SMBHmag Engage Workshops


Have you ever wondered why your work doesn’t get the attention it deserves? Or wondered why editors turn down your amazing photographs at the last minute? Have you ever struggled with talking about your fantastic new project? 

This WRITING ON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP will answer these questions, and provide you with the skills necessary to overcome these challenges that face every working artist. As a subject that often causes concern and consternation for both practitioner and editor alike, Barry and Gemma will be combining their many years experience to focus on how best to write about your work. The clearer your writing – the clearer your thoughts – and the more confident you will become in your practice.

Aimed at students, recent graduates and emerging artists, this practical workshop will be set in an informal and friendly environment. Using your work as an example, Barry and Gemma will share their insights, and explain why it is so important that you learn such an important yet neglected professional skill: Your career needs this for other professionals to consider your work in the best possible light.

Participants will be expected to bring a prepared project statement along with small selection of prints from a single body of work. This will serve as a working example during the practical writing workshop.



The workshop will take place during the final day of Paris to Peckham: MYOP in London exhibition of photography by Agence MYOP, organised by Seen Fifteen Gallery at Safehouse 1 and Safehouse 2, 137-139 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN (just a 5 minute walk from Peckham Rye Station).



Taking place on Sunday May 24th, from 10:00 – 14:30.



Barry W Hughes is a photographer who has published and exhibited his work internationally, including solo shows in Ireland, Germany and China. He has also represented Ireland at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and at Asia-Europe Foundation’s International Art Camp in Japan.

In 2009, Barry established SuperMassiveBlackHole online photography magazine (SMBHmag), which has been nominated for several awards including a finalist at the Irish Web Awards in 2014. SMBHmag has shown the work of hundreds of emerging and established photographers from around the world, while Barry regularly writes reviews for the magazine blog.

Barry has been a regular contributor to HotShoe magazine since 2012, where he has interviewed and written about some of contemporary photography’s biggest names for the print, digital app edition and the blog. He has also written for other titles including Photo-Eye and Paper Journal. In 2014 and 2015, Barry was a nominator for British Journal of Photography’s ‘Ones to Watch’ issue.

Barry has delivered talks, taken part in panel discussions and reviewed portfolios for the likes of The Photographers’ Gallery, Belfast Exposed, PhotoIreland festival, Format Photo Festival, Look Photography Festival, Manchester Photographic, Sirius Arts Centre and others. In addition to this he has guest lectured at Coventry University, University of Westminster, University for the Creative Arts Farnham and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (Ireland).


Gemma Padley is a freelance journalist and editor who specialises in writing about photography. From 2012 to 2014, Gemma worked at British Journal of Photography as the title’s senior reporter, contributing long and short-form features to the monthly print and iPad editions, and daily articles, including interview-based features and news stories, to the website.

Gemma currently works on a freelance basis for BJP as the magazine’s Projects Editor, and is also a contributing writer.

With seven years’ professional writing experience, Gemma has also written for The Telegraph, Photomonitor, Nowness, LensCulture, Featureshoot, 1000 Words Magazine, IMA Magazine (Japan), Amateur Photographer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, The RPS Journal, Digital Camera, and N-Photo.

Gemma recently founded the blog, Too Many TasteMakers, an online platform that focuses on showcasing new talent and photography news.

She takes part in portfolio reviews, and has given talks at: London Metropolitan University’s The Cass, the London College of Communication, Falmouth University, Hackney Picturehouse with Miniclick Talks, the University of Westminster, Goldsmiths and University of London. Gemma also chaired a panel discussion at the 2014 Guernsey Photography Festival.

She judged the first Open Call at One Eyed Jacks Gallery in Brighton in early 2015, and co-judged 2015’s ‘30 Under 30’ competition organised by Magnum Photos and The Photography Show. Gemma was a programming advisor for this year’s Flash Forward Festival in Boston, and is involved in coordinating the talks programme at Belfast Photo 2015. In addition, Gemma is part of the Photo-Forum team where she helps to organise monthly talks.



The workshop costs £35 per participant.
There will be 8 places available on a first-come-first-served basis so the quicker you book, the better your chances of participating.