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:

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

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

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

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

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