Watch: Early Steps

Max Houghton, writer, curator, editor and lecturer talks to four undergraduates about their work and their first professional commission.

The film begins with each of the students discussing their practice and presenting their work for the commission. This is followed by Max Houghton leading a conversation with the students about the commissioning process.

Together they discuss the commissioning process and the students’ experience, discussing topics such as working to a brief, deadlines, model permissions, editing and production.

In 2016, Photoworks commissioned four Photography students from the University of Brighton to make new work for Brighton Photo Biennial 2016, providing support and resources as they embarked on their first professional commission. The students photographed people and places across Brighton & Hove, responding to Biennial themes to do with the politics of representation, style and identity creating work for a major, outdoor exhibition in the city’s cultural quarter.

Max Houghton is the Course Leader for MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography and a Senior Lecturer in photography at London College of Communication.

Max edited eight magazines for six years, and now regularly contributes to the international arts press. She has curated photographic exhibitions in London, Brighton and New York and speaks regularly at talks and symposia about the documentary image.

Her first book, Firecrackers – Female Photographers Now, co-authored with Fiona Rogers, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2017. Max is also a scholarship doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL).

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