Photography teacher Mary Weinberger explains:
“Photography students visited London twice in the autumn term. The first trip was to see two exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery. Both exhibitions dealt with themes the students are exploring in their work. The first exhibition was a major retrospective by portrait and fashion photographer, Terence Donovan, which consisted of a compelling mix of classic vintage prints. The second, ‘Made you Look – Dandyism and Black Masculinity’, offered a fascinating collection of photographers’ work on the theme of exploring identity. Our students were asked to use the work they saw in the gallery as starting points for their practical workshop in the afternoon, using Covent Garden for a location shoot.
“On the second trip students visited two inspirational Photography exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery. The first was by legendary documentary Photographer William Eggleston, featuring portraits from his archives. The second, ‘Black Chronicles’, was an exploration of black presences in 19th century Britain through the prism of studio portraiture. In the afternoon students were challenged to put into practice some of the styles of documentary photography they had seen in the exhibitions. Many of these photographs have been on exhibition in the college Food Centre.”