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Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Online 2011 - 2012 London College of Communication

Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Online 2011 - 2012 London College of Communication

Paul Lowe

INTRODUCTION It’s quite a peculiar feeling working with a group of talented, motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated photographers for two years, getting to know them, their hopes, fears, challenges, failures and successes, and yet never meeting them in the ‘real world’ until they all come together to celebrate the end of the course in the form of their graduation show. For these are the alumni from the online Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course that I lead at the LCC. We all get to know each other pretty well, as we do interact in ‘real time’ via webconferencing every week through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and social get-togethers. I feel a strange sense of intimacy and closeness to the group, as we all sit in various spaces in various places all over the world, with our headsets on, the outside world muffled whilst we engage in heated debate and discussion in the ether. That the work they produce is as varied, as exciting, as innovative and as challenging as they do is a testament to them as individuals of course, but also, I feel, to the unique sense of community that we develop together over the years that we share our journey to try and understand and make sense of the world of photography today. - Paul Lowe, 2013




Lara Ciarabellini


Max Colson


Richard English


Tracey Fahy


Veronika Lukasova


Italo Morales


Linka A Odom


Gunta Podina


Franziska Rieder


SahidĂŠ Sanin


Christina Vazou


Dan Weill



Uta Beyer

HEIMLICH Uta Beyer’s photo essay ‘Heimlich’ is a conceptual work based on a set of psychological, archaeological, and aesthetic approaches as a basis to explore and represent a group of 20 homes of impoverished old people living in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2012. In the centre of the project are the interiors of the homes and their accompanying objects of everyday life. ‘Heimlich’ is a proposition to read photographed objects in a new, imaginative, utopian way of seeing, as an access to another kind of experience, where the viewer may gain knowledge of the reality through intuition. Contrary to a rather traditional understanding of history-as-narrative (‘this has been’) this photo essay suggests to read photographs as different possibilities or options, asking ‘could this be possible’? It suggests to abandon the attempt to find one single correct interpretation of the past and what we see in the photo, but rather asks: what does this thing, this fragment from the past mean for what I am, we are, now? Being freed from the burden of obtaining the one and only objective, factual knowledge of reality, we are open to search for insight into new ways of knowledge, for a reality beyond reason. Biography Uta Beyer is a German documentary photographer based in Tbilisi, Georgia, since 2009. Being concerned with issues of belonging, home, habitat – ‘Heimat’ - her research and practice focus on the exploration of the living spaces/Lebensräume of Tbilisi’s city dwellers. Uta obtained a master degree in Sociology and Economics at the University of Cologne, Germany, before undertaking the MA course in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC.



Lara Ciarabellini

SOMNAMBULISM ‘Somnambulism’ is a metaphorical – photographic – sleepwalk through Bosnia and Herzegovina which investigates the web of intertwining layers of the Yugoslav collective memory in the last three decades, from the death of Tito to the war and its aftermath. Journeying through different psychological landscapes, it explores the circumstances that have shaped the Nation: the suspension of time during the eighties; the trauma and the collective amnesia of the conflict; and the signs of aftermath, unearthing the strata of memory lying beneath the intricate terrain of contemporary Bosnia-Herzegovina. Biography Lara Ciarabellini is an Italian photographer currently based near Trieste (Italy), close to the border with former Yugoslavia. She developed a special interest in the Balkans and its past, as a way of understanding her homeland. Trying to explain current issues analysing history, she researches a different approach to the aftermath of traumatic events.



Max Colson

HIDE AND SEEK: THE DUBIOUS NATURE OF PLANT LIFE IN HIGH SECURITY SPACES BY ADAM WALKER-SMITH ‘Hide and Seek’ is an extraordinary documentary photography project created by Max’s paranoid alter-ego, the photojournalist Adam Walker-Smith. Instigated by his discovery of the landscape design programme ‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design’ (CPTED), Walker-Smith’s research and photographs dramatically illuminate what he sees as the ‘suspect’ plants of high security urban spaces (so-called for posing as ‘innocent’ decoration whilst actually being hidden parts of the security apparatus). Uncompromising and provocative, ‘Hide and Seek’ challenges the viewer to question the nature of the urban environment and the more sinister aspects of security design that might be concealed from them. Biography Max Colson is a London-born artist working with photographs, text, graphic design and most recently his intriguing alter-ego, Adam Walker-Smith. His current work is a playful exploration of how the physical and psychological environment of high security spaces can distort the perspective of their inhabitants. Max’s recent achievements include being a winner of the 2013 Magenta Flash Forward ‘emerging photographer’ award and being selected by UCL’s Urban Lab to exhibit in their annual show ‘Cities Methodologies’ at the Slade School of Fine Art.


Figure 17. Anti-climb paint


Richard English

RECOLLECT Death is no easy matter to understand; it remains the most puzzling conundrum of them all. ‘Recollect’ focuses on the relationship with our deceased – the search for understanding, for succor, for acknowledgment of our grief and the means to develop continuing bonds with our dead. The project studies how, as we become a more secular society, we memorialise in increasingly personalised and pertinent ways – and how the objects we leave behind become touchstones through which survivors build a new relationship with their dead. The images capture the impermanence of the dead’s physicality, highlighting their presence through their absence. ‘Recollect’ lingers on the roles played by temporality, animism and spirituality, encouraging us not to save our loving speeches for when it is too late. Biography Richard English is a recent graduate of the London College of Communication MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. He has a degree in English and American Studies, a background in counseling, creative and journalistic writing, television production and marketing communications in the not for profit sector. He is drawn to themes surrounding death and sexuality. Get in touch.


Beachy Head


Tracey Fahy

RAMPAGE ‘Rampage’ takes inspiration from William Marotti’s text ‘Japan 1968: The Performance of Violence and the Theatre of Protest’ (about the student riots in that year) and the ‘Provoke’ group of photographers working in Japan at that time. The focus of this work is the riots in the UK in 2011. Photographs of dancers have been immersed with appropriated* press images of the riots to enhance theatrical expression, accentuating the circus created by the media during the week of rioting - questioning the culture, practices and ethics of the press; particularly pertinent in light of the Leveson inquiry. *Images converted into audio, then into spectrograms. Biography After studying for a degree in art, Tracey worked briefly in the film and television industry, then as a photographer’s assistant, before branching out on her own as a freelance artist, photographer and educator, in 2004. Tracey’s work predominately explores dance, choreography, theatre and performance as subject matter. She has exhibited widely in art galleries and public spaces and held artist-in-residence positions in a number of diverse institutions.



Veronika Lukasova

Machinate Mammal “The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent. But if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” Stanley Kubrick In an interview with Playboy Magazine in 1968, the year the film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released, Stanley Kubrick – the famously reclusive director – spoke about his film. The narrative revolves around the discovery of an object suggesting the existence of life beyond our planet. But in the final scene, the astronaut David Bowman comes face to face with the fact he is alone. Bowman’s loneliness is the logical conclusion of a purely humancentric search for meaning. The 1960s also witnessed the beginnings of another project focused on working out who we might be. The Standard Model of particle physics is a theory that gives us an insight into the fundamental structure of matter. Because we long to define our cosmic connection, we hope that such fundamental building blocks really exist. Using machines our species may yet find genuine meaning. Biography Veronika Lukasova is a visual artist based in London, UK. Her work is inspired by frontiers of space exploration, technology and particle physics. This project was supported by Hasselblad.


Device for measuring astronauts’ biological functions as part of the training for the long duration stay at the International Space Station (ISS),European Astronaut Training Centre (EAC), Cologne, Germany.


Italo Morales

OVERNIGHT GENERATION It appears to be a common belief that Sarajevo is recovering from its postwar trauma, but is that true? And what happened to the children of the conflict? Unlike other efforts that have been done to explore their lives, Overnight Generation does not aim to illustrate the physical damage done to them during the armed struggle, but rather to portray the evidence of a more subtle violence: the ordinary drama of a post-war existence; a subtle curse that follows every one of the young citizens who had to hide his or her best years behind the curtain of the conflict and grow up overnight, while the rest of us were sleeping. Biography Italo Morales is a Venezuelan born photographer currently based in Brussels, Belgium. Italo spent several years studying photography at the College of Arts of Florida International University and at Ecole de Photographie de la Ville de Bruxelles. His work has been shown in spaces such as the Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki), Le Bal (Paris), CCCB (Barcelona) and Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei (Leipzig). Italo’s work has been shortlisted to the Sony World Photography Award 2010, the Dummy Book Award 2012 and more recently at the Photographers Gallery’s FreshFaced+WildEyed 2013 exhibition.



Linka A Odom

SPINNING COMPASS ‘Spinning Compass’ is a social anthropological photography project about traveling. It includes portraits of more than 500 people taken in: Germany, Hawaii, Nepal, North America, Jerusalem, Turkey, Mexico, and India. While people travel for diverse reasons, sometimes for a day or even years, all travelers step outside of what is considered the day to day and into an uncommon reality. ‘Spinning Compass’ is a portrait of travelers while in the places traveled. I set up a backdrop in a popular tourist destination. After taking their portrait, each participant is handed a questionnaire with twelve questions. The custom prints are hand painted in Udaipur, India. Biography Originally from Texas, photographer/artist Linka A Odom thrives in unique settings. Ms. Odom graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. In December 2012 she earned a Master’s in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts in London. In July 2012, Ms. Odom won a Getty Images Creative Grant, utilizing her unique photo based multi-media installations. She has adventured and photographed in more than 30 countries over the last 13 years, inspiring her current project. She presently splits her time between Austin, Texas and Berlin, Germany.


Q. What is your main reason for being here? A. For visiting temples and learning Shiva philosophy. Rishikesh, India


Gunta Podina

“NJUT LAGOM!”, THE SECRET ART OF BEING SWEDISH ‘Njut Lagom!’ is an overview of the Swedish during their leisure time. Examining the eccentricities and cultural clichés of Sweden, the project documents ordinary people doing ordinary things considered ‘typical’ in Swedish culture. ‘Lagom’ (just enough, adequate) is a word widely known to all Swedes and is almost a kind of secret code that governs everyday life. Excess, flashiness and boasting are abhorred in Sweden and individuals strive towards the middle way; ‘lagom’ is the ideal place, where everything is as it should be. Biography Gunta Podina is documentary photographer based in Sweden, specializing in social and cultural anthropology issues. Previously, Gunta studied Social Anthropology at Dalarna University, Sweden. In 2012, Gunta completed her MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography University of Arts London, graduating with a Distinction.



Franziska Rieder

I THOUGHT THEY WERE MONSTERS As a collection of records ‘I Thought They Were Monsters’ is aiming to present a straightforward piece of oral history, speaking of what it feels to be a mother and an artist in Germany in 2012. While most working mothers are struggling to find a balance between work and family, the average job is seen as part of the social contract. Art, meanwhile, is an expression of the self. Amid the demands of her children, how does the artist-mother justify her need for self-expression? Traditionally, art has been considered a substitute for children, and vice versa, because it demands what a mother’s routine does not allow: a concentration on the self, and the liberty to make use of the artistic impulse whenever it arrives. Biography Franziska Rieder is a Berlin based editorial and documentary photographer and a passionate chronicler of the everyday. Her work centers on questions of identity, the biographical, and the portrait. Franziska holds MA degrees in North American Studies and Latin American Studies from the Free University Berlin as well as in Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication.



SahidĂŠ Sanin

DALSTON CALLING As the industrial prominence of Dalston in the London Borough of Hackney diminished, the area encountered recognisable patterns of disinvestment and degradation. Today, property speculation and development continue to gather momentum, bringing to the surface the paradoxes of urban regeneration. These photographs attempt to capture a moment of transition - a phase in the physical and social transformation of a part of London which shares many characteristics with cities experiencing similar change across continental Europe. Biography SahidĂŠ Sanin is a filmmaker and photographer and is currently based in London. Her work is concerned with representations of modernity, architecture and hybridity.


Dusk, Kingsland High Street


Christina Vazou

BEHIND THE SCENE OF THE GREEK CRISIS ‘Behind the Scene of the Greek Crisis’ is a record of my life as the wife of a prominent Greek politician, a mother of two boys, a Greek citizen and a photographer. At the same time, it is a fleeting reference to the Greek political and financial situation from September 2009 until November 2012. In addition, this project is about the personal story of my husband, Odysseas Voudouris, who is a surgeon and has been a Member of the Greek Parliament since September 2009. My project shows his attempts to remain faithful to his conscience during all the ups and downs of this incredible period. Biography I am a German-Greek photographer based in Athens. I started taking photographs in 1991, focusing on the self-portrait, and later on the humanitarian movement and the life of Greeks of the Diaspora. As my life changed, I recorded my first pregnancy and the birth of my son and subsequently moved on to other themes like the life of people who are confined to mental institutions and recording the difficulties terminally ill cancer patients face in the last stage of their life. When taking photographs, I record, search, learn, and follow my interest in the truth and in the world in which I live.



Dan Weill

GMT ‘GMT’ is a project that scrutinizes the subject of time within contemporary photographic practice. Time is intrinsically and inescapably bound within the photographic tradition and as a significant element of all photography warrants closer investigation. The appeal of time for me centers on its intangibility, its multiple functions in society, philosophy, landscape and relationships with photography. The methodology of the project takes the rigour of walking along the geographic parameter of the Greenwich Meridian line, aiming to draw attention to unexpected markers of time and landscape.


Day 2 20.01.12 10:22 51.522883 -0.000595 Bromley-by-Bow, London


Exhibition Logo and Graphics: Dan Weill Catalogue Design: Max Colson Website: Veronika Lukasova Comms and Marketing: Richard English Show Organisation and Logistics: Max Colson, Dan Weill, Veronika Lukasova, Richard English and Uta Beyer Exhibition Design and Curation: SahidĂŠ Sanin, Paul Lowe and Dan Weill


The MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Online 2011-2012 students would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported them throughout their time at the London College of Communication. A special thank you is due to the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Course Director Paul Lowe whose ideas, support and guidance on the course and exhibition have made the final show possible. We also want to thank our: Tutors Paul Lowe, Peter Fraser, Ed Kashi, John Easterby, Patrick Sutherland and Jennifer Pollard Technical Staff Belinda May and Dan Weill Sponsor Schuchmann Wines of Georgia

Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Online 2011 - 2012 London College of Communication

Uta Beyer Lara Ciarabellini Max Colson Richard English Tracey Fahy Veronika Lukasova Italo Morales Linka A Odom Gunta Podina Franziska Rieder SahidĂŠ Sanin Christina Vazou Dan Weill

Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Online 2011 - 2012 London College of Communication

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