Anne Erhard – BA (Hons) Photography

Anne graduated from BA (Hons) Photography at LCC in 2016 and is now working as a photographic artist in Berlin.

Where are you from in the world?

Munich, Germany.

Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?

I found LCC after looking at other universities across the UK and thought it suited my approach and the variety I wanted from my degree. The longer I was there, the more I started to notice its long-standing reputation and network of alumni.

What is the most important thing you learned while studying on your course?

How to become aware of and build my own photographic practice, noticing and embracing the recurring elements in my way of working and so being able to develop those.

Photography by Anne Erhard
Image © Anne Erhard

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

The two months I spent in the darkrooms towards the end of my final project. Showing up to print everyday with some of my closest friends, and of course the technicians.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

The course is definitely what you make of it, so the harder you work the more you will get out!

Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?

I've recently moved to Berlin and in the early stages of my next project, dealing with traditions of burial and the materiality of the human body in relation to soil. I'm also thinking about the ways in which my final piece could be re-worked and shown again. As part of an award I received for my degree show project, I am about to return to London to print an edition to be sold by Flowers Gallery in London.

Photography by Anne Erhard
Image © Anne Erhard

Could you describe your style or what you try to achieve with your work?

Much of my practice is based on an assembling and interweaving of disparate histories. Although rooted in the landscape, I would call my final project in particular a 'poetic study'. I saw the photographer Paul Graham speak in Berlin recently, and he described a genre as elliptical documentary, spiralling closer to a centre of interest by way of seemingly irrelevant details. In particular I'm interested in the transformation of materials and the idea of a collective memory that can establish a sense of unity and continuity across spaces and times.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

RZ67, notebooks, reading

What are your future plans and ambitions?

I want to start photographing for my new body of work and would really like to show my degree show work again in a larger space as it was quite a big display. Beyond that, I want to take up cycling in Berlin and read the many books I’ve bought and haven't had a chance to read!