IPE 161 Photographer talks: Christopher Bethell and Jenny Lewis

9 Feb 2019

Event times

11am to 1pm

Cost of entry

Standard £8 / Concession & members £6

The Royal Photographic Society

England, United Kingdom


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How do you balance your professional and personal photo projects? Hear how editorial photographers Bethell & Lewis manage the demands of their careers alongside personal work.


On this opening weekend of the RPS IPE 161 exhibition, discover two of the selected photographers as they talk about professional practice, personal projects, and the relationship between the two.

Tickets are £8 / £6, click here to book

Each talk will last 45min + 15min Q&A.


11am - Christopher Bethell – IPE 161 Under 30s Gold Award winner
The Dream Archive: Finding my home on the other side of the world.

In 2015, at the age of twenty-six, Chris Bethell first stepped foot into the country he’d always called home. Chris will be telling stories of his journeys across the Atlantic to discover the significance of his dual-nationality and his relationship with the Grandfather he never met. He’ll be showing his project The Duke of Earl, some images from his on-going project Blue Velvet and some smaller, mini-series that help make up The Dream Archive. Personal work generally doesn’t pay the bills though, so Chris will also talk about how he applies this to his commissioned work and will pass on some of the lessons he learned along the way.

Christopher Bethell is a photographer, journalist and occasional picture editor. Graduating from London College of Communication's MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in 2015, Bethell came away with a body of work about his imagined family history and dual nationality with the USA. With this work Bethell has won the RPS IPE 161 Under 30s Gold award and been nominated for the Magnum Graduate Award and the MACK First Book Award. Bethell is primarily interested in the acceptance of subjectivity within documentary photography and how fiction can be used to tell a truth. Clients include VICE, BuzzFeed, The Guardian and The Telegraph.


12noon - Jenny Lewis – IPE 161 exhibitor
Narrowing the gap between Commissioned and Personal Work

Jenny will talk about her career as an editorial photographer, and how her personal work such as the series One Day Young and Hackney Studios, both now published as books by Hoxton Mini Press, shaped her practice and the type of commissions she is now requested to work on. A journey that shows that pleasing yourself and working on projects you are passionate about are sometimes the best path to follow.

Jenny Lewis grew up in Essex and moved to Hackney over 20 years ago. Much of her work centres on her experience of living and working in East London. Alongside One Day Young, which captures mothers within the first 24 hours since having a baby, she has been photographing the network of creatives who live alongside her in a series called Hackney Studios.

After her talk Jenny Lewis will be signing copies of her books One Day Young and Hackney Studios, both available to buy on the day.


You can see both Jenny and Chris' work in the IPE 161 exhibition at RPS House, 7 Feb to 24 March, and touring the UK & Ireland throughout 2019. Visit for info and tour dates. 

The IPE 161 is kindly supported by creativehub.

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