FORMAT Photography Festival

My iPhone office images chosen to exhibit at FORMAT International Photography Festival.

Format international photography festival

FORMAT International Photography Festival was established in 2004. It is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. The festival’s theme for 2013 was FACTORY: Mass Production. It focused on several aspects of the factory and working life, such as automation, live to work/work to live.

Nine photographs from my Office Reflections series were selected to exhibit at Format 13 as part of an open call. Brian Griffin, one of the UK’s most influential and creative portrait photographers, was one of the juries. The festival attracts over 100,000 visitors to Derby biannually. It was a wonderful experience to be part of this prodigious exhibition. It gave me the confidence to continue working creatively.

My Office Reflections series exhibiting at FORMAT13 in Derby
Joanne Betty Conlon’s photographs of British (Irish) office workers alludes to what is left once production has shifted to the Far East: meaningless and mind-numbing jobs in the service industry. Conlon emphasizes the banality of her subjects’ condition by photographing them as reflections in the office window. The result is a visually and conceptually loaded double image of an outside and an inside world. The workers appear trapped, longing to be elsewhere, outside.
Marco Bohr, Photomonitor

Read the full review from Photomonitor here

View the origianl FORMAT13 catalogue in PDF format