This week saw the launch of the inaugural exhibition of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Photography Research Forum which brings together for the first time practice and research in photography from across the University. A Private View event opened the exhibition, followed by a symposium which explored the changing definitions of photography addressed by the work in the exhibition. The work on show exemplifies the experimental, critical and interdisciplinary thinking that questions the boundaries of the medium, and the cultural and critical context of the image.
Photography, possibly more than any other medium, is characterised by a longstanding cross-fertilisation of fine art and applied practices. The most exciting practice in all sectors is heavily influenced by the critical, conceptual and aesthetic thinking that underpins fine art, and leading photographers as well as artists see the exhibition space as a natural home for their work.
Camberwell’s BA Photography course leader Duncan Wooldridge has a piece in the show, as well as BA Photography lecturers Mervyn Arthur and Bernd Behr. Other UAL contributors included: Jananne Al-Ani, Paul Bevan, Lewis Bush, Beverley Carruthers + Jane Woollatt, Sarah Dobai, Itai Doron, Neil Drabble, Jennifer Good + Harry Hardie, Max Houghton, Tom Hunter, Wiebke Leister, Martin Newth, Sophy Rickett, Daniel Rubinstein, Corinne Silva + Martina Caruso, Paul Tebbs, and Esther Teichmann.
Here are photos of the exhibition: