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Metro supports LCC Graduates at the Deauville Festival of Photography

23 October 2015
Metro was recently selected as the the print lab of choice by the three UK based London College of Communication (LCC) recipients of the Louis Roederer Foundation residency and photography competition which forms part of the annual photo festival in Deauville, France.  Since 2010, the town has invited a handful of photographers to make this French seaside town the subject of a photographic project.

We were delighted to produce C Type prints mounted on Foamex for Carl Bigmore (a 2015 Metro Mentorship winner), ‘KOS’, and Ryan Nell, all recent graduates from LCC’s MA in Photojournalism and Documentary photography programme. The three students were nominated by their tutor Max Houghton and after submitting proposals for a project based on the town of Deauville, were selected to take part in a 10-day residency for ten photography students from top European schools in July 2015.

The results of their residency will be on show alongside work from renowned photographers Brian Griffin and Bruno Barbey and others at the Planches Contact Photography Festival in Deauville, Normandy, described as "a festival that questions and reveals multiple identities of the town through photographs.” 

In addition to supporting the residency, the Louis Roederer Foundation also awards two student prizes, €5000 from the Deauville City Award and the Audience Award which we are thrilled to announce was awarded to Carl Bigmore for this Last Horse on the Sand project, winning a fabulous prize of €3000 and a photography residency at Louis Roederer .

We spoke to the three artists about their individual projects:

Carl Bigmore explained, "My project 'Last Horse On The Sand' combines my own experience of Deauville with Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem “La Petite Auto” these pictures present the city through the eyes of someone on the precipice of leaving, who may never return. An elegy to place, the pristine landscapes of Deauville’s surface give way to an internal landscape that is part memory and part reverie, reality mixed with imagination.  The moon falls and tides rise,  Clouds gather and crowds dissolve, Through the dark into light, Another world is born, Winds whip across the shore,  The last horse has left the sand."

Ryan Nell explained,  “My project "Before the Storm" is about the strange energy of Deauville. Basically a bustling, wealthy Parisian resort on the weekends, and an eerie ghost town during the weeks”

Explaining the background to ‘Scratching the Surface’ artist KOS commented, “The work offers an abstract view of Deauville merging false landscapes with poetic moments in mysterious light. Drawing on faded ‘Cinderella’ memories from a romantic rendezvous in Deauville many years ago, it attempts to capture the feelings of anticipation, youthful aspirations, lost potential, and melancholy.

“The narrative plays out against a theatrical mise en scène of ‘landscapes’. These images feel immediately recognisable as part of Deauville’s identity reinforced everywhere from impressionist paintings to postcards. However, they are instead small details found in familiar iconic locations such as the painted public bathhouse doors; velvet furnishings from the Hôtel Normandy; hippodrome stands, and a window of the Olympic swimming pool. Concepts of what is (or may have been) real and what isn’t intertwine just as one experiences memory.”
Deauville Festival of Photography, Les Franciscaines, 143 Avenue de la Republic, 14800 Deauville, France

17th October – 29th November 2015

A full programme of events at the Festival is available here
Read an interview with Carl Bigmore here.

Images © 
1-4 Carl Bigmore, Last Horse on the Sand
5-8 Ryan Nell, Before the Storm
9-12 KOS, Scratching the Surface

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