Free Photography Publication North II

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.

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To receive your free copy of Volume one simply click here and follow the download link

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Allumni Ryan Wagstaff featured in Off the Rails

Ryan Wagstaff who graduated this summer will see his work featured in issue 10 of popular contemporary fashion and culture publication Off the Rails.

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The editorial piece is inspired by the Punk scene of the 1970’s but takes a contemporary twist. Set in the back streets of an undetermined northern town, Ryan explores class, northern identity and the classic do-it-yourself fashion aesthetic

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Ryan, features in our next edition of NORTH which launches on the 9th  of November. See here for more of Ryan’s work.

Berlin Stories: Simone Trumpet

The Refugees Revolution demonstration of 23.03.2013 with over 5000 participants was the subject matter for my group project with journalists Faye Grima and Terri-Ann Williams.  They interviewed individuals and recorded the event while I used black and white 35mm film to photograph the protest.  As I have a growing interest in portrait photography, these are my chosen portrait images of participants from the event that stood out to me; these photographs shows the diversity of Germans who come together to fight for what they believe in.

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Berlin Stories: Faye Grima

Dark tourism has become an ever-growing area across the world as many visit the macabre historical landmarks that have helped shape our current political economy. Berlin is arguably the home of many of these compelling sites. Whilst in Berlin, I focused on such historical landmarks and their importance to modern day culture. It is brutally evident when walking through Berlin that such dark tourism sites have had a huge affect on the city: both in terms of its economic touristic growth and its socio-political identity. I visited the Stasi Prison, The Holocaust Memorial Site and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp where I uncovered the reasons behind I felt they were still relevant today.

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Around 15 students visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in order to further understand the notorious political history of Berlin. The trip proved an interesting experience for both students and visitors.

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It is acknowledged as one of the most dehumanizing enterprises in human history: Sachsenhausen Concentration camp provides a sobering and sombre remembrance of Berlin’s past. One of the largest camps of the Reich between 1936 and 1945, around 200,000 people were forced into slave labour by the Nazi regime; many of whom were hung, exterminated, shot, and used for exploitative medical experiments.

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As you enter under the clock tower where the Nazis would shamelessly overlook the Jews, the unsettling  words entrenched within the gate still read “Arbeit Macht Frei” [work will set you free]; a harsh reminder that the majority of those sent to the camp were “set free” through death. The guide recalled one Jewish man who was tormented by the Nazis into running into a barbed fence where he was told he would be freed.

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May 29 1942 marked the beginning of some of the worst scenes at Sachsenhausen: the SS invited high ranked Nazi officials to witness a new installation at the camp and 96 Jews were killed by shooting to show the visitors the camps efficiency. This became known as Station Z – which in March 1943 was turned into a gas chamber which was used until the end of the war.

But despite offering a disturbing outlook of German history, for many, Sachsenhausen remains an important place for people visiting Berlin.

Noach Flug from the International Auswitz Committee said: “The world has learned too little from our history. Remembrance and commemoration must remain the equal task of both citizens and states”.

A visitor on the day also added: “As a German-born 22-year-old from Hamburg, I cannot say I like to come here. It is hard to accept that this happened but it is important to remember that it did” [Sebastian Statistik].

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Although Sachsenhausen is undoubtedly an important place to commemorate those exposed by the Nazi regime, it was interesting to see how visitors behaved.

As I look around the concentration camp on a snowy day in March, I am startled by many on the grounds of a memorial site throwing snowballs and carelessly messing around.

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Second year students Hannah MacInnes and Danielle Griffiths who visited the camp alongside other UCLan students said they were “confused by the behaviour of many at the camp”.

“It’s very important to visit here to understand what happened in Germany to avoid it happening again, but it is also important to treat it with respect, not like many have today”.

Danielle Griffiths added: “I am unsure as to whether the camp should still be here: I think tourism has gone too far”.

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On the very grounds of where thousands of innocent people were killed today lies a snowman and a group of teenagers laughing whilst having a snowball fight.

Has tourism gone too far? Whether Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is a portrayal of tourism going too far or a commemoration of survivors and those who lost their life remains an open question.

Berlin Stories: Terri-Ann Williams

The Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection in Berlin has a range of antiquities which rivals that of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

This year the museum is holding a special exhibition: “In light of Amarna,100 years discovery of Nefertiti”. As Cairo continue to claim the bust of Nefrititi is rightfully theirs, a spokesperson for the Berlin Museum says that ‘the bust is too fragile to travel’.

In the past tensions have been high between the Museum in Berlin and Cairo. The bust of Nefertiti is one of the main exhibitions at the museum in Berlin, and is one of the most prized pieces in it’s collection.

Over 100 years ago an excavation was funded by Berlin born philanthropist James Simon, this excavation was carried out in Amarnaby German archaeologist, Ludwig Borchardt, in December 1912. It’s believed the bust of Nefertiti was made around 1350BC.

The bust has been displayed to the public for over 100 years and the German Government are defiant that the piece still belongs to them.

“I think Nefertiti is the best ambassador of Egypt. She is accepted here, although she is still unique and different. She must stay in Germany,” said Dr Wildung, the curator of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin.

In my opinion the exhibition is beautiful and the museum itself is a credit the archaeologists who have come from Germany and discovered such wonders. However the Cairo museum also holds a huge range of artifacts and antiques that are in no doubt the best source for Egyptologists and people interested in the history of Egypt.

The bust of Nefertiti is priceless and should be kept well preserved for people all over the world to see. Her rightful place of course is her home land Egypt, but if transporting her there means harming the bust then she should stay in Berlin.

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Berlin Stories: Expedition to Szczecin

On Saturday Adam and Bart travelled outside of Berlin to visit Szczecin, in Poland, Bart’s home town. The purpose was recreational but whilst there we also explored key areas of the city. Parallels between this place and Berlin were particularly obvious in architecture and the city’s layout. Which is explained by Germany’s control of Szczecin between 1870 and 1945. The experience of Polish culture, in a place comparably and strongly tied with Germany, has provided depth and knowledge to our time spent in Berlin.

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