Women in Photography Conference Plymouth

Women in Photography Conference 1 Biographies

Please find below further details of our amazing speakers at the Women in Photography Conference in Plymouth 26th August 2016

Sarah Chapman

Sarah  is Director of Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. Working as an artist, writer and curator she has a particular interest 
in cultural practice that draws on a range of disciplines including history, literature, contemporary 
art and the sciences. 
 Sarah is also
 a practicing artist and has worked as a commercial photographer with her work exhibited widely. Her Doctorate examines the intersection of painting and photography and recent curated projects include the internationally successful Moby-Dick Big Read
 and Dan and Lia Perjovschi: News After News / Knowledge Museum Kit, with the associated publication Behind the Line. Her latest body of work combines photography, film and painting and explores the life giving properties of ponds and waterways across the SW region.

Sarah will speak on the subject: What is a photograph?

Artists have long been interested in exploring the fluid boundaries between drawing, paint, film and photography often challenging the photograph in order to examine its essential qualities. Considering this in light of the ever-expanding digital field, which has changed how we use and interact with the photograph, does there remain an essential essence to photography and what is and what isn’t a photograph? The talk will pose some of these questions and reflect on the role contemporary photography plays within arts practice, and whilst not proposing to provide any categorical answers aims to stimulate a conversation about this most vital and mesmerizing medium.

We asked Sarah to share why she wanted to speak at the Women in Photography Conference:
“There is a long history of amazing women artists/photographers living and working in the SW. This still continues today with women now blazing the way in photographic business and commercial ventures as well as in creative practice. This conference and new network is a great way of sharing knowledge and making visible the cultural and economic impact of women photographers working across the region.”

You can view Sarah’s work on her website www.sarahchapman.org


Penny Cross

Penny is an accomplished photographer based in the South West, who specializes in media and sport photography. Penny has been working as a local press photographer at The Plymouth Herald for eight years now and loves being part of the Plymouth community. The Herald has allowed Penny to be in some really exciting positions to capture images and document the community.  As a press photographer you have to cover a wide range of events and put yourself in many different circumstances which can be challenging but very rewarding. People often ask how Penny got my job with the Herald and she answers “I was in the right place at the right time”. But in reality it took years to get into that position. Penny’s career reached a high point last year when she won the EDF News Photographer of the Year in the South West. This was a great recognition of her recent work but also all that she have achieved over the years. Now, with Penny’s new role at The Herald, she will be focusing on the press side of her career and the way the photojournalist works today.

Penny will speak on the subject: Working in the local press and community
(more info coming soon)

We asked Penny to share why she wanted to speak at the Women in Photography Conference:
“It’s great to be recognised and be part of a growing community of women in photography and business,  it’s such a great opportunity to bring people together to learn new skills.”


Olivia Bossert

Olivia is an ambitious editor and fashion photographer. At the age of 20 she co-founded Atlas Magazine, a now print and digital magazine showcasing the creative works of promising artists from around the world. Her photographic credits include Nicholas Oakwell, Kristina Bazan (kayture.com), Stephanie Toms (cocochicblog.com), Frugi, DC Shoes, as well as many new and notable Swiss designers such as Crea-Tiff Bijoux and Nnoir Bis. Driven by beauty, she strives to be the very best at everything she does. Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Olivia now lives in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK where she freelances as a fashion, portrait and wedding photographer and runs her magazine. Olivia also writes a lifestyle and photography blog.

Olivia will speak on the subject: How to get published
(more info coming soon)

We asked Olivia to share why she wanted to speak at the Women in Photography Conference:
“It’s so exciting to be a part of such a wonderful conference amongst such talented women in the south west.”

You can view Olivia’s work on her websites below:

Atlas Magazine


Marie Hill

Marie studied 3D design at the Plymouth College of art and design and the Poverty reduction policy and practice at the London University. Marie was was inspired by the arts and crafts movement which advocated economic and social reforms and opposed the “servile labour” of the working people, this led to the establishment of associations and craft communities. Marie was also influenced by liberation theology and economic policies which, opposes the unjust social and political structures that oppress the poor. Marie started working in a refugee camp in 1992 with Cambodia, Laotian and Vietnamese refugees and spent the next twenty five years working with the Cambodian arts and crafts industry in Cambodia using creative design to find solutions to long-term poverty. As a photographer and an artist Marie uses photography and the the arts to promote the creative industries as well as to use her work as a vehicle to expose injustices and inequities and to bring issues to public attention.

Marie will speak on the subject: Documentary and social reform photography in Cambodia
(more info coming soon)

We asked Marie to share why she wanted to speak at the Women in Photography Conference: 
“I am honoured to have been asked to speak at this conference and to have this opportunity to talk about my work as a photographer. My work consists mainly of social reform photography, which is close to my heart since I have been working with disadvantaged communities for many years. It has never been easy to find support for social reform photography, or to find outlets where it can be published. But myself and many other dedicated photographers are still fired by the belief that if they can show hardship and injustice truthfully, fairly and forcefully and people who see their pictures will be moved to respond. I also shoot portrait and fashion photography, however my models are mostly disadvantaged people groups.”

You can view Marie’s work on her website:

Abi Galatia

Abi’s fascination with photography began when she was a child. Abi’s mother would find her engrossed in art and photography books and, to her horror, find old family photographs cut to pieces as Abi experimented with layout and composition. As Abi grew older, this fascination evolved into a passion. When Abi lived in Cape Town, she frequently asked to photograph strangers who looked to her like they had a story to tell. Abi shared these images and stories on social media and her friends back home in the UK saw that she had an eye for photography and so fundraised money to buy her a semi-professional camera. From Abi’s Instagram posts she was asked to photograph 2 weddings, but due to falling ill unexpectedly Abi had to fly back to the UK to begin treatment. Over that next year Abi was in and out of hospital but continued to arrange shoots with friends and to second shoot at weddings. Abi booked 9 weddings that summer after sharing these online! Abi had no training prior to these so would often find herself Googling the night before a wedding – ‘what aperture should I use for…’! Abi loves the skills shooting weddings has taught her, particularly about how to capture a moment. Looking to the future Abi is aiming to focus more on editorial, fashion and street photography.


Abi will speak on the subject: Don’t let lack of training or a website hold you back from fulfilling your dreams
Abi will be talking about her journey and how to get noticed when you have no money, no training and no idea about the industry or contacts! Abi hopes to inspire others by sharing that having a lack of technical training doesn’t need to hold you back from fulfilling your dreams.

We asked Abi to share why she wanted to speak at the Women in Photography Conference: 

“I am thrilled to have been asked to speak at this conference, listen to other speakers and network with fellow photographers, as breaking into the industry can be a daunting thought. Freelancing can be somewhat isolating at times and this event is a great way to connect creative women who can encourage, guide and inspire each other. Who knows where it might lead!”


You can view Abi’s work on her Facebook page:

Find out more about the conference and book tickets to this event by visiting the conference webpage
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