Category Archives: Photography

Maxwell Granger – Photography

Maxwell Granger is a young photographer in London who created the following set of images by arriving pretty much unannounced at his friends’ houses and telling them he was going to take photos. This allows for some interesting insights into just how young people are living in London right now. Cramped spaces, typified by small rooms and possessions all over the place (most people in these images are probably living in house shares) show how people are getting by in London, before they’re really making it.

We love the honesty and realness in these photos. And if you love being a little bit nosey like we do, pictures like these are just perfect!

Check out more of Granger’s work on his website here.


Hailun Ma – Photography

Hailun Ma is a Chinese photographer from Xinjiang, who now divides her time between New York and Shanghai. After studying fashion photography in New York, she was inspired to return to the place where she grew up to document the fashion and style of the local people – Uyghurs. The Uyghur are a mostly Muslim Turkic ethnic group who live in East and Central Asia.

When you see their incredible use of colour and flamboyant dress sense, you’ll see exactly why taking photographs of them is something Hailun Ma just couldn’t turn down.

Take a look at more of Hailun Ma’s photography on her website here.

Matthew Connors – Photography

Matthew Connors is a New York based photographer who works both as a photographer and a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, where he teaches photography as well.

Today, we’re sharing his work entitled Unanimous Desire, a series of photographs of North Korean life which dig a little deeper and tell a more emotional, almost poetic story of the country, rather than the images we might expect to see of propaganda and soldiers marching in perfect unison. This work was also displayed at MoMA for it’s exhibition Being: New Photography 2018.

You can visit Connors’ site to see more of his work here.

Charles Russell speaking at the Academy.

We recently had Academy graduate Charles Russell, a commercial photographer who focuses on lifestyle, food and wine photography speak to our students.

He chatted to those enrolled in the Higher Certificate in Photography and the BA Degree in Photography second and third years, with a focus on the skills and equipment needed to photograph ‘splash’ set ups. This is all about multiple exposures and combining them together to create one composite image.

You can visit Charles’ site here.

Emily Stein – Photography

We love this! Emily Stein, a British photographer, has spent time photographing a Japanese woman named Akemi who moved to England but still maintains a connection to her life in Japan. She shows this through her incredible collection of kimonos.

Fittingly, this project is called Akemi’s 100 Kimonos. These meaningful portraits are such a celebration of culture, life and fashion – showing the power of photography! We had to share them.

You can see more of Stein’s work here.

Hugh Kinsella Cunningham – Photography

Hugh Kinsella Cunningham is a British photojournalist. This selection of work titled, Rituals of Resistance (Congo on the Brink), documents the Catholic church in Congo, which has become a symbol of peaceful political resistance. In an unstable political environment over the past years, the church has become a refuge for people as they seek to resist the current political strife and find some peace. We love how this work serves not only as a marker of a space we may not always be be able to access, but also as a political statement.

Have a look at more of Hugh Kinsella Cunningham’s work on his site here.


Snezhana von Büdingen – Photography

This set of photographs by Snezhana von Büdingen is called Meeting Sofie. In it, she chronicles the life and family of a young woman with down syndrome, the aforementioned Sofie. She lives on a farm in a deeply rural part of Germany where her father, an antiques dealer, stores a lot of his antiques. This makes for some incredible scenes as von Büdingen is able to find incredible props and objects to put into her photographs, which are all already there – not added to try and find a narrative which doesn’t really exist. And while there is no grand narrative in these images, the connections between family members and the space in which they live provide meaning of their own.

Such beautiful work!

Check out more of von Büdingen’s photography on her website here.