She/He/Me – a first year project

Our first years have just completed a portraiture project using B&W film.

Most of the first years had never shot film before they arrived at UCLan, so getting to this standard in just 12 weeks is remarkable. Big thanks are due to our darkroom guru Jo Garrett and our workshop tutor David Gregory. Great work everyone!

Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Elliott Crampton

Elliott Crampton

Katarina Balasuriya Vazacova

Katarina Balasuriya Vazacova

Chloe Beetham

Chloe Beetham

Stephen Fisher

Stephen Fisher


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.


Photo UCLan Exhibition

Third year students exhibited new works in the PR1 Gallery, spanning a range of photographic practice, including, contemporary fashion, documentary, collage and the photo book














A selection of second year work from the Photography and the City module, was on display in the photography gallery area found above PR1






Year one and foundation students also be displayed photographic publications, which have been produced over the course this semester, exploring a diverse range of narrative driven photo work.





Thanks to all that made it along, and congratulations to those exhibiting students. Well done everyone.

Caravan Gallery


Caravan4caravan8UCLan BA Photography students visited the Caravan Gallery in Preston.

Students on the BA photography will be engaging with Caravan Gallery projects over the semester.

Museum of Lancashire, Preston


Induction Week Liverpool Visit: ‘Leisure’

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Liverpool Induction event for 1st Years at UCLan.

Staff and students visited Liverpool during induction week.

Conceptual Pointing

Students visited the Open Eye Gallery and discussed the work and the intentions and the themes and ideas explored with the current show ‘Not all Documents are Records: Photographing Exhibitions as an Art Form.


Course Leader John Aitken documented the trip.


Students explored the theme leisure and some of their photographic realisations are here.

Danny McCabe:


Samuel Jackson:

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Charlotte Ball:


Adam Pickford:


Gabrielle Dawkins:


Sophie Colquhon:



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Self Published Photo Books Display

As part of the PRIME showcase at Photo UCLan, 1st yr under graduate students displayed their self published photo books that were the outcome of a Semester 2 module.  This annual display of work featured a broad range of styles in which the format of a publication functions in order to enhance the communicative value of the photographic project.


Hepworth Wakefield & Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On Friday 21st March, Under Graduate students from Photography at UCLan went on a study trip to Yorkshire.  First stop was the Philip-Lorca Dicorcia exhibition at the The Hepworth Wakefield.  Both venue and exhibition were very impressive and it was fantastic to have access to such a large retrospective of this work in an institution outside of London.

DSCF3867 DSCF3839 DSCF3835 DSCF3844 DSCF3849 DSCF3858We then travelled to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  Although emphasis is not on photographic work, the nature of the sculpture on display and the open air context that it is placed in, allowed students to spend time exploring how different weather and lighting conditions changed the way the work is viewed and engaged with.

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Student Visit to Artists’ Books Special Collection

Today students 1st Year UG Students went on a visit to the Artists’ Books Special Collection that is held at Manchester Metropolitan University.  This is an annual visit set up to help with research and development of one of the current projects that students are working on, in which they self publish their own photographic publication.  As always a great selection of work was made available by the collection team including original publications by Bill Brandt, Ed Ruscha and Stephen Gill.

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Portrait Strategies

As part of the practical workshop programme this semester, first year BA (Hons) Photography students have been exploring the studio, developing their technical and interpersonal skills, whilst also considering the nature of the photographic studio as a creative space.

Last week, students were set a simple brief to design a style and strategy to apply to a series of portraits. They experimented with ways of provoking a reaction/response from their subjects, either disarming their sitters or putting them under duress. Working in small groups they analysed the relationship between photographer and subject, questioning the notion of either party holding power when the shutter’s pressed…

This week the groups created their series of works, under live conditions and to tight time limits, they took control of the studio space and acted out their strategies:


© Ian Sharpe, Joe Williamson, Natashca Istratoglou, Roxy Moss, Thomas Rees


© Ali Hibberd, Damian Klemczak, Emma Givens, Abi Moss-Coomes


© Jason Rose, Ashleigh Swan, Eli Stewart, Charlie Stanton, Andrew Rawlinson


© Iain Hamilton, Beth Furbey, Petra Viltova, Rebecca Keogh


© Kendall Willmore, Holly Flethcher, Claire Rogan, Beth Holiday, Anna Hodgson, Bethanie Lawson