The Power of the Still Image: Inspiration for photo series during Covid

Talk ONLINE EVENT- Thursday 4th February 19:00

Thursday 4th February, 7pm (GMT)


A series of talks related to the influence and impact of the still photograph in conversation with documentary photographer Carol Allen-Storey.

The still photo captures a moment in time allowing the viewer to slow down and think, be reflective. It allows for greater emphasis and has fewer distracting elements than the moving image, giving the viewer more freedom to absorb, contextualise and focus on the elements. It allows for contemplation. Like classical music, you can return, re-interpret and discover aspects not experienced before with greater appreciation.

 Photographs importantly preserve historical events, whether from a socio-political vantage through to highly personal experiences of marriage, births, family life. Photographs are global stories, personal stories, timelines of humanity recorded for prosperity.


Julia Fullerton-Batten

Hyper-realism and cinematic are characteristic descriptions of Julia Fullerton-Batten’s images. They are often set in unexpectedly surreal settings with dramatic lighting, communicating simultaneously both tension and mystery. Julia’s most recent awards include: The International Center of Photography, NY

International Photography Awards, Lucie Trophy, Photo Vogue Festival, 2020, all related to this powerful series reflecting life from within during the pandemic.

Title: ‘Looking Out from Within’

Peeking in from outside her neighbours’ windows, Julia created elaborate, cinematic tableaux, voicing their stories from a distance during the COVID-19 Lockdown.

Fabio Bucciarelli

Fabio Bucciarelli is a photographer, journalist and author known for his documentation of conflicts and humanitarian consequences of war. He has spent the last decade covering the world’s major changing events and creating images which reflect his commitment and empathy with the story.Bucciarelli has been recognized with some of most prestigious award in the profession including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, World Press Photo Award, Perpignan’s Visa d’Or, POYi Photographer of the Year and Lucie Impact Award. Today Fabio is a frequent contributor with The New York Times.

Title: COVID-19First Wave Coverage, Italy | 2020

“We Take the Dead From Morning Till Night”

At the moment when the coronavirus was ripping through northern Italy, working on assignment for The New York Times, Fabio gained exclusive access to the Red Cross workers who were going door to door around Bergamo, the hardest hit part of Italy’s hardest hit region, to check on those who were infected and take the worst of them to the hospital.

Alys Tomlinson

Alys is an editorial and fine art documentary photographer based in London. She recently won 1st prize in the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for her series ‘Lost Summer’. And was also named Sony Photographer of the Year in 2018.

Title: ‘Lost Summer’

The series consists of 44 portraits of north London teenagers who had their proms cancelled due to the pandemic. The images capture the poignancy of a lost summer for young people who were unable to sit their school exams and had nothing to mark this significant step in growing up and leaving school.

 Ismail Ferdous

Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a documentary photographer, Ismail covers social humanitarian issues. His recent projects, The Cost of Fashion, a photo and video advocacy project that began after documenting the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the worst industrial disaster in history. Ismail was winner of The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for documentary photography, the Getty Images-Instagram Grant winner 2015, Awarded 1st Prize, Professional General News category in the “Prix de la Photographie”.

 Carol Allen Storey

Carol is an award-winning photojournalist specialising in chronicling complex humanitarian and social issues.