Centre for British Photography – Collecting Photography  

Friday 19 January 2024
1.30 - 2.30pm Talks Theatre, Business Design Centre, Islington


James Hyman

Hannah Watson

Dr. Madeline Yale Preston

Brandei Estes

London Art Fair in collaboration with Centre for British Photography brings together a panel of experts from the world of photography focusing on collecting photography, including advice on how to start or build a collection, where and what to look out for, and key trends happening in the photography sector both nationally and internationally. 

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After training at Le Coq theatre school in Paris, Rachel Mae Snider joined the circus. She worked as a theatre maker, creating many shows including an adaptation of Wedekind’s Lulu and a solo performance where she turned herself into a human cup of tea. After completing a Creative Writing MA with Distinction at Goldsmiths, Rachel has written on theatre, art and interiors for various publications including The Worlds of Interiors and Vogue. Rachel is currently finishing her first novel. 

James Hyman received his Masters and his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London). He is a leading authority on twentieth century British art, including the painters of the ”School of London”, and on British photography. His doctorate was published as The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War  (Yale University Press, 2001). He is a writer, lecturer and curator and the Director of James Hyman Gallery.

James is a trustee and founding director of the Centre for British Photography.

Hannah Watson is the Director of contemporary art gallery TJ Boulting and independent publisher Trolley Books. Named after the Grade II* listed building it inhabits in Fitzrovia and founded in 2012, TJ Boulting’s programme supports and represents emerging and mid-career contemporary artists across all mediums including several working with photography – Poulomi Basu, Juno Calypso, Maisie Cousins and Haley Morris-Cafiero. The gallery has also participated in the art fairs Photo London and Paris Photo. Trolley Books publishes a diverse range of award-winning titles across contemporary art and photography. Most recently Andi Galdi Vinko’s book Sorry I Gave Birth I Disappeared But Now I’m Back was awarded the prestigious Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award. Hannah is also chair of the committee for The Photographers’ Gallery Associate Patrons and a board member for the Artists’ Collecting Society. Previously she was chair of The Fitzrovia Chapel and curated their exhibitions of Leigh Bowery, Caroline Walker and Lee Miller.

Dr. Madeline Yale Preston is a photography historian and arts advisor based in London. With a breadth of curatorial and editorial experience, Madeline supports artists, photographers and curators with their artistic and professional development. Her recent writings on collecting include “Collecting Education: Michael G. Wilson in Conversation with Madeline Yale Preston” in PhotoResearcher (2021) and “The Collector Maker” in The Collector’s Eye, Schilt Publishing and FotoFest (2020). She is a Trustee for the Centre for British Photography. 

Brandei Estes recently left Sotheby’s as the Head of Photographs in Europe, Middle East and Asia, having started in 2013 following ten years of working in photography and contemporary art galleries in London and Paris. Ms. Estes was been instrumental in the growth of the Photographs sales in Europe and further afield, and was the lead business getter for the department. Her comprehensive role within the team also includes professional writing, research and all aspects of auction estimates, fair market value, charitable donation and insurance appraisals.
Ms. Estes is regularly a judge and nominator for numerous international photography awards including the Prix Pictet and the Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability, and served for five years as the Chair for the advisory committee of The Photographers’ Gallery TPG Contemporaries. Ms. Estes lectures throughout the year on collecting photographs and the photography market for public and private institutions, museums, galleries and fairs in the UK and continental Europe. Ms. Estes is a graduate of University College London, where she received a double honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian and History of Art.