Art for The Artistry House
A 120 year photographic gallery
Since incorporating, the BIPP has lived through significant historical moments and technological advancements that forever changed society. Amidst this, the world of photography has experienced monumental transformations of its own - making the industry unrecognisable to the BIPP founders of 1901. The last century seen camera accessibility and consumer needs change, alongside the rise of colour images and the birth of digital. Yet, amongst these paradigm shifts, the core mission of the Institute has remained the same as stated 120 years ago:
"Improve the status of those who practise photography as a profession; to defend their interests; to assist its members by advice; to afford them opportunities of meeting and discussing matters pertaining to the craft; and to uphold the rights and dignities of the profession by all legitimate means."
In honour of the wide-ranging skill and talent embedded through the BIPPs membership over the decades, the competition will accept submissions from all photography sectors from any time over the last 120 years and allow BIPP staff to submit archive images from its former members.
The winning images will form a living gallery permanently exhibited in the BIPPs head office in Preston and feature in a book celebrating the Institutes 120th year.
BIPP CEO, Martin Baynes, says: I am excited for us to celebrate our incredible rich 120-year heritage through this one of a kind photographic competition. Art for the Artistry House is all about the Institute showing off and celebrating the most iconic images captured by members by displaying them permanently on the walls of our beautiful building. Once the judging panel select the winning entries and the photographs are framed on the walls, all members have an open invitation to stop by for a cup of tea and view the exhibit. We will also hope to have them on display at the AGM in November, along with collating a photobook of the winning photographs. I encourage everyone to get involved and submit images. Good luck!
Co-Founder of The Artistry House, Lynsey Thompson, says: "We are really proud to have the BIPP in the Artistry House, and we look forward to seeing how they curate their own studio gallery. It will be great to have an area that is focused on photographic images, supporting the range of inspiring art that is on show throughout the house."
BIPP President, Jon Cohen, says: "This has been an inspiring time to take on the presidential role, the fact that it’s our 120th year is a massive achievement in itself and one absolutely worthy of celebration, so what better than a competition showing the best of our photography? The British Institute of Professional Photography is known for it’s high quality Wedding, Portrait and Commercial work however many members are also superb wildlife, landscape, social documentary, fine art and sub-aqua photographers to name just a few specialities, it’ll be really interesting and exciting to see the range of entries."