Photograd interviews Yves Salmon

To accompany the new edition of PGZ, we have interviewed some photography graduates from the submissions received for the Photograd blog. Here we have an interview with University of Westminster graduate Yves Salmon.


Where did you attend university and what year did you graduate? I graduated from University of Westminster’s Documentary Photography & Photojournalism course in 2017

Image from the series  Moat

Image from the series Moat

Tell us about your time at university. Have you got any stand out moments you can tell us about? It seems such a long time ago now, but as a part-time student my best memories are around having access to some good teachers as well as visiting photographers, curators and designers who shared their knowledge and industry experience with us.

I’ve made some good friends with whom I plan to collaborate with in the future.

The photographic library on the Harrow campus was a big selling point for me. It is a haven but also research across all subject matters was possible because we could borrow from all the different campuses.

Image from the series  Moat

Image from the series Moat

What themes do you explore in your work? On the whole I am interested in journeys that people make, the distance they’ve traveled isn’t the biggest factor. It’s more about their expectations of the place they are going to, what they’ve left behind and the emotional impact of their decision to (sometimes) up root their lives. Testimony is an integral part of my practice so most projects are started with an interview, either oral or in the form of a questionnaire.

Tell us about your series. What inspired you to make work around Brexit? The inspiration for the project came from a conversation with a friend (an EU national) who spoke about his profound shock on 24 June at the result of the referendum. For many people the outcome was felt on a deep personal level. It was a rejection of them as human beings and of the contribution they had made to the UK. Many have been here for decades, raised families and have worked and paid taxes. They felt as though that all counted for nothing.

Image from the series  Moat

Image from the series Moat

How did you find people to photograph? Tell us about your process. I am a born and bred Londoner and I live in the London Borough of Hackney which is one of the most diverse in the city.

The gift of London is that people have journeyed from around the world to be here so there are many local stories to be told. I asked neighbours and friends and I put out a call letting people know that I was looking for people willing to share their thoughts and feelings and be photographed.

For the portraits I rented a space in my local library over a set period and people selected a time within that which suited them. For the interviews I sent them a ten question form which they were free to fill in, however long or short the answers, in their own time.

I knew the end result was not going to be a straight forward Q & A with each image. The responses were not going to be attributed to a specific person.

Image from the series  Moat

Image from the series Moat

What's important about the flowers you've chosen for each image? Each flower is a national flower of the 27 remaining countries in the EU. Some countries share the same flowers so there is repetition but this was dealt with by using different illustrations. They were selected from the collection at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew and are all dated between 1837 and 1901 a period which was the height of Empire.

I chose the botanical illustration that I felt was most suited to the composition and the sitter’s expression so this part of the process was intuitive.

Depending on the outcome of Brexit and the future of the UK, where do you see your work taking you in the future? Whether I make landscapes, portraits or still-lifes, I am aware of certain themes that inform my documentary work. Migration and identity and the emotional issues around those themes. I will also continue to incorporate a botanical element into my work, either through the language of botany or using alternative photographic processes.

Image from the series  Moat

Image from the series Moat

Pick one of your images and tell us about the sitter. Despite the viewer being able to see the sitter’s face I have deliberately not identified any one individual. There are approximately 3 million EU nationals living and working in the United Kingdom. The project is about creating a collective voice.

What would you like for viewers to learn from your work? Alongside the portraits there are two books that accompany the images as well as ten anthotypes containing newspaper headlines from UK and foreign press. The books are in the form of ten chapters and these contain the answers to the questionnaire. Interwoven with the answers are ten botanical terms along with their definitions. These are words we also use in the the vernacular, such as stigma, marginal and hybrid.

Image from the series  Moat

Image from the series Moat

This piece of work is layered and everyone will have their own interpretation of the work. Therefore it is not my intention to teach the viewer anything. Perhaps it will encourage people to think about how and why we categorise people and the impact of that categorisation.

Have you got any exciting future plans? Like many people, I have lots of ideas but trying to decide what to pursue next is always difficult. I’ve just had a UV lightbox made so I’m going to finish a project I started last year. Imagery and text are at the forefront of that and it is about work, migration and London.

Also I am collaborating with a fellow MA graduate and we are currently conducting research for a London specific project.

Gökhan Tanriöver, debut solo show at Argentea Gallery. 18th May – 30th June 2018

Argentea Gallery
Confessionals
Gökhan Tanriöver
18th May – 30th June 2018
Opening: Thursday 17th May, 6-8pm

Images from the series  Confessionals

Images from the series Confessionals

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Argentea Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Gökhan Tanriöver’s Confessionals.

Comprising a series of black and white still life photographs, Confessionals is based on specific childhood experiences. Guided by Annette Kuhn’s process of ‘memory work’, a method and practice of unearthing and making public untold stories, Tanriöver’s personal memories are made tangible through the photograph. Each experience is first presented as a written confession from which an image is then constructed and the combination of image and text weaves a poignant autobiographical narrative.

This singularity of intent about the work, the public exposure of private experiences, is shown through the use of black and white. By removing the potential distraction of colour, Tanriöver has created images that are the embodiment of contrary forces. Black, being visually heavy and associated with power, authority and evil, is starkly contrasted with white, a colour that projects purity and salvation and is synonymous with new beginnings. Working with analogue, the studio and the darkroom are the physical space where Tanriöver’s meditative state acts as a form of autotherapy. This process has allowed him to produce images where these opposing forces of black and white don’t compete, but rather complement each other to communicate more effectively ideas of opposition and comparison, association and acceptance.

By offering his own emotional and psychological life as art, Tanriöver invites the viewer to share in his meditations on sorrow and remembrance.

Gokhan Tanriover is a Turkish-born photographic artist living in London. Following a brief medical career, he realised his vocation lay in visual culture. Drawing on his training as a junior psychiatrist his work consists of constructed imagery that focuses on personal and cultural identity informed by personal experience and memory.

After completing his BA (Hons) Photographic Art (2017) from the University of Westminster he has been shortlisted for the Peaches and Cream photography competition (2017) and selected as a finalist in the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 160. His work has been included in 18 group exhibitions including Separation and Belonging that he co-curated as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursday tour in May 2016. In 2017 he was chosen to participate in the Travers Smith CSR Art programme.

Pic.London

26 October – 5 November 2017

pic.london announces a new photography festival in London. pic.london brings emerging and established artists together with the public to engage in thinking and talking about photography.

• pic.london opens with an exhibition featuring John Hilliard, Barbara Probst, Darren Harvey-Regan and Thomas Ruff.

• Screenings of the first ten films the Lumière Brothers showed to the public in 1895, at Close-Up Cinema.

• Aggie Toppins philosophically inspired cocktails are served at the Critical Cocktail Party.

• A collection of artefacts, objects and teaching aides gathered from the office of an unknown Professor of Photography spanning the last 30 years are the basis for the immersive exhibition, The Professor’s Office.

• Affordable, accessible artworks, books and zines are on sale at the Art Flea Market.

Barbara Probst, Exposure #49:  N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue , 05.21.07, 4:02 p.m., 2007  Courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

Barbara Probst, Exposure #49: N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue, 05.21.07, 4:02 p.m., 2007

Courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

pic.london brings together artists from across the world, at different stages of their careers to present a large scale exhibition in Ambika P3 and Gallery S O, an art flea market, an immersive installation, a series of public panels, discussions and critiques, exploring questions like “what does it mean to work in the arts and photography?”, examining every aspect of photography as an art form.

The brainchild of artist and educator Rakesh Mohindra and artist and writer Yuxin Jiang, who met at The University of Westminster, pic.london has been devised to celebrate the photographic arts and introduce new ideas about photography to a public audience who enjoy photography daily through their phones and social media, and asks them to think about it differently.

John Hilliard, Off Screen (5), 1999  Courtesy the artist, and Richard Saltoun Gallery

John Hilliard, Off Screen (5), 1999

Courtesy the artist, and Richard Saltoun Gallery

The weeklong exhibition will showcase work from established artists like Thomas Ruff and Barbara Probst while also providing a platform for artists at earlier stages of their career like Miki Soejima and Jorge Luis Dieguez.

Across the city, Gallery SO will be the east London hub of pic.london, home to The Professor’s Office, a mini library where visitors can explore books, papers, objects and curiosities, taken from the office of a mysterious Professor which tell the story of a life teaching photographic arts.

Davide Maione,  ...and his neck  from To a Place I can’t Pronounce, 2011  Courtesy the artist

Davide Maione, ...and his neck from To a Place I can’t Pronounce, 2011

Courtesy the artist

Close-Up Cinema, pic.london’s film programme partner, will be screening a series of historic and recent avant-garde films including Letter to Jane by Jean-Luc Godard and La Jetée by Chirs Marker as part of a film programme that explores the long standing and complex relationship between photography and film.

pic.london opens and closes with a critical cocktail party. Using Graphic Designer Aggie Toppins' books of Critical Theory Cocktails which match traditional cocktails with philosophical thinkers and authors and devises new cocktails to represent their ideas, pic.london will be serving guests critical cocktails to encourage critical and conceptual thinking of photographic arts.

Miki Soejima, The Passenger’s Present, 2016  Courtesy the artist

Miki Soejima, The Passenger’s Present, 2016

Courtesy the artist

Throughout the festival there will be a series of events including a panel discussion on careers in the photographic arts, and a talk on the relationship between theory and practice as well as group critiques where artists put their work forward for peer review.

The festival closes with The Art Flea Market, bringing together artists, publishers, makers and designers in Ambika P3 to present an art fair offering people the opportunity to buy affordable works of art, books and zines.


pic.london events:

Sat Oct 28, 10:00 - 18:00
Symposium: Does Photography Need Theory? A Discussion
Speakers: Daniel C. Blight, Christopher Kul-Want, Nina Mangalanayagam, Sarah Pickering, Lucy Soutter, Duncan Wooldridge.
Lunch included

Sun Oct 29, 13:00 - 15:00
Group Critiques
Get feedback from Anthony Luvera, Bindi Vora, Katja Mayer, David Blackmore plus peer review.

Sun Oct 29, 15:30 - 17:00
FREE Printing and Framing Workshop
Presented by mounting and framing expert Will Mawby from A.Bliss and printing specialist Graeme Bulcraig from Touch Digital.

Mon Oct 30, 19:00 - 21:00
Panel Discussion: What Does it Mean to Work in Art Photography?
Chaired by David Campany (writer, curator, artist), joined by Nick Kaplony (Artquest), Lewis Chaplin (artist and book designer) and Katy Barron (Senior Director of Michael Hoppen Gallery).
With post-talk drinks

Thurs Nov 2, 19:00 - 21:00
Artists Talks
Featuring John Hilliard and Darren Harvey-Regan
With post-talk drinks

Fri Nov 3, 19:00 - 21:00
Artists Talks
Featuring Eva Stenram, Inès Lion and Miki Soejima
With post-talk drinks

On The Radar: September 2017

Welcome to the second edition of our 'On the Radar' blog series. On an irregular basis we'll bring you some interesting stories and events from the photography industry. If you want to feature in the next post, simply email us using the heading 'On the Radar' with your information and we'll squeeze in the most exciting stories.


Source Magazine Graduate Photography Online 2017

As always, Source are celebrating brand new graduates. We're excited to find out who has been selected by this years panel of judges! Find out more here.

You can also find out more about this years University of Westminster MA graduates who undertook an Instagram Takeover for us. Head over to Instagram here.

Image by  Stephen Burke

Image by Stephen Burke


CONNECT FOR: Photography Graduates

Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Free, book your place

Are you a recent photography graduate? Come along to Stills for a nice afternoon of talks and discussions about life after graduation. Hear from early career photographers about their experiences of graduation and how they are shaping their careers.

Our aim with this event is to give new graduates the chance to hear from people a bit further along about their work and life afterward graduation. We will also have information from various organisations about the kind of support that they offer.

So book your free place, come along, meet other new graduates and take in some interesting talks.


SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR SECOND ANNUAL REBECCA VASSIE MEMORIAL AWARD, PHOTOGRAPHY BURSARY WORTH £2,400.

 
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The award comprises a bursary of £1,250 for an early-career photographer in the UK to complete a photography project, plus £1,150-worth of printing at Metro Imaging and support towards industry and public exposure.

Judges for the award include Karen McQuaid, senior curator at the Photographersʼ Gallery, Matthew Tucker, UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed, Professor Steve Macleod, photographer and creative director at Metro Imaging, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art MonthlyARTnews).

The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.

Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project around ʻa human story we seldom seeʼ. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 2 October 2017 at 1700 BST. Enter your work here.


Exploration and Investigation - A Collaborative Exhibition between Pop My Mind and Photograd.

Deadline: midnight Monday 18th September

Photograd photographers have submitted work under the theme of 'Exploration and Investigation' and five pieces have been chosen to inspire you, the Pop My Mind community! We would like you to expand on their pieces and show us how you can creatively interpret their photography.

We invite you to explore and investigate the themes of the photographer's work in your own unique medium. You can be inspired by a single photograph, or the whole series, just let us know in your description please.

 
Image by  Andrew Mellor , from the series  53.9230° N, 3.0150° W

Image by Andrew Mellor, from the series 53.9230° N, 3.0150° W

 

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:

https://www.facebook.com/lightintomatter2017/

http://instagram.com/lightintomatter

https://twitter.com/lightintomatter

https://www.facebook.com/events/1951915725079062??ti=ia

https://www.instagram.com/outofdustexhibition/

Photograd Experience: Christina Stohn

We caught up with launch Photograd Christina Stohn to find out more about the group exhibition she was a part of at Net Photo Festival in South Korea, along with her peer, Avani Tanya, and their professor Peter Bialobrzeski from the University of the Arts Bremen. Take a look at Christina's write up below to find out how she got the opportunity to exhibit during the festival and what's the key to a stress free experience...

Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition Catalogue

Introduction

In 2014 I graduated with a BA in photography from the University of Westminster in London. I am currently studying for an MA in Integrated Design at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany. My focus lies on constructed documentary photography and I usually work in series. I have developed a particular interest in the practice and process of book making. 

The exhibition

The Net Photo Festival, as part of the Daegu Photo Biennale, brought together thirteen universities from Asia, North America and Europe in the first week of October. This collaboration aimed at exchanging work and ideas through exhibitions, seminars and talks. Selected works by international students were showcased in different galleries on the Bongsan Culture Street in Daegu.

The group show of the University of the Arts Bremen was exhibited at a contemporary gallery space called the Dong-Won Gallery. Our professor of photography Peter Bialobrzeski as well as my fellow student Avani Tanya and myself were on location. 

Net Photo Festival in South Korea

Net Photo Festival in South Korea

Planning

In June, Peter Bialobrzeski was invited as a curator by the Net Photo Festival team. Nine photographers from the Masters studio “Culture and Identity” were selected to showcase photographic work from our project The White City that we created in Belgrade in April earlier this year.

Based on the gallery’s dimensions, we chose works in conversation with our professor and created a floor plan. We re-arranged the display slightly, on site, adjusting to the space. 

Installation shot at the  Dong-Won Gallery, Daegu.

Installation shot at the Dong-Won Gallery, Daegu.

From the series  Pros and Cons  by Stefanie Preuin

From the series Pros and Cons by Stefanie Preuin

Experience overview and reflection

I have gained valuable insight through this group show; having everything planned out beforehand is the key to an almost stress-free experience.

The Net Photo Festival was a great opportunity to share knowledge and get informed feedback, which has been overwhelmingly positive. It proved to be a unique chance to get to know professors, students and photography programmes from around the globe. 

From the series  The rumours are true  by Christina Stohn, on show at the Dong-Won Gallery, Daegu. 

From the series The rumours are true by Christina Stohn, on show at the Dong-Won Gallery, Daegu. 

Final thoughts

I would like to thank Prof. Yong-Hwan Lee from Chung-Ang University and his team for the superb organisation of the event and their kind hospitality, Prof. Peter Bialobrzeski for making this trip happen and all his help throughout, as well as Dr. Marla Stukenberg, director of the Goethe Institut Korea, for supporting us. Last but not least all the amazing people I met during my time in Korea. 

Take a look at the 2016 Net Photo Festival Facebook page for more installation images.

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