It’s this time of the year when creative graduates from all across the country are presenting the fruits of their labor for the eyes of the general public. Last night, LCC MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course graduates opened degree show with an intriguing title Never Seeing Nothing at Nursery Gallery next doors to their alma mater.
Led by the UAL reputation for high-standards of education, I always expect a lot from their graduate shows and inevitably leave disappointed and puzzled about the state of the industry.
The works vary from mediocre to reasonable with few exceptions towards both ends of the scale. There is a lot of ideas, interesting findings and concepts worth exploring, but the quality often doesn’t match the intention. Nondescript visuals often rely on wordy texts to explain their meaning, and when after three paragraphs of reflections on the meaning of life I still can’t work out what the project is about, it makes me wonder – what all this has to do with photojournalism?
Nonetheless, there were few pleasant surprises: I very much enjoyed the work of my compatriot Gunta Podina, documenting Swedes at leisure time:
Also, congratulations to Max Colson (and his secret alter ego) on developing a really interesting body of work since the last time I heard the idea in its early days:
The exhibition is on display until tomorrow, so do have a look and let me know if you have a different opinion about the show.
And once you are on the South side of the river, check out Pablo Allison’s exhibition at Southwark Council Atrium until the end of the week.