Last week as part of the ‘Great Northern Creative Festival’ Photo UCLAN held our annual fieldwork photography Symposium, this year focussing on Documentary Photography.
We had a fantastic line up of speakers giving their perspectives on the vast and changing landscape of documentary concerns and practices, practitioners; Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Al Baker, Christopher Bethell, Evelina Simkute, John Darwell, Daniel Tierney, presenting their projects and methodologies as well as, contemporary theoretical debates and discussions from Thomas Dukes curator of the Open Eye gallery and photographer / author David Bate.
Thank you from everyone at Photo Uclan to all our speakers for your sharing your projects, passions and perspectives with us it was a fascinating, insightful day.
Images by Kenny Brown
To celebrate the launch of our third edition of NORTH, a publication of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff projects along side commissioned pieces of writing and interviews, we are making the second edition available for free download.
To receive your free copy of Volume one simply click here and follow the download link
Eizo awards selected 7 BA Photography students from UCLan from over 200 applicants. The 7 BA students who were selected as ‘Notable Entries’.
Here you can see images from Malgorzata Majak & Ellie Jay Heatley
Other students shortlisted were the Kayleigh Hilton, Lewis Jones, Liam Warnock, Molly Cara Albin, Natalie Bishop
Initiated by artist Evelina Šimkutė, the Šilainiai Project is a collaborative endeavour based around the micro district of Šilainiai on the outskirts of Kaunas. On Friday Evelina led UCLan students on a photo walk around the area, which is home to a community of over 50,000 people over 7 districts.
Built in the 80’s, the district was one of the last large scale urban settlements before the break up of the former Soviet Union. As Evelina recalls, “I grew up in Šilainiai. My family was one of the first settlers and I still remember the smell of the freshly painted floor.”
Students spent the day engaging and interpreting the area as part of their ongoing research into the city and its environs.
On Wednesday UCLan travel bursary students arrived in Kaunas, Lithuania for a week-long research project based around the theme of ‘transition’. Inspired by the contrasts and comparisons between the two distinct locales, both students and staff will engage with a range of activities in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University and local artists from Kaunas.
Serving briefly as the country’s capital, Kaunas has a long and varied history as well as a being a hub for artists and photographers including the annual Kaunas Photo festival, which launched on Thursday.
Following orientation with the city, students and staff will research locations, peoples, and histories as part of a week long project culminating in research outputs and a publication.