PICTURES ON PAGES, a new event exploring the increasing growth and potential of photography zines and self-publishing in their own right but also as valuable training grounds in advance of engaging with a professional Publisher, is a joint effort by the Photography department at University of South Wales (USW) and Offline Journal in collaboration with Ffotogallery.

The afternoon event is free to attend and will run 1 - 4.30pm on Friday 20 October 2023 at the USW Atrium campus in Cardiff, with the option to hang around for a few more hours and chat over drinks in the Student Union bar.
Ffotogallery’s Photo Book Fair will be held the following day, Saturday 21 October, at their gallery in the Cathays area of Cardiff.

  • 1 - 1.30pm: event opens, zine display, chat

  • 1.30 - 2.15pm: Panel discussion pt1

  • 2.15 - 2.30: comfort break

  • 2.30 - 3.15: Panel discussion pt2

  • 3.15 - 4.30pm: zine display, networking, chat

  • 5 - 7pm: Quiz & chat in Student Union Bar upstairs

PICTURES ON PAGES is aimed at photographers - student, emerging and established; graphic designers; and other creatives interested in exploring the zine format as a means of presenting their own images and work. Being self-published magazines that can cover any topic, style, or genre - photo Zines are a great (and affordable) way to express yourself, showcase your photography and reach new audiences. Getting familiar with the production steps in realising your own photo zines can be time well spent in providing better insight to creating more professional and polished photography books – on your own or in collaboration with others – and enhance your knowledge around the design and structure of publications and publishing.

Although free to attend, there will be limited seating available for the Panel Discussion session. You can book a seat on the USW Eventbrite page created for this event using the button/link below.



The PICTURES ON PAGES event aims to create an informal opportunity for relaxed discussion and networking. Alongside the opportunity to meet and chat with other creatives, the afternoon will have two key elements as the event programme:

1. Show your work! Display of creative photography zines

With time still remaining before Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October, we’d love photographers to scratch their own Photo Zine itch and explore their hard drives for images to create a one-off or small run of several printed Zines to show during PICTURES ON PAGES. We have a few of our own favourites lined up, but we’re extending an invitation for photographers in and beyond Wales to have examples of their zines displayed - free of charge - on a large table for attendees to view at the event. Every zine shown on the day will have its title, photographer’s name and contact info added to this web page following the event, should any attendees or non-attendees wish to make contact with the Zine creator.

If you would like to have your zines on display during PICTURES ON PAGES and on the Offline Journal table at the Ffotogallery Photo Book Fair, see info at the bottom of this page.

2. Multi-disciplinary Panel Discussion

The popularity of photobooks and photo zines appears to be on the rise, as are submissions to publishers large and small. Production costs and selling prices for photobooks have also been rising, resulting in some interesting experimentation in book design and binding as attempts to reduce costs and make the finished result affordable to purchase. Similarly, popularity and experimentation in photography Zines continues to grow in tandem with developments in affordable digital printing technologies, allowing photography enthusiasts and professionals alike to use the Zine format to share work with new audiences.

Our Panel Discussion will have guest speakers representing the Photographer, Graphic Designer, Publisher and Educator. Over the course of an hour-long session – including an audience Q&A - our panel will explore the role and value of the humble photo Zine in familiarising photographers with several aspects of book production and the important role zines and book dummies play in presenting ideas to professional Publishers.

Panel members

Peter Bobby is an artist and educator who has a particular interest in design and publishing having worked on several solo and collective photography publications over the last 20 years.

Oliver Norcott is a graphic designer based in South Wales, specialising in branding, print, and UI design. He has provided core creative solutions to numerous clients with a focus on creating bespoke print materials such as programmes, books, newspapers and magazines.

Martha O'Brien is co-founder and co-editor of nawr, an independent online magazine publishing art, writing and photography from Welsh and Wales-based artists since 2020. She is in the final year of studying for her PhD specialising in Welsh writing in English at Cardiff University and in 2023 was selected as one of Literature Wales's Emerging Writers.

Ffion Denman is a documentary photographer, zine-maker and workshop facilitator based in Cardiff and Swansea. She is the founder of online / offline creative space @hadau.mag where she hosts zine and photography-based workshops introducing children and young people to possibilities in creative expression. She is currently an artist in residence at Gower College Swansea.

Josie Atkinson is Publisher at Bristol-based RRB Photobooks, an independent photographic imprint specialising in British Documentary photography. In 2021 she founded Jotte Studio alongside designer Jessamine Thoemmes-Tondowski, offering editorial, design and project management to self-publishers.

Karin Bareman is an educator and independent writer on photography and audio-visual culture. Her PhD research focuses on the various mechanisms underlying the creation of repetitive imagery in documentary photography. Previously she was curatorial project manager at Autograph ABP in London, and assistant curator at Foam in Amsterdam. Her essays have appeared in magazines such as Camera Austria, Foam Magazine, Photoworks, Unseen Magazine, and online platforms such as American Suburb X and C4 Journal.

Mohamed Hassan is an Egyptian-born photographer now living and working in Pembrokeshire. He studied BA photography at Carmarthen School of Art and more recently his MA at the University of South Wales. He has exhibited in the UK and internationally, and his work is held in the National Collection of Museum Wales and the UK Government Collection.

Brian Carroll is a Cardiff-based graphic designer who has worked in television and video production for over 30 years. He is a co-founder of the podcast and since 2018 has published Offline Journal to document the development of contemporary photography in, from and of Wales.

PICTURES ON PAGES aims to be an informative event that explores the process and value of self-publishing photography zines. You will have the chance to discover a wide range of self-published works covering different topics, styles, and formats, and have the opportunity to meet some of the creators behind them.

Whilst Ffotogallery have yet to update their website to announce their next Photo Book Fair, they have confirmed to both Offline Journal and USW the event will take place on Saturday 21 October 2023. If it follows a similar format to the previous busy event in April, timings are likely to see it start at noon and close around 5pm.

To discuss booking one of the limited tables for the Ffotogallery Photo Book Fair, email Alex Butler:

Don't miss this opportunity to participate in a weekend of photography in Cardiff at PICTURES ON PAGES and Ffotogallery’s Photo Book Fair - either in person or via your photo zine!



Show your zine at PICTURES ON PAGES and Ffotogallery’s PHOTO BOOK FAIR

We’d love to showcase a diverse range of creative photography zines made in and beyond Wales to stimulate discussion, ideas and - hopefully - more collaborations!

If you would like to have your photo zine shown at the two events in Cardiff over the weekend of 20-21 October 2023, the process is open to all and very simple…

  1. Send your photo Zines (maximum of two titles) to:
    David Barnes
    Photography Dept.
    University of South Wales
    Atrium Campus, Adam Street
    CF24 2FN

Please mark the back of the envelope ‘PICTURES ON PAGES’.
If not printed in your Zine, ensure you include a note with your name and contact info - a website or Instagram handle -alongside the Zine.

**IMPORTANT** - The Small Print/Terms:
Any Zines you submit for display are gifted to the event free of charge/no payment.
Zines will NOT be returned. All Zines will be retained by Offline Journal and USW with the possibility of being shown again at future photography events.
By forwarding any Zines you are agreeing to the above terms.

Friday 20 October 2023, 1pm - 4pm
ATRIUM, Adam Street, Cardiff CF24 2FN

Various publishers
Saturday 21 October 2023, 12 - 5pm
Ffotogallery, Cardiff CF24 4EH