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THE HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 2016


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Rouse’s wildlife in the past.” On the film screened at the


Festival, Glen stated: “I didn’t get a chance to see the film that was screened. Other than in choosing what to show, it is important to be different to the shows and presentations and to research the quality of the film. I felt this was different in the fact of time and curiosity of subject.” On how the Festival has inspired


many of the biggest names in rock and roll - some just in concert and others intimately over many years. “The Rolling Stones are not one of


my main bands but I was invited by the British Embassy to do a talk in an art gallery the night before they played in Cuba, so naturally I made sure I got to shoot the show too.” Jill then went on to say in the


interview: “Having said that, I wasn’t an official photographer and had to find a perch near the mixing desk and just stay there. It was brilliant though.” Being the founder of rockarchive.


com, Jill explained in the interview of her inspirations behind it: “I was inspired by Magnum - the collective of photographers that began after the Second World War and had such an impact on photo-journalism. Many of my heroes worked for them.” She then went on to say: “After


my 1997 Oasis exhibition, ‘Was There Then’, I had the chance to use the internet creatively and I thought it would be good to create an ‘archive of archives’ which would reflect (what I now call) the Rock and Roll Era, in pictures. “Now, nearly 20 years later, around


50 top photographers contribute images to www.rockarchive.com. We are not a picture agency but we sell beautiful prints online and thorough a network of galleries worldwide. Jill further stated: “We also curate exhibitions using the considerable


power of the collective. At the moment, there is a wonderful David Bowie exhibition in Brixton. Really, we should be sponsored by the Lottery Heritage Fund. What else is more important to contemporary British culture than our rock and roll legacy?!” The Festival also welcomed the


official Gallery Opening of Nick Danziger’s ‘Revisited’ exhibition, hosted by Magnum photographer David Hurn. The second day then rounded off


with a chance to see the screening of the 2013 film ‘Finding Vivian Maier’. The film was a wonderful way to conclude the second day of the Festival, as it showed the life and work of career nanny Vivian Maier, along with her fantastic collection of 100,000 photographs. The third and final day of the


Festival saw guest speaker and photojournalist Sophie Batterbury speak about her career as Head of Pictures at Independent Newspapers. Following on from that, Fine Art


Documentary Photographer Maria Grudeva presented her work to the public. Russian-born and based in London,


Grudeva mainly works on long- term documentary projects. Having received an extensive education, where she graduated from London College of Communication with a Distinction in her Masters Degree in Photography, Grudeva has won


many awards - including the ‘Ideastap and Magnum Photos Photographic’ Award and has had her work exhibited internationally. After lunch, the last hurdle of


the Festival consisted of a talk with award-winning photographer and filmmaker Nick Danziger and a Q and A group session. Director of the The Eye


International Photography Festival, Glenn Edwards, spoke to The Herald after the exciting weekend about how it was successful and also about his career: “My career has taken me all around the world simply because of a black box with a piece of glass on the front. “While working as an editorial


photographer on The Western Mail and Wales on Sunday, I was lucky enough to win ‘Press Photographer of the Year’ and decided to become a freelance and use the title to get commissions on subjects I was passionate about.” He then went on to say: “I have


since received more than 100 foreign assignments, with over 80 in Africa. I believe you have to be as passionate about your subject as you are about photography and Africa has become a second home.” On how the Festival began, Glenn


said: “I was the official photographer for the ‘International Ceramics Festival’ and felt the template and Art Centre were perfect for a photography


festival. I spoke with the Art Centre Director at the time, Alan Hewson, in 2009 about the idea and at the next ceramics festival in 2011, we decided to give it a go in 2012. “This year is the third festival as


its biennial. The one promise I made was that every speaker and exhibition would be of a world standard.” Glenn further added: “For the


first Festival, I called friends and colleagues that I had worked with at home and abroad and we were very lucky that nobody said no. “In fact, that has been the case


ever since, and we have only had one refusal. I suppose because of my background in photojournalism and documentary photography, the Festival has concentrated on that genre of photography but that can encompass so many subjects and stories in many different styles. “For instance, Nick Danziger’s


work around the world is of the more traditional


reportage/documentary,


while Maria Gruzdeva working in the Russian Space training facilities in a more fine art documentary style.” Glenn then went on to say: “Having


said that, we had to make the weekend varied to include photographers that are from a different genre such as Jill Furmanovsky – an icon of rock photography and Rebecca Naden’s sport. We have also had Charlie Waite – incredible landscape and Andy


potential photographers, Glenn said: “We all never stop learning and finding inspiration from others and I think attending a festival like this, where we listen to stories and see how they have photographed those from the best, we can only be inspired. “It doesn’t matter if the work


itself is not what we personally find interesting, I go back to the word ‘passion’ because the enthusiasm of the speaker can grip and keep your attention.” He further said: “I am probably


the opposite in style and thinking to Maria Gruzdeva, but found her talk captivating as she explained the reasoning behind her pictures in Russia and, for me, that was a very enjoyable education. “We are trying to attract more


students and we were extremely happy to see many from South Wales University. We are talking of 40 people all with different ideas and specialities, so the variety of speaker is important and they were blown away by the weekend. “It was great that what they were


being taught was being confirmed and reinforced by the world’s best photographers and I feel hearing it from photographers that have been there and done it is the best education.” To conclude the interview, Glenn


told The Herald: “The exhibitions were as varied as the speakers and for students to see what can be achieved can only fill a young photographer with a want to get out and shoot pictures.” For more information, visit


www.theeyefestival.co.uk and www. aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/whats- on/exhibitions.


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