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The Valleys Legacy - Exhibition by students from Coleg Gwent

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The Valleys Legacy - Exhibition by students from Coleg Gwent

‘The Valleys Legacy’ - a new exhibition by students studying on the Foundation Degree in Photography at Coleg Gwent’s Crosskeys campus is now showing in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay from 27 February - 21 March 2019.

Ffoton’s Brian Carroll spoke with Course Leader Peter Britton to find out more about the course and project.

Exhibition venue - Senedd, Cardiff Bay. Image © Brian Carroll

Exhibition venue - Senedd, Cardiff Bay. Image © Brian Carroll

Peter Britton, Course Leader, Foundation Photography at Coleg Gwent. Image © Brian Carroll

Peter Britton, Course Leader, Foundation Photography at Coleg Gwent. Image © Brian Carroll

Find out more about the Foundation course on Coleg Gwent’s website www.coleggwent.ac.uk

Valleys Legacy project Images © Coleg Gwent and respective students - used on Ffoton with permission.
Ffoton News images © Brian Carroll

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Creating Sanctuary

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Creating Sanctuary

Collaborating with the Welsh Refugee Council - Cardiff-based Social Documentary photographer Nigel Pugh formulated his ‘Creating Sanctuary’ project to enable six volunteers from across Wales to share their story and experience of working with refugees in Wales.

Image © Nigel Pugh
Image © Nigel Pugh
Creating Sanctuary looked to identify fundamental human commonalities based around the loose theme of home, work and community, what they mean to us and bring to our lives. Beneath that lay the common thread of purpose, security, family, friends, creativity, camaraderie, healing, sharing loss and grief. In an ‘ideal’ society the ability to access these components is essential when required. The project aimed to illustrate and share those core human requirements, that are being created by those who have volunteered in Wales to assist refugees. Refugees whoever they are, regardless of where they are from, have had those basic human requirements wholly or partly removed. ‘Creating Sanctuary’ also sought to propagate the aspiration that Wales becomes the first ‘Nation of Sanctuary’.
— Nigel Pugh

The resulting exhibition opened in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 31 May 2017 and included the presentation of photographic portraits and quotes extracted from the volunteers text contributions in response to a set of questions. The exhibition coincided with 2017's volunteer week and refugee week.

Having contacted Ffoton early on to let us know the project had been awarded Arts Council of Wales funding, we asked Nigel if he'd be agreeable to recording his thoughts and approach prior to starting photography and again on completion of the work. The audio clips below offer some insight to his enthusiasm, thoughts and intended approach before commencing the work; followed by his reflection on the final process and results.

View more of Nigel's work on his website www.nigelpugh.co.uk
Follow him on Twitter @nspugh

Gallery images © Nigel Pugh. Used with permission of the photographer. Podcast images © Brian Carroll

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The Photo Essay in Wales

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The Photo Essay in Wales

Today (16th November 2017) wraps up a fascinating 7 month collaboration between Ffoton and Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) on a series of Photo Essay's documenting 'Pilot Engagement Projects' in the Cardiff City Region.

Working with JOMEC's Director Professor Richard Sambrook (an accomplished journalist and himself a talented photographer), we teamed up four South Wales-based photographers with postgraduate journalism students and asked each team to select and collaborate on one project to produce...

  • a set of 12-15 images and written story as a record for Cardiff University
  • additional images and printed Zine with their own creative interpretation of the same photo essay

The final results were creative and diverse.

Beyond delivering the final materials, Ffoton and JOMEC were just as interested to observe the different approach and challenges faced by each of the four teams. Other than a facilitated group meeting early on where we arranged access to historical photo essay materials from the inspiring Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History in Cardiff University, the teams were left to develop the projects in their own time.

Ffoton and JOMEC would like to say a massive thank you to all photographers and journalists who gave up the time to participate:
Photographers
Lorna Cabble, Peter Evans, Andrew Hyde and Tracey Paddison
Respective Journalists
Rimantė Bivainytė, Keith Hursthouse, Alessio Perrone and Pommy Harmar

This evening we'll be bringing the teams back together along with a small invited audience at Cardiff University to hear a brief summary on each photographer's approach illustrated by some examples of the work and their final Zine. We're also very excited to have professional photojournalists Gareth Phillips and Glenn Edwards join us for a conversation on story, the market for and collaboration on the contemporary photo essay. It'll be spicy!

And for those not with us this evening...

In the first in a series of Ffoton videos exploring the photo essay, it seems fitting we start with the wonderful Daniel Meadows - an important and still passionate photographer in social documentary and himself a former lecturer in photojournalism at Cardiff University. 

Videos © Ffoton

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Chuck Rapoport NUJ Award

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Chuck Rapoport NUJ Award

We were delighted to be able to attend a special event at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies on Thursday 18 May 2017 where the National Union of Journalists presented American photojournalist Chuck Rapoport with a unique Honorary Life Membership

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