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Photography Graduate Summer Shows 2013

Seeing graduates work is often extremely valuable as it can show where the industry is going. Images created by artist photographers with access to equipment, knowledge and support but without the commercial concerns of working photographers can produce truly ground breaking work.

Photofusion is a great supporter of emerging artists, and have always enjoyed seeing the new and exciting selection of work by graduates in the local university degree shows. Therefore, we have compiled a list of upcoming Photography Graduate Summer degree shows that we think will definitely be worth a visit.


Arts University Bournemouth: Higher Education Show

Dates: 21 – 30 June (closed Sunday)

Location: Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH

More info: http://bit.ly/10iAu5M

University of Brighton – Faculty of the Arts Graduate Show

Dates: Saturday 1 June – Wednesday 12 June | PV: Friday 31 May (invite only)

Location: Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

More info: http://bit.ly/15kCnUo

Camberwell College of Arts, featuring BA Photography

Dates: 15– 22 June 2013 | PV: Monday 17 June (invite only)

Location: Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road, London SE5 8UF

More info: http://bit.ly/12VdWd1

Central St Martins: Show 1, featuring MA Photography

Dates: Saturday 25 – Monday 27 May | PV: Friday 24 May (invite only)

Location: Central Saint Martins, The Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA

More info: http://bit.ly/15pDxBQ

Kingston University: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture show

Dates: 16 – 21 June | PV: Saturday 15 June, 1 – 7pm

Location: Kingston University, Knights Park Campus, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ

More info: http://bit.ly/lCasVb

London College of Communication

MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography Degree show

Dates: Monday 13 – Friday 17 May 2013 | PV: Wednesday 15 May 2013, 6-9pm

Summer Show 1, featuring BA Photography

Dates: Saturday 1 June – Wednesday 5 June 2013 | PV: Monday 3 June 2013

Location: LCC, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB

More info: http://bit.ly/KEcHYi

Portsmouth University, featuring BA Photography “Show 2013″

Dates: 14 – 18 June 2013, 12 – 7pm | PV: Thursday 13 June, 7 -10pm

Location: Candid Art Gallery, 5 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ

More info: http://bit.ly/10q6iGJ

Royal College of Art MA Degree Show

Dates: 20 – 30 June, 12 – 8pm (closed 28 June)

Location: Royal College of Art, Howie Street, London, SW11 4AY

More info: http://bit.ly/15pHJSk

Free Range: Graduate Summer Shows

Featuring work from universities including: Westminster / Roehampton / Edinburgh Napier / Nottingham Trent / UCA Farnham / De Montford / Falmouth / Lancashire / Derby and many more

Dates: 29th May – 15th July

Location: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 – 95 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

More info: http://bit.ly/13i1Hee


Home, my Place in the World Photography Award 2013

Accademia Apulia UK launches Home, my Place in the World Photography Award 2013

Entries Open: 5th April – Entries Close: 28th May

Finalists Announcement 31st May – Winner Announcement: 21st June

Accademia Apulia UK now welcomes submissions for its online 2013 Photography Award.

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Home, my Place in the World is aimed at promoting emerging photographers of all nationalities based in Europe WHOSE WORK EXPLORES THE CONCEPT OF ‘HOME’.

According to the International Organization for Migration, in 2010 the number of migrants worldwide was estimated at 214 million – a figure likely to increase as the world faces economic strife, conflict and environmental shifts. In this context, the concept of ‘home’ or ‘homeland’ takes on a whole new meaning. Whilst in the past homeland was represented by one’s place of birth, now it is the place where one feels most at home. From this perspective, ‘political’ barriers between states lose their meaning with everyone becoming citizen of the world.

Submissions for this edition will pay tribute to the concepts of homeland, identity, tribalism and social integration, positive and negative.

Home, my Place in the World is under the Patronage of Amnesty International, the British Council

Further details here

FORMAT International Photography Festival Derby March- April

This festival is one of the foremost held in the UK, featuring a wide range of activities including exhibitions, talks, tutorials, workshops and events. Spending time in Derby might not be your idea of fun but having such a huge range of photographic events in place for just one month might convince you to stay. The one thing that is irritating is their website, I am sure they think it looks very pretty and hip but it is a problem to navigate around. Spending time clicking to try and find venues listed is not my idea of a good website.

Established in 2004 by Louise Clements and Mike Brown, the biennale festival celebrates the wealth of contemporary practice in international photography and is now one of the UK’s leading non-profit international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.

FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities to platform the work of international photographers and to provide links for local/national practitioners to show work, exchange opportunities, skills and knowledge and for audiences to see, debate, develop and engage in the best of what photography is and can be.

8th March – 7th April

Here are just a few of the events.

Derby At Work Photo Walks

Walk and photo workshop with a photographer. Start at QUAD, learn street photo skills and explore the theme of Factory. End at the Chocolate Factory where a selection of your work will be exhibited as part of Derby At Work.


Dates and Times 14. 21, 28 March & 4 April 13:00 -16:00 & 18:30 – 20:30 Cost: Free


Pinhole Photography Workshop

Venue The Photo Parlour Dates and Times 9, 16, 23, 30 March & 6 April 10:00 – 14:00 Cost: £23/17


Photography Day hosted by the Guardian Picture Desk

Talk led by Guardian Head of Photography Roger Tooth and award-winning Guardian photographers, with a focus on photojournalism, editing and the range of photography in newspapers today. Portfolio reviews by Guardian editors and photographers: bring your portfolio, join in the discussion or just come to listen.

Venue QUAD Dates and Times 16 March 11:00 – 16:00 Cost: £20

Self Publish, Be Happy Workshop

A two day intensive workshop conceived for people interested in publishing their own photography book run by Self Publish, Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel.

Venue QUAD Dates and Times 23 & 24 March 11:00 – 17:00 Cost: £210

To see all of the events go to the FORMAT International Photography Festival website here

Photography is the art of our time

The old masters painted the drama of life and death. Today photography captures the human condition – better than any other artistic medium of our age

Jonathan Jones writes in the Guardian It has taken me a long time to see this, and you can laugh at me if you like. But here goes.

Photography is the serious art of our time. It also happens to be the most accessible and democratic way of making art that has ever been invented. But first, let’s define photography.

A photograph is an image captured on film, paper or – most commonly now – in digital memory. Photography also includes moving images captured on film or video. Moving or still, we all know a photograph is not a pure record of the visual world: it can be edited and transformed in infinite ways

OK you might agree or want to shout at the page but here is the rest of the article, I think it is worth reading

English lesson at a school in PakistanPhotography is the successor to the great art of the past … an English lesson in Pakistan Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

Craft & Vision Quarterly Magazine

We, here over at OSP Towers, are great fans of the Craft and Vision series of ebooks so we are really excited about this new magazine (ezine?) In all the courses we teach we say that understanding your camera gear is key but as important is understanding how to see and we feel the Craft & Vision series is a great asset in this area.

Today we’re thrilled to announce PHOTOGRAPH, a digital quarterly magazine for creative photographers. We’ve been working hard for several months to create something exceptional: a gorgeous, ad-free, magazine full of great photographs from exceptional photographers, and articles from photographers and authors like Chris Orwig, John Paul Caponigro, Martin Bailey, and Piet Van den Eynde, photographers who understand that this is not only a technical pursuit but an artistic one and write as much from the heart as they do from their expertise. We’ve got columns about printing, composition, post-processing, inspiration, editing, and yes, even gear.
You can purchase Issue One of PHOTOGRAPH for USD $8 by clicking any image above, or by visiting Craft & Vision. As with everything we offer we aim to knock the content out of the ballpark and do so at exceptional value. So we’re offering a one-year subscription for $USD 24 – that’s four issues for the price of three. And because we’d rather you have a chance to do this risk free, you can buy Issue One for $8 and, for a limited time, buy the rest of the subscription ($16) once you’ve had a chance to read Issue One. We’ll send a short email to everyone who purchases Issue One, and you’ll have until the end of November 2012 to opt-in to the rest of the one-year subscription.

I really believe the best way to learn photography is to study exceptional photographs, and to listen to voices that not only know the craft, but practice the art of photography. I hope PHOTOGRAPH inspires you the way it has already inspired us.

If you would like to hear more about this magazine or sign up go here

Steve McCurry – A World of Prayer

Steve McCurry is one of the greatest living photographers he has many books here are a few

Nietzsche said about religion…
There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.

Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour

This exhibition features some of the colour photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson

Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA

8 November 2012 – 27 January 2013
Daily 10.00-18.00 

Until 21.00 on Thurs 8, 29 Nov & 6, 13, 20 Dec
Terrace Rooms & Courtyard Rooms, South Wing
Free admission

It is well-known that Cartier-Bresson was disparaging towards colour photography, which in the 1950s was in its early years of development; his reasoning was based both on the technical and aesthetic limitations of the medium at the time.

Featuring 10 Cartier-Bresson photographs never before exhibited in the UK alongside over 75 works by 14 international acclaimed photographers, this extensive showcase will illustrate how photographers working in Europe and North America adopted and adapted the master’s ethos famously known as  the ‘decisive moment’ to their work in colour.

Further details are available here

DSLR Video Recording: HD movies and what you absolutely have to know

In class last night someone asked about HD video recording with a DSLR. I started to answer some of their question and quickly realised it would take more than the 10 minutes left of the class and said I would do a little research and send them some links about it. I found this article which although hardly definitive does go some way to answering the questions many people have. I will return to this subject in later posts but for now if you are thinking about using your DSLR for video read this article from Digital Camera World

We take it for granted that new cameras these days come with the capability of recording HD movies. Once scoffed at, DSLR video recording has come into its own, and this feature is now one of the first things people check on the specification list when new cameras are announced. In fact, advances in DSLR video capability have created legions of dedicated HDSLR users, who find the versatility of being able to record HD movies on your camera a wonderful creative freedom.

In this tutorial we’ll start by answering some of photographers’ common questions about DSLR video, then explore some of the finer points of making HD movies, such as how to pace your film, understanding frame rates and what direct controls on your camera can make the DSLR video process easier for you.

If you want more go here

How to Select Lenses for DSLR Filmmaking

Lightstalking has a tutorial By on using a DSLR for making video and the way you may choose the most appropriate lenses.

DSLRs with video capabilities has really democratized filmmaking, putting cinematic quality video within financial reach of amateur and independent filmmakers. The best feature that most have found is the ability to utilize interchangeable lenses for different shooting environments and techniques.

While there are many lenses out there, a lot of them are still designed for still photography, especially lower end kit lenses. There are a couple of things that you should take into account when selecting lenses for DSLR videography that can really help enhance your filmmaking, and things you should avoid as to not hinder your work.….MORE


Renaissance Photography Competition 2012

I am really sorry not to have known about this before and to have failed to alert you to the exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London SW1 that closes today. If you are in London and have the time go and have a look, it is always so much better to see photographs as prints than viewed on a screen.

The Renaissance Photography Competition is in support of young women with breast cancer, a very worthy cause and one to give your time to. Set up in 2007 by Fiona Gifford, an amateur photographer who survived cancer after being diagnosed in 2006.

Many photography competitions in support of causes seem to attract rather dull images, nothing to shout about, that is definitely not the case with Renaissance. As soon as I saw some of the winning images I was struck but how intelligent and mature the art of photography was being used by the entrants. The website has all the winning entries for you to see and buy as prints and your love of photography would have to be a moribund husk not to find something that you would want to own.


100 photographs selected by judges Monica Allende, Michael Hoppen, Brigitte Lardinois, Mary McCartney and Brett Rogers will be exhibited in the Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 11 June to 16 June 2012 (admission free).

Photographs will be available for purchase.

Renaissance Prize 2012

Anastasia Taylor-Lind (United Kingdom)

From The Series The National Womb: Baby Boom In Nagorno Karabakh

Calumet Film Prize 2012

Julieta Sans (United Kingdom)



Category Prize - Disorientation

Dom Agius (United Kingdom)

Matthew: Under My Umbrella

Category Prize - Environment

Tom Hatton (United Kingdom)



Category Prize - Expression

Mimi Mollica (United Kingdom)



Category Prize - Memory

Mattia Vacca (Italy)

Srebrenica. Requiem For A Dream

Srebrenica. Requiem for a dream

Category Prize - Perspective

Alessandro Falco (Italy)

Vengeance N° 1

Vengeance n° 1

The following images were shortlisted for awards.

Mustafah Abdulaziz (Germany)

November, 2010.

November, 2010.

Philip Cheung (Canada)

Soldiers’ Angels – U.s. Mortuary Affairs In Afghanistan

Soldiers' Angels - U.S. Mortuary Affairs in Afghanistan

Cristina De Middel (United Kingdom)



Régis Defurnaux (Belgium)

Contemporary Identities

Contemporary identities

Salomon Fargeon (France)

Seventy Years Later

Seventy Years Later

Colin Hutton (United Kingdom)

That Royal Wedding

Florence Iff (Switzerland)

Post Arcadia 1

Post Arcadia 1

Simon Impey (United Kingdom)

My Point Of View

My Point of View

Alvaro Laiz (Spain)



Cynthia O’Dell (United States)

Tullig Village, Kilrush, Co. Clare, 2006/1849

Tullig Village, Kilrush, Co. Clare, 2006/1849

Istvan Prem (United Kingdom)

Tin Foil Dream

tin foil dream

Greta & Manu Schnetzler (United States)



Luke Smith (United Kingdom)



Catrine Val (Germany)