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After eight years in London including a five-year stint at M&C Saatchi and time with Anomaly, Lydia Pang moved to New York and now works as a Creative Director for Refinery29. She defines herself as a Frankenstein Creative, born out of an international outlook and the changing industry - the job she has created for herself is made up of many roles. She has made it her mission to support new voices and given many photographers their first big job. She’s an advocate for constant learning, discovery and evolution no matter where you are in your career and she lives and breathes this ethos herself.

“It’s privilege to make work. Holding ourselves, and the community more responsible is really important. Don’t fear the change. There’s never been a more exciting time to make creative work. Images are a platform for real world change and business know that. This is our time.”

Lydia Pang and Gem Fletcher explore the crucial role commissioner’s play in how the future of the industry and visual culture is being shaped. They discuss the importance of responsibility in image making, telling authentic stories and how to survive and thrive in this ever-changing industry.

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