Those who know that I am often critical about the LCC degree shows might be pleasantly surprised to hear that I really enjoyed both the content and presentation of most of the work on display at the MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography course final exhibition this week.
My absolute favourite (which I immediately confessed to the photographer and most people I spoke to on the opening night) is Matt Linden‘s multimedia project Testrolinga. A documentary about transgender women in Nepal, the work is far from being original in its choice of subject or execution, yet it is incredibly engaging, leaving you hungry for more. The simplicity of its narratives makes you feel at ease, instantly connected to the person on the screen, as if chatting to a good friend. This is the rare instance when a good photographer is defined not by his technical know-how (no complaints there either), but personal skills to connect with the subject and translate it onto the screen.
Other remarkable project (and a favourite until I saw a rather disappointing book that accompanied the brilliant edition of nine prints on the wall) is Lez Histories D’Amour by Tiffany Roubert.