In exploration and celebration of Black British culture, GUAP – a youth-led digital media platform, curated an event at TPG that explored the talent, narrative and significant voices that have shaped Black British culture. Listen here to the vibrant, honest and on point panel discussion had by: photographer Vanley Burke, art director Erin O’Garro, writer and diversity advisor, Bilal Harry Khan, and poet and artist, Abondance Matanda. This event was chaired by Jide Adetunji, co-founder of GUAP at The Photographers’ Gallery on October 24 2019.
Often described as the ‘Godfather of Black British Photography’, Vanley Burke’s iconic images have stimulated debate and captured the evolving cultural landscape and social change in the UK over the past four decades – representing possibly the largest photographic record of the Caribbean Diaspora in Britain. In this conversation, hear Burke talk about his first inspirations, photographic practices and reasons to get political.
This event was chaired by Autograph curator, Bindi Bora.
In September 2019, ImageNet creator Fei-Fei Li gave a talk at The Photographers' Gallery as part of a 10th anniversary of ImageNet party, talking through the events and key people that led to the datasets creation. The event also featured a series of activities and presentations to showcase the impact of ImageNet, including a discussion by Dr. Alan Blackwell and a performace on annotation by Nicolas Malevé.
ImageNet has become one of the most influential visual datasets in the fields of Deep Learning and AI. More than 14 million photographs were gathered through a benchmarking effort that propelled the outbreak of Computer Vision and its wide range of applications such as surveillance, phone filters, medical imaging, biometry and autonomous cars. ImageNet is organised through 21,000 categories that are still being used today to train computational models.
A rare opportunity to hear from the renowned Swedish photographer
Known for intimate black and white documentary images, Anders Petersen is a key figure in shaping post-war photography. Over his career, he has worked internationally, taking on long-term commissions in cities such as Okinawa, Paris and Utrecht, observing and documenting local residents in both private and public spaces. This is an opportunity to hear Petersen reflect on the people and the historic streets – including our own neighbourhood, Soho – that dominate his photographs and why they continue to be a source of ongoing inspiration.
This event was chaired by independent curator Anna Sparham.