• 30/03/2013
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    British Journal of Photography
    After the Summer of Photography held throughout London, aficionados can continue to enjoy photographic culture as the year draws to a close. Brighton is currently hosting its first international photography festival and the timing couldn’t be more opportune – the annual Hereford Photography Festival had been pruned back considerably this year and, compared to the rest of Europe, Britain suffers from an appalling lack of international or even national photography festivals.
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    Source Magazine review of Recent Work
    "Recent Work" Brighton Media Centre, 23 October - 24 November A whole array of familiar names- well established artists - are showing recent work at Brighton Media Centre. I had expected landscape to be in the ascendant and this proves to be the case, with four out of seven forefronting the landscape, and a fifth, Lisa Creagh, the cityscape. Creagh in her series here, concentrates on the realm of the troglodyte, city underpasses..
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    Photoworks Magazine
    An important factor in the early development of the bpb was the enormous wealth of local photographic talent and, while we have been keen to support local practitioners where we could, ad have, in the past year encouraged a number of local artists to organise their own exhibitions, we have always known that it would be impossible to assist as many as we would like. We are grateful, then, for the initiative of Lisa Creagh who has coordinated the Brighton Photo Fringe with great enthusiasm and dedication.
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    Headliner, New York 2001
    A flash of inspiration, a bright summer's day and a couple of eccentrics - it's the ideal recipe for a picture capturing the heart and soul of Brighton and Hove.
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  • 30/03/2013
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    Source Magazine
    "Recent Work" Brighton Media Centre, 23 October - 24 November A whole array of familiar names- well established artists - are showing recent work at Brighton Media Centre. I had expected landscape to be in the ascendant and this proves to be the case, with four out of seven forefronting the landscape, and a fifth, Lisa Creagh, the cityscape. Creagh in her series here, concentrates on the realm of the troglodyte, city underpasses..
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The First Brighton Photo Fringe

BPF poster
BPF poster, image by
Ben Gold

The combination of word of mouth and call for entries resulted in a surprise number of entries for the first BPF. Having anticipated a dozen, the management of more than thirty contributors was a challenge for the small team, many of whom were also coordinating their own exhibitions. As the focus changed, Creagh moved into the role of Director, managing the finances, volunteers, photographers and marketing. The marketing plan included a wide mailout to universities, photography organisations, individuals, critics and curators. With the help of Polly Carter who was later to become the first paid Director of the Photo Fringe, a press release was sent out to a range of Creative Media and the resultant coverage helped to attract a large audience for the first year. Photoworks offered the Fringe a free full-page ad in the Brighton Photo Biennial edition of the magazine and the Brighton Photo Biennial devoted a page of their catalogue to the fringe.

bpf 2003 brochure cover
BPF 2003 brochure, cover by Adrian Turner

Posters, printed for free by Spectrum Photographic went up around the city to advertise the first event and invites went out with every brochure inviting the mailout to the opening event.

BPF invite 2003
BPF invite, image by Max Mulandrino

The opening event was held at Brighton University Sallis Benny Theatre, with support from Brighton University. It was organized by Rupert Noble with Jason Evans as special guest DJ, with projections of all the exhibitions taking place around the city. A wave of openings then took place across the city in a wide range of different venues. The shortage of exhibition spaces meant that photographers had to be innovative with their choice of venue. Paul Reas and Magali Nougarède constructed a gallery out of a dusty basement in the media centre, creating an exhibition space that is today still used as a venue for photography and meting place for photographers. One of the most popular venues that year was an exhibition of hairstyles in a hairdressers, which featured in several magazines.

The press were incredibly supportive of the first BPF with the BJP giving it a double page spread, and several national design magazines offering mentions. At the very end, Seven Dials Gallery held an auction to raise money to cover some of the extra costs (which had come out of certain pockets) and with the success of this event, many photographers left with eachothers’ work, some new friends.

The first ever Brighton Photo Fringe was produced on a budget of  £5115. It cost £5060 and made a profit of £54. Inkind support in design, coordination, printing, web programming and so on was estimated to be £13,000 but this does not take into account the many volunteers who worked tirelessly for free to ensure the success of the event.

Moving Forward - Financing the Organisation

© Lisa Creagh 2017