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The changing face of photography in the 21st century.
Thursday 23 February – From 6pm
In this lecture, Norwich University of the Arts Dean of Arts & Media, Professor Richard Sawdon Smith explores his career as a photographer and looks at how new digital technologies and the convergence of media have blurred the boundaries of what photography is in the 21st century, instigating an explosion of the ‘photographic’ image in our daily lives. Find out about this free event.
Congratulations to Year One student Racheal Parrott whose work has been featured on British Vogue. Racheal photographed products from a friend’s Baby boutique, ‘Baby in Wonderland’ which were selected by the Vogue editorial team to feature in the February 2017 issue. View the Vogue February issue online and find out more about BA (Hons) Photography. at NUA.
NUA Dean of Art and Media, Professor Richard Sawdon Smith will screen his recent research film, Infinite Surface at Mid Summa Festival Melbourne as part of the QueerTech.io collective. QueerTech.io is a collection of over 20 digital artworks by queer artists from across the globe which are screened online and at 3 major festivals in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney from January to February 2017. Find out more about QueerTech.io and watch the Infinite Surface trailer.
Year 2 student Kane Layland has had his work published in contemporary fashion and lifestyle magazine KALTBULT in an exclusive menswear editorial. Kane worked with model Ryan Davies-Hall and stylist Sarah Stadler to create Aggression, an urban themed photoshoot featuring a range of fashion brands shot in London and across the UK. See Kane’s work on KALTBULT.
Congratulations to Lecturer Katy White who has been selected from Photofusion’s SALON/16 competition as one of the four artists to exhibit in Select/17. The open submission competition seeks images from all genres of photography and moving image; there are no categories or themes and each artist can submit up to six images for consideration. Katy’s image (pictured) with be exhibited alongside three other selected artists and she will receive a bursary to develop her work for the SELECT/17 group exhibition this year. Read more about the exhibition.
Lecturer Ross Trevail has photographed NUA Dean of Arts and Media Professor Richard Sawdon Smith for the Winter edition of Jocks & Nerds Magazine. The shoot took place on the NUA Campus and Sophie Chittock, Year two BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion student assisted with styling. Year two BA (Hons) Photography student Kane Layland got the opportunity to assist Ross on the shoot and both students were featured in the magazine. You can find out more on the Jocks & Nerds website. Read more about Ross’s work here.
NUA Lecturer Ross Trevail has been selected to judge Through the Lens, an annual photography competition set by international hoteliers Millennium Hotels and Resorts. This year’s competition asks for entries that celebrate ‘what makes Britain beautiful.’ Ross joins the panel of 12 judges including international commercial photographers, photo editors and photographic artists from across the UK. Find out more about the competition.
Newly graduated Photography students showcased their work in the heart of Shoreditch during summer 2016. In July, London’s Truman Brewery hosted ‘Free Range’, an annual exhibition showcasing graduate work in the creative fields. The opening night launched the showcase to a range of photography professionals, media and press followed by a five day-long exhibition. Photograd selected graduate Danielle Keane in their top picks from Free Range and Hashtag Photography Magazine selected Thomas Comber’s work as stand out.
2016 BA (Hons) Photography graduate Karim Skalli has been featured in the British Journal of Photography for his final-year project Mimasu. The visual diary project took about a year and a half to complete, and was shot in various locations including Morocco and England. Mimasu examines the communities and environments in these locations, Karim explains, “The idea was to challenge what my everyday could be, capturing it in a literal and ambiguous manner, photographing fleeting moments that we often take for granted and everyday things we don’t notice exist.” Read the full article in the British Journal of Photography.
2016 BA (Hons) Photography graduate, Gemma Astbury won ‘Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year 2016’ at the Fujifilm UK Student Awards for her cross-processed submission of a Norfolk beach scene, ‘Happisburgh Fences’ (pictured) in response to the brief ‘shoot from the hip’. Gemma wins the top prize at the awards and receives £200 worth of Fujifilm film, a professional portfolio with Metroprint, a bespoke consultancy session with a specialist printer and a goody bag of Instax prizes. Competition sponsor, Metroprint’s Creative Director Steve Macleod said of Gemma’s winning entry, “At first glance the image feels ephemeral, disposable and transient. However, when studying it in more detail it evokes feelings of past times, memories and loss.”
Students and graduates from BA (Hons) Photography have also celebrated success at the prestigious Association of Photographers Student Awards 2016. Year 1 student Jo Cock won the AOP top prize of Best in Show whilst 2016 graduate Sian Oliver won Best in ‘Things’ category. The awards ceremony took place at a packed Print Space Gallery in Shoreditch, London under the themes of People, Places or Things.
Photography Senior Lecturer, James Cant has been appointed to the selection panel for ‘Uncertain States’, the 2016 lens-based competition exhibited at East London’s Arts Pavilion. The selected artists will see their work featured in the national broadsheet newspaper, Uncertain States. James also sat on the selection panel for open exhibition, ‘Migrants’ organised by The House of The Artists.
NUA 3rd year Photography students Dibs McCallum, Francesca Kissack, Sian Oliver, Sam Comber and Year 1 students, Kane Layland and Jo Cock have all been selected for the Association of Photographers Student Awards 2016 finalists’ exhibition. Dibs McCallum’s photo of a Norfolk coastal pillbox (pictured) is selected in the Things categories, and a second image of a Thurrock pillbox in the Places categories. The students will show their work at an AOP exhibition at The Print Space Gallery in Shoreditch, London from 28th July – 9th August, judged by distinguished photographers James Eckersley, Paul Hill and Nigel Harniman. The AOP awards are a prominent feature in the industry calendar, recognising and celebrating emerging talent in photography across the UK.
BA (Hons) Photography at NUA is an Association of Photographers (AOP) affiliated course.
Senior Lecturer James Smith is to chair ‘Breaking New Ground: Photography in the Digital Age’ as part of The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium held in York in May 2016. The two day programme also includes sessions with Frieze Magazine, the Whitechapel Gallery and Film London. James will chair a panel discussion on the current convenience of digital photography and technology and session speakers include industry professionals from Ffotogallery and Diffusion Photography Festival.
Year three student Dibs McCallum has received runner-up prize and a highly commended prize for his entries into the HARMAN technology Ltd student competition- Saturday Night at the Movies. The prize, in association with ILFORD Photography, recognizes outstanding photography in both digital and darkroom categories and this year 1000 images were submitted to the competition from students across the UK. Dibs was awarded runner-up prize for his work entitled Quadraphenia (pictured). The runners-up received certificates and £75 to spend at harmanexpress.com. All images that made it to the final judging stage can be seen on HARMAN’s Flickr feed here.
NUA BA and MA Photographer Senior Lecturer James Cant is exhibiting in Unexpected:Continuing Narratives of Identity & Migration alongside major international artists. The exhibition, in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts, features work by Frank Auerbach, Behjat Omer Abdulla, Güler Ates and Ana Cvorovic. Unexpected opens on the 16th February and continues until the 24th April.(Image: Keith: Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica to London 1959)
On 20 November NUA Dean of Arts and Media Professor Richard Sawdon Smith will take part in a talk at the V&A Museum entitled ‘The Artist as Collector/Collecting as Research’ as part of the museum’s series The Art of Collecting Photography. Through the talk Uncertain States and Zelda Cheatle bring together artists, collectors and curators in a series of talks about the role and artistic importance of the collector and collections within the context of fine art photography. The two part event also looks at the Collector as Curator another talk chaired by Zelda Cheatle and including speakers Richard Sawdon Smith, Artist and Collector, Polly Fleury, Curator, Wilson Centre of Photograph and Angelica Pediconi. For tickets and more information click here. (Image by Andi Sapey)
Graduate Saymuphorn Janthasorn had her entry selected in book in the portraiture category of the Fifth Annual Exposure Awards. See the full book of selected entries online.
Kirstie Thornton, a Year One student, has been announced as the 2015 winner of Canon’s Shoot the Show Competition. Students entering the competition received a pre-show briefing from the Canon team before capturing catwalk action from the photographer’s pit – the same used by the world’s press throughout London Fashion Week. Kirstie joins NUA alumna Charlotte Simpson, BA Photography (2012), amongst the list of winners. Her prize includes elite Canon equipment and a pass to London Fashion Week 2016.
An incredible 17 Year One students have had their work put through from the initial online judging round of the D&AD New Blood Awards (i-D Magazine Subculture brief). Meri Säynätkari, Tom Lucas, Olivia Trowell, Leoni Less Mann, Katerina Basarbolieva, Kirstie Thornton, Liam Waters, Zac Massey, Maria Ridgway, Tasha King, Chelsea Skinner, Elvina Vong, Laura Latham, Maria Memet, Cara Liggins, Cherie Carman and Sean Hancock have all made the next stage of judging of the i-D Magazine Subculture brief.
Year Three student Brydn Webb was named runner up in the Harman technology Student Photographer of the Year 2014 – Digital competition. The annual competition for UK photography students attracted a record entry for 2014 with more than 1,000 submissions from students across the UK. Brydn’s winning piece, titled Boot 2, earned him a £100 certificate to spend online with Harman. View more of Brydn’s work at www.brydnwebb.com.
The photographic work of Professor Richard Sawdon Smith, NUA Dean of Media, is discussed on anatomical art blog Street Anatomy.
2009 graduate Philip Haynes has received a 2014 AOP Award in the ‘Non Commissioned Life Single’ category for his amazing image of a gymnast. “This award means the world to me because I have been a member of the AOP for seven years now since I was a student at NUA,” says Philip. “I have photographed sport since my time at university and pursue it with a passion.” View Philip’s portfolio.
2013 Graduate Lee Kirby has just completed a project for Canon documenting the lives of some very special people around the globe who use Canon products on a daily basis. He worked with documentary film maker Chris Turner & Gather.ly on the project Canon Focus- a series of videos delving into the day-to-day lives of normal people undertaking incredible challenges and journeys. Each story explores their background, planning, motivations, challenges, achievements and how Canon products have enabled them to capture these moments to be shared. See more of Lee’s work on his website.
2012 Graduate Peng Janthason is one of 12 selected artists to show at the SCOPE International Contemporary Arts Festival in Miami. With over 65 art fairs spanning more than a decade, SCOPE is the largest and most global art fair in the world, celebrated as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming.
2011 Graduate Nick Rees has been interviewed about his work as a still-life photographer who specialises in drinks by the It’s Nice That design blog. Read the Nick Rees interview.
Dean of Media Richard Sawdon Smith and Photography Lecturer James Cant are both exhibiting work in this year’s Uncertain States exhibition at Bank Gallery. The exhibition is a lens-based artists’ project featuring work from over 30 artists. For more information visit the website. The exhibition is open from 14 November – 5 December, Tues – Fri: 11am -7pm, Sat: 12-5.30pm at Bank Gallery, Central House, Whitechapel High Street, London.
Dean of Media Professor Richard Sawdon Smith sat on the selection panel for Uncertain States Open Call Exhibition, which has opened at Four Corners in London and runs until 31 October. The show contains the work of nine lens-based artists, which will also be features in issue 20 of the Uncertain States broadsheet newspaper. Professor Smith selected Melbourne-based photographer Georgia Metaxas, whose work investigates the personal and cultural manifestations of ritual.
The International Photography Festival in Pingyao has selected six NUA students and graduates to show their work within the ancient walled city of Pingyao in Shanxi Province. Roseanna Hanson, Ashleigh Berryman, Harriette Phillips, Jack Cornish (whose work is pictured), Jonathan Charlton and Shannah Wills will show a selection of images at the festival, which takes place 19–25 September and is expected to attract 200,000 visitors.
Three Year One students – Katelyn Playford (whose work is pictured), James Randle and Gemma Shaw – had their work selected to be featured ‘in book’ at D&AD 2014. Their work was submitted in response to the Nokia brief to revisit the idea of the ‘decisive moment’. View the work submitted for the brief on the D&AD website.
12 final year students have been selected to have their work featured on the Source magazine website. View their work at the Source Photographic Review online.
Photography lecturer James Russell Cant will speak about his project The Decisive and Other Moments at The Photographer’s Gallery in Carnaby, London in June. The project is a series of long exposure photography up to a yearlong recorded by both pinhole and conventional cameras, centred around the remains of a Georgian house, its gardens and the estuarine country and marshlands of Northeast Essex. James’s editorial portraiture has appeared widely in print both in the UK and abroad and his work has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery.
Year 2 student Brydn Webb has had his work selected among a number of entries to the CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition to be profiled on BuzzFeed. His image of London at 5pm was included in the Buzzfeed article ‘24-Hour London Seen In 24 Striking Photos‘. The competition’s ‘cities at work’ brief challenged entrants to capture the essence of urban life and was open to both professional and amateur photographers.
The London Photographic Association has judged a submission by NUA lecturer Andi Sapey as the Bronze Winner of its portraiture Let’s Face It 10 competition. His entry (pictured above) will be included in an online gallery and Andi has been awarded a year’s membership of the association.
High-end medium format camera systems brand Phase One visited the NUA campus to deliver a two day Phase One Certified Professional (POCP) course to Year Three students. The program, taught by Phase One Technical Support staff, covered the skills required to confidently work with the Phase One camera system and Capture One software from efficient on-set workflow to camera setup and operation. Students that passed the course received a Phase One qualification and are listed on the Phase One website as certified professionals.
2013 graduate Lee Kirby was commissioned to shoot the album artwork for London Grammar’s debut album a day after graduating from NUA. Design agency Big Active and Ministry of Sound, London Grammar’s record label, approached Lee after seeing his work published in 360 Magazine in L.A. Lee spent two days in a studio in North London shooting the artwork. If You Wait by London Grammar was released on 9 September 2013 at went to number two in the album charts.
NUA has been commended by the Fujifilm Student Awards 2013 for being the source of the most entries with 184 submissions. The BA Photography course will be presented with a certificate and £200 worth of Fujifilm Professional film.
NUA Lecturer Daniel Bosworth has launched a new platform for socially engaged photography in conjunction with graduates from NUA’s BA Photography. The Us Project seeks to provoke discussion, debate, learning and sharing of cultures, identity and social documentary work. The project will explore new platforms, re-appropriate traditional presentation, promote collaboration and use social media to create a broader, three dimensional context for photography. Participating NUA graduates include Andy March, James De Ara, Mabon Llŷr, Amy Wilkinson and Luke Copping. Visit The Us Project website.
A career in Fashion photography beckons for Year 3 student Lee Kirby who has had two picture stories published in online fashion magazines Two and Glassbook. Lee’s work was also featured in campaigns to promote Norwich Fashion Week 2013.
The BA Photography course has received official accreditation from Creative Skillset, the industry body that supports skills and training for people in the creative industries. The accreditation represents an endorsement by industry panels in recognition of the course’s links to the creative sectors and track record in securing employment for their graduates.
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