22/04/2013 – Brighton BA Photography is 21

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the University of Brighton’s acclaimed BA Photography course, the current crop of students are putting together two publications to showcase their own work and that of the cream of the graduates from the last two decades. To raise money for the book, 36 alumni and several past and former staff have each donated a print each to be auctioned online. In addition this year’s final year students are anonymously selling limited prints of their own work at £20 each.

You can now view the auction prints and bid on them here.

As part of the evening Mark Power, Lisa Barnard, Stuart Griffiths, Laura Pannack and Martin Seeds will join in a panel discussion to reflect on the question “what would you tell your student self now?”.

Monday April 22nd. Doors at 6pm, panel discussion starts at 7pm. Attendees will have the chance to view all the prints and bid on them at an exhibition on the evening. Free Entry at The Old Market, Brighton & Hove.

Alumni and lecturers from the course include Mark Power, Stuart Griffiths, Laura Pannack, Ewen Spencer, Liz Hingley, MacDonaldStrand, Lisa Barnard, Richard Rowland, Emma Critchley, Kim Thue, Paul Reas, Aaron Schuman, Danny Treacy, Murray Ballard, Martin Seeds and many more.

Mark Power


Mark Power’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries across the world, and is in several important public and private collections. He has published five monographs: The Shipping Forecast (1996), a poetic response to the esoteric language of daily maritime weather reports; Superstructure (2000), a documentation of the construction of London’s Millennium Dome; The Treasury Project (2002), about the restoration of a nineteenth-century historical monument: 26 Different Endings (2007), which documents those landscapes unlucky enough to fall just off the edge of the London A-Z, a map which could be said to define the boundaries of the British capital; and The Sound of Two Songs (2010), the culmination of his five year project set in contemporary Poland. His latest book, Mass, will be published in January next year.

Mark Power joined Magnum Photos in 2002, becoming a full Member in 2007. Meanwhile, in his other life, he is the Professor of photography at the University of Brighton.


Martin Seeds

Faces 1000pixSE 72dpi

“Much of my work is driven by curiosity that leads me into investigations  and searches. These endeavours more often than not are quests for an  unknown answer. I work in this way to reveal something to myself, and  as I discover through experience or journey I welcome and embrace  contingency as part of my practice. I use the photographic process as a  means to gather information that I organise, examine and mine for more  detail before being presented as findings.”

“My background is in Information Analysis and this reflects my interest in the image as information and its ability to reveal more through process, association and context.”

Martin Seeds is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He currently lives and works in Brighton, England.


Laura Pannack


Laura Pannack is a London based Photographer. She was educated at the University of Brighton and Central Saint Martins College of Art.

Her work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, including at The National Portrait Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

In 2010 Laura received first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards. She has also won and been shortlisted for several other awards including The Sony World Photography Awards, The Magenta foundation and Lucies IPA.

Her art focuses on social documentary and portraiture, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.

Laura is driven by research led self-initiated projects. In her own words, she does all she can “to understand the lives of those captured, and to present them creatively”.  She is a firm believer that “time, trust and understanding is the key to portraying subjects truthfully”, and as such, many of her projects develop over several years. Her particular approach allows a genuine connection to exist between sitter and photographer, which in turn elucidates the intimacy of these very human exchanges. Her images aim to suggest the shared ideas and experiences that are entwined in each frame that she shoots. Laura largely shoots with a film camera on her personal projects, allowing her process to be organic rather than being predefined by fixed ideas, thus removing additional pressure on the sitter.

‘Laura’s remarkable ability to build trust and respect with her subjects allows her to express a gritty vulnerability that is as sincere as it is elusive to capture.’

Terry O’ Neill – photographer


Lisa Barnard


Lisa Barnard’s photographic practice is connected to both fine art and documentary genres. She has undertaken numerous photographic commissions and residencies, receives regular funding, and has been published in 8 Magazine and Photoworks. Her work connects her interests in psychological aesthetics, the limits of photographic film alongside the documentation of both the real and the imaginary.

Barnard’s practice has developed to encompass research into more political theories of aesthetics and the possible connections between post-Marxist and Kleinian theories, in relation to the current debates surrounding conceptual documentary photography and the existing political climate.

Her current project, 32 Smiths Square, examines the architecture and ephemera of the former Conservative Party Headquarters in London.

Barnard is a regular visiting lecturer at both Brighton and Newport universities.


Stuart Griffiths

Baghdad Garage December 2005

Stuart Griffiths began using photography as a young paratrooper whilst serving in Northern Ireland.

In 1997 he graduated from University of Brighton with an Honours Degree in Editorial Photography. His photographs are focused on self directed projects on autobiographical experiences. A documentary about Griffiths’ life and work Isolation (Institute for Eyes) premiered at the 2009 Edinburgh Film Festival and toured  Picture House Cinemas across the UK. In 2010 Griffiths won a bursary from the National Media Photography Award and was winner of the  Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN 2010. His first solo show Closer explores Griffiths personal feelings towards war and conflict, and responds to the unseen consequences of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.  His first monograph The Myth of the Airborne Warrior was published by Photoworks in 2011.  His second book Pigs Disco is published in October 2012 by Ditto Press. 


Monday April 22nd. Doors at 6pm, panel discussion starts at 7pm. Attendees will have the chance to view all the prints and bid on them at an exhibition on the evening. Free Entry at The Old Market, Brighton & Hove.


      • They (the Uni) approached just over 30 of the graduates from the last 21yrs to submit prints for auction and to be in the publication – anymore would have been very difficult to manage logistically unfortunately. Those photographers were chosen by lecturers past and present from the BA Photography course I believe.

        We picked 5 from selection for the panel discussion of photographers from a wide range of graduating years and photographic styles that we had worked with in the past.

  1. camilla

    I can’t wait for this – what a great idea! And wonderful that it’s a free event. Do we have to reserve seats? And is there a link to the anonymous work too?

    Best wishes! xx

    • Hi Camillla – all our Miniclick events are free! No need to reserve seats, but it’s worth getting there early as we think it’ll be busy (doors open at 6pm). The anonymous work should be on the website link in the article. See you there!

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