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

Photograd Experience: Christina Stohn

As mentioned in our previous blog post, Christina Stohn was a speaker at the Bank Street Arts symposium, New Pastoral Paradigms: Explorations in Landscape and the Self, on the 23rd July. We caught up with Christina to find out more about her involvement in the symposium, what she discussed during her talk, and any advice she could give to other photographers participating in a similar event. See below to find out more. 

From the series  Paradise Lost

From the series Paradise Lost

How did you get involved in the symposium?

Jesse Alexander, photographer, writer and lecturer, apparently came across my work by “happy accident”, as he calls it. In May he approached me to see if I would be interested in participating in the symposium Pastoral Paradigms: Explorations in Landscape and the Self that he was organising as part of his artist residency at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. The central question for the symposium was, how can photography be used to articulate the complex relationship between place and individual and collective identities. 

Sum up your talk – what were the themes you discussed? 

First I discussed how my career in photography has evolved. Then I talked about four bodies of work that I have been engaged in: Sehnsucht (Yearning), Entwurzelt (Uprooted), Paradise Lost and The rumours are true. The first three series, which are about the countryside, are autobiographical and metaphorical. The latest project, The rumours are true, is an excursion into the city of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. In this case the landscape is a record of place, seen from a documentary gaze. However, it still deals with issues of displacement.

Could you tell us some key quotes from your talk?

Sehnsucht (Yearning): “This body of work stems from feeling homesick and is an exploration of space; where one landscape seems to end and another one begins.”

Entwurzelt (Uprooted): “This refers to the loss of a sense of belonging but also the possibilities for renewal and change.”

From the series  Sehnsucht

From the series Sehnsucht

From the series  Entwurzelt

From the series Entwurzelt

How did you find constructing your talk? Were you given any guidelines to stick to, for example?

As I knew that it would be mainly students from the Open College of the Arts in the audience, I referred to projects that I had produced as part of my BA and MA courses. I put them in chronological order starting from 2012, the second semester at the University of Westminster, up to my latest project this year at the University of the Arts, Bremen.

Initially Jesse and I had a conversation via Skype. The presentations were intended to consider how contemporary landscape practice has shifted from its pastoral and pictorial traditions and embraced more nuanced and personal approaches and narrative strategies. He encouraged me to talk about whatever I wanted to – from either a theoretical or practical orientation. Although the symposium was about landscape photography, he suggested I incorporate topographic images with individual portraits to have a broader narrative of the place, as the place involves people.

Did you stay to watch the other speakers? If so, who was your favourite and why?

I absolutely enjoyed spending the day with all the other speakers and the audience.

I suppose all of us are drawing on memories in the representation of place with personal and historical narratives. Even though we had the common theme of examining space, after all each of our practice is very different: varying from a conceptual approach to snapshot aesthetic. I can honestly say that all the works fascinate me.

You should check out the other speakers’ websites:
Hanna-Katrina Jędrosza -
Jesse A. P. Alexander -
John Umney -
Michal Iwanowski -

From the series  The rumours are true

From the series The rumours are true

Any advice for photographers hosting their own talk?

Structure your presentation in advance, taking account of time. Check how your images fit in with your talk.

Anything else you’d like to include.

Firstly, I would like to thank Jesse Alexander for the invitation. Andrew Conroy at Bank Street Gallery was a wonderful host – providing the space as well as treating us with a delicious lunch buffet. And last but not least, Gareth Dent, principal at Open College of the Arts, for sponsoring the event.

We are currently thinking of putting an exhibition together.

Photograd Experience: Christina Stohn

Christina Stohn, one of our launch Photograds, will be a part of the Bank Street Arts hosted symposium New Pastoral Paradigms: Explorations in Landscape and the Self, in Sheffield on the 23rd July (this Saturday!). In accordance with the residency taken up by Jesse Alexander, the symposium focuses on the consideration of “how contemporary landscape practice has shifted from its pastoral traditions to embrace more nuanced, personal approaches”, as stated on Bank Street Arts website. Christina will be discussing her projects Paradise Lost and Sehnsucht, alongside other guest speakers including Jesse Alexander, Hanna-Katrina Jędrosz and John Umney. This sounds like a brilliant opportunity for anyone interested in landscape photography...or any other photography for that matter! 

Christina has kindly agreed to share her experiences of speaking at the symposium with us, and we’ll be posting her write up here on the blog! 

Find out more about the event HERE, and visit Eventbrite to book your place.