Sunderland snappers work on show

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A film putting photographers in front of the camera will be showcased at an international arts festival this weekend.

After being commissioned and funded through the North East Photography Network (NEPN) which is part of the University of Sunderland, artists Mishka Henner and David Oates will have their work viewed at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

The dynamic duo, who work under the name of BlackLab, will unveil their film “Photographers”, at the festival, which takes place throughout the weekend until Sunday.

Their work focuses on the portrayal of photographers in films over the years.

The film collage explores the photographer as depicted in the movies, remixing and re-sequencing hundreds of scenes featuring photographers and inviting the audience to question the role of the photographer in contemporary society.

The work also explores the relationship between the still image and the moving image, which ties in with the festival’s theme of Pictures in Motion.

Amanda Ritson, project co-ordinator at the University of Sunderland, said: “NEPN is delighted to be collaborating with Berwick Film and Media Arts festival on this commission.

“We were overwhelmed by the quality and volume of 
submissions but we are delighted with the work that BlackLab has created. It looks at the impact of technology on the nature and role of the 
photographer, an extremely topical issue for many in the sector.”

The commission has been supported through Arts Council England.

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