Garden In The Skies. The Roof Garden at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank is closed to the public from winter to spring, but a community of gardeners tend to it during these months.
Natalia Plata: Reflections on a Latin American Space in London. By immersing herself in the Latin American community in London, Natalia seeks to answer a question: can photography be relevant to achieve social changes in a specific community?
Natalia Plata: Reflections on a Latin American Space in London. By immersing herself in the Latin American community in London, Natalia seeks to answer a question: can photography be relevant to achieve social changes in a specific community?

Do cities lend themselves to photography, in the way that the countryside once lent itself to painting? There's a good opportunity to take in lots of city-based pics during Urban Photo Fest, running in venues all over London 3-12 October.

The theme is 'urban materialities', which organisers themselves admit is "quite an ambiguous concept". They hope that through the exhibitions, events and symposia, audiences and attendees will find themselves engaging in lively conversations around the topic. You can enjoy the festival as a casual viewer, or get really involved in day-long events and workshops. There are also four walks led by photographers, costing £10 each, around Chelsea, Vauxhall to Soho, the City and along the Greenway.

As you'd expect, there are several free exhibitions. The images here are from Within Walking Distance, displayed at the Bermondsey Project 10-20 October, which examines 21st century urban life through a combination of both photography and sociology. Julio Etchart's photos documenting the Chilean struggle against Pinochet in the 1980s (at Goldsmiths College 9-18 October) look as fascinating as Significant Wreckage by Nick Scammell and John Levett looks intriguing (at the Greenwich Gallery, 30 September-16 October).

Urban Photo Fest runs 3-12 October, exhibitions have different dates. For more information see the festival website.

Last Updated 30 September 2013