Thursday, 31 December 2009

The Last Decade

I have compiled a rather random selection of favorite highs and lows from the last decade.

Mostly of the global movements for social change, picturing the humour, hope, repression and desperation in an increasingly divided world.

To view the slideshow click here

It also marks a decade as a Report Digital contributor and I would like to thank John Harris for all his enthusiastic support, hard work, insight and friendship over the years.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

More Mass Arrests

Police line up prisoners on the ground, mass arrests after anti police riots break out in Christiania.

Protests against COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen 2009, Denmark.

See Copenhagen web gallery here

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Monday, 14 December 2009

Copenhagen Ice Bear

The WWF Copenhagen Ice bear, melting at COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Copenhagen 2009, Denmark.

View web gallery here

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Friday, 11 December 2009

COP15 Copenhagen

Images from the protests against COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen 2009, Denmark.

See web gallery here

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Mass Photo Gathering

Mass Gathering in defence of street photography

I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! invite all Photographers to a mass photo gathering in defence of street photography.

Following a series of high profile detentions under s44 of the terrorism act including 7 armed police detaining an award winning architectural photographer in the City of London, the arrest of a press photographer covering campaigning santas at City Airport and the stop and search of a BBC photographer at St Pauls Cathedral and many others. PHNAT feels now is the time for a mass turnout of Photographers, professional and amateur to defend our rights and stop the abuse of the terror laws.

Join the Facebook Group here

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Monday, 7 December 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

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Saturday, 5 December 2009

The Wave

The Wave - the UK’s biggest ever demonstration in support of action on climate change. Ahead of the UN climate summit in Copenhagen Stop Climate Chaos Coalition calls on world leaders to take urgent action to secure a fair international deal to stop global warming. London.

Web Gallery commissioned by Stop Climate Chaos here

© Jess Hurd/

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Blood on Their Hands

Stop the War protest representing Tony Blair, George W Bush and Gordon Brown with blood on their hands at the first public hearing of the Iraq Inquiry.

They demand that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are held to account for war crimes which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and 179 British troops. Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, London.

© Jess Hurd/

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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Round One

Dean Berry wins the BWB Championship Boxing. Firefighters and emergency personnel raising money for charity through sport. Clapham Grand. London.

See web gallery here

© Jess Hurd/

Saturday, 14 November 2009

I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist @ Signs of Revolt

10 years ago, in November 1999 an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists shut down the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle, stopping the next trade round of Capitalist Globalisation. In the process they sparked a Movement of Movements right across the globe its slogan became ‘Another World is Possible’.

The exhibition celebrates a decade of creative resistance.

As part of the Festival of Radical Communication I will be chairing a session on Sunday 15th November 11am:

I’m a Photographer, not a Terrorist, Bringing Home the Real News

The panel includes photojournalist and investigative journalist Marc Vallée, film and print journalist Jason Parkinson and filmmaker Shaun Day.

“This panel looks at the impact of digital photographic tools on reporting events, particularly post-G20 and how the State is trying to criminalise image taking and the ways photographers are getting organised to resist this. This will be interspersed with photo shows and film clips from the archives of some of the key movements photographers and filmmakers.”

Get information on the weekend talks here

Shop 14, The Old Truman Brewery, London, E1 6QL Map

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Criminalise Bankers Not Prostitutes

Sex Workers demonstrate against the Policing and Crime Bill and the Welfare Reform Bill. Parliament Square, London.

They demand:
- an end to the criminalisation of sex work
- safety and other rights for all workers in the sex industry, including the right to unionise
- the right to stay and not be deported
- the right not to have a criminal record so we can apply for other jobs
- decent wages and benefits for all so that we can refuse violence and exploitation in any industry
Organised by the English Collective of Prostitutes.

© Jess Hurd/
See web gallery here

Saturday, 31 October 2009

EDL Leeds

English Defence League members scream at members of the press. The Leeds EDL protest was countered by Unite Against Fascism.

NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

© Jess Hurd/

Please see web gallery here
Read NUJ statement, Death threats for journalists covering right wing demos here

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Candle-lit vigil against gay hate crime. Trafalgar Square, London.

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Monday, 26 October 2009

For Police Eyes Only

This is enlarged from an image I took in 2004 which shows a police officer with named photo ID's of individuals on a Stop the War coalition protest outside an election fundraising dinner where George Bush Senior was after dinner speaker (pic is used in the Guardian story related today)

Not only does it contain prominent peace activists but also outrageously, two journalists (names and faces have been blurred to protect the identity of individuals listed)

The spotter card is used by police to identify potential 'trouble makers'.

See Guardian article; Police in £9m scheme to log 'domestic extremists' here

and Domestic Extremist blog piece here

© Jess Hurd/

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Domestic Extremist

May day demonstration at Bank. Organised by Space Hijackers. London 2009.

© Jess Hurd/

See Mark Thomas Guardian article on the civil liberties and the police secret database here

Read For Police Eyes Only blog piece on the Guardian Domestic Extremist story here

Our reputation on surveillance also extends to the New York Times here

Friday, 23 October 2009

Post Strike

National postal workers strike against jobs, conditions and threats to the service. Poplar and Isle of Dogs Delivery Office. Tower Hamlets. London.

© Jess Hurd/

See web gallery here

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Question Time

Unite Against Fascism demonstration opposing the invitation of BNP leader Nick Griffin onto Question Time. BBC Television Centre, White City.

© Jess Hurd/

See web gallery here

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

CWU Voice - Tearsheet

Signs of Revolt

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Signs of Revolt – Creative Resistance and Social Movements since Seattle


Space Hijackers/Ultimate Holding Company/Reel News/Peter Kennard/Kat Phillipps/ Cactus Network/Jonathan Barnbrook/Pedro Inhoue/Noel Douglas/David Gentlemen/Guy Smallman/Jody Boehnart/ Jess Hurd/Notes from Nowehere/Movement of the Imagination/Rebel Clown Army/ Indymedia London/Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination/Creative Resistance Research Network/ Turbulence/War Boutique/Josh On

Opening Times: Weekends 10-10pm, Weekdays 12–9pm

The Old Truman Brewery, London, E1 6QL

10 years ago, in November 1999 an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists shut down the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle, stopping the next trade round of Capitalist Globalisation. In the process they sparked a Movement of Movements right across the globe its slogan became ‘Another World is Possible’.

This November exactly 10 years from that momentous demonstration, and with most of the predictions of the movements rapidly coming true what with the crisis of the economy, a permanent state of war and the collapse of our eco-system wrecking lives across the planet, the rich and powerful meet again in Copenhagen to discuss the next Climate treaty after Kyoto, yet again activists are preparing to challenge the idea that the Market can solve the problems of the world, and take another step toward that possible world after Capitalism.

Signs of Revolt is an exhibition that weaves together the story of the past decades social movements, drawing out the influences and connections between and across the movements against Capitalism, War and Climate Change. Using archive material and documentary photography and video from movement photographers and filmmakers. It reveals the story of how we got from Seattle to Copenhagen.

Interspersed in this narrative are works by artist and designer activists and collectives, produced during, within and for the movements, this is the first time such a collection has been brought together in the UK and it will be a chance to reflect upon and celebrate the new creative impulses that the movements spawned and the possibilties for developing the creative capacity of future movements, these issues will also be discussed in greater depth during a series of talks during the exhibition. (timetable here).

As Capitalism threatens our very existence, Signs of Revolt defiantly maps out possible routes to a future filled with hope…

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Monday, 19 October 2009

Toy Graveyard

Toy Graveyard, France.

© Jess Hurd/

See slideshow here

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Climate Camp Swoop

Climate Camp Swoop at the Nottingham based, E.ON owned, coal fired power station, Ratcliffe on Soar.

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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Perpetual Displacement

Hundreds of refugees evicted from the 'jungle' remain in Calais, freezing, destitute, continually harassed by the police, sleeping rough and forced to queue for food. France.

© Jess Hurd/

See web gallery here

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Beach Breakers

Beach breakers on the Calais beach at the nearest point to Dover, with Sea France ferry sailing. France.

© Jess Hurd/

Sunday, 11 October 2009

EDL - Manchester

English Defence League march in Manchester against Islamic Extremism is countered by Unite Against Fascism.

© Jess Hurd/

See web gallery here

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Thursday, 8 October 2009

Tory Conference - Highlights

Kenneth Clarke MP. Conservative party Conference.

© Jess Hurd/

See web gallery here

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Tuesday, 6 October 2009


Propaganda posters displaying the 'core aims and beliefs' of the Tory Party in the Conservative Party press room.

© Jess Hurd/

See more pics here

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Labour Party - Highlights

Labour Party Conference 2009.

See web gallery here

© Jess Hurd/

Monday, 28 September 2009

Peter Mandelson

Peter Mandelson MP, Labour Party Conference 2009. Brighton.

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Sunday, 27 September 2009

March for jobs, education and Peace

March for jobs, education and Peace, Labour Party Conference. Brighton.

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Gravy Train

Vote for Change sponsored gravy train. Labour Party Conference. Brighton.

MP's all aboard.

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Friday, 25 September 2009

The Shard

Construction site for The Shard retail development, designed by architect Renzo Piano. The Shard will be the tallest building in Europe reaching 72 storeys and will include a viewing gallery at 800ft. London Bridge.

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Searchlight EDL Investigation - tear sheets

Further Coverage:

Guardian Special Report - English Defence League 12th September 2009 here

Socialist Worker 12th September cover - They claim they're not Nazis!

Anti-racist chase thugs out of Birmingham here

The True Face of the English Defence League Birmingham web gallery here

Harrow web gallery here

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