Introducing Graduate Photography 2013

I have spent the last two days looking through all the work on Source Graduate Photography Online. As usual there is a diverse range of work across the forty-one courses with some courses having a distinctive character and perhaps the most specialist being the Marine and Natural History Photography degree at Falmouth. Similar to last year, Documentary/Photojournalism and Staged/Constructed remain the top categories in terms of defining areas of practice. Within the descriptions of work, 'analogue photography' is highlighted as a particular concern for many of those deciding to use film while digital now appears as an unspoken given.

Over the next three Fridays we will be posting the introductory recommendations by Matt Packer from the Gluksman Gallery, Dagmar Seelnad from Stern and by critic Sue Steward. To get things rolling I have picked out a few pieces of work that I would recommend having a closer look at as a way into the rest of the work on the site.

One thing that struck me as I looked through the work was how important access to a particular location or group of people can be. Many photographers have made work about those close to them or have used privileged access to particular situations. What are the odds of knowing a lottery winner? Emma Rawlinson was not in touch with her grandparents until she discovered that had been their good fortune. After her dad tracked them down she was able to make some images of their new home.

Emma Rawlinson

Sarah Jackson was able to make images at the Ministry of Defence plant where she worked for a time. While producing the work she reconsidering her connections to the defence industry.

The Last Refuge

Dublin based but Polish born Maciej Pestka worked in the city of Gdyina in Northern Poland. Maciej's images examine the precarious economic conditions experienced within the city after the decline of the shipyards.

Maciej Pestka, Slackwater

Jan McCullough explores vernacular architecture in her series 'Purpose Made Ladders'. The project takes the form of a hand made book, reflecting the growing interest in self publishing and the physical form of photographic work.

Jan McCullough, Manual ( publication cover)

Former dancer Alexandra Davenport stages photographs that reanimate her elaborate childhood costumes and allow a retrospective view of being a childhood performer, as well as producing some strange sculptural objects in the process.

Alexandra Davenport, A lamentation in three acts

Street photography is an increasingly popular form and in 'Anti-social Network', Briony Oates looks at people in the street absorbed in the that most contemporary of decisive moments, checking texts.

Briony Oates, Anti Social network

And finally, Susie Tsang is one of a number of photographers on the site reworking family album imagery. She explores her relationship with her mother, one complicated by translation between British and Chinese culture. You can see work from all the photographers at Graduate Photography On Line 2013 on the Source web site. Its searchable by University course or by genre. Let us know what work you find interesting.

Susie Tsang, What's Left Is Unsaid


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