Student Work

This in from second year Callum Dickinson.

“I arrived back in the UK on the 30th June after spending 21 days touring with the band ‘Crossfaith’ over Europe, visiting countries such as Austria, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic and many more. Over the course of the tour I was photographing the band, documenting live shows and also shot some work that showed the band behind the scenes. On the tour I was also selling merchandise, which allowed me to meet so many new people and also build my confidence. The tour was an amazing experience for me to not only network, but to also develop my work. Without the support of everyone within the university, especially the lecturers and my friends I wouldn’t have been able to have had this opportunity. With the help of the course and the lecturers I felt ready and confident within my own ability to deliver on what I was expected to. I am currently in conversation with various people that I met over the course of the tour about more work and am looking to be out on the road again soon”.

Lecturer News


From Senior Lecturer Matthew Murray.

“A selection of Senior Lecturer Matthew Murray’s photographs from Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape, exhibited at Manchester Central Library, curated by Greg Hobson that ends in June 2018. First premiered in a solo, curated show at mac, Birmingham, the series will also be presented at Elliott Halls, Amsterdam later 2018. Through the exhibition at mac, Birmingham the project achieved audiences of 111,810. In addition at Manchester Central Library, through the Responding to a Landscape symposium and through the other artist talks, the total live audience exceeded 220,000. The exhibition and publication Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape has achieved press coverage in significant publications including British Journal of Photography, IMA Magazine, Japan, FD Magazine, the Netherlands, Aesthetica Magazine, Redeye and numerous online outlets. In the Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape publication, new writings were commissioned and collaborations with Martin Barnes, Senior Curator Photographs Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Richard Billingham, artist, and Maartje van den Heuvel Curator photography and media culture, Leiden Institute Amsterdam.”

Personal Work

News in from third year Ellie Ramsden.

“I have been working with music magazine Wordplay for the past few months, photographing musicians and live music for online and printed editorial content. Issue 17 has just been released and features two shoots of mine – US rapper Lil Skies which was shot at Atlantic Studios in London, and old school UK hip-hop artist, Ty.”

Personal Work

News in from second year Morgan Harlow.

“Having worked with British Swimming on a number of occasions, I was able to secure a media accreditation for the British Para Swimming International Meet taking place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge sports centre. Whilst there, I was fortunate enough to capture the moment Eliie Simmonds realised that she had achieved the European Qualifying time in the 200IM.”

Student Success

News in from third year Poppy Challinor.

“I’ve recently been interviewed by Self magazine and The Press Association concerning my work on Instagram documenting psoriasis. The interview with Self has been posted on their Instagram page (@selfmagazine) which has 600k followers and will also be posted onto their Facebook page that has over 1.7M followers. The Press Association interview will be published over the coming weeks.”


Applicant Day

Yesterday saw our annual applicant day be as successful as ever with a fantastic exhibition of personal work created by current students and the return of 2013 graduate Liam Clarke. Liam gave a fascinating talk about his time on the course and his subsequent experiences working as an assistant to David Bailey and now for fashion photographer David Sims on major advertising campaigns, shooting international celebrities and models all around the world.

As always we gave prizes to some of the most successful images exhibited. These are just some of those who won and who were commended in their categories by in order third year’s Helen Clayton, Sarah Whelan, Hannah Mulvey, second year’s Yasmin Carter and Ian Price and third year Poppy Challinor.



Student News


This just in from second year Megan Bendall.

“This article appeared in the Hexham Courant newspaper. I created the images at the Errington Reay Pottery Mill, Bardon Mill, Northumbria, the last UK licensed pottery mill and kiln to use salt glaze. I also wrote a photo essay alongside a further series (see below) of Errington Reay images that will be featured in the coming weeks paper.”

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Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Do Not Bend Poster A3

Senior Lecturer Grant Scott has been working on a feature length documentary film over the last year and it is now being premiered at the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol this April. You can find out more about the film at and about the premiere at