Eamonn McCabe – Patron
Since starting out as a sports photographer for local papers Eamonn McCabe has worked for The Observer and The Guardian, as both a photographer and Picture Editor. He is the recipient of numerous awards including ‘News Photographer of the Year (1985) for his coverage of the Heysel Stadium disaster, and is the author of a number of books on photography.
Eamonn proudly supports PhotoEast as Patron of the organisation and Festival.
Adrian Evans – Director
Adrian Evans graduated with a BA Hons in History from York University in 1983. He worked as a freelance graphic designer for three years after college before moving into photography at the Hutchison archive. In 1990 he joined Panos Pictures as Archive Director, buying a controlling stake in the agency in 1997. Under his direction Panos Pictures has become the pre-eminent photo agency for ‘concerned photojournalism’, known throughout the industry for its intelligent and sensitive commentary on social issues.
As director of Panos Pictures Adrian has produced numerous large-scale projects ranging in subject matter from professional cycling in Belgium to modern slavery in Britain. He has also judged numerous photo competitions including the World Press Photo, the China International Press Photo Contest and Russia Press Photo.
He has acted as a consultant on visual communications to a number of NGOs and has lectured on the subject at London College of Communications, University of Westminster and London School of Economics.
Jo Bexley – Director
Jo Bexley has spent over twenty years working in PR and marketing for international development organisations, including UNICEF and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. For Jo, photography and film has always been an important part of the communications mix. In the last five years since moving to Suffolk, Jo re-trained as a secondary school languages teacher and now combines her passion for producing young linguists alongside producing Suffolk’s first photography festival – PhotoEast 2016.