Royal Opera House Spring Season 2013 Advertising Campaign by Tim Gutt

Client: Royal Opera House, London

Product: Spring Season 2013 Advertising Campaign

Photographer: Tim Gutt (We Folk)

Set Designer: Shona Heath (CLM)

Bird Man: David Bennett



Paris 2012 visit


Our students have not long returned from Paris.

An exciting and diverse itinerary included meetings with Magnum Photos Paris Office, Photographic Artist Valerie Belin, Le Studio Rouchon, Le Bal, Paris Photo, OffPrint, and Books & Coffee. These visits enabled our students to network, develop knowledge and engage in contemporary photography practice.

Two students have made connections with independent publishers concerning possibilities of future collaborations.

Thank you to Clement Saccomani, Mike Robinson, Valerie Belin, staff at Le Bal, Benoit Grimbert, Hannah Darabi, Chris Coekin for your kind hospitality, interesting discussions, and beautiful books and coffee.


The highlight was seeing Magnum’s office. I felt very lucky to have been there. It has led me to discover an important body of work by Mark Power which will influence my research. It has inspired me for the future, giving a balance of optimism and photography and realism

CH, BA (Hons) Photography


OffPrint was very useful for me. I met two photographers/editors and I gave them my business card for a future collaboration

DP, FdA Photography


The highlight of the visit had to be being introduced to Valerie Belin, whose work I had previously admired. This was a great opportunity to learn about the fine art market and acting as a fine art photographer. I was very pleased to be able to meet her again at Paris Photo the following day. This too was a highlight on the trip. By being in these environments, I found it very beneficial towards my practice

DJP, FdA Photography




Images (C) David Bennett

Meeting with Clement Saccomani at Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos Abbas

Daylight Studio, Le Studio Rouchon

Le Studio Rouchon

Store, Le Studio Rouchon

Paul Graham Talk, Le Bal

Paul Graham Talk, Le Bal

Queue for Paris photo

Paris Photo

Paris Photo

Artist talk, Valerie Belin

Valerie Belin Studio



BDC Higher Education Graduation Ceremony and Awards 2012


Congratulations to all Barking & Dagenham College photography graduates from the HNC, FdA and BA (Hons) Photography programmes who attended the official graduation ceremony today at Jo Richardson School.


The academic staff are proud of you all and the ceremony was a perfect way to celebrate and acknowledge your achievements.


We wish all our graduates a successful future in their respective disciplines.





Further congratulations go to Annalisa Falcone, FdA Photography graduate (pictured left) and Pedro Paz Lopez, BA (Hons) Photography graduate who won two of four awards in the Symons-Hatton Award 2012. The Symons-Hatton Award is an annual award for lens-based students at Barking & Dagenham College, and was set up in memory of the late photo educator Brian Hatton, and his partner, the late Lucinda Symons who was a prominent photographer.

Nominated by her programme leaderĀ Annalisa Falcone was awarded 1st Prize this year for her outstanding academic achievement on the Foundation Degree in Photography, and for the extraordinary photography she has produced in the past two years. A promising future awaits both these talented graduates.



ACES Diamond Ball Awards 2012 – Saleh Mohamed


Last night we attended the 4th Annual ACES Diamond Ball Awards at London’s Westminster Central Hall.

The ACES Diamond Ball Awards recognises academic and extra curricular activity in the African andĀ afro-carribean communities in and around London.

We congratulate FdA Photography L2 student Saleh Mohamed (pictured) for his academic achievements as recognised by the ACES judging panel.

Awards were presented by high profile guests from business, the arts and public services.



William Klein + Daido Moriyama, Tate Modern


William Klein + Daido Moriyama

Tate Modern, London



What was building up to be the photography show of the year was a huge disappointment. What were the Tate trying to achieve in comparing works of these two photographers? Both have strong positioning in the photography/art markets and their images are commonly disseminated through the photo-book where their state of purpose fit particularly well. Did we need to be presented with these comparisons in a major art institution when these links between Klein and Moriyama have existed for over a decade?

It appears the Tate have tried to be clever in presenting the works to a wider public audience, applying strategies of very large images to surprise its audience. What the photo-book allows are for the images to exist within a fixed state and the images to communicate themselves with the reader. This didn’t work in this Tate show. The images were categorised in ways they don’t exist in books i.e. light and shadow, and underestimated the intellect of the spectator. The whole show didn’t fit together and was seen to present ideas and themes between two important image makers, making you leave felling like you’ve listened to a greatest hits album. Sure, one can see the curator tried to represent a sense of repetition and quantity in the works but surely the books already achieve this and does this need to be demonstrated here? I don’t think so.

Should we expect more from the Tate or is it focussing on feeding the masses to gain as much revenue from its high ticket pricing? These works have been better presented in galleries including Hamiltons in London, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, and Zeit-Photo Salon in Tokyo. The photographs spoke for themselves which unfortunately didn’t on this occasion. A bad decision of bring Klein and Moriyama together. They don’t need each other.

Let’s hope when Boris Mikhailov has a big ‘retrospective’ in London in the near future it will be at the Haward Gallery.


Until Jan 20 2013