The Young Photographers’ Alliance is holding its group show, “Home”: YPA Mentoring 2012, in a free-to view exhibition at London’s Margaret Street Gallery from January 8th-17th 2013.
The Young Photographers’ Alliance (YPA) charity was created to nurture young photographic talent, helping photographers aged between 18 and 29 to develop both the technical skills and business acumen required to build successful and sustainable careers. YPA has a free membership programme that offers young photographers industry standards information, discounts, and advice from leading photographers, art buyers, picture editors, and creatives. The YPA Members’ Area includes 28 short advice videos, with top photographers offering tips on everything from getting started to quoting.
“Home”: YPA Mentoring 2012 showcases the images from this year’s YPA Mentoring Programme. The Mentoring Programme links emerging artists with established photographers and picture editors/ art buyers, teaching the mentees how to work to a brief while honing their technical skills and creative approach. The small teams of young photographers are collectively assigned a common brief and they are given two months to deliver their final projects. The mentors meet regularly with their teams, offering support and guidance from the initial conceptual stage through to the final editing process.
The theme for the 2012 Mentoring Programme was “Home”. In the UK, YPA hosted teams in Bristol, Glasgow, and London (a Commercial and an Editorial team). The mentors included Sophie Chapman-Andrews (Head Art Buyer at McCann London), Sophie Batterbury (Picture Editor of Independent on Sunday), Jasmine Teer (Visit Britain Photography Manager), leading photographers, Justin Sutcliffe, Daniel Bosworth and Claire Stewart, and freelance picture editors Elaine Livingstone, Liz Helman, and Debbie Ireland. The British Mentoring Programme ran in conjunction with the charity’s North American scheme, creating 18 teams across the US, Britain, and Asia.
“Home”: YPA Mentoring 2012 features one image from each of the UK mentees and a small selection of pictures from the US and Thai teams. Sarah Amy Fishlock won the “Best in Show” award (sponsored by Adobe UK and Metro Imaging) for her “Ahren” series. The “Best Single Image” award (sponsored by Adobe UK and Bowens) went to Lucinda Grange for her “Notre Dame” image.
Describing her experience as a mentor for the London Commercial team, Sophie Chapman-Andrews says, “It was an absolute privilege to be a mentor for the YPA programme this year. I was touched by the passion and talent of all the mentees we worked with and it was a pleasure to see how they developed on their chosen projects over the course of the summer. I would say it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.”
“Home”: YPA Mentoring 2012 will be showing at the Margaret Street Gallery, 63 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SW, until the 17th of January 2013. Margaret Street Gallery is an independent gallery founded in April 2012. In the heart of Fitzrovia, central London, the gallery specialises in the photographic and moving image. The gallery supports established photographers – such as Dorothy Bohm, co-founder of The Photographers’ Gallery, and actively promotes the emerging and new talents – such as Yaakov Israel, who was recently awarded the Descubrimientos PHotoEspaña 2012.