In 2019 photography shapes every aspect of our lives. Photographs tell us what to eat, what to wear, how to remember, what friendship looks like, what success is, what we should think about. Photography does these things so subtly and so well that we tend to ignore that it is doing them. And when we do think about it, and realise just how profoundly photography influences our lives, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that it is a negative influence - to mistake the medium for the message.
But what if instead we embrace the ways that photography is intertwined with everything we do and harness its power to express our experience of the world today? And what if we ask more interesting questions about what photography can do and the messages it can send... How can we photograph the fragility of memory? How can we photograph mental illness without slipping into cliché? How can photography enable us to move past loss or fear or anxiety? How can photography challenge sexist censorship? How can photography communicate ten seconds of communal ecstasy?
Our 2019 Degree Show is a celebration of the potential of photography and the achievements of this year's graduates from the Photography programmes at the University of Salford. The wide range of photographic approaches presented here reflects both the individuality of the students and the diversity of the medium today. The show features digital and analogue photography, video, archival research, socially-engaged practice, meme culture, spectrograms; drones, x-rays, retinal scans, 3D models, fashion, sport, art, and more.
(Image: Student work by Kelvin Leeming)
Production; Reproduction - Alexia Jade Croft
Miscellaneous Memories - Hannah Cleary
Unthriftiness - Poppy Leigh Welch
Unsuitable for Road use - Emma Dodd
All I Know Is Not Myself - Amber Sunderland
22 Metres Deep - Sian Doyle
Consumed by Nature - Ellie Lloyd
Wabi-Sabi - Sophie Clarke
Static Retrospective - Bridget Coderc
Untitled. - Katrina McKinlay
My own Ophelia - Mary Zavou
See.You.Next.Tuesday - Katie Murphy
Click Click - Troy Harvey
Neverland - Eleanor Sumner
Circle Of Light - Emily Houghton
Broken Front - Heather Bell
What Makes You Who You Are - Natalie Ellen Whittaker