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Special Guest Selector - Louise Clements

Special Guest Selection by:

Louise Clements

Artistic Director of Quad and Format International Photography Festival.

Overview: I am interested in how photographers interpret the world around them. The work submitted from MA Graduates this year ranged from the cool objective documenting of evidence, the reappropriation of images, conceptual series, or an abstract stream of consciousness. Images resonate and can be read on many levels and I am drawn to them all. Every year there is a rich stream of talented photographers that emerge from various courses. MA programmes offer an important focused and framework for development, fostering a critical environment in which individuals can develop as artists with photography at the core of their practice. Fortunately the definition of photography is fluid, enabling the forms of image making to be reinvented with multiple identities. Photography's potency lies in its disregard for a fixed definition, as demonstrated by the recent graduates in this selection, be it digital, analogue, still, moving, staged or journalistic the photographic image continues to be explored through thoughtful and arresting work.

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Kristin Hoell

University of Brighton - MA Photography

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Selector's Comment: Drowning in a Sea of Infinite Meaning explores the sea's mercurial surface and the human interventions with it. The images are simultaneously abstract and poetic, while the trace of a human figure locates and grounds us in a recognisable landscape. The sea is a mythical site in poetry, literature and the cinematic, drawing from multiple references these images offer us an almost romantic notion of the sublime.

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WillJennings

London College of Communication - MA Photography

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Selector's Comment: Tumbling Blocks is a photographic series and installation that refers to familiar subjects such as memory and loss. Following the death of his mother the artist started to document the connections between the elements that began to polarise and coalesce around the concrete blocks on a walk along the Suffolk cost and the pattern on a jumper knitted by his mother. The series is a personal yet relatable endeavour to represent the subtle signs that seem to appear and develop new meaning after a significant or traumatic event.

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Clare Massey

Manchester School of Art, MMU - MA Photography

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Selector's Comment: These layered images are created by bringing together two pairs of found Kodachrome slides. The resulting reappropriated landscapes play with our perception of truth within the photograph. Kodachrome has a seductive aesthetic and nostalgia that locates the images in our recent past. Despite the clear signs derived from merging two contradictory landscapes together we are able suspend disbelief and enjoy the surreal possibilities that they present.

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HeatherMiller

London College of Communication - MA Photography

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Selector's Comment: Drawing on her fascinating experience of being a Scenes of Crime Officer in the Forensics team in the series and a display case the artist examines our inability to properly process an event both emotionally and psychologically. Here we bear witness to images that consistently feature a bed, which present us with evidences that offer and reveal details highlighted by special chemical treatments and lighting techniques to reveal hidden information. The title is a brilliant additional layer of reference to the spiritual release that comes with orgasm and to the period of transcendent melancholy as a result of an expended life force.

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Noel Bowler

University of Ulster - MFA Photography

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Selector's Comment: Union documents sites of organised power from Poland to Dublin, taken in the offices of various unions. These are important places to consider, loaded with latent action, although devoid of the individuals that instigate the action, they are heavily symbolic of the practical side of an ideology that persists in many different forms to represent the rights of workers around the world.

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Ciaran Og Arnold

University of Ulster - MFA Photography

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Selector's Comment: No Day or Night This work is a dark poetic documentation in the Japanese photographic tradition, focused on life in a town in the Midlands. Presented as an emotional response capturing the lives of fringe dwelling dark characters who appear locked in a tense stasis within an endless liminal zone between dusk and dawn, and the places they inhabit.

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Louise Clements is the Artistic Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival and QUAD (a Centre for Contemporary Art & Film). As a curator, since 1998 Louise has initiated and curated many commissions and exhibitions of international and emerging contemporary art, artists residencies, conferences, mass participation, and has produced many publications and film works. She writes for artists, catalogues and magazines in both print and online media including Fotografia, South Korean Photography, Creative Review, AN magazine, Troika and Arts Professional. She is on the Editorial board of Next Level, Editor at Large and writer for 1000words magazine and has recently collaborated on a major exhibition tour and publication - Hijacked III: Photography from Australia/UK.

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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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