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Posted 27.03.18

Industry Symposium attracts award-winning photographers

By Kat Peberdy

Niall Horton-Stephens, discusses the role of the Photographic agent and the photographers that he represents

The annual BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising & Editorial Symposium in London is a key initiative in the programme’s curriculum, providing a unique opportunity for students to expand their understanding of the business of photography.

With thousands of new graduates leaving photographic education every year, those wishing to pursue careers in the industry must adapt to face a number of challenges. In addition to being self-sufficient, highly motivated, and determined to succeed, graduates need to acquire a range of skills to be able to thrive in the creative industries.

Now more than ever, with students making significant investments in their futures, photographic education needs to ensure that students are better prepared for life after study.

Year 3 student Pip Murphy shows his work to Niall Horton-Stephens, one of London’s top photographic agents

With presentations and seminar discussions from a range of practitioners, agents and other industry professionals, students gain invaluable insight into various areas of the industry, an understanding of the career possibilities available to them and the knowledge, skills and attributes required to succeed in the industry.

The 2017 symposium was held at Camden Park Studios, working home of the legendary advertising photographer Ray Massey. Speakers included:

Rachell Smith       
Fashion, Beauty & Portrait Photographer, whose work has been published in Glamour Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure and Vogue.

Owen Harvey
An award-winning editorial Photographer. Owen’s recent clients include Time, GQ, the BBC, Fred Perry and Sony Music but it’s his personal series on British youth subculture that has defined his career, earning a place in the prestigious Taylor Wessing portrait prize.

Year 3 student April Mitchell shows her work to top Fashion & Beauty Photographer, Rachell Smith

Philip Haynes
Sports & Portrait Advertising Photographer whose clients include Adidas, Puma, Speedo, O2, BMW, Carlsberg and the Sunday Times Magazine.

David Ellis
Photographer and filmmaker of choice for some of the most iconic brands and magazines in the world. Clients include Virgin Media, Vodafone, Jaguar,  Sky, Nike, Warner Bros, Smirnoff, Channel 4, and Universal music.

Niall Horton Stephens
Founder of Horton Stephens, the London Photography Agents who represent some of the world’s most notable commercial advertising photographers.

Creative Consultant and Ary Buyer for Saatchi & Saatchi, Sarah Williams, discusses the challenges of commercial photographic practice

Sarah Williams
Head of Art Buying at M&C Saatchi, Creative Consultant & Art Buyer.

Following the talks, a number of the students benefited from the unique opportunity of one-to-one portfolio reviews with the industry guests. In addition to industry and creative advice, the reviews also provided a unique networking opportunity, with many students coming away with valuable contacts, with the potential for work placement and assisting opportunities.

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