Sunderland Echo snapper’s work in special exhibition

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PICTURES by Echo photographer Corrina Atkinson are among the works on display at a prestigious exhibition this month.

Corrina is one of five Sunderland photographers to feature in “Ex-25”, a show of work by former Newcastle College students who have gone on to work professionally over the last quarter of a century.

“I was very flattered to be asked,” she said. “I think it is a really good idea to show the broad range of different styles of photography, from studio work to news.

“Portrait photography is all about capturing a person’s personality – news is all about capturing a moment.”

Other Wearside photographers whose work is included in the show are Mike Baister, Scott Simpson, Dave Armour and Dave Foster.

Altogether, 35 former students have been invited to show their work, including Paul Kavanagh, now working as lead animator for Hollywood special effects house Industrial Light and Magic, who has worked on blockbuster films including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Harry Potter series.

Photographers from as far afield as New York and France, as well as Manchester, London, Leeds and Edinburgh and those working within the North East will have their work displayed in the exhibition.

Ex-25 will include the celebrated photograph of Kate Moss by Adam Whitehead, ex Newcastle College 1994, who now works in New York and London. The photo was used on the front cover of the Bryan Ferry album Olympia, to echo the Manet painting of the same name which caused shock and outrage when first hung in the 1865.

Other images are of Gwyneth Paltrow by Richard Alan, (ex-student 2003) now an advertising portrait photographer in London; an image of Jessica Ennis by David Short (ex-student 1991), advertising photographer in Sheffield; an image of Bradley Wiggins by Ben Cawthra (ex-student 2001), now an editorial photographer in London; and an image of Ray Winston by Garrod Kirkwood (ex-student 2004), now an advertising photographer in Newcastle. Los Angeles-based Robert Gallagher will show his portrait of John Mellencamp.

Graham Stouph, course leader for Foundation Degree Photography, who is also from Sunderland, said: “We stay in touch with most of our ex-students who remain within the region or move down to London to work, but recently I started searching on-line for the names of ex-students that I had lost touch with to see what they were doing now.

“I was amazed how many are successful photographers all round the world.

“This is testament to the training our students can access which is second to none – the time was right to share their successes with audiences in the North East by hosting this exhibition.”

The exhibition is free to the public and will run for three weeks, starting with a preview night tomorrow at 6pm in the Mandela Building, at Newcastle College’s Rye Hill campus in Scotswood Road.

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