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.
Ben Driver – Development and Marketing Assistant
Ben Driver has been heavily involved in the local creative scene since graduating from University of Nottingham in 2012. A focus on Cultural History and Student Radio paved the way to him seeking a creative future upon his return to Suffolk. Ben became a participant of the VXM Project, a transnational media project created housed under CSV Media which opened up a dialogue between the UK and Europe through photography, a magazine, film and radio. Investing a lot of time in IO Radio he progressed from DJ/Presenter to Assistant Manager and began documenting local events as well as trips to Belgium and France through image and sound.
Ben joined the PhotoEast team in August 2015 as an intern via the Creative Employment Programme. He now continues to work for Suffolk’s first festival of photography, encouraging the local arts scene to develop and thrive.