Jess Hurd

Photographer
Archive for December 7th, 2009

A Seasonal Night for the Discontented

No Turning Back Christmas Party ’09

Philosophy Football’s 2009 Christmas Party is a seasonal night out of outrageous inspiration. We’ll be mixing up ideas and entertainment for a fantastic event to start the festive break. Friday 18 December featuring a photographic review of the year from Jess Hurd. The lo-fi ukulele jazz of Tricity Vogue and one of the hits of the Edinburgh Festival Blow Up! The Credit Crunch Musical. With a German Oompah Band explaining the crisis of capitalism you just know you’re in for a night out with a difference. The evening opens with an eighties vs noughties poetry slam, 1980s cult leftie alt poet Andy P vs new generation spoken word from Kate Tempest. Plus dancefloor fillers from Melstars: Music and in conversation John Harris, Helena Kennedy Jon Cruddas, Chuka Umunna and others. Presented in association with the campaigns and ideas group Compass. The party is at The Offside Bar & Gallery, 271 City Road London EC1.

For tickets please book here

More Hostile Reconnaissance

Last year on UN Human Rights Day I was invited to cover a traveller wedding, one of four in four days at Dale Farm ahead of a planned site eviction by Basildon Council in Essex


As UN Human rights Day approaches this week Dale Farm is still intact and NUJ lawyers have today submitted a letter to the IPCC about the treatment I faced from policemen who stopped me under s44 of the Terrorism Act at the wedding, who took my camera and said I could have been doing “Hostile Reconnaissance”

I have been covering the lives and struggles of travellers in the UK since 1996 and more recently the problems for Roma gypsies across Europe. See the destruction of Sulukule, the oldest gypsy community in the world and the conditions in the camps around Rome

This week I was invited back to Dale Farm to document a double wedding, son and daughter of Peal (pictured) see the web gallery here

Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

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