BBC Creative, the BBC’s in-house creative agency, is launching a new young photographer initiative to help fresh talent from diverse backgrounds get a step-up into the industry.
‘Get In!’ will give young people the opportunity to meet and spend time with the photography team at BBC Creative, who commission, create and produce promotional imagery across all BBC content. The initiative will be launched at a new exhibition celebrating the art and craft of promotional photography, featuring portraits of actors and presenters from BBC programmes including BBC Three thriller ‘Clique’, BBC Two documentary ‘Reggie Yates: Searching for Grenfell's Lost Lives’ and award-winning BBC One drama ‘Bodyguard’.
Jason Baron, creative director of photography at BBC Creative, said: “The BBC is committed to creating opportunities and supporting fresh talent wherever they are and whatever their background. We believe ‘Get In!’ will result in real benefits for the creative industry and give budding photographers a valuable insight into how promotional photography is such an important way for audiences to engage with the BBC.”
From Friday 10th May, BBC Creative’s Photography department are exhibiting ‘Portraits: The Art and Craft of Promotional Photography’ at Elephant West, an art space in White City, London. A Q&A event on Tuesday 14th May, featuring Jason Baron and Jane Record, creative directors of photography at BBC Creative, and professional photographer Ray Burmiston, will launch the ‘Get In!’ initiative with a discussion with photography students and other young people looking at getting into the industry.
The new opportunity is open to everyone and BBC Creative is keen to see applicants from varying backgrounds with different views and experiences. It builds on outreach work which has seen BBC Creative visit schools and colleges, presenting to students the world of promotional photography and talking through the work the team does. ‘Get In!’ will run every three months and give a group of four young photographers the opportunity to meet the BBC Creative photography commissioning team, get their portfolio reviewed and receive mentoring for a year.
BBC Creative invites entrants to apply by contacting the team’s Picture Desk at email@example.com and providing a biography or CV and examples of their work. Applicants must be aged over 18.