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Celebrating the first year of Photograd

4 Apr 2017 2:15PM

A photography graduate from the University of Suffolk who started the online platform Photograd is celebrating its first year with an exhibition.

Melissa Belton set up the company which provides a space to document the journey of photography students from UK based courses.

Melissa, who graduated in 2014 and is from Harwich, says “Our aim at Photograd is to showcase, support, and encourage both older and more recent graduates, and provide an incentive to continue making work which we feel can become lost post-university.”

“Our very first exhibition, on show at the University of Suffolk, celebrates graduates featured on the Photograd platform during its first year. Venturing away from the online platform on this occasion, this physical exhibition showcases a wide variety of subject matter from over 40 UK photography graduates. In the purpose built space within the University Arts Department the work displayed, with no specified theme, seems to provide a coherent and pleasing collection of photography."

Work on display includes fellow University of Suffolk Photography graduate Alastair Bartlett. Alastair graduated in 2014 and received the Metro Imaging Graduate Award for his third year project Here We Are. A photograph from this series was also shortlisted for the Renaissance Photography Prize 2014 which was exhibited at Getty Images Gallery, London.

The work shown for the Photograd exhibition is entitled Sandlings. Alastair worked closely with Metro Imaging and his mentorship program on this ongoing series. The work intertwines his childhood memories and his innate need to document the surroundings. In 2015 work from the series was exhibited in both the RPS International Print Exhibition and the AOP Awards. In 2016 his work was shortlisted in both the Fotofilmic Film Photography Prize and the Magenta Flash Forward Awards.

Mark Edwards, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Suffolk said “We are thrilled to be hosting the first exhibition from Photograd.  Mel graduated from our course in 2014 and has developed her initial idea into a project of real substance and hopefully lasting significance.  It is important that photography graduates, from wherever in the country, have a vehicle for exhibiting their work post university. Photograd offers them a perfect opportunity to do this whilst also creating a broader online community of photographers with a broad range of approaches and ideas. “ 

Other work on display is from graduates of the London College of Communication, Coventry University and the University of Salford.

The Photograd exhibition will be on display in Café Sienna, University of Suffolk Arts Department, until 17 April 2017.

For more information about Photograd visit


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