PhotoEast is a not-for-profit organisation which believes in the power of photography to bring positive change.
Our vision is to establish Suffolk’s reputation as a centre of excellence in photography by hosting world renowned photographers and their work, as well as inspiring participation from across the arts, education, business and community.
The biennial PhotoEast festival is core to this ambition. With its focus on Ipswich and its epicentre on the Waterfront, it is a significant visual arts event in the regional and national calendar.
PhotoEast is produced in association with the University of Suffolk and Panos Pictures.
The 2018 festival runs from 24 May – 24 June under the theme of ‘Belonging’.
Festival sponsors 2018
Since starting out as a sports photographer for local papers Eamonn McCabe has worked for The Observer and The Guardian, as both a photographer and Picture Editor. He is the recipient of numerous awards including ‘News Photographer of the Year (1985) for his coverage of the Heysel Stadium disaster, and is the author of a number of books on photography.
Eamonn proudly supports PhotoEast as Patron of the organisation and Festival.
Adrian Evans worked as a freelance graphic designer for three years after college before moving into photography at the Hutchison archive. In 1990 he joined Panos Pictures as Archive Director, buying a controlling stake in the agency in 1997. Under his direction Panos Pictures has become the pre-eminent photo agency for ‘concerned photojournalism’, known throughout the industry for its intelligent and sensitive commentary on social issues.
As director of Panos Pictures Adrian has produced numerous large-scale projects ranging from professional cycling in Belgium to modern slavery in Britain. He has also judged numerous photo competitions including the World Press Photo, the China International Press Photo Contest and Russia Press Photo.
Jo Bexley has spent over twenty years working in PR and marketing for international development organisations, including UNICEF and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. For Jo, photography and film has always been an important part of the communications mix.
Since moving to Suffolk in 2009, Jo re-trained as a secondary school languages teacher and now combines her passion for producing young linguists alongside producing Suffolk’s very own photography festival – PhotoEast.
Rachel Savage is a fundraising and marketing expert with over twenty-five years experience in the charity sector. Since 2008 the focus of her work has been to help charities (both big and small) with their strategic planning, brand development and fundraising innovation. In previous lives she held senior management positions at the Royal Horticultural Society, Save the Children and VSO working both in the UK and overseas. For the past eight years she has been a Trustee of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, helping to grow its reputation as one of the big four art festivals in the UK.
When not working, she happily divides her time between family, developing her Suffolk garden and studying part-time for a PhD in gender and garden making in the nineteenth century.
A graduate of Coventry University and Birmingham Institute Of Design, Bill has been involved in lens based and interactive media in the professional world of creative industries and also in arts education for nearly 40 years. He has exhibited in many galleries and museums worldwide and has received many awards for his work. Having moved from London to Suffolk in 2010, he has involved himself in creative projects and organisations here in Suffolk. He is currently researching space-time photography and film with experimental audiovisual projections, created in the Suffolk landscape.