London Photographers’ Branch Chair, Jess Hurd, has informed the LPB committee that she will not be standing for re-election in the New Year.
Jess said, “It has been a fantastic three years. The London Photographers’ Branch has really pushed photographer issues to the top of the agenda. We began the branch at the height of the “Im a Photographer Not a Terrorist” campaign, a successful campaign which mobilised thousands of photographers in Trafalgar Square and was central to reversing the police policy of stop and search. The London Photographers’ Branch has had many successes, most notably concerning press freedom, exposing police surveillance of journalists, defending the press against attacks from the English Defence League and other far right groups – from the landmark Dale Farm Production Order victory to the on-going campaign around private security.
It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the branch in this voluntary role and help build a collective response to the issues we face as photographers. Some of the most important and hardest work we have done has been tackling sexism and bullying, I hope the new Chair will continue to champion the fight against these and other issues that blight our industry. We are building the branch in difficult economic times and a principled, collective response is now more important than ever. I wish the branch every success in 2013 and beyond”