University College Falmouth alumnus named best graduate photographer in the South West

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By Em_Williams | Sunday, November 04, 2012, 21:18

A former mature student from University College Falmouth, who also used to be a fish and chip shop owner, has won the South West Graduate Photography Prize 2012. It was announced that Mark Perham had won the award during the competition's London show in October. Mark will now undertake a residency with the award founders, Fotonow.

The award was set up to promote the work of recent graduates in the South West from University College Falmouth, Plymouth University, Plymouth College of Art, University of the West of England, Bristol and Arts University College Bournemouth, all of which were invited to submit work.

The shortlist included two more University College Falmouth graduates, Chris Hoare from BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography, and Emilia Moisio from BA(Hons) Photography.

The other South West graduates on the shortlist were Adam Pedley (Plymouth University), Philip Shannon (University of the West of England, Bristol), and Jo Filer-Cooper (Plymouth College of Art).

The six artists selected to have their work exhibited at the Vyner Street Gallery in London were based upon "their innovative perspectives in producing work and a clear sense of direction in exploring how photography might best communicate their ideas."

One of the judges of the award, Celine Smith, said; "As one of the first winners of this prize and now a practising photographer, I know how valuable it is to have a photography show in London and a residency in the first year after graduation. To curate this year's show has been a great privilege."

Mark's contribution to the competition, entitled "Gowek" that means "liar" in Cornish, was his final year project for University College Falmouth and he said that the worked aimed to explore the impact that the digital revolution has had on the perception and the reliability of the photograph as a document of evidence.

Mark said; "I am very lucky to have won a residency managed by Fotonow in partnership with Knowle West Media Centre. I feel that the support of the organisations coupled with my own personal drive and passion to succeed make these very exciting times." 

Celine said about Mark; "His work is striking in the playfulness of the subject matter and bold composition. We will be supporting him in the development of his work towards a final exhibition which will be provided by Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol. We are looking forward to working with him and excited to see the resulting body of work."


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