Glasgow Kelvin College has been placed in a nationwide spotlight due to collaboration between the Photography department and the college’s “Made” Barber academy.
Photography lecturer Simon Murphy’s portrait of Gary Gosse has been selected as a winner of the prestigious Portrait of Britain award run by the British Journal of Photography.
The prestigious competition amassed images from photographers throughout the UK and, from a shortlist of 200, selected the most exceptional 100 portraits which they felt best reflected Britain today.
Speaking of his portrait, Simon expressed;
“It’s an image that encapsulates transformation. Gary has had a tough life but has turned it around remarkably. This is a portrait of struggle but at the same time one of hope, endurance, making it through the other end and finding belonging and support.
Those characteristics also sum up our ethos at Glasgow Kelvin College. Studying here transformed my own life and our aim as lecturers is to make a real difference to the lives of our students.”
Simon has an immense and impressive body of work and he has achieved a global reputation for his inspirational images from developing countries and refugee areas, capturing the best of the human spirit.
Tracy Leavy, College Head of Faculty and director of Made - The Academy for Modern Barbering commented;
“We are excited and driven through Simon's support and involvement with us that commenced before our doors opened. The sharing of his professional knowledge and vision with our students and staff through his engaging enthusiasm is an invaluable addition to what we strive to achieve within the academy.
From setting up and working a professional shoot environment to delivering a lesson providing technical and creativity on how to capture an image provides our students with lifelong knowledge to assist their careers and future.
Simon’s recent success in the Portrait of Britain award is a proud one for the Made family as this journey started at our Academy launch. We are delighted and so proud of Simon and look forward to our partnership continuing. We can’t wait for that signed copy to take pride of place on our wall.”
Throughout the month of September, the image will be displayed, as part of the country’s biggest photographic exhibition, on JCDecaux screens in train stations, airports and on the high street nationwide. In addition, the portrait will appear in the Portrait of Britain: volume 2 book published by Hoxton mini press.
The winning images can be viewed on the Portrait of Britain website from 11am on the 29thof August - http://gallery.portraitofbritain.uk/