The inaugural UrbanPhotoFest - curated by Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths) and coordinated by Yanni Eleftherakos (CUCR, Goldsmiths) and Johannes Rigal (CUCR, Goldsmiths) ‐ was held in October 2012.
During the ten day festival a series of workshops, talks and exhibitions were hosted across London. After the festival's kick-‐off event at Foto8 with the exhibition opening of f-‐twentytwo's "Third Effect" exhibition and a workshop and opening of the Crossing Lines Group's (a collaboration of CUCR, Goldsmiths and London Independent Photography) "Home Exhibition" at Greenwich Gallery the main conference at Tate Britain took place on Saturday, 6 October 2012.
"The Image of Public Space" produced lively discussions on the question of how urban photography engages with and shapes the understanding of public space. The underlying question of this conference was presented by Victor Burgin in his keynote. Speakers included: Paul Halliday, Melanie Manchot, Caroline Knowles, Paul Goodwin, Diego Ferrari, Bridget Smith, Mark Pimlott, Alison Rooke, Karen Wells, Gil Pasternak, Stephen J. Morgan and Darren Newbury. The panels engaged with topics such as: "Rethinking the Urban Realm", "The Poetics and Politics of Architectural Space" and "Memory, Memoralization and Contested Spaces of Conflict".