London College of Fashion teamed up with celebrity snapper Richard Young to showcase some of the best work its BA Fashion Photography department has to offer. Fifteen out of fifty final year students were picked to present their efforts as part of Capsule exhibition at Young’s gallery, with the jury including Nikon’s Simon Coleman and photographer Wendy Bevan choosing between images that ranged from moody to gritty to high-gloss.
While all students were asked to derive their themes from their dissertations, the final result is infused with complex storylines – often giving an impression that, here, the fashion context is just an excuse for the students to indulge in their inner dialogue.
Among the show’s biggest standouts is the Norwegian photographer Jan Schjetne, whose sex-fuelled images of outcasts shot in Hackney flats were inspired by “hillbillies and white trash”. Cinematic ideas continue in the work of Palida Boonyarungsrit, who creates a Hitchcockian world of suspense suggested by small elements – a pair of woman’s legs, a handbag dropped on the floor.
DazedDigital contributor Patrick Lindblom chose to show his images of new faces, taking inspiration from Juergen Teller’s famous series “Go-Sees”. But while Teller’s work was kept in a snapshot aesthetic, Lindblom’s black and white compositions are perfectly studied, oscillating somewhere between psychological portraiture and editorial snaps.
The Nikon D700 camera prize went to Lisanne Holly and her black and white shots depicting the tensions surrounding interracial relationships in the 1960s. “It’s a story of a black man and a white woman having a love affair” she explained at the private view. “Back in the 60s it was a bit of a taboo. The final image shows the couple pushing a pram together, but it doesn’t conclude anything. I still haven’t decided what’s going to happen at the end.”