Liveness 2020 (Archive)
Students studying on BA Photography courses are encouraged to make work on any topic, in any genre and of any type they choose. Their practice may be within the traditional boundaries of the medium for one student or explore approaches that expand the notion of photography and touch upon other areas of creative practice for another. Rather than defining their work in any way, the studios are designed to give the students a critical perspective from which to consider their work whilst allowing absolute freedom to follow their own creative ambitions and thematic concerns.
The students have used multiple combinations of analogue, digital, hybrid or inter-disciplinary techniques. These range from the conversion of a room into a camera obscura that creates one off large scale negative prints or analogue double exposures, shot across geographic and temporal boundaries, using to collage, still life, the written word and sound works to making publications, curating and recontextualising found images, using archival materials, staged portraits and self-portraits made in studio and on location, as well as experimental, music, fashion and animated video pieces.
With strong industry links and a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, the BA Fashion Photography degree supports each individual toward developing a unique and personal creative identity through challenging and exciting projects. Our course features an exciting range of portfolio reviews, visiting lecturers, exhibitions and studio visits that will help you develop an in-depth photographic knowledge. Our teaching strongly focuses on professional practices and technical skills essential in today’s fast-paced, image-led world, and will support you in developing innovative and highly creative work through industry-facing projects.
The Photography students are to be highly congratulated on their astonishing creative and practical responses to the pandemic. Students have found inventive and creative ways to carry on with projects or moved to document their experience of living through a pandemic. They have made works that are deeply personal, insightful and moving as well as experimental, technically excellent and beautifully crafted.
Year 2 and Year 3 BA Photography students have chosen from 3 studios this year, UN/staging the UN/staged, Disrupting Borders: The Personal to the Universal and the BA Fashion Photography studio Shifting Glances.
Photo studio 5 considered image making through a critical lens that set out to challenge the binary distinction between photographic works that are considered staged and those works that are considered unstaged.
Photo studio 6 responded to timely contemporary issues supporting students in making works that embraced speculative visions, deconstructed cultural and political myth-making, and forecast new contemporary photographic subjectivities.
With strong industry links and a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, the BA Fashion Photography degree supports each individual toward developing a unique and personal creative identity through challenging and exciting projects.
Students from across photography courses and years talk to each other about their work during lockdown.