Hull International Photography are very proud that the following photographers are our Patrons. Helping develop the festival for 2016, 2017 & 2018 with us, selecting work and advising at the HIP Gallery as we prepare for October.

John Bulmer

John Bulmer is a pioneer of British photojournalism in Britain and a BAFTA winning film maker. His work for The Sunday Times in The 1960s and 70s has been collected into a book entitled “The North” . In 1965, Bulmer first photographed the North of England in colour, for the Sunday Times magazine. Colour photography was “a medium in which Bulmer was the British pioneer”, far ahead of such photographers as William Eggleston and Martin Parr. Using colour for the North of England was Bulmer’s idea, as was the choice of winter or wet weather, when colour film was yet harder to use.


Bulmer’s most recent book “Wind Of Change” is a collection of his photographs documenting the profound social and political changes sweeping across the world, from the slow disintegration of the Middle East and the early signs of the collapse of the Communist bloc, to the totalitarianism of China and North Korea.

At HIPfest 2015 John exhibited a selection of pictures from “The North” and talked about his life and work.

Peter Dench

Peter Dench is a photographer with over 15 years experience in the advertising, editorial, portraiture and video fields of image making. He is represented worldwide at Getty Images Reportage. His achievements include: World Press Photo Award in the People in the News Stories category and participation in the World Press Joop Masterclass. Football’s Hidden Story, a FIFA sponsored reportage comprising 26 stories across 20 different countries, received six global accolades.
Exhibitions include: The British Abroad at the Photoreporter Festival and England Uncensored at the Visa pour l’Image Festival of Photojournalism, France.


Written contributions have been commissioned for the New Yorker and Telegraph magazine.Hungry Eye film + photography magazine publishes the column, The Dench Diary, in each issue.

Peter cofounded White Cloth Gallery Leeds, a photography & film events space in 2012 operating as Co-creative Director until October 2014.
Peter has published two books of his work; “Alcohol & England”, and “The British Abroad” his uncompromising look at drunken holiday hooligans. Peter exhibited a selection of pictures from the book at HIPfest 2015 and took part in discussions about his work and the role of the photojournalist in the digital age.

Frieke Janssens

Frieke Janssens was born in Bruges, Belgium, in 1980. after starting with evening classes in photography at an age of 15, she skipped the pilot or police on a horse option, photography was her future. While studying photography at Sint-Lukas Brussels she was mainly interested in lifestyle, sociology and stereotypes, because she felt like she was living in two worlds. Now she’s a Brussels-based photographer. After graduating in 2002, Frieke immediately started working as a photographer, where she tries to tell a story that’s fascinating and mostly avoids the clichés, or she uses them very consciously.

She’s inspired by different things from paintings, comics or even a real estate website, and works with an eye for detail, humour and surrealism. Her pictures are how she imagines subjects in her head. It is often shown in the details: the clothes, the furniture and so on.


A picture has succeeded, when you can look at it for a while. It can not only just be beautiful neither only interesting, it needs both. This has brought her not only gold, silver and bronze medals in creative competitions, but also commissions from successful agencies that include DDB, Duval Guillaume, Famous, Leo Burnett, TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Mortierbrigade for customers like Brussels Airlines, ING, MTV Networks, Volkswagen, Red Cross, Senseo, Signal and many more.

Ami Barwell

Hull born and proud of it, world renowned Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographer Ami Barwell has been shooting within the music industry for the past 16 years. Striking and atmospheric, honest & sexy; her photographs seek out and capture their subjects’ soul. Her gritty rock ‘n’ roll style sees Ami in demand on fashion, commercial, advertising and style campaigns; recently working with Converse, Ben Sherman, Ray-Ban, Wella Shockwaves and EA Games.

Ami’s ability to capture the raw essence of her subject on film has earned her a solid reputation as one of the World’s leading music photographers.
Having shot some of music’s biggest artists to Worldwide critical acclaim – from her iconic intimate portraits of Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and the legendary Ian Brown, through to Iggy Pop, Blur, Motörhead, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, REM, Lenny Kravitz and Iron Maiden. Barwell has worked with artists as diverse as The White Stripes, Paul Weller, Queens of the Stone Age, The Levellers, Kasabian, New York Dolls, Meat Loaf, Johnny Marr and Snow Patrol.

August 2009 saw the birth of the ‘By Ami Barwell By Ben Sherman’ clothing range. Ami teamed up with Ben Sherman to launch an exclusive, limited-edition collection of unique T-shirts, each adorned with her incredible prints. She has worked with all major record labels and her work has featured in Vogue, I-D, Elle Magazine, Mojo, Rolling Stone, NME, GQ, Uncut, The Sunday Times, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Total Guitar, Wonderland and Guitarist Magazine and Classic Rock Magazine amongst other music and style journals.


Working with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as their official photographer for 5 years – she documented everything from relaxed personal shots, candid tour-bus antics, intimate backstage emotions and raw, high-energy live shots – in a way no-one else could. Along with producing album and single cover photography; Ami was also the director of photography for the ‘Weight Of The World’ music video.
Some of her most iconic work includes cover images for Interpol, Editors, Sandi Thom and The Cooper Temple Clause.

Ami gains the trust and respect of the people she photographs. Ongoing working relationships & life-long friendship ensue. In return she gives them photographs to believe in. Perfect, frozen-forever rock ‘n’ roll moments.