The Photobook Club and the RPS present a monthly series of talks from photographers and artists. Curated by Tom Broadbent the series features members of The Photobook Club during the course of 2022. Books, zines and postcards from 26 Photobook Club members are available from the RPS at each event and during normal opening hours. Each speaker will be signing books after their presentation.

This event is live and online (a Zoom link will be provided on the morning of the event)

Kirsty Mackay will be discussing the book-making process of The Fish That Never Swam and My Favourite Colour is Yellow.

Kirsty is a photographic artist, educator, activist and filmmaker. Her research-led documentary practice highlights social issues surrounding gender, class and discrimination. She has an MA in Documentary photography from University of South Wales, Newport.

Her latest book The Fish That Never Swam, considers class and discrimination against working-class people. Combining first-person narratives with photographs, it takes Glasgow as a case study, looking at the root causes of the city’s poor health outcomes and lower life expectancy.

Examining the relationship between the environment, government policy, historical trauma, and public health. It shifts the emphasis from individual life style choices to the effects that political policies have on our bodies. In 2021 it was published as a book.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in the Facing Britain group show, an observation of British Documentary Photography since the 60’s alongside works by Martin Parr, Anna Fox & David Hurn, Museum Goch, Germany.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022
at 1830 (BST) - in person and online

Image Caption

© Kirsty Mackay

  • Venue

    RPS House/Online

  • Address

    Brislington, Bristol BS4 3AR, UK

  • Phone Number

    0117 316 4474

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