It's that time of the year when students are starting to gear up for their final degree show exhibitions. We are going through a similar process preparing for Graduate Photography Online 2015. This online platform lets graduating students promote their work to Source's readership. If you are going to graduate from a BA or MA course this is the time to sign up to take part.
In addition to publishing all the submitted work on our web site, each year, we ask a number of people working in the photography sector to make some introductory selections. These selections appear online and in our two printed supplements ( BA and MA) that go out with the magazine.
This year's selectors come from a mix of professional backgrounds showing and publishing work of all kinds, from art to editorial. For the BA students we have Emma Bowkett, Picture Editor - Financial Times, FT Weekend Magazine, Malcolm Dickson Director and Curator for Street Level Gallery in Glasgow. Lu Bowan Head of Talent/Marketing - Making Pictures.
We have also teamed up with Making Pictures for The Making Pictures Award. The new MP Award offers three months' representation, showcasing and promotion of an emerging artist, offering portfolio, professional and creative development alongside an introduction to the commercial world. All graduate submissions will be considered for this award. You can read about last years winner Marco Kesseler and how the award helped him.
For the MA students we have Fiona Shields Picture Editor - The Guardian, Gordon MacDonald - Co-Director of GOST Books and John Duncan Editor - Source Photographic Review.
We have interviewed each of this year’s selectors about what they do and how they decide what makes and interesting project. You can read this in full here. Here is a flavour of these interviews.
How do you decide on what makes an interesting photograph or photographic project? Emma Bowkett ‘In the magazine we use both series, with narrative and story telling properties, and groups of individual pictures which are not at all co-dependent, but are linked by theme.’ Gordon MacDonald ‘It just has to make sense, be believable and appeal both visually and conceptually’
As regards the artist's statement, what is important for you to know about the work? Fiona Shields ‘On a very basic level it's hugely important for the photographer to supply a note of what, when and where as it can be difficult to decipher an image without context. Often we may publish a photographer's personal experience of making their work, giving an insight into the challenges of or inspirations behind a project can really add value to the piece.’
What advice would you have for someone interested in working in your area of photography? John Duncan ‘Don't get too fixated on the final exhibition. Who are you going to show the work to afterwards? Start thinking ahead. Make sure you have a smaller set of prints that you can bring to show people. Make some installation images of the final work to show scale and framing. Which open submissions, residencies or other opportunities are you aware of, or looking at?’
To read more from our selectors and to book a place read the guidelines. The DEADLINE is 5th MAY for the BA phase and 25th August for the MA phase.