To celebrate the current exhibition at the Williamson Museum & Gallery, “Craig Easton: Is Anybody Listening?”, we invite you to join a one-hour conversation delving into the ethical considerations and the evolving role of social documentary photography in contemporary society.
Craig Easton challenges conventional stereotypes of Northern communities by authentically representing them in his work. “Is Anybody Listening?” showcases two award-winning series, namely Bank Top and Thatcher’s Children, both aimed at shining light on and challenging stereotypes.
To set the stage, Craig will lead a guided tour of the exhibitions, introducing the two projects.
We encourage active participation in the discussion, exploring topics such as the role of the ‘outsider’ photographer, ethical and critically engaged approaches to community collaboration, and the growing responsibility of photographers in an era where social media alters the dynamics of storytelling.
“Is Anybody Listening?” is presented by the University of Salford, generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The exhibition includes a dedicated engagement programme, “Our Time, Our Place,” – including a body of works produced by photographers mentored by Craig throughout 2023 – with the goal of inspiring and elevating the aspirations of young people across the North West region.
Thursday 7th March, 2pm