Brian J Morrison at Manchester Contemporary

BA and MA Photography lecturer, Brian J Morrison will be showing some new and existing works at this years Manchester Contemporary with two exhibition spaces based in the North West.

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Alongside artists, Deborah Bowmann, Holly Hendry and Mollie Milton, Brian will make up a quartet of artists represented by Manchester based curatorial collective Collar. Work from Brian’s exhibition Tension at The Birley, Preston will also feature in a booth curated by the Harris Museum’s Clarrisa Corfe.

The Manchester Contemporary runs from 23rd to 25th September with a preview on the 22nd.

Showcase – Kevin Crooks – Fieldwork Photography Symposium

Kevin Crooks is an exhibitor at this years Fieldwork Photography Symposium on November 9th. His work will be shown at the University’s PR1 Gallery as alongside a range of other practitioners during the symposium. He has come back to UCLan to talk about his photographic development and the project he will be exhibiting.


Kevin Crooks (2016)

KC – I am a St. Helens based photographer who has recently won the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise after completing an MA in Photography at the University of Central Lancashire. The award will provide funding and support to produce ‘M62: The Trans-Pennine Motorway’, a social documentary project which will explore the effects of how the Northern Powerhouse initiatives, and other government policies and programmes shape the lives of people within society, but more specifically those individuals and communities that are intrinsically linked to the motorway. The project will be produced between 2016-17, and will culminate in the production and a publication, this will be accompanied by the site specific presentations at relevant locations.


Kevin Crooks (2016)

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Fieldwork Photography Symposium – PR1 Exhibition – Open Call

UCLan’s PR1 Gallery will host a photographic exhibition on the theme of ‘the urban image’ this November to accompany the Fieldwork Photography Symposium on November 9th.

The exhibition so far has work by Tabitha Jussa, the arts collective Glass Ball, Deutsche Bank award winner Kevin Crooks and the members of UCLan’s Photography Research Group as well as many more.

Currently there is an open call for photographic submissions which will end September 30th. If you’re interested in having your work displayed in the show please e-mail or with a selection of images.

Submissions should be in a j-peg format with the longest edge no longer than 2000 pixels. Please include a brief synopsis of the work. Note all work must have been shot in 2016.


Keynote Speaker – Jerome Krase

We are pleased to announce Professor Jerome Krase as the Keynote speaker for the 2016 Fieldwork symposium.


Professor Jerome Krase photographed on his stoop, in Brooklyn, USA. Photo by Tim Philo

Jerome is Emeritus and Murray Koppelman Professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York and an activist-scholar who works on many urban community issues. Jerome researches and lectures, writes and photographs about urban life and culture globally. As co-editor of Urbanities – The Journal of Urban Ethnography,  Jerome also serves on the editorial board for a number of other publications including: Cidades, Visual Studies, and the Journal of Video Ethnography. 

Asking “how does the image of the city in which people live and work impact on their lives, and how do images of their denizens create or reflect the image of the city itself? ” Jerome’s paper will interrogate the role of visually-oriented work produced by social scientists, photographers, photojournalists and others who seek to create and disseminate images of the city.

An active member of the International Sociological Association and the International Visual Sociological Association Jerome’s work seeks to consolidate the relationship between visual research and sociological practices, with particular emphasis on the importance of the visual in urban research. As such, much of Jerome’s work  considers how we look at cities, questioning how we ‘see’ the city change. Combining scholarly and critical approaches, Jerome’s work prioritises visual, participatory and sensory research that will make for an exciting and engaging presentation and discussion. A list of Jerome’s publications can be accessed here.

For a taster, have a look at a 10minute snippet of Jerome discussing his latest book, Seeing Cities Change

For some additional reading and useful links see the following:

Urbanities Journal

The International Sociological Association  – Visual Research Group 

The (IVSA) International Visual Sociological Association 

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Fieldwork Photography Symposium – The Urban Image

The Fieldwork Photography Symposium is a free one-day conference on 9 November 2016 here at UCLan. In addition to the conference there will also be an exhibition of photographic work in UCLan’s PR1 Gallery.


There is an open call to photographers interested in taking part in the exhibition – please contact John Aitken or Jon Purcell

This year’s theme is The Urban Image.

Student Travel Bursary Award: La Historia de México


A Photographic Journal of Diversity and Sovereignty by David Foster.

BA Photography student David Foster has documented his travels through Mexico. David was awarded a UCLan travel bursary for the trip, which traces the struggle for independence from colonial rule and visits sites of significance during the early days of Mexican independence.

David captures the rich tapestry of everyday life in Mexico, making connections to the legacy of independence. His images attempt to acknowledge the changes and challenges facing life in a country straddling the boundary between its rich northern neighbours and its cultural ties to the rest of the continent to the south.