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Steve McCurry – Retrospective

The second exhibition visit organised by the OCA took a group of students, director Gareth Dent and myself, to Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. The stunning Victorian building was the perfect venue to host a selection of some of the most memorable and distinctive photographs by the renowned Magnum and National Geographic Photographer. Steve McCurry […]

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Unwanted tourists? Just 'photoshop' them

There is no doubt that the new release of Photoshop Elements (9) is a powerful tool that continues to bridge the gap between the consumer and the professional versions of the Photoshop software. What strikes me is the marketing language used in advertising this new release, and most importantly, the ethos behind it. This is […]

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Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographers of the American South

The American South provokes powerful emotions. A troubled history, rural isolation and poverty and more recently dramatic economic and population growth, the region has inspired a diverse literary tradition from Mark Twain to Harry Crews. This important exhibition at the De La Warr Pavillion surveys an equally diverse body of photographic work and runs from […]

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Blog of the Week: southliving

Blog of the week this month is southliving written by China based OCA photography student Dewald Botha. And written is the operative word, one of the defining features of Dewald’s learning blog is the way that he sets out so clearly his thinking about his work – both in advance of shooting and then subsequently. […]

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Making it pay

While we were down interviewing Michael Freeman about the photography degree pathway we thought it would be interesting to ask him about what it needs to be a successful professional photographer. As all us can see the market is changing rapidly, but he doesn’t think this is necessarily grounds for pessimism. This is a subject […]

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Gendering the gaze

There’s been a lot of activity recently in the OCA photography students’ flickr group under the heading ‘Male Domination of Photography‘ Questions being asked about why so many big name photographers are male, the make up of OCA students and tutors. Of course the representation of women has long been a subject of interest, the […]

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The Photography Degree Pathway

Since we have had the BA(Hons) Photography validated earlier this year, significantly larger numbers of students have been asking us how the courses fit together. We think this stuff is all in the Photography Handbook, but then we would, wouldn’t we? The other week we took the opportunity to ask Michael freeman to set out […]

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Michael Freeman talks to Jose Navarro

José Navarro is a documentary photographer in the humanist tradition, with an MA in the subject from the University of Wales, and OCA tutor. He works particularly on the relationships between people and their natural surroundings, and even more specifically in remote and inhospitable environments, such as Eqypt’s Western Desert, India’s Thar Desert, the Andean […]

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Simon Roberts: We English

Simon Roberts’ We English exhibition is still showing at the National Media Museum in Bradford for those who have not yet had a chance to pay it a visit. The museum’s website provides as an introduction to his work: “Simon Roberts took his photographs using a large format camera, producing prints that reveal a fantastic […]

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Democratisation?

June’s issue of the British Journal of Photography includes a feature on the use of DSLR’s in video production and argues that the development is leading to a democratisation of film making. Now I am on seriously dangerous territory commenting on this issue. My track record is not good. In September 2008, when Canon announced […]

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