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Talk: Photographer Talk: Tessa Bunney

The Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE

Tessa Bunney will be speaking about her photographic practice.

Tessa Bunney’s practice is concerned with different landscapes and the way they are shaped by human activity. In particular, she has spent most of the past 25 years exploring the intricacies of rural life, combining landscape, portraiture and documentary images to make visible the effects of globalisation on life for rural communities. Her projects have seen her collaborating with North Yorkshire hill farmers, Icelandic puffin hunters, Finnish ice swimmers and Romanian nomadic shepherds, for publications and exhibitions.

Bunney’s project Home Work, published by Dewi Lewis in 2010, was exhibited and published nationally and internationally including the Land exhibition as part of Noorderlicht Photofestival in 2010. Home Work explores the lives of female home workers in the suburbs and villages in and around Hanoi, Vietnam in the face of increasing urbanisation. Bunney is currently based in Vientiane, Lao PDR where she is working on a long term project The Corridor of Opportunity, supported by Arts Council England and  undertaking editorial and NGO commissions throughout the Southeast Asia region. Her series The Women of UCT6 which documents an all female UXO clearance team in Laos was recently published in the Financial Times Magazine (UK) and online.