News from Photo Forum

Our friends and kindred spirits at Photo Forum are doing a folio review night. If you haven’t already made it to a Photo Forum, they are free talks from professional photographers on a monthly basis in East London, at The Print Space. They are always brilliant nights and free for all to attend. News of their Photo Forum Folio Social at the Reliance Pub on Old Street:

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The Folio Social

Friday 23rd June, reviews 4-7pm followed by drinks until late.

The Reliance Pub, 336 Old St, EC1V 9DR

Our first ‘Folio Social’ is a chance to gain feedback on your work and get to know fellow Photo-Forum audience members. You are invited to bring portfolios, projects or work in progress to share one to one with peers, to get and give constructive feedback and to share ideas. Reviews will rotate every 20 minutes and there will be a few past speakers on hand to give ‘expert’ opinions on your work. All are welcome, bring a lot of work, a little or just bring yourself. 

You are welcome to present your work in any format but we encourage the use of work prints rather than digital images if you are looking for help with sequencing or editing. 

Let us know if you will be there by commenting with links to your work on the Facebook event

Susana Lopez Fernandez

Exciting news from Susana who shared work at Photo Scratch back in September 2016.


Territorios, Jigsaw. PhotoEspaña, Madrid (SPAIN). June, 2017
The project I showed in September during the fifth edition of Photo Scratch on 12th September, 2016 is selected to take part in Portafolios Photo España in Madrid from 29th May to 2nd June.
Nightmare, Empire II, Venice Biennale, May – November 2017
Nightmare is an audiovisual work I am going to take part with in Empire II, a group show during the 57th edition of the Venice Biennial. In this video I reflect about enoclophobia or social phobia, that is emphasised with the frenzied way of life that increases day to day.

EMPIRE II @ La Biennale di Venezia 2017
Castello 1610/A Riva Dei Sette Martiri Venezia 30122
Exhibition Runs: 13th May – 26th November 2017
Open daily: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 7pm

Invisible people, Almería (SPAIN).
Five images from my series Time and Sin Prisas were selected to take part in a group show in Almeria during de Creative Commons Festival from April 5th to 9th May, 2017.Almería Museum
Carretera de Ronda, 91,
04004 Almería
Here’s a word from Susana on when she shared work at Photo Scratch last year:

It was a fantastic opportunity to display and show my work: Territorios during Photo Scratch. It was a great opportunity to have some feedback from other artists and also it is so great to show your work and observe the public’s reaction, talk to them, listen to their opinion. Sometimes when we are working we forget to stop, have a step back and look, and these initiatives are good to take a break and rethink before continuing working.

Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toumpanos

Elena and Leonidas shared their evolving project about fracking Persephone’s Nightmare, at the April 2017 edition of Photo Scratch.


Persephone’s Nightmare investigates how hydraulic fracturing is short fracking, which is a drilling process used for extracting natural gas and oil from shale rocks by injecting into the Earth a high pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals, which forms and changes the landscape and local communities around Fracking sites in the UK. By burying the images in the ground around fracking sites we attempt to create corrosion on the images proportionate to the environmental destruction caused by Fracking.

Working on a long-term project is a lonely process and quite often makes you feel insecure whether to follow one direction or the other. Photo Scratch is a great opportunity to re-think and re-evaluate your goals while making you articulate what exactly you are doing in front of an audience who is willing to give you feedback and ideas.

An amazing night full of people who are interested in what you are doing and enthusiastic in sharing their thinking on photography, documentary and art.

It is what all photographers need: critical insight int our work! It’s definitely worth it!


Connect with Elena and Leonidas:

twitter: @elena_kollatou
fcebook: Kollatou Toumpanos Elena Leonidas

News – Phil Le Gal, Alexia Villard and others exhibiting with Pain Perdu

Delighted to share the news that our very own Phil Le Gal (co-director/founder of Photo Scratch) and Alexia Villard who shared work at Photo Scratch in May 2016, both have  work in the next Pain Perdu / French Toast Issue 2: Origines / Origins exhibition, organised by the Kitchen Table Collective which Alexia is part of.

Picture: Phil Le Gal


KTC are proud to present the second issue of their independent, bi-lingual and annual art limited publication to be launched at Leyden Gallery in London on the 23rd of May from 6.30 pm till 9.30 pm.

We were overwhelmed with the responses and submissions to our open call. The resulting publication and exhibition will display 11 guest contributors to accompany submissions from members of the collective, exploring the theme of Origins”.

The artists contributing to this project are: 
Jack Ashley (UK),  Giulia Astesani (Italy),  Andrea Aversa & Davide Cascio (France/Italy/Switzerland),  Cabinet de Fumisterie Appliquée (France),  Amandine Freyd (France),  Jessica Galliver (UK),  Phil Le Gal (France/UK),  Emma Mudgway (New Zealand),  Sonia Knop (Germany),  Léa Lescure (Germany), Zoé Schreiber (Belgium),  Alexia Villard (France/UK),  Zoita (Romania)

23th – 27th May

Leyden Gallery
9 Leyden St
London E1 7LE
Opening hours:
Tuesday: 11am – 7pm
Wednesday: 11am – 7pm
Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 12pm – 6pm
Sunday: Closed

RSVP the private view here.
More info about The Kitchen Table Collective here.

Joanne Coates

Joanne shared her project ‘We Live by Tha’ Water’ in our April 2017 edition of Photo Scratch. Here she shares her experience and info about the project.



On Monday 24th April I took part in my first Photo Scratch. I found the pop-up exhibition and the nights format helpful. As I live in a rural area, and spend much of my time working in different areas around the UK, it can be difficult to actually talk to anyone about my work. I’ve been working on this series since March 2016 now and felt as though it was a good time to talk about it, discuss ideas, and get feedback. It’s important to see how people interact with the work. The night saw new conversations. The feedback was helpful in developing the project. I think it’s vital to connect with other artist, writers, designers, so was really impressed with the night and only left with positives of the evening.

We Live By Tha’ Water is a story. A story that toys with what we accept as real and what we accept as imagined. It is an exploration of a new life after a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. A dark narrative that explores life on the edge lands of society. A complex visual culmination of personal anxieties and mental erosion. A drawn out fascination with power relations. It is a poetic and emotional response to the eerie elements that make up modern societies. Slowly as the story continues the boundaries begin to warp and fade. What is real and what is imagined start to blur. The island is used as a new place for the in-between. To question what is actually visible and what is known. A place between madness and sanity. Travelling to the edge of the world to explore my own subconscious.  As the Orcadian writer George McKay Brown wrote: “The imagination is not an escape, but a return to the richness of our true selves, a return to reality.


The work itself is taken in moments of mania or moments of depression. Photo Scratch offered me the chance to start bringing in other elements of the work such as search warrants, diary entries that depict the story, and pieces that tell the story of a decline in mental health. I’ve always been interested in documentary photography, but wanted my personal work to be a documentary of the self. To challenge the ways in which work. There is more to come in the series that will explain the journey more, where the viewer begins to lose sight of what is true and what isn’t. Beginning to realise if that truth matters or not in such a personal depiction.

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