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Special Guest Selector - Anne Braybon

Special Guest Selection by:

Anne Braybon

Photographic Project Commissioner at The National Portrait Gallery

Overview: The mix of carefully considered, finely executed and accomplished series of images together with work that brings the verve of on-going investigations in technique and subject matter has made the initial trawl through all the entries a rich experience - and the final selection extremely difficult. I enjoyed both, and include both, believing that the verve of work-in-progress, and series that were less resolved, but included some strong or provocative images, deserves celebrating as well as more complete and cohesive work. The breadth of ambition across the entries is exciting and I am impressed by the diversity of interpretation in some categories, disappointed in others. The documentary and photojournalism category drew by far the most entries, suggesting that many students find that a narrative, how ever loosely interpreted provides a useful structure to develop a project. Finally, on-line viewing offers the world but at times - and this is a tribute to the work - I yearned to see it in print form or an installation, to understand more about the photographer's creative decisions in areas such as scale, sequencing and printing, key elements in a body of work and its interpretation.

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Chloe Lelliott

University of Brighton - MA Photography

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Selector's Comment: This series stands out; Lelliot uses precisely selected locations, careful crafting and the cumulative strength of the series to make a potent and allusive body of work. I love the framing - corners, doors, a slightly off kilter viewpoint, the threatening intersection of a staircase, the aggressive angle of a floor tile - that opens up many potential narratives.

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GemmaMarmalade

London College of Communication - MA Photography

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Selector's Comment: This is a confident entry with one intriguing portrait and an image that positions the work as an installation. This quasi-scientific portrait is elegantly executed and Marmalade constructs a palpable connection between the pigeon and herself. Fascinated, I went to her website. Sexual politics inform a diverse body of work that is fresh, fun, and brilliantly conceived.

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NinaBumbalkova

University of Westminster - MA Photographic Studies

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Selector's Comment: These compelling portraits, from the documentary and photojournalism category, draw on rich Caravaggist lighting and the intensity of the sitters' exchange with the photographer/viewer. They transcend time, identity, and gender. The interior shots create a visual counterpoint, and set up a story, but with no indentified link to an individual sitter, their strength, like the portraits themselves, lies in their ambiguity and mood.

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Myles Shelly

University of Ulster - MFA Photography

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Selector's Comment: I was drawn to this quiet set of animal and plant paintings that Shelly found in the Irish landscape. I liked the decision to look at natural history through an unusual approach to found imagery, and admired the finely tuned selection of elements he chose to create his own work. The cropping and reframing of the previous visual content together with the use of the surface weathering and deterioration creates a beautiful and sensitive series resonant of the Greek and Roman murals that I love in Italy.

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Jan Fyfe

Manchester School of Art, MMU - MA Photography

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Selector's Comment: Fyfe's work explores ways of working with landscape to investigate place, memory and time. I liked the claustrophobic, urgent and slightly unnerving mood she creates by pushing the pictorial, reducing information with depth of field, vertiginous viewpoints, and layering. She holds the tempo by controlling the palette and containing the location.

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Anne Braybon has worked with the National Portrait Gallery, London since 2005, commissioning series of photographic portraits for the Gallery's collection. She has recently produced the largest commission the institution has ever undertaken. The Road to 2012 project celebrates and records high profile figures and those working behind the scenes to make the London Olympic and Paralympic Games happen. The final of three annual exhibitions was shown this summer as part of the London Festival. As an AHRC Research Fellow at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts, Braybon developed her research interests in British Photography 1950-1970s. She continues to write and lecture internationally.

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University of Brighton
MA Photography

London College of Communication
MA Photography

Manchester School of Art - MMU
MA Photography

University of Wales, Newport
MA Documentary Photography

Nottingham Trent University
MA Photography

University of Sunderland
MA Photography

University of Ulster
MFA Photography

University of Westminster
MA Photographic Studies

University of Westminster
MA Photojournalism

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Documentary/Photojournalism

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Commercial/Fashion

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Landscape

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Portraiture

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Staged/Constructed

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Urban/Suburban Landscape

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