Ludlow in the 1960s
Performing for the Camera
12:00 Wednesday 25 April to Friday 22 June, Mon-Fri, 10-5
Maria will talk about her work on Saturday, 5 May 2pm. Please click here to reserve a place.
Maria’s interest in performance is evidenced in both her commercial and personal work, and her background in contemporary dance may explain why she can be found on both sides of the camera.
Commercially, Maria creates promotional imagery for dance companies, and her personal projects draw on drama and metaphor to tackle the darker side of life.
This exhibition has been selected from several personal projects and a range of commercial work where the body and performance play a key role.
Paul Hill and Maria Falconer
12:00 Saturday 23 June to 5pm Saturday 28 July 2018
Paul and Maria will talk about this project on Saturday, 23 June at 2-4pm. Please click here to reserve a place.
In 2017 Maria and Paul spent 5 weeks in Greece volunteering with refugees and helping out in a very small way with the refugee crisis. Thanks to the support of many generous donations they were able to fund their trip as well as buy essential supplies for refugees while they were there - tents, shoes, gloves and hats, underwear, food, and some cash donations including €500 for emergency relief at the Idomeni camp.
It was a challenging and heartbreaking experience for both of them and, now that they have returned, they want to continue to support the refugees in whatever way they can.
Whilst there, they made a photographic work entitled "ANON", partly as a comment on the status of the refugees, and partly out of respect for individual's privacy and security.
"ANON" was exhibited at L'Espace Pointes de Vue gallery in Lauzerte, France, and subsequently at the Library of Birmingham.
About Paul and Maria
MARIA FALCONER - commercial photographer / videographer, dance photographer, teacher
Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and holds an MA in Photographic studies. She produces promotional and editorial material for dancers, companies and organisations.
Maria is also a part time lecturer in Photography at De Montfort and Nottingham Trent Universities, and she runs Photography Workshops (including dance photography) around the UK and abroad. She writes articles on performance photography and has been published in Digital Camera Magazine and the Royal Photographic Society Journal. She gives presentations and talks on her own photographic work and on dance photography.
Commercially, Maria's specialty is Dance / Performance Photography - production shots (in theatres or site specific), promotional images (studio or on location), and community dance projects. She has an enormous amount of experience, with clients in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Dundee, and has been working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year since 2006.
Maria's personal photographic projects explore the world around her, often dark, sometimes humourous, always inquisitive. Her photography has been exhibited in the UK, the US, Belgium, Ireland, East Asia and at Arles Photography Festival.
She has worked with many dancers, dance companies and organisations including; Scottish Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Gary Clarke, Thomson Holidays, Dance Base (Scotland's National Centre for Dance), Deda, HP, The Red Consultancy, Derby Theatre, Festival Theatres, Teenage Cancer Trust, Elsevier Publishing, Herbalife UK, Tribal Group, Janice Parker, Rosie Kay, Company Chameleon, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Fishamble, Jose Agudo, Company Chameleon, Denada Dance Theatre, Curious Seed and Shaper/Caper.