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Hi everybody, we want to start a new session with a new appearance that’s why we have moved to instantcoffees.tumblr.com . We want to make our blog life more regular and dynamic, you will be able to check our news, past editions, publications, …

After a summer break we are already on duty planning future events and new surprises that we will let you know soon.

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When a season ends, get ready for the next one!!

Well, it’s been a busy and exciting season for us and we hope for you too. Seven sessions here in Bristol, 2 in London as well as 4 collaboration in Spain. Plus our Pics & Plot group collaboration as part of Bristol Festival of Photography in May of this year and the recent talks by Brenda Ann Kenneally and Robert Knoth. We’ve had over 60 participants from 15 countries, with works looking at modern China, competitive pigeon breeding in Spain, family and marriage, expressions of national pride and communities in far flung places and closer to home. Overall the spirit of storytelling that Instant Coffees embodies has been incredibly well represented and really heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has been involved in making it possible, participants, curators, designers, lecturers, sponsors and of course our audience.

Now, it is time to think about and get ready new ideas for the next season, there will be surprises and we will let you know soon.

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In the meantime, we have published our last catalogue with the highlights of our seventh season including a fantastic essay of Gavin Maitland, ‘These Museumy Emblems of Others’: Against the Colonial Museum, Toward Commemoration. writing about photography archives as alive museums:

“Literal museums and figurative: without walls (ambiguous and permeable anyway), or with. …Books read as a museum (some of them resigned  to be, some not; rituals enacted as a museum. Cities. Experience itself as a museum…” 

We also have a selection of photographers who were showing a great variety of multimedia pieces such as Alicia Carfrae, Cristina de Middel, Jordi Ruiz, Maxim Dondyuk, Rajan Zaveri, Jim Mortram and Supay Fotos. Please check them out, it will be worth it.

Thanks again for your interest and collaboration with Instant Coffees, enjoy the rest of the summer!!

Special Evening with Brenda Ann Keneally and Robert Knoth

Heroin from Afghanistan’s remote mountains makes it’s way onto the streets of Europe and beyond everyday, generating an estimated $60 Billion USD in 2009 alone. It has become an integral part of the world economy and a by-product of modern wars.

At the same time the global economic downturn is accelerating moral, economic and social change amongst the working classes and poverty has never been closer to home. As policy makers deal with these problems what role does love play in these social inequalities, if any?

The Hinterlands and Instant Coffees bring you an evening of talks and discussion with Brenda Ann Kenneally (USA) and Robert Knoth (Netherlands), two dedicated photographers who have been recording these interconnected stories for the past two decades.

The talk takes place from 6.30pm on the 12th July 2012 at The Island, Bridewell St, Bristol

and tickets can be booked at   

This talk is part of a series of talks with Knoth and Kenneally who will also be speaking at London’s Foto8 Gallery on 10th July and Leed’s White Cloth Gallery on the 11th July.

Advance tickets are only £6 and £7.50 on the door.


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The Hinterlands: Workshop, scholarship and talks.

Brenda Ann Kenneally is in Britain to run her first ever UK photography workshop at The Hinterlands in Devon on 24th June 2012. It’s a residential workshop to help photographers develop their stories. The workshop is run on a farm in Devon and everyone stay in yurts, eats nice food together and gets around the campfire. The Hinterlands are offering a free place to a student/recent graduate over the next week. It will be totally free scholarship for one student to come and stay, learn and eat at The Hinterlands in Devon. For more details head to Photographic immersion scholarship

Brenda Ann Kenneally has photographed and reported on American families over the past two decades, and has been recognised and supported by the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the Mother Jones Documentary Fund, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship. Her book Money, Power, Respect won the Best Photojournalism Book at Pictures of The Year in 2006. Kenneally’s work for the past five years has been a look at coming of age in post-industrial America. An excerpt from Upstate Girls, won the 2009 World Press Photo Award for Daily Life Series. In 2006, she investigated the living conditions of families on the Gulf Coast on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The multimedia feature of Kenneally’s reporting won a Webby Award.

In July The Hinterlands is also working in partnership to present a series of talks in galleries across the UK, where Brenda Ann Kenneally will be joined by photographer Robert Knoth to discuss their current work. The pair will be at London’s Host Gallery on July 10th, Leed’s White Cloth Gallery on July 11th and in Bristol with Instant Coffees on July 12th.

Jueves Nópicos. Valencia (Spain)

We are pleasured to announce that we are including a selection of Instant Coffees participants as part of the Dr. Nopo‘s program in Valencia within PHOTON photography Festival.

Line up. PICS&PLOT


Don’t forget to come along this Friday for a great photography evening (6pm) at the Island in Bristol!!

PIC&PLOT is a collaboration between 5 photography collectives from around the world.  There will be photography screenings, music, food, drinks and more surprises.

Please find all the details in the press release attached. Hope to see all of you over there.

This will be the line up for this edition:

El Ciclope Mecanico

Cristina de Middel – Afronauts

Federico Clavarino – Ukrania Passport

Martin Rueda – La vida corta

Salvi Danés – Tokio Dark isolation

Tatjana Schlör – Welt

Sergio Castañeira – Ciudad Sur

FireFly PhotoFilms

Rajan Zaveri – Forgotten exodus

Charley Murrell – Models: Child’s play


Andrea Boscardin – Ecce Homo

Andrea Boscardin, Arianna Sanesi, Elisabetta Cociani – Home coming


Dalia Khamissy, Laura Boushnak, Miriam Abdelaziz, Newsha Tavakolian, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Tanya Habjouqa – Collective reel

Dalia Khamissy. A production of BBC and Benjamin Chesterston (Duckrabbit) – Lebanon’s missing

Laura Boushnak – Survivor

Tamara Abdul Hadi – Self-portrait  from inside Palestine

Instant Coffees

Ibolya Feher – Sisters of Sclerder

Jim Mortram – Simon

Rebecca Harley – Memories of a house

Jordi Ruiz – Menonos

PICS & PLOT. Photography Screening Encounter

We are glad to announce our involvement in PICS & PLOT Photography Screening Encounter.

This is a collaboration with different photography collectives around the world which are using multimedia to promote documentary photography.

The collectives who have already confirmed interest in this encounter are Firefly Photofilms(London), El Ciclope Mecanico (Sevilla, Spain), ASA Collective (London), Rawiya (Middle East) and Instant Coffees (Bristol).

More info will be updated soon, if you want to know more about it please click here