RPS launches Youth Council headed by Rachel Louise Brown

25 July 2019

Society news

Award-winning photographer, Rachel Louise Brown, is to chair The Royal Photographic Society’s new Youth Council.

Rachel will head up a panel of professional photographers in their twenties and thirties who will advise the RPS trustees on how the Society can further engage with this age group audience.

The panel members are all at different stages in their careers and work in a variety of genres. They also represent a range of backgrounds and levels of study.

Mike Taylor, COO of The RPS says, “Now more than ever photography is intrinsic to the human experience, and it is vital that the RPS is relevant and inclusive. We are delighted to have the support of the Youth Council to help us navigate this rapidly changing world and to understand how we can ensure the greatest breadth and impact of our work.”

Speaking about her new role, Brown says, “The RPS is an iconic institution with a wealth of history, resource and knowledge all bundled together with a passion for forward thinking. Having the opportunity to be a small part of its legacy is a humbling experience.”


About Rachel Louise Brown:

Rachel Louise Brown (b.1985, England) graduated from the MA photography course at the Royal College of Art (London) in 2011, following a Critical Certificate in Photography at the School of Visual Arts (NYC), 2009 and BA (Hons) Photography degree from the London College of Communication in 2008. Brown has exhibited her work internationally, been selected for artist residencies in Sicily, France and the USA, and was recently a UK winner of The Magenta Foundation Flash Forward awards (2017). Alongside her art practice, Brown is the Photography Director of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country (UK editions) an associate lecturer of photography at the University of Huddersfield and Leeds Arts University and Chair of the Royal Photographic Society Youth Council.

Rachel Louise Brown’s ‘Simulations’ made its first UK appearance on the Photo London Pavilion. The work was recently created over a four-year collaboration between the artist and Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Florida. Initially inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s idea of ‘imagination stations’; environments created to entertain society, Brown wandered the streets of West Palm Beach alone at night in search of simulated environments and also placed casting calls in the Palm Beach Daily News to work with local strangers. The resulting fictional narratives translate heightened psychological states in both herself and her subjects. Brown says, ‘I wanted to depict Florida's heady mix of escapism and entertainment while at the same time place myself in unpredictable situations to explore a sense of fear and my own thrill-seeking’. In her quest, Brown photographed Palm Beach Zoo, Mar-a-lago, Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairground, The Breakers Hotel as well as travelling further across the state to Disney World and the mermaid show at Weeki Waachi Springs. The Pavilion Commission is curated by Maggie O’Regan.


Members of the Youth Council Panel:

Dominika Bartmanska – a Polish documentary and fine art photographer who specialises in exploring the subject of immigration, influenced by her own experiences. She is currently studying a Masters by Research in Art & Design at the University of Huddersfield.

Harry Crowder – self-taught portrait photographer and filmmaker. He photographs for the likes of Harper's Bazaar UK and The Telegraph Magazine.

Sasha Hitchcock - she explores themes of emotion, memory and identity in which she uses the camera to reflect upon the past and present. Her work has been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and has also been awarded a finalist position twice in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Award.

Alexandra Lethbridge – she is a visual artist born in Hong Kong and based in the UK. She graduated from the University of Brighton with a Masters in Photography in 2014. She combines scientific theories with fictional constructed images, bringing them together as a form of storytelling. Awards include winning the Voies Off Prize, Arles in 2018. 

Tom Pope - winner of the Deutsche Bank Artist Award for the project Time Bound in 2011: where he travelled from London to Geneva in a hearse and produced a series of photos of the destruction of a grandfather clock at the centre of the Large Hardron Collider at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). This resulted in his first London solo show, So It Goes in 2012.

Lukas Van Oudenhove - Belgian artist in his last year of BA Fine Art Photography at UAL. Lukas uses photography as a technique to capture reality to then manipulate it in order reveal sociological or political issues

Peter Watkins - a contemporary artist based in London. He grew up in Wales to Welsh and German parents, and his practice looks at the disjunction of his cultural heritage as a starting point to his work. In 2014 he earned an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, where he developed his project The Unforgetting (which was exhibited at the Webber Gallery in 2017). Watkins’s work has been featured in several publications including The Guardian, Hotshoe Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, 1000 Words Photography Magazine and American Suburb X.

Tereza Zelenkova – a Czech artist based between Prague and London. She works mainly with black and white analogue photography and her photographs reflect her interest in mysticism and local mythologies, often mixing documentary approaches with constructed portraits and still-life. She has exhibited her work at various galleries and museums worldwide, most recently at Silver Eye Photography Center in Pittsburgh (2019), Foam Museum in Amsterdam and The California Museum of Photography in 2018. 

Picture copyright: Peter Watkins