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News // Amanda Harman, LCC MA Photography alumna, has just won in the Sony World Photography Awards for her series of still lives


Written by
Helen Carney
Published date
16 May 2014

Amanda graduated from London College of Communication in 2000. She has since worked on a range of commissions, residencies and projects. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and in Europe, and is held in a number of collections including at the V&A. She now lives and works in Bristol.

Amanda joined the MA Photography at LCC after teaching and working as a photographer for 15 years. She explains: “My photography is about revealing the hidden or unexpected stories of the people and places I encounter and the most successful of these projects is where I have a personal connection with the place, or the people, or both.”

Her winning work, ‘Garden Stories, Hidden Labours’, originated from a passion for gardening which led Amanda to volunteer at Tyntesfield, a National Trust property just outside Bristol. “I worked in the gardens for about a year, and then later I went back to take photographs. Initially I wanted to explore the ‘behind the scenes’ hard work of the gardeners, and do this by making a series of portraits. Over the months that I was photographing at Tyntesfield, I became aware that, more than the portraits, it was the series of ‘still lives’ that I was also making that spoke most eloquently of the hidden work of the gardeners.”


Amanda Harman, 2014.

On achieving First Place in the awards’ Still Life section, Amanda explained: “I was stunned when I got the call to say I was a finalist. This is the first year I have entered any competitions in all the years I have been taking photos, so to win is amazing. It is also important to me that this award recognises a ‘body of work’, and values the familiarity with a subject that can only be achieved over many months of work and engagement.”


Amanda Harman, 2014.

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