Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz – MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

 

How would you describe your practice?

I take pictures and I act.

What year did you graduate from LCC?

I graduated in 2013.

Where are you from in the world?

I'm from here in London.

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

I grew up in London and had seen a number of the graduation shows whilst still at secondary school, and was always enamoured by the work on the photojournalism courses.

I went to drama school and started making theatre. I needed a job that would fill in the gaps, and because I didn’t want to do a job I didn’t love, I decided to train professionally as a photographer.

Photography was always something I did, increasingly in more professional ways. The drama training was very visual, based in French and Polish theatre practices, among others, so I was becoming more and more interested in how the still and moving image could exist in the same space, and what the different mediums felt like for an audience.

 I wanted to do something that was part-time so I could continue to work. I was delighted to find that the LCC offered a part-time version of the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course.

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

I learnt so many things! Probably the most practically useful piece of advice I received whilst on the course, that now seems obvious, was to simply take lots of photographs of your subject.

Shoot from all angles, mid shots, wide shots, close ups, portraits, horizontals, verticals - everything possible in the given circumstances, don’t hold back.

In subsequent work I’ve picked up as a picture editor, it’s surprising sometimes to see that photographers don’t always do this. It’s ideal if you’ve got lots of variation in the selection of pictures you’ve taken, in order to build the story in the strongest, relevant and most interesting way possible.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

LCC provided me with an amazing community of colleagues and friends who I am still in touch with today and often work or collaborate with. That network is a lovely thing but also invaluable in building your career and having a connection to people whose opinions you trust in the midst of all the noise.

How has the course helped you be where you are today?

In a direct way, completing the MA helped me secure work both as a freelance photographer and as a picture editor at companies which are at the forefront of the documentary and photojournalism industry.

What 3 words would you use to best describe LCC?

Inspiring, chaotic, innovative.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Use the opportunity to explore, make mistakes and build your practice. In the world outside university it’s rare to have an opportunity to genuinely explore and be challenged, so grasp that and keep an open mind.

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

I’m currently spinning plates working on self driven projects; an album artwork for musician-actor Johnny Flynn, freelancing, and running Photo Scratch www.photoscratch.org which I set up at the beginning of 2016 with fellow MA graduate Phil Le Gal.

I spent most of the last year developing a long term project in Athens about the impact of the financial and refugee crises. This was part of a collaboration with international photography collective M55Reports

I am now developing a project which I’ve just received funding to do from the Royal Photographic Society, which is a collaboration with another fellow MA graduate Carl Bigmore and will see us travelling the breadth of Europe in 2017.

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

I use the photographic medium as a means to communicate a moment of human experience and an encounter with the world. I'm drawn to make photographs about people and places, and the connections between the two.

Name 3 things you couldn't be creative without:

Intention, imagination, action.

If you could work with any client in the world, who would it be and what would you want to work on?

Debbie Harry - I would love to work with her on a biographical-documentary-photographic-musical-collaborative project.

What drives you to succeed?

The thought of doing work that I’m not interested in, or don’t believe in. It motivates me to work hard in the work that I do love, to keep my head above water.

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?

The theatre. The Battersea Arts Centre and the Royal Court are my favourites!

What are your future plans and ambitions?

My work seems to have naturally centred around narratives within the European continent/the EU, so I’m following this thought and seeing where it takes me as I develop new work.

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