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Spotlight On: BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography – LCC Degree Shows 2019

Written by Maha Khan
Published date 13 May 2019

BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography is devoted to diverse forms of photographic storytelling. Students shed light on essential issues from news and current world affairs to the highly personal. 

This year's exhibition, as part of LCC Degree Shows 2019, will be showcased in a range of formats from the traditional photo essay to photo-book publishing and multimedia.

Explore a handful of the projects on show...

Manu Ferneini

A Bigger Room

two people sitting in separate rooms
Manu Ferneini ©

Manu Ferneini is a Lebanese documentary photographer interested in the concept of symbolic violence, an idea that she explores in her most recent work focusing on migrant domestic workers, or live-in housemaids in Lebanon. Her project title, "A Bigger Room", not only refers to the physical rooms inside the house, but also to the place women inhabit within the family unit and Lebanese society.

manuferneini.com | instagram.com/manuferneini

Gisele Voy

Into the Darkness

blind child from monastery in poland
Gisele Voy ©

Gisele Voy is a visual artist with a background in film production. She works with both still and moving image and holds a particular interest in themes of mental health, addiction and disability. Her latest project, Into The Darkness, documents the lives of blind children and teenagers receiving an education and living in a monastery outside Warsaw, Poland.

giselephotography.pro | instagram.com/analoguegisele

Bayryam Bayryamali

The Big Homecoming

 photo of house ripped up
Bayryam Baryamali ©

The Big Homecoming is a photography project that not only questions the notion of home, but also invites reflection on the implications of not having a home to return to. "When you are neither Western or Eastern enough, when you are the border and borderless, when you are on the edge of Europe, but are not European. What if the country you were born and raised in does not want you?" Bayryam has dedicated this body of work to his parents who have faced the hardships of being "in-between" and of having two names.

It is also a tribute to people in a culture limbo, who belong nowhere and everywhere, and to all the realities lost in the Rhodopi mountains and inscribed in the walls of Oreshari village. This is an on-going project, funded by the Mead scholarship, focusing on the architectural, geographical, psychological and cultural consequences of the Revival Process and the so-called “Big Excursion”. During the Communist regime in Bulgaria, the totalitarian state had put forward various assimilatory policies against the Turkish, Pomak and Romani minority in order to homogenize the nation.

The culmination of the process was the name-changing and the forceful persecution and migration of these communities to Turkey. As a child of the survivors, this project will be an investigation into his family history and the history of the Bulgarian Turkish community as he explores the possibilities of recreating images that haven't been taken before. Through research in the documents of the Bulgarian national archive, conducting interviews and collecting old family portraits of survivors, Bayryamali has implemented a new approach of working with images, which he calls “verbatim photography".

instagram.com/unrar

Andrea Capello

The Legend of Violetta

crowd throwing oranges
Andrea Capello ©

Andrea Capello’s work explores unique aspects of culture and tradition within society. His latest project, The Legend of Violetta, is a documentation of The Historical Carnival of Ivrea, one of the oldest carnivals in Italy. Legend and history intertwine to give life to a festival of strong symbolic value, during which the community celebrates its self-determination by re-enacting an episode of liberation from the tyranny of medieval memory.

andreacapello.me | instagram.com/andreacapello.me | twitter.com/AndreaCapello8

Tom Barlow Brown

Don't Shoot The Piano Player

old women sitting on memorial
Tom Barlow Brown ©

Tom Barlow Brown is a London-based photojournalist focused on socio-political issues and conflict with an interest in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. “Don’t Shoot The Piano Player” is a project examining the legacy of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War and subsequent genocide of the 1990s. The aim is look at the failure of the international community to protect the civilian population through the eyes of the Dutch peacekeepers who were there. The actions of the peacekeepers is still a point of contention but faced with an impossible mission there was little they could do.

This project aims to build up a testimonial resource to better help understand the role that they played in these events and to add to the wider debate surrounding the issue, as well as the effects of the events in Srebrenica on ordinary peacekeeping veterans. This work is comprised of a mixture of archival material, in the form of photographs and official documents, contemporary photography and written and audio interviews. It explores themes of memory, trauma and post-conflict reconciliation.

instagram.com/tom_bbrowntwitter.com/tom_bbrown

LCC Degree Shows 2019: Show 1 takes place from 29 May – 1 June 2019.

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