Luke Fowler and Mark Fell’s new film revolves around the testimonies and collected documents linked to the complex and often contested history of Pavilion, the UK’s first feminist photography centre. To the Editor of Amateur Photographer examines a radical shift in photography whilst also foregrounding the problems of presenting history through archival fragments and personal recollections.
Operating out of former park premises in Leeds, Pavilion was formed in 1983 with the stated aim of being the first photography centre dedicated to representing and supporting the production of women’s photography. Against a backdrop of heightened social, political and economic conflicts, the Pavilion set about turning the prevailing patriarchal image culture inside-out.
Mark Fell is an interdisciplinary artist based in Rotherham (UK), who often works with sound and the interplay between musical traditions, including popular electronic music, house musics and academic approaches to computer-based composition.
Luke Fowler is a Scottish artist who works with 16mm film, archives, sound and photography. In 2012 he was nominated for the Turner Prize for a film exploring the life and work of Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing.
To the Editor of Amateur Photographer was filmed entirely on 16mm and includes a series of portraits shot by artist Margaret Salmon and sequences of photographs animated by Leeds Animation Workshop.
Commissioned by: Hyde Park Picture House and Pavilion
Supporters: Arts Council England, Leeds City Council, Leeds Inspired, Hamilton Corporate Finance, Feminist Review Trust, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society
Official selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2015
Duration: 69 mins
Screening format: DCP (2k) with 5.1 sound (other formats on request)
Language: English (no subtitles)