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Special Guest Selector - James Hyman

Special Guest Selection by:

James Hyman

Director, James Hyman Photography, London

Overview: I was struck by the diversity of the work presented and by the range of approaches. However, given my particular interest in subjective and conceptual forms of social photography, the artists selected include those whose themes reflect their interest in specific aspects of society. I am very interested in forms of contemporary documentary or post-documentary practise in which there is a subjective dimension and works in which the photographer's relationship to the subject is significant. I am also interested in the relationship between past, present and future, in the ways that traces of history - whether family, culture or ethnicity - are manifest in the present. I am also intrigued by the way that emerging artists draw from their elders, sub-consciously but also, often, self-consciously in the creation of their work.

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Henry Lowther

Blackpool and the Fylde College - BA (Hons) Photography

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Selector's Comment: Henry Lowther's depiction of children from a travelling community uses a mater-of-fact presentation that gently challenges our own expectations and prejudices. The directness of the poses is both challenging and tender. Although this type of street photography is familiar from work by Albrecht Tuebke and others, this is a moving series that transcends the present to address the future.

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Jon Willetts

Blackpool and the Fylde College - BA (Hons) Photography

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Selector's Comment: Jon Willetts' approach to detail provides a compelling composite image of an unfamiliar community through its cataloguing of the objects, possessions and signs encountered in the interiors shared by a group of Benedictine nuns.

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Giorgia Pistoia

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) - BA (Hons) Photography

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Selector's Comment: GiorgiaPistoia uses close-ups of hands, to explore African identity, and by focusing on specific African subjects in Dublin uses this particularity to avoid distorting universalism. The result is a revealing depiction of a distinct community.

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Ray Hegarty

Griffith College Dublin - BA Photographic Media (Part Time)

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Selector's Comment: Ray Hegarty's tender depiction of the aging process may recall John Coplans, but is intensely personal in its referencing of the photographer's father. The aging body of one individual is depersonalised though formalism to achieve something universal as well as intimate.

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Theresa Moerman Ib

Glasgow School of Art - BA (Hons) Fine Art

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Selector's Comment: Theresa Moerman Ib's poetic work draws from her family's history as collectors and tinkers in ways that are as poetic as they are descriptive. The subjects are often prosaic, even banal, but the power of the photographer's imagination turns each object into something personally meaningful and significant and each picture into a small epiphany.

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Kevin Traynor

University of Ulster - BA (Hons) Photography

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Selector's Comment: Kevin Traynor's depiction of the make-shift structures used for pigeon breeding in Glasgow is a metaphorical way of addressing solace and masculinity. Each work is individual, strange and intriguing, but the series also gains strength from its thematic consistency. By employing a variety of viewpoints Traynor avoids the type of typographical classification to be found in the work of the Bechers.

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James Hyman received his doctorate from the Courtauld Institute in London, where he subsequently taught. He worked for the Saatchi Collection, Christies and Helly Nahmad Gallery before opening his own gallery. An art historian and art dealer, his book, The Battle for Realism: Figurative Art in the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001) was shortlisted for the W. B. Berger Prize for studies in British Art History. A collector of photographs from the 1840s to the present, a selection from his collection of twentieth century Modernist works was the subject of a single-owner evening sale at Christies, New York in 2007. He is a former Treasurer of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA, British Section) and is on the Executive of the Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD).

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Barking and Dagenham College
BA (Hons) Photography

Blackpool and the Fylde College
BA (Hons) Photography

Mid Cheshire College
FDA Contemporary Photography

University of Chester
BA (Hons) Photography

De Montfort University
BA (Hons) Photography and Video

Dublin Institute of Technology
BA (Hons) Photography

IADT Dun Laoghaire
BA (Hons) Photography

Edinburgh College of Art
BA (Hons) Photography

Edinburgh Napier University
BA (Hons) Photography and Film

University College Falmouth
BA (Hons) Photography

University for the Creative Arts Farnham
BA (Hons) Photography

Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Fine Art

University of Gloucestershire
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Photography

Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University
BA (Hons) Photographic and Electronic Media

Griffith College Dublin
BA Photographic Media (Part Time)

Hereford College of Arts, University of Wales
BA (Hons) Photography

University of Central Lancashire
BA (Hons) Photography

Leeds College of Art
BA (Hons) Photography

Liverpool John Moores University
BA (Hons) Photography

Manchester Metropolitan University
BA (Hons) Photography

The National College of Art & Design
Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging

University of Wales, Newport
BA (Hons) Documentary Photography

University of Wales, Newport
BA (Hons) Photographic Art

University of Plymouth
BA (Hons) Photography

University of Portsmouth
BA (Hons) Photography

University of the West of Scotland
BA (Hons) Photography

Sheffield Hallam University
BA (Hons) Photography

Staffordshire University
BA (Hons) Photography

University of Ulster
BA (Hons) Photography

University of Westminster
BA (Hons) Photographic Arts

University of Wolverhampton
BA (Hons) Photography

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