The University of Portsmouth (BAHons) Photography London show is at the Rag Factory until June 24. Thanks to a rather nice catalogue they sent us, we’ve had a sneak preview and have selected some favourites.
It’s always good to see students really paying attention to the way in which their work is presented. The Portsmouth Photography show’s catalogue ((art direction by Maaike van Neck; design by graphic design students Thomas Ingram and Emily Isacke) does a great job of presenting the work in an unfussy yet powerful manner.
Some highlights of the work include Tom James Davey‘s series of shots of war memorials, The Glorious Dead, which crop tightly in on the faces of the servicemen depicted in stone.
We also enjoyed the idea behind Suzanna Loxton‘s Confessions. A Pathway to God – a series of shots of vicars’ ears which, no doubt, hear some hair-raising tales (although strictly-speaking, isn’t it priests who do confession? No matter).
From the sacred to the profane, Nathan Hill-Gowing‘s series on blow-up dolls sounds intriguing.
Terri Belcher’s project examining how gender can influence what is or isn’t deemed socially acceptable by contrasting men and women with their shirts off (and made topical by the recent Sagmeister Walsh mailer)
Emma Benson went behind the scenes at a strip club, revealing in harsh light the tawdriness of its setting, with quotes underbeath each shot from the dancers.
Last, but not least, in our selection is Gypsy by Tommy Braxton. Some readers may have seen this project at the Sony Photography Awards this year.
The photographs were taken over four months at various locations in England. After the recent sensationalist coverage of traveeler life on British TV, Braxton says he wanted to offer an alternative view. “I visited different Gypsy fairs and meetings and hoped to find good portraits,” Braxton says. “I did not aim to focus on a certain ‘side’ of the gypsy culture but more on what appealed me when I visited the fairs. At the end of the project I noticed I had created a set of images that were of a neutral manner and did not appear to visually discriminate the culture, contrasting with current British media as of late in tabloid newspapers and certain television programmes.”
These are just our picks – there’s lots more to enjoy in what promises to be a very strong show. The Rag Factory is off Brick Lane, London E1. Details here
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