THERE CAN BE FEW trade shows as widely anticipated as The Photo and Video Show 2021, not least for the fact that those who love the visual arts have been starved of events such as this for the past eighteen months now, and it just feels so good to be going back. The venue, as always, is the NEC in Birmingham, the show runs over four days from September 18 and the organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure there will be plenty to see and do.

Perhaps more than ever there will be a certain sense of liquidity in terms of what will be going on, with many of the exhibitors we spoke to still finalising their plans as we went to press, but the presentations on the many and varied stages around the show have pretty much been nailed down now and these look mouth-watering in terms of what’s on offer, with some big-name photographers such as Rankin lined up to share their secrets.

The answer, as always, is to visit the TPS website or to tune into the show’s twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to access the very latest information.

Among the top names who will be exhibiting at the show will be Canon, Fujifilm, Sony, Atomos, Ilford Photo, Lexar, Olympus, Rotolight, the RPS, RODE, Sigma, Tamron and The Societies. You’ll also be able to visit stands from top retailers such as Camera World, London Camera Exchange and Wex, who will all of course be delivering their usual heady mix of eyepopping show bargains that can’t be found anywhere else, one of the great attractions of attending this particular event.

In particular, professionals will find The Photo and Video Show of interest thanks to the many products that will be on display around the trade floor that relate to the running of a professional imaging outfit. There are companies such as Light Blue Software (stand C803), Click Props (stand C608/C700), Creativity Backgrounds (stand N201) and Folio Albums (stand J304) just itching to show you how they can benefit your business.

Meanwhile upmarket presentation specialist Graphistudio (stand G902) will be premiering its newest product collections at the show, including its Tramontina Collection, the Jerry Ghionis Collection and updates on the Sue Bryce Program. There’s always something to admire on this stand, from a company that has long been a prime mover in all kinds of printed products for all genres of photographers. A show such as TPS is a chance to see and handle products first hand and to talk to experts from the company who can discuss prices and individual requirements.

Another company that’s big on presentation is Hahnemühle (stand G406), who will be hosting top portrait photographer Rory Lewis on their stand throughout  the  show, where  visitors  will

also have the opportunity to digitally view his work and to have a print made on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper as a lasting memento of their visit. Rory will also be presenting a lively talk, ‘From Portrait to Print’, on the Behind the Lens stage on Saturday, September 18 from 13.00-13.40.

Those calling into the stand will also have an opportunity to see the new Natural Line Fine Art inkjet papers in action. Demonstrations of this TIPA 2020 Award winning paper, which is made from renewable raw materials bamboo, hemp and agave, and which is highly lightfast and age resistant with excellent colour reproduction, can be seen during the event in conjunction with Hahnemühle’s brand partners Canon and Epson.

Affinity Photo (stand B802) is also heavily involved in this year’s TPS, being the sponsor of the Photo Live Stage, and they will be presenting a daily editing session from product expert James Ritson as well as exclusive show discounts on the company’s desktop apps: not to be missed!

There’s certain to be plenty of top quality glass to play with if you pay a visit to Sigma (stand H301), and amongst the products on display will be the latest fp L camera (see our review on page 67 of this month’s issue) and the new 150-600mm DG DN, alongside a full contingent of Sigma optics from right across the board.

Talks and Demos

The Photo and Video Shows have long  been renowned for their extensive programme of educational talks and technical demos, but the Super Stage, where some of the world’s best-known photographers and filmmakers will offer their stories of success and failure, is sure to be a main attraction for all attending the event.


Headlining the event is British photographer and director Rankin. Best known as co-founder of Dazed magazine as well as for his photography of top models and celebrities, Rankin will discuss a number of projects he’s undertaken recently, from his involvement with TV’s Great British Photography Challenge, to his powerful portrait series focusing on the NHS during lockdown, and his @florabyrankin project with accompanying book supporting The Care Workers’ Charity. He’ll explore his motivations and approaches, how he manages to weave everything together, and why he enjoys having so many different elements going on in his work.

Olivia Arthur

British documentary photographer and Magnum Photos member, Olivia Arthur, will share the different photographic approaches she’s taken and how she varies them each time, during her Super Stage session on Sunday September 19. She’ll also be discussing the work she’s done for the Boston Consulting Group exploring a new frontier: the evolution of the blurring line between humanity and technology.


Jamaican-born photographer and documenter of black London, Charlie aka ‘Smokey’ Phillips, will take to the Super Stage to share his story. Best known for his photographs of Notting Hill during the period of West Indian migration to the UK’s capital, his work was largely forgotten for decades, but has recently been exhibited at galleries including Tate Britain, Museum of London, Nottingham’s New Art Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Museum of the City of New York.


Visitors to the show will
also have the opportunity to hear from Magnum photographer Mark Power, who is renowned for his long-term projects and complex, meticulously-crafted images shot mainly with a large-format camera. He will present two projects separated by 16 years, both of which take as their starting point a landscape of the imagination – his landmark project ‘The Shipping Forecast’ (1992-1996), and the ongoing ‘Good Morning, America’ (2021-present). The session will be a fascinating insight into these long-term projects, and his diverse approaches and inspirations.


Also speaking is American-born Brooke Shaden, a conceptual fine art photographer specialising in selfportraiture. Her award-winning images are rich in storytelling and often simultaneously dark, whimsical and beautiful. Brooke will share the story of how she led the charge into inclusive and dark art, as well as offering a glimpse into how she began creating ground-breaking work that positively influences others.

Also to be found on the many stages throughout the event are presentations on everything from food photography through to how to put together a start-up video production kit, tips to achieve better street photography, how to master the art of in-person sales and how to book 50+ weddings a year. Full details are on the TPS website, so take a trawl through and you’re sure to find something that has the potential to fire up your enthusiasm.

Finally, those who love the art side of photography will also enjoy the exhibitions that will be on show, which includes images from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards and Fujifilm’s epic Print Life project, which will consist of 500 images that will be displayed in the middle of the halls.

Booking Your Ticket

Not surprisingly, things are a little different this year thanks to Covid, and, when booking your entry tickets on the TPS website, you’ll be required to nominate the day you wish to attend and the time you’re looking to arrive. However, there’s plenty of flexibility built in and you can even change arrival details down the line if necessary.

If booked in advance general entry tickets are priced at £14.95, with concessions at £11.95, while students can attend for free on Tuesday, September 21. Yoo can also save 20% on the standard ticket price by using the special code PRPHTPS21. Meanwhile, those who can prove that they make the majority of their income from photography or video production will also be able to claim a free entry pass, and full details of this offer can be found on the website.

The Photo Show/The Video Show September 18-21, 2021, The NEC, Birmingham. Open each day from 9am to 5pm, tickets and more information are available direct from the TPS website.

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