“Ahren, a high-functioning autistic 8 year old boy, at home. Glasgow”, TEAM GLASGOW © Sarah-Amy Fishlock
Margaret Street Gallery (www.margaretstgallery.com) is pleased to announce the launch of the Young Photographers’ Alliance (YPA) group show, “Home”: YPA Mentoring 2012, on the 8 January 2013.
The Young Photographers’ Alliance was created to nurture young photographic talent, helping photographers aged between 18 and 29 to develop both the technical skills and business acumen required to build successful and sustainable careers.
“Home”: YPA Mentoring 2012 showcases the images from this year’s YPA Mentoring Programme. The Mentoring Programme links emerging artists with established photographers and picture editors/ art buyers, teaching the mentees how to work to a brief while honing their technical skills and creative approach. The small teams of young photographers are collectively assigned a common brief and they are given two months to deliver their final projects. The mentors meet regularly with their teams, offering support and guidance from the initial conceptual stage through to the final editing process.
The theme for the 2012 Mentoring Programme was “Home”. In the UK, YPA hosted teams in Bristol, Glasgow, and London (a Commercial and an Editorial team). The mentors included McCann London Head Art Buyer, Sophie Chapman-Andrews, Independent on Sunday Picture Editor, Sophie Batterbury, and leading reportage photographer, Justin Sutcliffe. The British Mentoring Programme ran in conjunction with the charity’s North American scheme, creating 18 teams across the US, Britain, and Asia.
“Home”: YPA Mentoring 2012 features one image from each of the UK mentees and a small selection of pictures from the US and Thai teams. Sarah Amy Fishlock won the “Best in Show” award (sponsored by Adobe UK and Metro Imaging) for her “Ahren” series. The “Best Single Image” award (sponsored by Adobe UK and Bowens) went to Lucinda Grange for her “Notre Dame” image.
Margaret Street Gallery Director, Deborah Goldman says ”At the gallery, we think it’s incredibly important to support emerging photographers as well as established artists. This year we’ve had solo shows by veteran photographers such as Dorothy Bohm, but we have also exhibited the work of new talent such as Yaakov Israel, who was recently awarded the Descubrimientos PHotoEspaña 2012. We are pleased to be able to donate our exhibition space to YPA for their show, helping to give young artists a platform to show their work. It will also provide an opportunity for collectors to pick up some excellent work from some budding photographers.”
“Home”: YPA Mentoring 2012 will be showing at the Margaret Street Gallery until the 2nd of January 2013. Margaret Street Gallery is an independent gallery founded in April 2012. In the heart of Fitzrovia, central London, the gallery specialises in the photographic and moving image. Dedicated to all forms of the medium, Margaret Street Gallery aims to offer thought-provoking and diverse exhibitions.
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