Beer O’Clock Talk
with Kalpesh Lathigra and Polly Braden
Drinks will be available and both Polly and Kalpesh will be happy to sign their new books.
Born in London, England in 1971 and studied photography at the London College of Printing.
After leaving the course in 1994, he was awarded The Independent Newspaper Photographer Traineeship. Kalpesh worked for The Independent as a staff photographer for one year before freelancing for the national and international newspapers in the UK for 6 years covering news and features. In 2000 , he gave up working for newspapers and made the decision to work on long term projects, magazine and commercial assignments. In the same year he was awarded a 1st Arts prize in the World Press Photo. In 2003, he embarked on a long term project documenting the lives of Widows in India, receiving The W.Eugene Smith Fellowship and Churchill Fellowship. His first book “ Lost in the Wilderness” , a body of photographs on the Oglala Sioux Native Americans and Pine Ridge Reservation was published in 2015. Kalpesh’s practice works at the intersection of art and documentary.
Polly Braden works on long-term, self-initiated projects, as well as commissions for international publications. Her book China Between, is published by Dewi Lewis, a selection of her work from China is included in the book Street Photography Now, published by Thames and Hudson. In recent years she has collaborated with journalists to produce extended photo-essays in the UK, the Middle East, Morocco, Kenya and China. Her photography has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Telegraph magazine, Ei8ht magazine, Portfolio, ICON, Photoworks & Frieze. Braden’s book Great Interactions, Life with Learning Disabilities and Autism is published by Dewi Lewis and was exhibited at the National Media Museum earlier this year. Winner of the Jerwood Photography Prize, 2003 and The Guardian Young Photographer of the Year, 2002, the Joanna Drew Bursary 2013 and the Lens Culture Award 2016. Braden has exhibited at venues internationally including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2005, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago 2006, Format International Photography Festival 2011 and 2013, The Museum of London 2011, Krakow Photomonth, Alias, 2011, London festival of Photography 2011, the Hua Gallary, 2012, 6th Fotofestival, Mannheim, The Guildhall Art Gallery and The National Media museum 2016.