Featuring 2018 photography graduates

New Photograd content | Supporting 2018 photography graduates from UK based courses.

This summer Photograd are supporting a number of 2018 photography graduates from UK based courses through interviews, sharing of work, and promotion to a much wider audience. Selected from a recent call for work across social media were, in total, 12 new graduates who we are sharing the work of. We're appreciating some noticeable trends in photography over the last couple of years and new content on the Photograd platform brings you still life, responses to current affairs, exploration of family heritage, and industrial effects upon the landscape.


University of the West of England graduate Tom Roche presents his series Black Blood on the Photograd Spotlight in which he explores his own Romany Gypsy heritage through stories and speculation. We asked Tom about his university experience, his use of photography to find a sense of 'home', and his future plans, in particular how he will make Black Blood interestingly presented on the web.

The documentary collection of archival images, and both medium and large format prints, presented together provoke some interesting thoughts about family, heritage, and the future. 

 Images from the series  Black Blood  by Tom Roche

Images from the series Black Blood by Tom Roche

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We selected Norwich University of the Arts graduate Holly Farndell to takeover the Photograd Instagram at the end of July with her documentary work.

"Golden Promise was created from Autumn through to Spring as a documentation of light and the changing of seasons. With a short escape from grey old England to sun-washed Spain, it is an observation of my experience with seasonal affective disorder and coping with the light and darkness of life."

You can follow along to find out more about Holly and her work from Sunday 29th July - Saturday 4th August.

 Images from the series  Golden Promise  by Holly Farndell

Images from the series Golden Promise by Holly Farndell

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Falmouth University graduate Caterina Lombardi presents us with her series SATIS on the Photograd Spotlight. In here interview, Caterina presents her still life images and accompanying video. Caterina takes inspiration from traditional still life paintings and intends to educate the viewer on certain current affairs. Each of her images are uniquely titled in Latin to give everybody the opportunity to decipher subject matter.

  ABORTUS IURA  from the series  SATIS  by Falmouth University graduate  Caterina Lombardi

ABORTUS IURA from the series SATIS by Falmouth University graduate Caterina Lombardi

  OBSTETRICANTE VIOLENTIAM  from the series  SATIS  by Falmouth University graduate  Caterina Lombardi

OBSTETRICANTE VIOLENTIAM from the series SATIS by Falmouth University graduate Caterina Lombardi

 

Nine highly commended 2018 photography graduates from UK based courses were also selected from this call for work to be represented on the Photograd blog. These bodies of work stood out to us for many reasons and we took this opportunity to share them.

  Miguel Proença ,  The Buzzer (ZhUOZ)

Miguel ProençaThe Buzzer (ZhUOZ)

  Luke Hurlock ,  Tokamak Fusion

Luke HurlockTokamak Fusion

  Chiara Avagliano ,  Val Paradiso

Chiara AvaglianoVal Paradiso

University of Westminster graduate Luke Hurlock presents Tokamak Fusion which documents the current state of advancements in the field of nuclear fusion research. The word Tokamak comes from the Russian Toroidalnaya Kamera I Magnitnaya Katushka (Toroidal Chamber and Magnetic Coil) an is in reference to the fusion devices used by the leading fusion experiments. The images in this project aim to both intrigue and inform the viewer on the progress of a future technology that promises to solve one of humanity’s biggest problems, clean renewable energy production.

 

London College of Communication graduate Chiara Avagliano explores the places she grew up in Val Paradiso. "

The mountain scenery blends with the hills of the countryside colliding in a space inhabited by childhood memories, magical encounters, teenage adventures, mystical experiences, idealised love and a magical bond between girls that echoes ancient rituals and witchcraft. 

The fictional documentary work is a coming of age tale, retold from different points of view. 

Personal experiences are narrated and transformed, almost becoming legends whispered softly, from mouth to mouth, from me to my half-sister and her girlfriends."

Highly commended 2018 photography graduates

We recently created a call for work specifically for those students graduating this year with the aim of rewarding a number of them with opportunities to be represented by Photograd. You can see the full list of results here.

Here we present you with 9 highly commended 2018 photography graduates from UK based courses. Please click each image to read about the work.

 
 Luke Hurlock,  Tokamak Fusion

Luke Hurlock, Tokamak Fusion

 Jae Storer,  Riders of The City

Jae Storer, Riders of The City

 Chiara Avagliano,  Val Paradiso

Chiara Avagliano, Val Paradiso

 Laura Dow,  Flock

Laura Dow, Flock

 Emma Stevenson,  Altered Lands

Emma Stevenson, Altered Lands

 Paige Middleton,  Coastal Contamination

Paige Middleton, Coastal Contamination

 Miguel Proença,  The Buzzer (ZhUOZ)

Miguel Proença, The Buzzer (ZhUOZ)

 Stefania Kossakowska,  Her Name Is Polonia

Stefania Kossakowska, Her Name Is Polonia

 Hannah Morgan,  Precious Fragments

Hannah Morgan, Precious Fragments

Supporting 2018 photography graduates - call out results

We're continuously seeking brand new talent here at Photograd and so of course the Summer months are our favourite time of year - it's degree show season!


We recently created a call for work specifically for those students graduating this year with the aim of rewarding a number of them with opportunities to be represented by Photograd.

The work we received was brilliant and the judging process was a tough one, but finally, the results are in..

The two 2018 photography graduates we are rewarding with a Spotlight feature are

  • Tom Roche and the series Black Blood - University of the West of England
  • Caterina Lombardi and the series SATIS - Falmouth University

The selected 2018 photography graduate we are rewarding with an Instagram Takeover is

  • Holly Farndell with the series Golden Promise - Norwich University of the Arts

The highly commended 2018 photography graduates who will appear on the Photograd blog are

  • Laura Dow with the series Flock - The University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art) 
  • Luke Hurlock with the series Tokamak Fusion - University of Westminster
  • Chiara Avagliano with the series Val Paradiso - London College of Communication
  • Jae Storer with the series Riders of The City - University of Suffolk
  • Hannah Morgan with the series Precious Fragments - Brighton University
  • Stefania Kossakowska with the series Her Name Is Polonia - University of South Wales
  • Emma Stevenson with the series Altered Lands - University of Westminster
  • Paige Middleton with the series Coastal Contamination - Coventry University
  • Miguel Proença with the series The Buzzer (ZhUOZ) - University of South Wales
 
 Image from the series  Black Blood  by University of the West of England graduate    Tom Roche

Image from the series Black Blood by University of the West of England graduate Tom Roche

 
 
  PUER NUPTAE  from the series  SATIS  by Falmouth University graduate  Caterina Lombardi

PUER NUPTAE from the series SATIS by Falmouth University graduate Caterina Lombardi

 

Dates for the release of interviews and blog posts are as follows

  • Spotlight interview with Tom Roche - Friday 29th June
  • Highly commended blog posts - Friday 6th July
  • Spotlight interview with Caterina Lombardi - Friday 27th July
  • Instagram Takeover by Holly Farndell - Sunday 29th July - Saturday 4th August

University of Westminster MA Photographic Studies Degree Show

New Stories is the culmination of the MA Photographic Studies course at the University of Westminster. This talent is as rich in diversity as it is in unique and innovative ideas. The collective is formed of 15 artists and theorists from 10 different nations. The artists unify; exploring new frontiers in photography through the New Stories they are visually articulating.

New Stories demonstrates individual perspectives on photographic narratives and space whilst challenging the constraints of the image. Old stories are revisited and reinterpreted in conjunction with new insights on photographic practice. The rigour of the photographic form is investigated through the confrontation of pre-existing notions within media semiotics, documentary, identity politics and the materiality and legacy of the image. The exhibition demonstrates the expansion of the photographic field through complex ideas developed over the course of a year or more.

New Stories private view will take place on Thursday 1st September from 6 - 8.30pm, at Ambika P3 Gallery, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS, and continues until 6th September. Opening times are as follows: 2nd-6th September 11am - 7pm, Saturday 4th September 11am - 5pm. A limited edition catalogue that includes an introduction by renowned photographic author David Bate will accompany the exhibition. 

A symposium entitled Fiction and Non-Fiction; a discussion on new developments in photographic narrative will be held on Saturday 3rd September 3.00pm - 5.00pm. Entry is FREE. 

Visit the website for more information on the artists and their work, the show and the symposium, and to view the essay, The Aftermath of Contemporary Images by David Bate

 

Exhibitors websites and series titles:  

Anthony PrévostThe Black Box

Catherine Sanderson - Three Stories

Huang YuArtificial Landscapes   

Jennifer Lei WangUnplaced: Alienation, estrangmenet from humanized landscape and non-human nature

Jorge Luis DièguezStability & Constructivity

Katie Longley - Waiting Room

Letitia Kamayi - Kongo | You Should Know Me

Olga Bortkevich - The Unboxed

Pippa Healy - At This Hour

Reka Komoli - Mirror of Identities

Ren Zhao - Untitled Identity

Free Range Photography Week Two - Catalogues

 

Due to the volume of universities that exhibited during the second week of Free Range (a whopping 18!), we’ve had to scale down the amount of catalogues we showcase to the ones we were most impressed by. It was a tough decision this week picking our favourites; the catalogues across the board, we’d say, were more impressive than last week, sorry week one grads! And even, dare we say, the most well thought out designs we’ve ever seen at Free Range during our visits over the last four years (we haven’t been to the second week of Free Range before so we may have missed other brilliant designs). 

Lupe - Middlesex University 2016 catalogue

We’ll kick things off with our favourite catalogue from the second week of Free Range Photography shows - Middlesex University. Roughly A5 in size, this simple, magazine-style catalogue was an instant item of curiosity in our eyes. It’s obvious that a great deal of attention has been focused on the design of this catalogue – it has a dust jacket for a start, making it seem more luxurious in appearance. Even when removing the dust jacket to reveal the bare magazine, the design is still appealing. This catalogue and the work inside are not typical of a degree show catalogue; the standard is so impressive that it feels like a magazine you’d happily buy from a retailer. The foreword of the mag informs the reader that submissions were taken from all levels of the BA and MA programmes. The inclusion of all may seem unusual but is not evident when flicking through, but this could be the only downside to this catalogue for us as it doesn’t include the work of all the exhibitors of Free Range this year. 

Opting for interviews rather than the traditional artist statements, this catalogue feels more personal, allowing the reader to further engage with the photographers and their practice.  Having a polaroid at the end showing the Lupe team was also a lovely personal touch. Safe to say, this magazine will stay on our shelf for a long time! 

University of Brighton Degree Show 2016 catalogue

The other catalogues we love come from University of Brighton and Coventry University. Brighton’s clean and understated look may not be the most eye-catching, but the intricacy of the design and the considered layout of the work and artist statements is something we love. The hand stitched spine allows the book to open flat and stay open – handy for our pictures and also great to see all the work properly. The catalogue begins with an essay by Stephen Bull and ends with one by Mark Power, and sandwiched in the middle is the work of the 2016 graduates. Grad work is grouped together and separated by a bold blue page indicating the beginning of the artist statements, a simple idea that works well when wanting to find out more about a particular piece. 

INSITE - Coventry University 2016 catalogue

Coventry University’s we loved for a different reason; their boldly coloured, spiral bound catalogue stands out for its fun factor. Often enough catalogues can appear very generic and, you could say, a little cold; this breaks from the norm with its almost no rules approach. A great part of this catalogue is how the over emphasised coloured pages are broken up by double page spreads showing the selection of the work previously seen in accurate to life colour.  

Well done to everyone involved in the making of the catalogues from both Free Range Photography weeks, we enjoyed picking our way through all of the ones that we managed to get hold of! We now look forward to seeing how the class of ’16 progress. We hope to hear from you!  

See our week one catalogue review here. 

Rochester 2016 catalogue

Optic - University of West London 2016 catalogue

EMERGE - Nottingham Trent University 2016 catalogue  

Free Range Photography Week Two - Photograd Picks

We chose our favourite work from our visits to both photography weeks at Free Range and by looking through our selection of catalogues we picked up. You can see our first picks further down our blog if you want to find out about what we discovered. We travelled to the capital again this week to see the second instalment. Neither of us have been to week two before and so we were looking forward to being overloaded with catalogues and business cards from a wider selection of universities. We weren't wrong, the collection of business cards we now have is immense!

We just want to say congratulations to all who were involved with Free Range this year. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at both weeks and we both discovered some new work that has personally inspired us. We're now looking forward to creating Photograd features with you all!

Enough talk about us, let's get onto our second selection of picks!

University of West London - Optic

 Denisa Silas  Albesti   www.denisasilas.com

Denisa Silas Albesti www.denisasilas.com

During our visit we didn’t have an abundance of time to stop and read up on each piece of work, but the text in the case of Denisa’s project isn’t necessary; something about this work immediately struck us as a project close to home. Exhibited in a long row of understated sized framed prints, this work is a tender yet melancholic portrait of Denisa’s homeland in Albesti, Transylvania; a way for her to harness her memories of a place once felt like her “safe haven”, in turn creating a place of escape for the viewer. 

Nottingham Trent University - Emerge

  James Marvin   Thirty-Seven and Three-Quarters   -   www.jamesmarvinphoto.com

James Marvin Thirty-Seven and Three-Quarters - www.jamesmarvinphoto.com

James' work was perfectly presented and the quality of the images immediately stood out to us. Without knowing what the series is about, the viewer still has the ability to attach an emotion and create a story. The images are still, peaceful, and intimate, and we both really like the juxtaposition of different weather conditions. We'd really like to know who inspired James to make this work in the way that he has!

 

 

 James Marvin  Thirty-Seven and Three-Quarters  -  www.jamesmarvinphoto.com

James Marvin Thirty-Seven and Three-Quarters - www.jamesmarvinphoto.com

  Thomas Amico Padula   No Possibility of Unperceived Existence  in situ

Thomas Amico Padula No Possibility of Unperceived Existence in situ

With a strong and obvious Duane Michals, and even Elliott Erwitt influence, we both thoroughly enjoyed this body of work. It's an interesting subject because Thomas suggests that surveillance and voyeurism are unavoidable in contemporary living, yet he's exposed this trend by showcasing it to us in the form of a printed image, and has admitted he's intruded his subjects. We'd love for Thomas to talk about his work with us so we can find out more about his way of working.

We've included an image here of how Thomas hung his work as we think it's really important to see his outcome.

 Thomas Amico Padula  No Possibility of Unperceived Existence

Thomas Amico Padula No Possibility of Unperceived Existence

Edinburgh College - Exposed 16

 Cat Thomson  Limitations of The Portrait   www.catthomson.com

Cat Thomson Limitations of The Portrait www.catthomson.com

These portraits were a striking addition to Edinburgh College’s show, focusing on the lack of power the sitter has over the final outcome of an image. The work has an Alma Haser Cosmic Surgery vibe, but with the use of digital methods and material objects to distort the portraits. Cat’s claims ring true that this work leaves “the viewer with more questions than answers”.  

 Dulcie Wagstaff  Familiar Gardens   www.dulciewagstaff.co.uk

Dulcie Wagstaff Familiar Gardens www.dulciewagstaff.co.uk

Both of us here at Photograd have a strong interest gardens, home, familiarity, identity, memory, and connections or relationships and so neither of us wanted to leave Dulcie's work hanging on the wall. We really appreciate that she's allowed us into her garden to perceive her personal life and relationship with her Mother and Grandfather. Her statement alongside the work is emotive and thought provoking for the viewer, and the words that come in between the images on her website are really uplifting. This series is a work in progress and we really want to see what comes next for Dulcie!

Middlesex University London - Lupe

 Scott Thomas  Homeland   www.scotthomas.co.uk

Scott Thomas Homeland www.scotthomas.co.uk

What's unique about Scott's work is his ability to capture his subject matter and their surroundings within the space they've made their own from seemingly what very little belongings they have; the strong relationship between sitter and photographer is clear as they're shot in a relaxed, intimate manner. The spaces in the images are relatable to the viewer given the sense of locality and identity they portray. We'd really like to understand more about Scott's ideas and how he went about making his book.

The layout of the Middlesex show at Free Range was fantastic. Whilst looking through Scott's portfolio and book we were able to see his large scale prints on the wall too.

Norwich University of the Arts

 Danielle Keane  Sleep Deprived   www.daniellekeane.com

Danielle Keane Sleep Deprived www.daniellekeane.com

  Danielle Keane   Sleep Deprived  in situ

Danielle Keane Sleep Deprived in situ

Danielle's project is based around youth culture and the experience of transitioning into adulthood. It was the overall presentation of this work that caught our attention; each image scattered, appearing to have no sense of order, printed full bleed in different sizes and presented in frames with no break between the image and the frame, illustrating the lack of direction and confusion, entrapment and claustrophobia, that can be experienced at this time in a young persons life. A book accompanied the prints on the wall but unfortunately we didn’t get to see this during our visit. Some of it can be viewed at Danielle’s website, but we would love to see more! 

Free Range Photography Week One - Catalogues

When planning our visit to Free Range this year, one of the first things we considered were the catalogues. We wanted to create blog content to show our favourite designs but more importantly, help the next lot of final year students see what their predecessors produce; especially for students that may not have the opportunity to visit Free Range.

The catalogues are a piece of art themselves and are important for both visitor and exhibitor - the visitor can see their favourite works again, maybe discover new things about a photographer, or find interest in other work they dismissed during their visit, or simply didn't get to see through the masses of grad work on show. For exhibitor, the catalogue acts as a memento of your time over the duration of your degree, and a way to see how far you and your peers develop post-graduation for many years to come. So the catalogue, to us, is an important element to a degree show and one that shouldn't be overlooked.  

We at Photograd favour the catalogues with more information; it’s a great way to make a further impression post-visit. One thing to remember is how big the scale of Free Range is, if you haven't been or won't get a chance to go before you're graduating year just remember that thousands of people flock to Free Range every year and hundreds of exhibitors too, so some work gets lost in the crowds. To help jog the memory of what you or your work is about, the catalogue is the best place to include information, which the majority of catalogues we picked up did do – the only exception being Falmouth University which we’re sorry about because we want to know more about their work! 

University of Westminster undergraduate Photography 2016 catalogue

 

Our favorite catalogue from the first week of Free Range Photography shows was by Westminster University. The small, notebook-style catalogue holds postcards by all the exhibitors. Every time we’ve visited Free Range, postcards are a big attraction and in our experience, run out quicker than business cards. By utilising the catalogue in this way, each visitor will get one postcard per exhibitor and can do as they wish to the postcards – take them out and curate their own catalogue, for example.

The catalogue was also the perfect sized companion during our visit. It has a list of exhibitors in alphabetical order at the front, and the work shown inside mimic the list. This was incredibly handy during our visit when we wanted to read more about the work without fighting the crowds to get to the wall and see the description. For exhibitor, this sturdy little catalogue feels like it will stand the test of time, something that’s an important factor for your personal memento. 

Below you’ll find the other catalogues we managed to get our hands on from the first week of Free Range Photography shows. There was a brilliant selection from this week and we’re looking forward to seeing what the second week has to offer! We’ll be posting our finds on the blog at the same time, next week. 

 

Exordium - Falmouth University 2016 catalogue

Surface - University of East London 2016 catalogue

Swansea College of Art Photography 2016 catalogue

Vemödalen - Plymouth College of Art 2016 catalogue

Size Matters - University of Roehampton 2016 catalogue

Free Range Photography Week One - Photograd Picks

We picked out our favourite work during our visit to Free Range photography week one and had a flick through the catalogues we picked up when we got home. Before our official Free Range Spotlight, we're showcasing some of what we think is the stand out work from the first week. We hope you enjoy our selection!

University of Westminster

 
 Mary Woolf  The Yorkshire Dales  -  www.marywoolf.com

Mary Woolf The Yorkshire Dales - www.marywoolf.com

 
  Mary Woolf   The Yorkshire Dales   -   www.marywoolf.com

Mary Woolf The Yorkshire Dales www.marywoolf.com

Mary's work immediately stood out in the huge space Westminster always show their work in. It was in a great spot with plenty of room around it to take in the bold colours and landscapes the images represent. Mary's way of representing the landscape is really interesting and we'd like to know more!

There's an interesting element to Emma's deconstructions of the landscape, the unusually bold colours and placement of mysterious objects seem rather industrial. The images spark a connection to many New Topographics photographers and we can't help but draw links to Lewis Baltz and Robert Adams.

 

 

 Daniel Lickley  Apply Cold Water  -  www.daniellickley.co.uk

Daniel Lickley Apply Cold Water - www.daniellickley.co.uk

Rineke Dijkstra and Alec Soth inspired, we thought this series of work was a really simple idea, exhibited beautifully, and found it interesting finding out more from reading Daniel's description. With well thought about compositions and lighting, the portraits are relaxed and somewhat cheerful. They bring a sense of ease to the viewer.

Plymouth College of art

 Alex Wasmuht  Stowford: A Journey Through the Mill -   www.wasmuhtphotography.co.uk

Alex Wasmuht Stowford: A Journey Through the Mill - www.wasmuhtphotography.co.uk

The image on Alex's postcard was probably the most interesting from the series. The colours, depth, and composition seem to represent the old paper mill site really well in an editorial, clean aesthetic. Alex really shows his ability to portray a narrative through images.

 Roseanne Burnman  Securing the South West  

Roseanne Burnman Securing the South West 

Roseanne's hang and idea was really unique and we spent a long time studying it. We felt like we could really interact with the images on the wall using her key; telling us which images were seen as beautiful and imperfect, and so on. We're intrigued to find out where Roseanne found her inspiration and the theory behind her work!

Swansea College of art

 Rachel Alderman

Rachel Alderman

Once we'd read Rachel's statement, her images aren't what most would have in mind, they're unique and have a way of capturing the viewer through her technique. The process of walking and making work is a popular one and it's interesting to see so many different outcomes of the idea. It would be great to find out about Rachel's inspirations for the work.

Falmouth University Press and Editorial Photography degree show

Thirteen Sixteen is a show exhibiting the varied work from the graduating year of Falmouth University’s Press and Editorial Photography course. A range of talented photographers are showcased with work covering a mixture of styles, genres and practices including documentary, fashion, multimedia, sports, portraiture, travel and press photography. Thirteen Sixteen brings the most skilled, intuitive and curious new photographers from the Cornish coast to the heart of London.

Thirteen Sixteen's opening night is taking place on the 30th of June 6-9pm at 71a Gallery, Leonard St. London. EC2A 4QS. The exhibition is also opening until the 2nd of July 12-6pm.