Neil Atkinson is 52 years old and one of the longest established professional photographers in the region. Last year he became the first UK photographer to have a prime-time TV series devoted to his work.
Neil wrote and presented his six-part series A Moment in Time in which 12 celebrities from the region each nominated one special location from their early lives. Neil discussed with them their personal - and sometimes very moving - memories and shot portraits of each person in "their" special place. Neil is now working on a new series, this time featuring celebrities from all over the UK, together with other projects based on the relationship between photography and personal reminiscence. He also visited Cuba earlier this year to shoot a documentary project around the sport of boxing - and whilst there, amazingly, met and chatted with the son of Fidel Castro. The Journal Culture Club has joined up with Neil Atkinson and is offering members the chance to attend an event at the Laing Art Gallery on November 15 2006. It will be an opportunity to hear Neil speaking about the making of A Moment in Time, to have a sneak preview of some of his current projects - and to see a live demonstration of some of his famous digital trickery close up.
The evening begins at 7pm, is free for Culture Club members and there are 40 places allocated. If you would like to be there please contact Rachel Bearryman on (0191) 201-6088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, membership number and the number of tickets you'd like (max of four per membership card). Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We will also compile a reserve list.