This year, in the true spirit of Christmas, we’re doing the Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar where we’ll look at a different photobook, newspaper, magazine or ‘zine we like by someone we’ve worked with in the last 12 months, right up until Christmas Day. To view the Advent Calendar picks so far,click here.
Day 14 – December 14th
Earlier this year the BA Photography course at Brighton University celebrated it’s 21st birthday. We helped out by hosting an evening of discussion by a selection of graduates from the course, and helping to promote the fundraising auction they ran at the same time. A lot of the students on the course are regular attendees to Miniclick (as are the staff) and it’s always good to linkup up with them whenever we can. To commemorate their 21 years, they published a couple of books, and it’s these that appear behind door number 14 of our advent calendar…
“Students and staff at the University have produced two publications, which are paired together in a slipcase, one featuring the work of this years graduates, the other showcasing 35 alumni from the course who have made a significant contribution to photography over the past two decades.” (thanks to Murray Ballard for the text and photo)
We’ve worked with lots of Brighton Photography graduates over the last three years, some of whom we knew studied on the course, and some we didn’t. So, we were always aware of the quality photographers the course turns out year on year but what this publication (or publications) does is put everyone in one place, in front of you. It’s only then that the sheer number of extremely talented photographers who have studied there becomes clear. It’s incredible!
The publication is in two volumes, contained in a single slipcase. The first volume highlights work by a selection of 35 alumni from the last two decades, including Murray Ballard, Lisa Barnard, Alex Catt, Olivia Poppy Coles, Emma Critchley, Stuart Griffiths, MacDonaldStrand, Laura Pannack, Richard Rowland, Martin Seeds, Ewen Spencer and Harry Watts (all of whom we’ve done talks with before) and intros from Fergus Heron and Mark Power (again, both previous Miniclick speakers). It must have been incredibly difficult keeping the numbers down like that, but it demonstrates the wide styles of work being produced by the photographers now.
The second volume contains work of this year’s graduating course. There’s a chance that with something like this, over two volumes, the issue containing work by previous graduates would overshadow that of the current graduates, with 21 years of talented folk to choose from. Not here, as both volumes complement each other perfectly and it’s easy to images a number of this year’s batch featuring in the next big anniversary’s publication.
The publication is designed by Dominic Brookman of Kenosha. The design is simple and pared down (for the best) and the introduction of flashes of colour here and there (notably, on the inside of the slipcase) is done really well.
Both books in a slipcase costs £20 and is available here.