Photography students take ‘Unmistakably Bradford’ shots

Photography students whose images of Bradford are in a new exhibition are pictured from left to right, Paul Maguire, Rafal Daszczynski, Loren Thompson, Phoebe Marshall, Akif Dafaalla and Rebecca Anderson

Photography students from Bradford College are showcasing distinctive and recognisable images of Bradford in a new exhibition at Bradford Industrial Museum.

Entitled ‘Unmistakably Bradford’, the collection of 82 images from first-year students on the BA (Hons) Photography degree at University Centre Bradford College capture city scenes for future generations.

The students were set a brief by the Bradford Museums Photo Archive to take photographs that if viewed in 50 or a 100 years’ time would, because of particular features or elements contained within the images, reveal when and where they were taken.

Photography lecturer and project coordinator Andy Vaines said:  “As photography lecturers, we highly value collaborations of this kind as it gives our students the real-world, experiential learning needed to further understand the role of a photographer.

“Initially it was tricky to create images that were strong shots but which didn’t concentrate too much on the significant details required. Eventually, the students began taking some great images to fit the brief and with sufficient detail that could be examined in 100 years’ time and which would be unmistakably Bradford. This is a difficult brief to get right and our first-year students rose to the challenge and performed very well in answering the brief!”

Student Paul Maguire enjoyed the challenge. He said: “The project has given us a real insight into working professionally and creatively as a photographer.” A shot Paul took of City Hall at night was spotted by Visit Bradford and now adorns their website.

Fellow student Phoebe Marshall said taking part had boosted her confidence in her own work as well as working to a client’s brief. Her efforts also caught the eye with the marketing team at College using her images in promotional materials.

The other students featured in the exhibition are Rebecca Anderson, Akif Dafaalla, Rafal Daszczynski and Loren Thompson.

Bradford Photo Archive will select one image that will be permanently included in its archive alongside other acclaimed and prestigious photographers who have documented the district. The panel of judges this year was made up of Curator Lizzie Llabres, Photo Archivist and photographer, John Ashton and freelance photographer’s Tim Smith and Lynn Wray. The winner will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony.

The exhibition is open now at Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, Bradford BD2 3HP and runs until 2 July, 2018.  

Anyone interested in finding out more about photography at Bradford College can view our photography courses or come along to our next open event on Saturday July 7 between 11am and 2pm. 

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