© Ewen Spencer, from the series 'Kick over the statues', a Fabrica and Photoworks co-commission for Brighton Photo Biennial, 2016

Brighton Photo Biennial 2016 site now live

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Beyond The Bias – Reshaping image


For its seventh edition, Brighton Photo Biennial sets out to explore understandings of identity and representation – our personal and projected image – as influenced by the pervasive genre of fashion and style photography.

Beyond the Bias – Reshaping Image, explores photography’s role in defining and informing our understanding of subjects such as: gender and sexuality, the representation of the body, the politics of style, subcultures and the subversion of social and cultural norms.

Identity and self-representation are explored in relation to the wider context of mass-representation; where self-image and attitude are often co-opted. Including work from documentary photographers and photographic approaches that knowingly reference the language of fashion and style photography, BPB16 unpicks understandings of image and self-image in relation to society.

Our theme probes photography’s duality: sometimes authentic, informing and reflective, transgressing the pervasive view; sometimes feeding into the uniformity of photographic visual culture and its influence upon us.

The exhibitions, commissions and events focus on individuality, sub-cultures and communities, in contrast to standardisation, mass-representation and the generic.

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