This month, we will be launching Photoworks Annual 26which has been Guest Edited by independent curator and founding editor of Typical Girls, Jamila Prowse.

This special issue of our magazine marks our anniversary year and looks again at our archive, giving an expanded parallel narrative to Photoworks past 25 years, that provides a more inclusive view of photography over this period.

Artists featured include: Ibrahim Azab, Helen Cammock, Mahtab Hussain, Sandy Kim, Jason Larkin,  Maggie Lee, Anthony Luvera, Muslim Sisterhood, Ute and Werner Mahler, Boris Mikhailov, Nina Mandahar, Marcia Michael, Ingrid Pollard,  Kazim Rashid, Silvia Rosi, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Nigel Shafran  and many more.

The only way to get your hands on a copy of Annual 26 – over 160 pages of new writing and images housed within our new branding and printed on recycled paper – is to become a Photoworks Friend for as little as £35 per year.

By joining as a Photoworks Friend you will also receive from us:

  • 20% off the full range of books, prints and editions in the Photoworks shop
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Photoworks Annual 26 comprises three sections. Then looks back at the history of Photoworks and Brighton Photo Biennial. It includes a re-publishing of David Alan Mellor’s text on Boris Mikhailov, who was commissioned to make new work for the first Brighton Photo Biennial in 2003. Artist and facilitator Becky Warnock looks back on participatory projects spearheaded by the organisation in collaboration with the artists Helen Cammock and Anthony Luvera and curator Juliette Buss. Jamila’s own text re-evaluates the Photoworks archive, which consists largely of publications, commissions of new work and exhibitions. Her research not only highlights pivotal series but also disrupts the archive by putting it into conversation with the work of artists who were not present in Photoworks’s history. In doing so, Jamila creates an expanded parallel narrative that provides a more diverse and inclusive view of photography over the past 25 years.

Now, meanwhile, focuses on the contemporary, exploring how artists and practitioners open up new modes of creation and agency. Lorén Elhili discusses Arab representation in the UK post 9/11, and Isaac Kariuki’s essay looks at the Kiev88, a ‘consumer-friendly’ replica of the Hasselblad, in relation to the legacy of imitation cameras and the unique visual language they create.

The final section, Chain Reaction, invites artists, curators and collectives to speak about photographs produced over the past 25 years that have influenced them.

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