'With the Name of a Flower' by Vera Hadzhiyska - An MA Photography solo exhibition

With the Name of a Flower by Vera Hadzhiyska

MA Photography solo show

3rd - 7th September 2019

Four Corners Galley (121 Roman Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0QN)

Preview night: Tue 3rd Sept, 6 - 9 pm
Open: 4th - 7th Sept, 11 am - 6 pm


[City] Stories - Urban photography exhibition


13 urban photographers from Goldsmiths are opening their MA Degree Show at Four Corners gallery from 3rd-6th October 2018, including an exclusive lecture from Danish photographer Lene Hald.

The exhibition will feature new work made as part of the Photography & Urban Cultures MA at Goldsmiths, University of London, exploring the creative interplay between urban theory and the visual representation of cities & communities.

Coming from all over the world, the artists featured share their take on the contemporary life of the city, informed by urban theory and sociological research.

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3rd - 6th October, Four Corners Gallery (London), part of Photomonth

10th - 14th October, Phoenix Brighton, part of Brighton Photo Fringe

Private View - 4th October, 6-9pm - register here

Urban Photographer's Association Annual Lecture by Danish photographer Lene Hald - 5th October, 4-5.30pm

Artist's Panel & Urban Photo Walk - 6th October, 2-4.30pm

*All events are free.

Co-curator Becky Morris Knight commented:

“As global urbanization speeds up and our political and media environments become more fragmented, exploring and examining how we live together becomes an urgent task and one which artists can make a valuable contribution to.”

“The work we make is informed, inspired and underpinned by sociology and urbanism, helping us to create meaningful images which speak to important issues our society faces, such as gentrification, media censorship, the body, identity and class.”

About the exhibition

Ting-Ling Yu shares a delicate exploration of nudity and public decency in London, while Yihong Wu’s work offers a consideration of typical interiors in China through carefully composed medium format images.

Image by Steve Jones

Image by Steve Jones

Other projects include Steve Jones’ forensic examination of the staircase as a shaper of architectural space and Henry Woodley’s personal journey through the waterways of London and the communities of boaters he lives alongside.

Image by Henry Woodley

Image by Henry Woodley

Artist Shan Ye worked in green spaces in London to think about how citizens in a wealthy country use their leisure time. Bo-Cheng Liu took inspiration from the margins, walking over 100km to explore the liminal land between airports and the city, often overlooked and unconsidered.

Image by Becky Morris Knight

Image by Becky Morris Knight

Becky Morris Knight approached the idea of how our online spaces influence our urban lives, with a series which looks at how censorship works on Instagram and what that might look like if applied to our cities.

Image by Qiunan Li

Image by Qiunan Li

Taking a personal approach, Mia Irmgard Klit will be launching an innovative photobook which challenges conventional approaches to medical sociology by exploring her sister’s experience of coma. Qiunan Li is also looking at memory and individual experience in his project in which he picks out images he cannot remember making and creates a new narrative from them.

Image by Lee Gavin

Image by Lee Gavin

Lee Gavin will be showing a series of portraits which investigate class, life milestones and identity, while Korean photographer Suhyuk Chai shares images made within a transient community on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Image by Lorena Sanchez Pereira

Image by Lorena Sanchez Pereira

Kat Huber’s poetic work captures a fleeting moment within the landscape, layering the past, present and future in images of a derelict fairground slated for renewal in Berlin. Also considering a landscape in flux, Lorena Sanchez Pereira creates large-scale images exploring the regeneration of Hackney Wick in her series Gentricity.

Special Events

The exhibition also has a series of special events taking place throughout the run, kicking off with the Private View on 4th October, 6 – 9pm.

Danish photographer Lene Hald will fly in to deliver the Urban Photographer’s Association Annual Lecture on the 5th October, 4-5.30pm in the Four Corners gallery.

Titled Photography, care and co-creation, the talk will set off in Hald’s own photographic work, which is situated in the intersection of photography, visual storytelling, social engagement and participatory practice.

On Saturday 6th October, urban photographer and Director of Urban Photo Fest, Paul Halliday, will be chairing a panel discussion with 3 of the artists from the exhibition, considering the role photography can play in generating new knowledge of the urban.

After it closes in London, [City] Stories will transfer to Phoenix Brighton as part of Brighton Photo Fringe, from 10th – 14th October.




University of Suffolk's Photography Auction!

Support the final year photography students at the University of Suffolk fundraise for their final shows this Summer. There seems to be some great pieces up for grabs!

Our very own Christina Stohn, Ameena Rojee, and Tom Owens have all donated.

Keep an eye on the official website for lots to become available for bidding.

Find the group here on Instagram, and here on Twitter.

Introducing Light into Matter and Out of Dust.

Twenty five MA students from the University of Westminster will soon showcase their degree projects in central London. The show takes place from Wednesday 23rd August to Tuesday 5th September at Ambika P3  University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS and is open from 12-7pm daily, (closed on bank holiday Monday August 28th).  An accompanying symposium, On the Cusp, will take place on Saturday 2nd September 4-6 p.m.  Links with all the details you might need are below.  

There are two exhibitions within the MA show:

Light into Matter, an exhibition by the Photography Arts course students, presents richly eclectic and striking visual practices pointing to possible futures and histories of photography.  These practices emerged from extended research into: lost utopias; emotional abuse; London’s edgelands; living with radioactivity; subjective studies of Hastings; and modelling dancers’ movements.

Out of Dust, is the exhibition by Documentary Photography and Photojournalism students, whose projects advance photography as an exciting and developing medium.

The On the Cusp symposium debates Richard Mosse’s Incoming Exhibition. Sitting on the cusp of art and documentary, Mosse’s work raises pressing questions about the roles of representation, aesthetic values and representation. Speakers include Lewis Bush, Duncan Woolridge, Joy Gregory, Lucy Soutter and David Moore. Symposium tickets are £5 and are available from Eventbrite.

Find out more from the students’ social media sites:






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!