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London College of Fashion's future photography stars

The future of fashion is here and now. It's young, it's fun, it's dreamy. Wow! As LCF's MA Fashion Photography students exhibit at Victoria House, we take a look behind their lenses at the future of fashion photography.

Text Felicity Kinsella & Francesca Dunn

  • Andre Titcombe, 25, London

    Describe yourself in 5 words.
    Angry, Russian, meticulous, ambitious, resourceful.

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words.
    Nostalgic, experimental, imperfect, obsolete, evolving.

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    It began as a fairly narrow-minded approach on my part towards the concept of the shock factor and 'sex sells' as a selling technique and developed into a much more disillusioned exploration of the sexualisation of the fashion industry. My research took me from one end of the spectrum to the other, I spoke to photographers, artists, strippers and porn stars. It has encouraged me to consider the line between fashion photography and erotic photography and to examine to what extent these lines have become blurred and exploited and whether there will be any long term effects.

    Do you have a muse, if so who and why?
    Yeah I do. She’s a pot smoking Essex girl who is completely the opposite to me. She is always there to listen and show me conspiracy videos.

    Who would be your dream person to photograph?
    Kenny Powers

    Who are your favourite photographers of all time?
    Helmut Newton is a firm favourite. People Like Miroslav Tichy and John Stezaker inspire me to try and be less conventional and more creative. Robert Mapplethorpe and Nobuyoshi Araki allowed me to view sexuality through an artistic lens. 

    Where would you like to be in five years time?
    I would like to maintain the same level of creative freedom I have now still working in film and experimenting. More time to watch Jeremy Kyle would be good. 

     

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    Photography Andre Titcombe

  • Benjamin Mallek, 26, Vienna

    Describe yourself in 5 words…
    Continental, passionate, restless, flippant, insubordinate.

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words…
    Raw, candid, spontaneous, grainy, enticing

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    My work can be seen as an attempt at creating fashion imagery with a realist aesthetic. I shoot primarily on 35mm film and prefer to avoid extensive retouching and post-production.

    Do you have a muse, if so who and why?
    Everyone and everything can inspire me if I’m in the right state of mind.

    Who would be your dream person to photograph?
    Not sure! I like new faces that haven’t been discovered yet.

    Who are your favourite photographers of all time?
    Latrigue, Borthwick, Sassen

    Where would you like to be in five years time?
    Still photographing and travelling but with a British Airways Gold Member card.

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    Photography Benjamin Mallek

  • Iringo Demeter, 24, Romania

    What do you do?
    I observe and I share my findings.

    Describe yourself in 5 words…
    I am a curious introvert. Emotional and focused. Pale.

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words…
    Clean, minimal, detail and shape oriented.

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    I built it up with pieces of my past and put it out there so I can leave it behind.

    Do you have a muse, if so who and why?
    All the people close to me. Inspirationally speaking, I exploit all of them.

    Who would be your dream person to photograph?
    My own child. And if you allow me to pick another one, it's Tilda Swinton.

    Where would you like to be in five years time?
    Traveling around the world, but with a strong base in London.

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    Photography Iringo Demeter

  • Jackie Puwalski, 25, Baltimore

    Describe yourself in 5 words… 
    Determined, idealistic, hyperactive, playful, loud.

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words…
    Dramatic, emotional, narrative, ethereal, bold.

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    I was interested in exploring the growing dissonance between man and the rest of the natural world as well as the changes we influence. In my work, I visually interpreted what future strains of honey bees and flowers might look like as well as predicting the future of human beings.

    Do you have a muse, if so who and why?
    I don’t necessarily have a muse in a literal sense, but I do have a type of woman that I repeatedly reference and illustrate in my work. She’s a little bit Joan of Arc and a little bit Alice in Wonderland; an inquisitive strong individual who acts as a guide through my work.

    Who would be your dream person to photograph?
    Joan Jett, she’s such an amazing woman!

    Who are your favourite photographers of all time?
    Eugenio Recuenco, Tim Walker, Taka Mayumi, Nirrimi Joy Firebrace, and Elizaveta Porodina.

    Where would you like to be in five years time?
    By then I’d love to be creating some mad photographic / interactive art exhibition, continuing to shoot fashion photography, and going on a Sea Shepherd campaign! Five years is a whole lot of time!

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    Photography Jackie Puwalski

  • Loo Loo Rose, 22, London

    Describe yourself in 5 words…
    Driven, cat lady, opinionated, outrageous, shy.

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words…
    Cluttered, charming, old-fashioned, British, sentimental.

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    My curiosity and voyeurism of what decor disasters lurk behind strange British front doors took form in my MA project, playing on the idea of interiors gone wrong and how NOT to dress your home. I adore the quirky, cliché and cluttered Britain we live in and wanted to take inspiration from our constant hoarding of hideous objects and old tat, often using little old ladies including my Grandmother as sitters.

    Do you have a muse, if so who and why?
    I have been shooting my little sister Rosalind since I can remember. I am extremely grateful for her allowing me to put her in hilarious, uncomfortable and compromising positions, such as being duct-taped to the front of our house for hours. My latest muse is my beloved Grandma, Daphne, because her insides are pure and because of this, she is radiant.

    Who are your favourite photographers of all time?
    Tim Walker (however cliché!) because of our shared love for make-believe and hideous old tat. Ellen Von Unwerth because of the empowerment of women which shines through her models. Terry Richardson because I suspect he has played a blinder of a publicity stunt by adopting the role of the stereotypical male perverted fashion photographer, good for him.

    Where would you like to be in five years time?
    I don't see myself holding the camera, even though it has steered me in the right direction and I feel that I am aiming for where I need to be. The dream is to be working for prestigious magazines. I am obsessed with fashion publications and I adore print. I want to be working in a tight-knit creative team, surrounded by talented people who share the same dreams and vision and ultimately want the same end goal; a timeless, beautiful print. 

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    Photography Loo Loo Rose

  • Sonja Kranz, 25, Germany

    Describe yourself in 5 words… 
    Ambitious, persistent, curious, determined, organised 

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words… 
    Experimental, venturous, curious, artistic, passionate

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    The graduation work challenges the photographic medium in its rigid flatness and establishes a pioneering mixed media tool for fashion advertisement strategies that incorporates the spatiotemporal characteristics of sound. It is a profound synaesthetic body of work that approximates an extended photographic practice into crossdisciplinary media and widens the relevance and purpose of fashion image making within the digital age.

    Who would be your dream person to photograph? 
    Tilda Swinton

    Who are your favourite photographers of all time? 
    Jorma Puranen

    Where would you like to be in five years time? 
    Working as an image and film maker with expertise in conceptual mixed media arts. 

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    Photography Sonja Kranz

  • Stephanie Potter Corwin, 28, Washington

    Describe yourself in 5 words…
    Obsessive, academic, particular, adventurous, collaborative

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words…
    Performative, intellectual, experimental, societal, irreverent

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    My graduate work is the culmination of an obsession with between-ness and photography-as-performance. Situated across fashion, art, and academia, the work interrogates notions of identity and the body while questioning standards of beauty and representation. I played a lot with installation and the ‘performance of viewing’ to create physical spaces in which the viewer could insert themselves ‘in-between’ the images, forcing a consideration of the viewer’s self in conjunction with the work. Exploring concepts such as the ‘clothed nude’ and affect theory, my work interrogates the alienation of femininity through recursive, inconsequential performances.

    Who would be your dream person to photograph?
    Cleopatra

    Who are your favourite photographers of all time?
    Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta, Rineke Dijkstra, Lorna Simpson

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    Photography Stephanie Potter Corwin

  • Tussunee Roadjanarungtong, Thailand

    Describe yourself in 5 words… 
    Visionary, dedicated, passionate, perfectionist and unconventional.

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words…
    I can do in two words, cat eyes and red lips.

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    It based around Chinese history through the period of the Qing dynasty, focusing on courtesans. They were commonly known as 'Flower Girls', hence the title of the shoot, Flowers of Shanghai. Generally courtesans were very skilful in social interaction and had exquisite beauty. I translated this concept into my work which shows audiences the story about these fearless, beautiful ladies with their feminine power in my photography.

    Do you have a muse, if so who and why? 
    My mum, she's the kindest and strongest lady I've ever known and I learnt a lot from her.

    Who would be your dream person to photograph?
    Shalom Harlow - I absolutely adore her.

    Who are your favourite photographers of all time?
    Helmut Newton, Erwin Blumenfeld and Nick Knight.

    Where would you like to be in five years time?
    Although I really love London, hopefully shooting in somewhere a bit warmer like in Thailand my home town so that I can be near my family.

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    Photography Tussunee Roadjanarungtong

  • Yuvali Theis, 24, Netherlands

    Describe yourself in 5 words… 
    Dutch, positive, ambitious, stubborn, creative 

    Describe your aesthetic in 5 words…
    Feminine, analogue, vulnerable, honest, intimate

    What is the story behind your graduate work?
    My graduate work can be seen as a collection of fashion images that capture traces of reality. I like to show a glimpse of the models personality.

    Do you have a muse, if so who and why?
    My friends and family are all muses for me. I use scenes and moments from my own life as inspiration for my photography.

    Who would be your dream person to photograph?
    I love shooting new faces!

    Who are your favourite photographers of all time?
    Corinne Day

    Where would you like to be in five years time?
    Still shooting, hopefully all over the world with Holland and London as my home.

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    Photography Yuvali Theis