Photo: © Ivy Reynolds, workshop participant, 9 June 2015

I’m delighted to now be working as an ambassador for Positive View Foundation. Here is some background information on the work Positive View is doing in their educational programme –

Positive View, the charity that changes lives through photography, is proud to announce its first Ambassadors;  acclaimed photographers, Miles Aldridge, Susan Derges, Alison Jackson, Nadav Kander, Simon Roberts, Tom Stoddart, Dougie Wallace, Richard Young, and documentary film maker Mark Gostick.

Each Ambassador has committed to deliver an annual master class which will sit at the heart of one of the innovative ten week Positive View education projects that enable some of London’s most disadvantaged young people to successfully refocus their lives.

The Positive View Education Programme is unique in supporting course costs for young people in this way – creating positive futures for young people, especially those living in our deprived inner city areas.

You can find out more here and watch a video about how photography changed the life of Dennis Gyamfi here- https://vimeo.com/118244469.

Alt. +1000, the festival of contemporary photography in Rossinière, Switzerland, is running a workshop with the British photographer Simon Roberts. During the week of August 26th, both professional and amateur photographers are invited to share and explore their visions of photography in the beautiful landscape of the Swiss Alps.

About the workshop

The Alt. +1000 workshop takes place in the charming village of Rossinière. The workshop is an intense experience lasting five days. It welcomes a maximum of 10 participants, ensuring personal attention for each person.

We are looking for a diverse range of professional or amateur participants who are interested in traditional or experimental landscape photography. Taking into account individual level and needs, Simon Roberts will encourage everyone to look, critique and develop their ideas and approaches to image making. The workshop will encourage creativity and benefit from the great experience of a master photographer. During the day, participants will discover and photograph in the Rossinière area. In the evening, everybody will gather for dinner, where they will share their experiences.

The workshop will be held from August 26 to 29, 2013. Arrival date in Rossinière: August 25. Departure date: August 30 (after breakfast).

Inscription deadline: August 1, 2013.

For further information about the workshop, please download the document: WORKSHOP 2013 Terms&Conditions

About the festival

The village of Rossinière in the foothills of the Swiss Alps is reputed for its 17th- and 18th- century architecture and its verdant setting. The photography festival contrasts this vernacular village identity with the questioning, inquisitive and provocative viewpoints of contemporary imagemakers.

“High Altitude”, is both the name and the theme of the third edition of the Alt. +1000 festival. It brings together emerging and noted photographers around a rich and varied subject. In Summer 2011, 10 exhibitions featuring 40 international artists were held in various spaces of the village of Rossinière. This year, 12 exhibitions are organized on the theme of altitude, and invite us to look at the world from another point of view.

Photograph: Placards from demonstrations across the UK, 2010 – 2012 (Digital collage) © Simon Roberts

As part of this year’s Format Photography Festival I will be exhibiting an eclectic collection of original protest placards collected from UK demonstrations against economic cuts.

The placards form part of my Let This Be A Sign series and will be exhibited in Derby’s stunning Silk Mill building, which stands on the site of the world’s first factory and is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Trade Union artefacts from The Silk Mill collection will also be on display.The museum is the location of the historic ‘Derby Turn Out‘ when the silk workers, supported by their colleagues in other trades, left work from November 1833 to March 1834 to defend the right to combine in a Trade Union.

For more information, visit http://www.formatfestival.com/artists/simon-roberts

As part of the exhibition, we’ve also organised a Placard Making Workshop. So what would you protest about? Taking inspiration from ‘Let this be a sign’ you can make your own placard, photograph yourself and upload the images to Derby At Work. The event is being run in collaboration with Guy Atkins from Make The March and 50K Club.

The workshop will take place on-

16 March 10.00 – 16:00

17 March 13:00 – 16:00

You can find out more here- http://www.formatfestival.com/events/make-your-own-placard-workshop.

This week I’m running a masterclass at the School of Arts – KASK in Ghent, Belgium.

Today we’ve been doing some brainstorming on planning a project.

Don’t miss the next POC meeting in Vevey, Switzerland. This anniversary workshop is being held in parallel with the Images Festival.

All events will take place at Local d’Art Contemporain, 8 Ruelle des Anciens-Fossés, Vevey, Switzerland. POC.

Here is the public program of our Vevey meeting. Hope to see you all there…

Sept 8, 11:30, Welcome BBQ!

Sept 9. 11:30, Come and Share the Brunch with us!

Sept 9, 16:00 -18:00: Sofa discussions: Two photographers share their work and thoughts with each other and with the public. Today: Brian Ulrich with Charles Fréger, Seba Kurtis with Petros Efstathiadis

Sept 10, 10:00 -12:00: Public working sessions: POC members are sharing their personal and collective projects, concerns and challenges. Public welcome.

Sept 10, 16:00-18:00: Sofa discussions: Two photographers share their work and thoughts with each other and with the public. Today: Anita Witek with Charlott Markus, Simon Roberts with Andrew Phelps

Sept 11, 11:00-12:00: Public working sessions: POC members are sharing their personal and collective projects, concerns and challenges. Public welcome.

Sept 21, 19:00: “Pocktails” evening!

The participating POC photographers are:

Patricia Almeida
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond
Bert Danckaert
Götz Diergarten
Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Petros Efstathiadis
Charles Fréger
Marina Gadonneix
Peter Granser
Yann Gross
Matthias Koch
Seba Kurtis
Charlott Markus
Loan Nguyen
Andrew Phelps
Augustin Rebetez
Simon Roberts
Brian Ulrich
Anita Witek

Visit our facebook page with more details here.

As part of my exhibition, Let This Be A Sign, at Swiss Cottage Gallery I will be leading a tour of the show and a placard making workshop on Saturday 16 June, 2 – 4.30pm.

I will be joined by Guy Atkins, from the Save Our Placards project.

The workshop is suitable for all ages and is FREE!

You can reserve tickets on the London Festival of Photography here or share information on the Facebook page here.

Here are a few to get you inspired….