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The Legacy of Ten.8 Symposium - 5 May 2011

Rescheduled from Autumn 2010, this symposium explores the impact and legacy of the photography magazine TEN.8. Published throughout the 1980s before it folded in 1992, TEN.8 was conceived by then Birminghambased Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon to bring together the city’s photographers. Its impact however, reached far beyond this initial aspiration.

Speakers include Derek Bishton, journalist and founder member of TEN.8; David Brittain, Manchester Metropolitan University; Dr. Eugenie Shinkle, University of Westminster; and Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP (Association of Black Photographers).

The Symposium takes place on Wednesday 4 May 2011 from 1pm-5pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH. Tel: 0121 446 3232. See: 

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Comment by Charlene Heath on July 8, 2014 at 20:42

Hello - 

I am looking for three articles that were published in TEN.8. I work at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and am processing the Jo Spence Memorial Archive. I'm Iooking for articles that were published in 1987, 1988, and 1991. Can anyone point me to a library or archive that has a full run of the publication? 

Thank you in advance,


Comment by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2011 at 19:54
Thanks for clarifying. The information was taken off the event website.
Comment by Roy Peters on May 4, 2011 at 19:51

Hi Michael. Just for your further info and for the sake of accuracy, really. I just want to point out that I am a founder member of TEN.8. (In fact the title was my idea born out of a creative collective discussion!). Nick Hedges a social documentary photographer at the time was also a founder member, as I think was  John Taylor a lecturer at Stourbridge College. I was 'co-opted' because I was studying aspects of photography at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies as well as just launching myself as a sports photographer. Later Paul Lewis from Wolverhampton Poly and John Hodgett form Bournville College of Art got involved. I am hazy on their timings but sure of my own involvement, in fact I wrote an article in issue 1 and had a Paris street photo either in that issue or issue two. Much later Rhonda Wilson got involved although she had quite a deep effect on its subsequent evolution. 

Roy Peters


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