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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Jon Purcell email@example.com.
This year’s theme is The Urban Image.
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.
We would like to invite you to the Photo UCLAN exhibition launch event on Wednesday 25th May from 4pm to 7pm at PR1 Gallery, Victoria Building.
The exhibition is a show case of a selection of work from students across all three years of the undergraduate BA photography program.
Third year students will be exhibiting new works in the PR1 Gallery, spanning a range of photographic practice, including, contemporary fashion, documentary, collage and the photobook.
A selection of second year work from the Photography and the City module, will be on display in the photography gallery area found above PR1
Year one students will also be displaying photographic publications, which have been produced over the course this semester, exploring a diverse range of narrative driven photo work.
We hope to see you there.
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/
Luke by Jason Rose – Year 3
Recent Photo UCLAN graduate, Sara Foryame, has seen her work featured in an article on Dazed and Confused magazines digital platform, Dazed Digital.
Sara is one of five artists discussed in the article exploring young female Muslim artists and raises questions around representation, identity and faith.
“Keen to shatter the media’s one-sided portrayal of the Muslim experience, Foryame’s work melds many themes and methods – from photography and collage to reappropriation and surrealism”
You can read the whole article here…
Third year student, Chris Teagles, recently completed a trip to China with fellow UCLAN students as part of the Universities Travel Bursury scheme. Below is a short piece Chris produced during his time there.
During my visit to Guangzhou I had the opportunity to visit Mr Thunder. Simon was his first name. Conor and I visited him with Tony, one of the Chinese students and we talked with him in the comfort of his home. We found that he has visited 140 countries in his lifetime and as you can imagine he has plenty of stories. I sat in awe as he told a few. I was overwhelmed. Is it possible to document this all in one sitting? Luckily the cameras were rolling so some of these fascinating stories were captured. My pen was poised over my notebook, but I wrote nothing, listening intently and taking it all in. After talking for some time and hearing about his life travelling talk turned to growing up in Guangzhou and how this mega city has transformed and evolved around its residents. Again, nothing was written but a lot was learned. Before we left I asked to take a portrait of him, he gladly obliged and sat in his chair and allowed me to document him, relaxed and at home.
Day two and I was up early, stood outside a metro station with Tony and Conor waiting for Mr Thunder. A few moments later, he arrives smiling and greets us before telling us that we are a short walk from the first location. We set off walking – this is what we are here for. As we navigate the streets of Guangzhou he points out buildings to us, talking about the changes that have affected his past home. We arrive at a grand looking house, stood tired from many years of neglect. He removes a small photograph from his pocket and shows us: “this is my first home”. A house that was once a home to him and his parents now is home to 15 families, the hallways lined with washing, bikes, buckets and stools. Our footsteps echo around the walls as we climbed the stairs in the darkness. On the first floor we go to the balcony and he removes another photograph. This depicts him, as a young child sitting on a chair, sunlight catching his face. I take the image from him and we set about re-photographing the same scene 60 years on. We continue up the stairs to the roof. Here the contrast and diversity of the city becomes instantly apparent. The new city sprawls out around us, skyscrapers towering upwards whilst buildings that stood less proud but for many more years are nestled in their shadow. Trees snaking upwards from the pavements making the place a true concrete jungle. Here on the roof we stood and re-create another image. Simon gives himself to the camera with great ease and goodwill, his desire for this change to be documented as much as myself and Conor.
We carried on following this fantastic man through the streets of the ever-changing city as he took us through memories of his childhood. He and his stories documented forever will always remain some of my fondest memories of Guangzhou.