Each year as part of Graduate Photography Online we ask a number of professionals from the world of photography to review all the BA work submitted and choose their favourites. We hope this makes an interesting introduction to the project as a whole.
The diversity and breadth of stories and images in this year's BA photography graduates is quite overwhelming. It's exciting to see young photographers coming up with new ways to express themselves and mirror the world in which they are observing. Many of these bodies of work are documenting stories of lives and families and people interacting which is heartening in these times where social media tents to dominate many lives. I was drawn to the more personal stories being told here. It's refreshing to see age old issues being viewed and narrated with fresh eyes.
Selector's Comment: These images are both real and intimate to me, I like the straightforward nature of Gabriella’s work, it has a warmth to it along with a sense of the everyday, in a way there is nothing different or striking about these photographs but they feel honest and emphatic. I also like the subject of documenting a young family, it shows the photographer has reached outside of her own world for her subject matter, and it resonates with the times we are in.
Selector's Comment: The simplicity of colour and subject matter Eleanor uses in her landscapes along with the format of the images gives these landscapes a different almost surreal feel. They are sparse but not bleak. Almost dreamlike, they have a gentle quality that endears them to me.
Selector's Comment: Again this work has an everyday feel to it, but there is a sense of detachment or lack of emotion to the image composition that draws me in, there is nothing sensational about it. The stillness gives one a feel of being frozen in time, of being an outsider, the subject seems lacking in feeling or emotion, oblivious or not even caring that they are being viewed.
Selector's Comment: Aarif has decided to document an important narrative showing the underbelly of a city that on the surface once more seems to be going from strength to strength, his photographs are those of a silent observer, not trying to sensationalise the plight of his subject matter.
Selector's Comment: Gulia’s work is appealing because of its everyday observations, the photographs have a homeliness about them which draws on her background the simplicity of her subject matter draws you in and makes me feel I want to know more about her world.
Selector's Comment: The chance way in which Steve came across the person he chose to document is striking and refreshing. How many people like Safet do we pass by every day? The pictures are straightforward and insightful. We are getting to know this man and his life in a way that is the gift of modern photojournalism.
Selection by Ella Ravilious ▸
Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum
Selection by Louis Chapple ▸
Founder, Studio Chapple.
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