Top photography honour for Ian Beesley
Renowned social photographer Ian Beesley has bagged himself a rather nice Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society.
Ian was presented with his Fellowship at the RPS International awards ceremony at the Royal Society in London. The Fellowship is given to individuals who have made ‘significant contributions to the art and science of photography’. Ian received the Fellowship for his continuing dedication to photographically documenting social and industrial topics in the UK.
He said, “It feels fantastic but slightly surreal as I never imagined that I would receive such an award. There are only six awarded each year, so to be judged by your peers as being amongst the best of the best is unbelievable.”
Ian admitted, “I have known for some time. The RPS wrote to me a few months ago offering me the Fellowship, but I had to keep it quiet until the awards ceremony; it was a very difficult secret to keep.”
Ian’s can be found in major collections in some of the world’s best known museums and galleries including The Imperial War Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Museum of Coal Mining, The National Media Museum and The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
His latest works have seen him concentrate on the health service in the UK and he is currently working on various projects across the sector. He has recently been appointed artist in residence for the Accident and Emergency department at St George's Hospital London. He has also received three years funding from the European Social Fund to continue his work as artist in residence for Bradford Institute of Health Research.
Ian has also been given five years funding from the Medical Research Council to work with the School of Community and Social Medicine at the University of Bristol on a research project on mid-life.
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