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Posted 20.02.15

In Pictures: Photography students organise Annual Visual Culture Symposium 2015

By Sarah Packer

Students and staff from our BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Commercial Photography programme attended the Annual Visual Culture Symposium at White Rabbit Photographic Studios in Shoreditch, London earlier this month.

This is the second year of the symposium, which was started up by our photography team – as part of our 3E’s strategy (Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship) – with the aim of establishing learning environments that encourage the development of creativity and innovation together with business acumen.

With presentations from practitioners, picture editors, curators and other industry specialists, this annual event offers an insight into various areas of the business, providing an opportunity to develop our students understanding of some of the career possibilities available to them and the attributes required to succeed.

Third year BA (Hons) Photography student Karen Ruby says, "The London trip was fantastic this year! We got to to see some of the best speakers in the industry and were then treated to tours around digital studios we would never normally see.

"There were some stunning galleries and exhibitions too. I have come back so inspired and raring to get out there and do it!"                        

The speakers included,
Lou Siroy – Picture Editor and Photographer
Alan Clarke – Fashion, Music & Editorial Photographer
Richard Seymour - Commercial Photographer
Niall McDiarmid – Social Documentary Photographer
Stuart Freedman – Documentary & Travel Photographer
Laura Noble – Writer, Curator, Gallerist

"I loved the London trip, especially Niall McDiarmid at the symposium, who really made me stop and think when he told us “Always look after your images: catalogue them, copyright them and don't just put them on the internet”.

"I felt that this was a really good reminder to act professionally because we are always so keen to put our work on sites like Facebook," explains Chloe Prabucki, first year BA (Hons) Photography student.

Selected speakers also offered to provide portfolio reviews at the end of the day, giving students a valuable opportunity to have their work critiqued by industry specialists, the event also gave them the chance to network and make contacts.