Preston, 9th November 2016
Hosted by the Photography Research Group, the Fieldwork Photography Symposium explored a range of discourses exploring the ‘Urban Image’. The day was chaired by John van Aitken, MA Course Leader and Academic Lead for the school of Journalism, Media and Performance.
Speakers on the day included:
Theo Simpson – An Exploration of How the North of England Can Be Conceived and Encoded
Valentina Anzoise – Fringescapes: Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City
Followed by and Q &A with J Purcell (UClan Photography Research Group)
Glass Ball Collective – David Ball and Cora Ball talked about their work at Skelmersdale New Town.
Laetitia Vancon – Photography and Gentrification
Followed by and Q&A with Brian J Morrison (UClan Photography Research Group)
Kevin Crooks – UClan Alumni and DBACE winner 2016
Eugenie Shingle – Gabriele Basilico and the New Topographics aesthetic
Jerome Krase – “Seeing the Image of the City Change, Again”
Q&A: Led by Erik Knudsen (Professor of Media Practice UCLan) & Gary Bratchford (UCLan Photography Research Group) with closing statements from John van Aitken
Other events during the symposium were a Pop-up Portrait studio using a 10×8 negatives facilitated with Adam Mead in collaboration with BA students from years 1-3
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.
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.
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)
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 JPurcell@uclan.ac.uk or JAitken@uclan.ac.uk 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.
MA Photography graduate Kevin Crooks last night won 1st prize in the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise (DBACE). Kevin came top of his category with a unanimous vote from a panel of judges which included the likes of Nigel Hurst of Saatchi Gallery.
The award gives Kevin £10,000 to continue the project and a year of professional / business/ creative mentorship supported by Deutsche Bank and their network. Kevin’s work – http://www.dbace.uk.com/projects/m62-the-trans-pennine-motorway/ is a project he began on the MA in 2015 and is in the process of developing. Deutsche Bank are very keen to work with the Photography area for next year’s award. Kevin will be speaking at this year’s Great Northern Creative Festival in the Fieldwork conference in November.
About DBACE http://www.dbace.uk.com/about-dbace/
Shortlisted in his category – Art & Photography – http://www.dbace.uk.com/2016-shortlisted-applicants/
The Fieldwork Photography Forum is a two-day event of talks, lectures and workshops being held at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston on November 12th & 13th. The Forum will showcase the work of Photography practitioners and debate a range of issues regarding contemporary issues and practices.
It is being held on both days on the Preston campus in the Media Factory building on the fourth floor in the Media Innovation Suite room 414. The event is part of the Great Northern Creative Festival being held by the School of Film, Media and Performance.
Download the Fieldwork Forum programme.
Download the Fieldwork Forum itinerary.
The exhibition features work from all BA(Hons) and MA students.
Everyone is invited to the Private View on Tuesday 20 May.
The exhibition was a great success, with many visitors for the Artists’ Talks and Private View.
Visitors gather for the Artists’ Talks
Kim Vermeulen talks about her work with breastfeeding mothers
Karl Lagan Reyes stands next to his images of the Igarot community in London
The MA Photography programme at UCLan has its own blog with more details and photographs of the exhibition:
Reflections – an exhibition by MA Photography students and graduates from the University of Central Lancashire
The exhibition contains a very diverse range of images including visualisations of personal trauma, cultural divides, industrial decline, meditation, Christianity, isolation and Igorot identity; other work discusses personal possessions, breastfeeding and the depiction of landscape.
Image © Karl Lagan Reyes
The exhibitors are
Karl Lagan Reyes
Image © Francesca Dent
18 to 21 September 2013
113-115 Portland St
Image © Kim Vermeulen
Thursday 19 September 4pm
Thursday 19 September 6pm
For more information please contact:
John Aitken firstname.lastname@example.org
David Dennison email@example.com
“It’s the result of thinking—and I see this with students all the time—that using the view camera forces conscious, decision making. You can’t sort of stand somewhere, and it is exactly where you want to be. Do I want it here, or do I want it there—two inches this way or two inches that way.”
– Stephen Shore
The MA cohort were inducted into the 5×4 View Camera, they spent the sunny afternoon working in a small group getting to grips with this format and exploring it’s implications when producing imagery.
This format produces great detail and students were taken aback by the clarity of the ground glass, the flipped image causing them to slow the process down and consider composition in a way that they haven’t before.
Using large format sheet film can be a very costly exercise, so the students also explored an experimental way of producing prints using darkroom paper negatives. The developed results provided unique and unpredictable prints that mirrored the subjects they put before the camera’s gaze.
Stephen Shore – Uncommon Places Interview