Hull International Photography are very proud that the following photographers are our Patrons. Helping develop the festival for 2016, 2017, 2018 with us, selecting work and advising at the HIP Gallery as we prepare for October.


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John Bulmer is a pioneer of British photojournalism in Britain and a BAFTA winning film maker. His work for The Sunday Times in The 1960s and 70s has been collected into a book entitled “The North” . In 1965, Bulmer first photographed the North of England in colour, for the Sunday Times magazine. Colour photography was “a medium in which Bulmer was the British pioneer”, far ahead of such photographers as William Eggleston and Martin Parr. Using colour for the North of England was Bulmer’s idea, as was the choice of winter or wet weather, when colour film was yet harder to use.

Bulmer’s most recent book “Wind Of Change” is a collection of his photographs documenting the profound social and political changes sweeping across the world, from the slow disintegration of the Middle East and the early signs of the collapse of the Communist bloc, to the totalitarianism of China and North Korea.

At HIPfest 2015 John exhibited a selection of pictures from “The North” and talked about his life and work.



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Peter Dench is a photographer with over 15 years experience in the advertising, editorial, portraiture and video fields of image making. He is represented worldwide at Getty Images Reportage. His achievements include: World Press Photo Award in the People in the News Stories category and participation in the World Press Joop Masterclass. Football’s Hidden Story, a FIFA sponsored reportage comprising 26 stories across 20 different countries, received six global accolades.

Exhibitions include: The British Abroad at the Photoreporter Festival and England Uncensored at the Visa pour l’Image Festival of Photojournalism, France.

Written contributions have been commissioned for the New Yorker and Telegraph magazine.Hungry Eye film + photography magazine publishes the column, The Dench Diary, in each issue.

Peter cofounded White Cloth Gallery Leeds, a photography & film events space in 2012 operating as Co-creative Director until October 2014.

Peter has published two books of his work; “Alcohol & England”, and “The British Abroad” his uncompromising look at drunken holiday hooligans. Peter exhibited a selection of pictures from the book at HIPfest 2015 and took part in discussions about his work and the role of the photojournalist in the digital age.


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Frieke Janssens was born in Bruges, Belgium, in 1980. after starting with evening classes in photography at an age of 15, she skipped the pilot or police on a horse option, photography was her future. While studying photography at Sint-Lukas Brussels she was mainly interested in lifestyle, sociology and stereotypes, because she felt like she was living in two worlds. Now she’s a Brussels-based photographer. After graduating in 2002, Frieke immediately started working as a photographer, where she tries to tell a story that’s fascinating and mostly avoids the clichés, or she uses them very consciously.

She’s inspired by different things from paintings, comics or even a real estate website, and works with an eye for detail, humour and surrealism. Her pictures are how she imagines subjects in her head. It is often shown in the details: the clothes, the furniture and so on.

A picture has succeeded, when you can look at it for a while. It can not only just be beautiful neither only interesting, it needs both. This has brought her not only gold, silver and bronze medals in creative competitions, but also commissions from successful agencies that include DDB, Duval Guillaume, Famous, Leo Burnett, TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Mortierbrigade for customers like Brussels Airlines, ING, MTV Networks, Volkswagen, Red Cross, Senseo, Signal and many


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Matthew Finn (b. 1971 Leeds) finished his Degree in Photography from Derby University in 1994 then gained a MA degree from Westminster University in Photographic Studies during which he continued to work on personal photographic projects that developed over a long period of time. With no commercial constraints or deadlines, Finn cultivated a working practice of an auteur, in charge of all elements of the work where the craft of the print and the whole process became important to the photographer. Working on subjects about people that where important in his life, he made and continues to make images of students whom he has worked with in various art colleges in England and a collaboration with his mother whom he has photographed within her home environment for over 27 years. With his mother diagnosed with dementia and her subsequent move into a sheltered 24 hour nursing home, the nature of the work has changed moving away from collaboration to one of passive sitter. He is the recipient of the Jerwood/ Photoworks Awards in 2015 where his work, Mother will be seen in exhibitions at the Jerwood Space, London, the Impressions Gallery Bradford and The Open Eye gallery Liverpool.

Matt Finn is also a patron of the Hull International Photography Festival (HiP).