Wayne Hemingway joins University image debate

Founder of fashion label Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway, will join renowned Magnum photographer Martin Parr for a debate at Nottingham Trent University exploring the challenges for image use and making in a digital era.

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Founder of fashion label Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway, will join renowned Magnum photographer Martin Parr for a debate at Nottingham Trent University exploring the challenges for image use and making in a digital era.

As part of a series of debates questioning aspects of art to mark 170 years of art and design education in Nottingham, the panel will ask questions such as who now owns the image? and does it matter in a world where the image is ubiquitous?

International documentary photographer Martin Parr argues: "We need all the bad and boring images that the internet, with its billions of images, holds in order to understand and know a good image."

Hemingway, who founded fashion label Red or Dead with his wife Gerardine before setting up HemingwayDesign, says the debate is of huge relevance.

"Whilst what lies underneath is for the most part what is important in life we should not underestimate the power of the image. How things look really matter. If Mrs H hadn't made that amazing dress that she wore on the northern soul dance floor in Burnley 35 years ago and completed the image of individually by putting knitting needles in her hair I wouldn't have spotted her in the crowd, I wouldn't have gone on to discover what a wonderful heart and brain she has. There would have been no Red or Dead or HemingwayDesign."

Peter Wright, senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, organised the debate and said it will consider the issues surrounding the accessibility of images in today's digital world.

"What are the implications for copyright, creativity and education?" he asks. "Does the unfettered use of others' images confirm the ideas of the re-appropriation artists of the 1980s or have we moved beyond what could have been imagined in the pre-digital era?"

The debate will be held in Nottingham Trent University's Newton building on 3 December from 6 pm. To attend the debate, visit Nottingham Trent University's website events page to register.

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    Panel members include:

    • Vanessa Brown, Senior Lecturer, Design Culture and Context, Nottingham Trent University
    • Jenny Godfrey, Information Advisor and Visual Resources, Cardiff Metropolitan University
    • Wayne Hemingway, Designer and founder, HemingwayDesign and Red or Dead
    • Gary Needham, Senior Lecturer, College of Arts and Science, Nottingham Trent University
    • Martin Parr, International award-winning Magnum photographer, photo-journalist and author

Wayne Hemingway joins University image debate

Published on 28 November 2014
  • Category: Press; School of Art & Design

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