The Fishbar is an exhibition space and shop run by Magnum heroine Olivia Arthur and her husband portrait photographer and general cool dude Philipp Ebeling.
The space has the feel of a cooperative and aims to make photography and its products and prints more accessible to the masses.
My personal favourite is Fishbar’s annual Photo Market where photographers, publishers and designers bring their work to exhibit and sell. Prints and books from some of the world’s finest are available for as little as £10, you also get to hang out with some pretty rad industry people.
Metro Imaging is, in some ways, the printing mecca for us photographers. One of the only establishments in London you can still process E6 film on site, these guys know everything and anything about processing and printing.
Metro Imaging isn’t just a printing space though. They have built up a community and often hold exhibitions and talks. The team from Metro Imaging are exhibiting their personal work at Brighton Photo Fringe this year. They also have a free peer review session coming up soon!
Graduates keep an eye out for the Mentorship Scheme. Metro has also been heavily involved in the Punk London series, definitely worth popping into their free exhibition!
I know you aren’t supposed to have favourites but these guys have a special place in my squishy liberal heart.
Photofusion started as a cooperative for social documentary photographers in the 1980s (originally called Photo Coop) whose aim was to make their work sustainable. Since then Photofusion has developed into a leading service provider in the industry, building a strong community of emerging and established practitioners.
Photofusion runs an affordable membership scheme which offers regular industry talks, workshops and exhibitions. It also offers a discount scheme for processing and printing services, this really is a lifeline of financial and professional support for individuals working in an expensive and often lonely industry. Photofusion are all about inclusivity, collaboration and community, its enough to make your heart melt.
Photofusion place a big focus on supporting and enabling emerging photographers. They recently received funding from the Arts Council England to host their first Participatory Photography Residency, applications have now closed but the four chosen practitioners will be hosting a joint exhibition in 2017. This is a super exciting addition from the over active community outreach team, watch this space!
P.S. The Photographer’s Gallery is of course a really rad space for all things photography, check out our previous blog post Made You Look for more info.