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MA Photography RP student selected to exhibit at Urban Photography festival.

MA Photography RP student Matthew Robertson was selected to exhibit at the Royal Photographic Society’s Urban Photography Festival in London last October.

MA Photography RP student Matthew Robertson was selected to exhibit at the Royal Photographic Society's Urban Photography Festival in London last October.

Matthew was selected, along with 20 others, for his unique approach to mobile photography. Urban Photo Fest is an international photographic festival focusing on urban photography and associated visual research. The festival is supported by a number of internationally established photographic artists and institutions and will build upon the on-going annual Urban Encounters conference hosted at Tate Britain in collaboration with iAVU (International Association of Visual Urbanists). Focusing on the theme of Urban Materiality, the competition comprised of four categories: Abstraction, Architecture, Environment and Objects.

Matthew said, “It was an online submission of up to four images around the theme Urban Materiality, a concept embracing the physical fabric of the urban environment. I received a place at the finalists exhibition which was 20 photographers selected from over 1200 entries. My four submissions were taken from the body of work I did in New York and Boston based around the notion of brief, quiet moments in the urban landscape of an otherwise chaotic and bustling New York and Boston, grabbing a snapshot of the aesthetic that helps to define the character of an urban environment while travelling through it. I used the iPhone to create the images so I could shoot, edit, publish and share these small encounters instantly.”

Matthew's selected submission was, 'Lunch Station, Williamsburg – New York’. When describing his work, Matthew said, "The beauty of a new toll is it allows you to approach what you photograph in a fresh way. The iPhone has allowed me to approach Urban Photography differently than through the viewfinder of a 35mm camera. In a way, it's like having a pocket view camera, seeing and composing an image through what is essentially a glass plate."

MA Photography RP student selected to exhibit at Urban Photography festival.

Published on 20 January 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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