Trevor Griffiths, acclaimed photographer and Head of Photography at Bradford School of Arts & Media, gave an overview of the successful weekend, Faster Than The Speed of Light, held as part of the British Science Festival, which celebrated the science of conventional and digital photography. He expressed his pride at premiering the superb documentary film; The Silver Footprint in UNESCO’s first City of Film and running what he considered was the world’s greatest photography course.
Trevor recalled that when he joined Bradford College to develop a range of programmes, he had set out his dreams and goals. He said, “If you came here and studied portrait photography I wanted you to show at the National Portrait Gallery. If you wanted to be a sports photographer, I wanted you to win the highest award possible, the World Press Award. If our students used their photography skills to make an animation, it had to be an award winning film. All these dreams have come true. All these dreams have come true. Two former students have pictures in the National Portrait Gallery. Gareth Copley is currently the world’s best sports photographer and you will have seen his recent photographs of the Ashes Tour. Last year I was honoured to teach a student with a severe disability who told me his ambition was to be published in every red top. Kevin Smith graduated with first class honours and his photographers are in newspapers on a daily basis.” Trevor conclude by listing the international awards gathered by The Music of Life, the animation made by photography students from Bradford School of Arts & Media in collaboration with students from Whistling Woods International in Mumbai, and the links with partners in India, Sri Lanka, Finland and Korea.