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Fit for Purpose

“There’s no such thing as a bad photograph.  Or a good one come to that.” Photograph by Martin Parr. I was having this conversation with Stephen Bull, the course leader at UCA.  Shortly afterwards Gareth asked if we could respond to the concern from some students about OCA tutors’ tendency to dislike, even have distain […]

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Elina Brotherus

  Model Study 5 by Elina Brotherus. Dimensions: 105x85cm | Year: 2004 | Edition:6 There is no doubt that aesthetics can be used to dazzle.  Taunting or even deceiving us into thinking a piece of work is ‘great’ and then leave us wanting for some substance after the initial thrill has worn off.  This is […]

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Interview with Rena Effendi. Her life as a photographer.

Recently shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Photography prize for sustainability, currently on show at the Saatchi Gallery, Rena Effendi is showing her true colours to a wider audience.  Though she is not new to prestigious awards having won the Prince Claus Fund Award for Culture and Development in 2011, National Geographic  ’All Roads’ award in 2008 and […]

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Beneath the Surface

Decoding images is an important aspect of being a photographer and understanding photography.  It has been written about extensively because the meanings behind images are of vital importance for the context they are used if they are to be successful communicators.  Advertising, news pictures, fashion, the family album; they all depend on the connotations they […]

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Eeny Meeny Miny Mo…

John Stezaker wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012. John Stezaker Siren Song V, 2011 Collage, 25.7 x 20.3 cm Courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London. John Stezaker (b. 1949) is a British artist who gives old images new meanings by joining  together old and forgotten photographs to produce eerie, humorous and often […]

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AWAY (to) Oxford

From the series If you get married again, will you still love me?  by Sharon Boothroyd. Eight of us met for a coffee and a chat, partly to help me learn more about OCA (as a new tutor) and to question each other on our passion for photography.  I think meeting together to do real […]

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