They’ve only gone and done it again – “#20for20” is back. You don’t need to pay mega bucks or win competitions to hangout with our contributors , no sir.


You can book honest to goodness conversations/ tutorials / reviews, whatever you want to call them, with the stars! The super-star contributors have agreed to offer a limited amount of these as 20 minute slots for £20 and they will happen via a Google+ Hangout, so if you don’t have a G+ account – get on it!

How do I contact the contributor I want to speak with? You should email both Chantal and Jonathan with the name of the contributor(s) you would like to speak with in the subject box. We will then put you in touch to arrange a convenient time for the hangout.

How do I pay? Payment will be via PayPal and arranged between the contributor and yourself.

How come £20? We looked at the typical costs of  portfolio reviews and reasoned that these aren’t very often a good deal for the photographer/student – having done portfolio reviews ourselves it is fair to say that even the keenest reviewer gets image-blind very quickly and by the end of the day turns into photo-jelly. We figured that one on one – even by skype/G+  and £20 rather than £200 was a deal we’d jump at if it were us buying.

Can I get to meet in person? We also figured that if you wanted more and were prepared/able to pay then you could strike that deal with the mentor of your choice in your 20 min slot. #EveryoneWins

Anything else I should know? Make sure you have a good internet connection and if you are planning to show work, set an alarm to remind you to be ready well in advance. Don’t show too much – you want to spend your time getting feedback or talking not having them spend 15 mins looking over 2000 words or 200 pictures. Edit it down to something that can be looked over in 3-5 mins, you can then chat for 15mins.


Alan Levine

Alan Levine is currently an independent wanderer, storyteller, web geek, photographer, online teacher operating under the thinly veiled cover of an outfit he calls CogDog It. For a while in 2012 he was in Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Mary Washington, teaching (and currently doing so) the open digital storytelling course ds106. The previous year he took a self funded sabbatical odyssey. Until March 2011, Alan Levine was Vice President Community and CTO for the New Media Consortium (NMC, Before this, he spent 14 years evangelizing technology for the Maricopa Community Colleges, where he hoisted a web server onto the network back in 1993. He has not left since then. Check it out: Alan is responsible (or to blame) for projects like Feed2JS, 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and Five Card flickr Stories.


Brian Palmer

Brian Palmer is a digital journalist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. During his 24-year career he has covered war and conflict, American politics and international affairs, and life at the grassroots around the world. Palmer has contributed photos to the New York Times, Politiken, Baltimore Sun, Pixel Press, and other publications and organizations. He has also contributed video reporting to outlets such as MTV News & Docs, ABC World News, and PBS. Palmer has also written features and analysis for Mother Jones, ColorLines, Nation Investigative Fund, Huffington Post, and other publications and websites. In 2009, he completed his first video documentary, Full Disclosure. It screened at film festivals, including the London International Documentary Festival and Big Sky (Montana, U.S.), and was first broadcast in the U.S. in 2011 on The Documentary Channel. Palmer is in pre-production for Make the Ground Talk, a video documentary about several people buried at two old cemeteries—one African American, the other white— now within the confines of a top-secret U.S. military/CIA base in Virginia.

In conversation for Phonar

Brian’s top-tips for Phonar


Chris Floyd

Chris Floyd is an internationally acknowledged photographer. His work is in the National Portrait Gallery and has also been recognised by the British & American awards for portrait photography, the Taylor Wessing in 2008 & American Photography in 2008 & 2010. Magazines he has worked for include The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and ESPN Magazine among many others. He is also currently working with The Imperial War Museum on a project called ‘The Consequences of Vengeance’, which consists of large format photographs of Dutch launch sites and British impact sites associated with the German V2 rocket, which terrorised London between September 1944 and March 1945. His most recent project, ‘One Hundred and Forty Characters’, in which he photographed 140 people he follows on Twitter but had never previously met, was inspired by the realisation that he was communicating more frequently and more intimately with people he had befriended on the social networking site than he was with people he had known as real and actual friends for more than 20 years. Check it out: 140 Characters, The Consequences of Vengeance

Phonar guest lecture.


Professor David Campbell

David Campbell is both an academic and practitioner within the field of visual storytelling. Campbell is a member of the Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies and Honorary Professor of Geography at Durham University alongside a role as Honorary Professor in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. Campbell is a highly respected writer, speaker and curator with many books, articles and visual projects to his name. As testament to his influence in photographic circles, Campbell’s blog was included in the British Journal of Photography’s top 10 photoblogs and one of LPV Magazine’s top photography websites for 2011.

Check it out: The Myth of Compassion Fatigue, The New Media Landscape; Contours of Change


Professor Fred Ritchin







Fred Ritchin is professor of Photography & Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is the author of After Photography (W. W. Norton, 2009) and In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (Aperture, 1990), the first book on the digital revolution and photography. He began writing on digital imaging in 1984 for The New York Times Magazine, and his articles, essays and books have been translated into many languages. Ritchin is co-founder of PixelPress, an organization dedicated to creating new forms of media and advancing human rights, former picture editor of The New York Times Magazine, former executive editor of Camera Arts magazine, and was founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography educational program at the International Center of Photography. The website he created for The New York Times in 1996, “Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace,” was nominated by Times for a Pulitzer Prize in public service. Ritchin has also curated numerous exhibitions, including one on Latin American Photography, another on Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, and a recent exhibition for the New York Photo Festival called “Bodies in Question.” See Fred’s blog: After Photography



Wasma Mansour

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Wasma Mansour (b. 1980) is a Saudi photographic artist. She relocated to the United Kingdom in 2007 and is now in the process of completing a postgraduate research degree at the LCC. Her practice is mainly lens-based which incorporates text and and an oral history element.

She has been working on a long-term project titled ‘Single Saudi Women’ since 2008, a body of work that explores the articulations, constructions as well as the representations of single Saudi women residing in the United Kingdom.

Dr Mafalda Stassi

Mafalda Stassi is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Coventry University where her areas of research interest include ‘Audience-driven transformative works and cultures’ as well as ‘Technology-enhanced and non-traditional learning’. Stassi is the editor for the international peer-reviewed journal ‘Transformative Works and Cultures’.

Check it out: Transformative Works and Cultures


Marcus Bleasdale







Marcus Bleasdale  is a British photojournalist, born in the UK to an Irish family. He spent over twelve years covering the conflict within the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the work was published in his book One Hundred Years of Darkness, his second book The Rape of a Nation addressed the issues of the conflct being fuelled by natural resource exploration and was awarded the best photojournalism books of the year in 2009  by POYi in the USA. His work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the United States Senate, US House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK.

He works regularly with Human Rights Watch, Medecins Sans Frontieres and other NGOs to highlight health and human rights issues in several countries. He works to cover issues which are underreported by mainstream media. In 2007, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute awarded Bleasdale a grant to continue his work on justice and accountability in the DRC.

Check it out:


Paul Adkins

We are super lucky to have Paul for this class as our in-house audio guru. Paul has worked with sound and music for over 15 years which has seen him work at some of the best London studios on post production and with the legendary George (Porky Prime Cut) Peckham (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Status quo, etc). He has also worked as a live sound engineer with many artists and venues including Marquee London and the Reading Festival. ______________________________________________

Pete Brook

Pete Brook is a freelance writer who focuses on imagery produced within and about prisons. In 2011, his blog Prison Photography was awarded a Photoblog Award and named among the Top Ten Best Photoblogs by the British Journal of Photography. He contributes regularly to Raw File,’s photography blog. In the past, he has volunteered as an art teacher and working board member with University Beyond Bars, Seattle, WA. In 2011, Pete crowd funded a 12-week road-trip during which he interviewed dozens of photographers who’ve documented the rise of America’s prison industrial complex. Cruel and Unusual, an exhibition of prison photography Pete co-curated traveled from the Noorderlicht Gallery, Holland to Photoville, New York in 2012 and will go to Australia and Ireland in 2013. Pete lives in Portland, Oregon. ______________________________________________

Peter Dench

Peter Dench is a photojournalist (with over 15 years experience in the industry) and is represented by Reportage by Getty Images. He works primarily in the editorial, portraiture, advertising and video fields of image making. Dench has won many awards including a World press Photo award, in 2010 he placed 2nd in Advertising at the Sony World Photography Awards.
In May 2012, published Dench’s first visual monograph, the successfully crowd funded book; England Uncensored.
Dench is also contributing editor to the photography and film making magazine Hungry Eye which publishes his column, the often laugh-out-loud Dench Diary. He is co-founder and co-creative director at the film + photography events space White cloth Gallery, Leeds UK.
Dench’s experience is diverse and he can offer detailed advice on; crowd funding, submitting to galleries and writing features to the day-to-day realities of operating as one of the industries most respected image makers.


Robbie Cooper

Robbie Cooper is a British artist working in photography, video and explorable 3D. He was educated in Kenya and the UK, and studied media production at Bournemouth College of Art. In 2002 Cooper embarked on Alter Ego, a long-term project that explored virtual online worlds and the identities people create within them. His Alter Ego photographs have been exhibited internationally and were published as a book in 2007. Each portrait includes text written by the subject that records their online experiences. In 2008 Cooper began the Immersion project, in which he records the expressions of people watching TV, playing video games and using the internet. He is particularly interested in using high-resolution video for the simultaneous production of video and stills. Check it out: Robbie talks about Immersion ______________________________________________

Spencer Murphy

Spencer Murphy is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at Coventry University, his specialist field of academic interest is in cross cultural analysis, post colonial theory and Asian cinema. Murphy is currently in the process of completing a PhD in Philosophy within principle research interest of film theory, specifically the cinema of post 1997 Hong Kong. Murphy also runs the hugely successful CUEAFS (Coventry University East Asian Film Society) Check it out: CUEAFS – Coventry University East Asian Film Society


Stephen Mayes







Stephen is a strategist working with institutions and individuals to develop effective visual story-telling in a fast changing media environment. His experience at top levels of the photographic industry (VII , World Press Photo Award, Art and Commerce ) means his practice embraces all aspects of creative management including project design, execution, distribution strategies and business structures. A perspective that is informed by a rich mix of experience in the fields of photojournalism, fashion, commercial and art photography Check it out: ______________________________________________

Steve Pyke








Steve Pyke was born in Leicester, England in 1957 and has been a contributing photographer at The New Yorker and at Vanity Fair since 1998. Throughout his career, Pyke has developed, funded and then published a number of personal projects. Best known are Philosophers, on the world’s leading thinkers, and Uniforms, on youth identity as expressed through uniforms. More recently, Pyke completed the series Astronauts. For the past three decades, Pyke has worked consistently on his series collecting the Faces of our Times. He is not only a portraitist, but has produced still-life projects, landscape work and experiments in collage and multiple imagery, including a body of humanist street photography. Pyke has published nine books. His photographs have been exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America, and is held in international permanent collections including the National Portrait Gallery in London and in Washington DC, the V&A and the Imperial War Museum in London, and the New York Public Library. In 2004, Pyke received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, for his services to the arts. In 2006, he was made a Friend of the Royal Photographic Society.


Timothy O’Grady

Timothy O’Grady was born in Chicago and has lived in Ireland, London, Spain and Poland. He is the author of three works of non-fiction and three novels. His novel Motherland won the David Higham award for the best first novel in 1989. His novel I Could Read the Sky, a collaboration with photographer Steve Pyke, won the Encore Award for best second novel of 1997. I Could Read the Sky was filmed and also travelled as a stage show. His most recent novel is Light, published in 2004. His non-fiction books are Curious Journey: An Oral History of Ireland’s Unfinished Revolution, On Golf and Divine Magnetic Lands, an account of a return journey to the United States after thirty years of living in Europe, published in 2008. He has worked in radio as a writer and producer, in theatre and film as an actor, and his fiction, essays and journalism have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Times, The Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Observer and CondeNast Traveller. He was awarded a fellowship at the Black Mountain Institute in Las Vegas in 2009-10 and has taught fiction writing at Yale, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During 2012 he is in Singapore as International Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University. Check it out: I Could Read the Sky on ‘Celtic Cafe’


Travis Shaffer

Travis Shaffer is a visual artist whose work spans the mediums of photography, digital imaging, and the artist’s book. Shaffer is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photo Media at The University of Kansas and is a member of [ABC] Artist’s Books Cooperative, a group of international artists working with Print-on-demand technologies. Check it out: Sorority Skin Tones; Government Girls, Eleven Mega Churches


William R.G. Borrows

Bill Borrows is a journalist, author and editor. He has written for most national newspapers including The Sunday Times, the Guardian and Mail on Sunday, and was a columnist for the Daily Mirror for four years. He was Contributing Editor for Esquire for five years, having formerly been Editor-at-Large for both Loaded and Maxim, and has written for magazines as various as L’Uomo Vogue, Grazia and the NME. He is the author of the bestselling ‘Hurricane: The Turbulent Life and Times of Alex Higgins’ (Atlantic Books, 2003), which was one of the Sports Books of the Year for both The Times and the Sunday Telegraph, and edited the ‘talkSPORT 100 Greatest Sporting Legends’ (Simon & Schuster, 2011) which was shortlisted at the British Sports Book Awards 2012. His Book of ‘Premier League Legends’ (Simon & Schuster, 2012) is out now.

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