August 4, 2003, (near) Tikrit, Iraq
© Geert van Kesteren
Courtesy the artist

Snapshot: A Portrait of Brighton

The Snapshot project gives Year 9 and 10 pupils from Longhill High School in Brighton, Hillcrest School in Hastings, Bexhill High School and Rye College the opportunity to work with artist Annis Joslin and undergraduate students from the University of Brighton.

Together they will create photographic based work in response to a visit to Brighton. Annis and the undergraduates will collaboratively facilitate two workshops, one in Brighton and one at the school.

Martin Parr, this year’s curator of Brighton Photo Biennial, has commissioned a number of photographic artists, including Zoe Strauss, Rinko Kawauchi and Alec Soth to create new work in response to the city of Brighton. The Snapshot workshops aim to introduce the pupils to the process of commissioning artists by mirroring a similar process. Working independently as well as in small groups and responding directly to the city of Brighton, the pupils will be set fun and engaging tasks to stimulate their own photographic work.

The Snapshot process is collaborative. The pupils will work with the students to generate photographic images, sounds/audio, words/text and ideas. This material will then be edited and played with during workshops back at the schools and will be exhibited during Brighton Photo Biennial 2010.

Through the workshops the pupils will be introduced to a range of approaches and methods of creating photographic images. This will be achieved by showing them the work of other artists including the undergraduates work as well as setting practical tasks and exercises. They will be encouraged to discuss and reflect on their work during the process and build on their experiences throughout the two workshops.

The project is funded by Aim Higher and Widening Participation at the University of Brighton.