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To accompany this year's MA/MFA submissions Source has asked a number of respected figures from
the world of photography to select their favourite sets of images from all the work submitted.

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Special Guest Selector - John Duncan

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Special Guest Selection by:

John Duncan

Editor, Source Photographic Review

I am always on the look out for new work for the portfolio pages of Source. With Graduate exhibitions across the UK and Ireland, having all the work in one place online makes it a lot easier for me to have an overview. Images that are visually interesting draw me in, but the idea behind the work also has to stack up.

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Will Eames

Ulster University - MFA Photography

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Selector's Comment: Eames turns his camera to subject matter close to hand, his family home under threat of repossession. One of an estimated 117,889 estimated to be at risk in Ireland as part of the economic crash. Framed by this information, these images of 'normal life' start to fray, revealing the contingent nature of Eames's familial surroundings.

Durbin Lewis Ltd

Royal College of Art - MA Photography

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Selector's Comment: At first I thought this was a photograph of furniture from a Masonic hall. (Familiar to me through European Heritage Open Days.) It is similarly leaden furniture with echoes of ceremonial garb in the draped material placed on these assemblages. Elsewhere stacked TVs, with tasteful test card stripes, form a sensuous altar for the worship of retro deities.

Kerstin Zahn

University of Westminster - MA Photographic Studies

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Selector's Comment: 'Places of Safety' comes out of conversations between the photographer and a variety of individuals about the meaning and importance of safety, drawing on personal memories and fantasies about what these concepts might entail. The staging of these ideas, using the same desert like studio backdrop, are a curious mix of cultural references, some easier to read than others, which draws me in. Choose your refuge: 'Waiting for Godot' or 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'?

YuxinJiang

University of Westminster - MA Photographic Studies

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Selector's Comment: Jiang's background research is in visual representations of depression since the 1950s. This work comes out of a close friend's experience of needing hospital treatment. It mixes images of pills, text outlining their possible side effects and staged imagery to explore some of the feelings and events around her friend's illness. A piece of work that provides a different range of imagery around a subject matter that is often reduced to an image of someone with their head in their hands.

Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi

University of Westminster - MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

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Selector's Comment: Working in London and Racșa, Dragoi documents the lives of families spilt between Romania and the UK. There is a stark contrast between the expansive rural landscapes and the claustrophobic conditions of families living in cramped shared accommodation in London. Traditional folk costumes and flat screen TVs make for another interesting and less oppressive shift in cultural register.

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John Duncan is an Editor at Source Photographic Review. In addition to his duties at Source John is also a practising photographer in his own right with a string of solo and group exhibitions to his name. His project Bonfires was published by Steidl in 2008. John was also a jury member for Fire's 'Propeller' award 2011.

Read Source's Q&A with John

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Courses: Categories:
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University of Brighton
MA Photography

University of Hertfordshire
MA Photography

Kingston University
MA Photography

Manchester School of Art
MA Photography

Norwich University of the Arts
MA Photography

Plymouth University
MA/MFA Photography

Royal College of Art
MA Photography

Sheffield Hallam University
MArt Photography

Ulster University
MFA Photography

University of Westminster
MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

University of Westminster
MA Photographic Studies

Documentary/Photojournalism

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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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