Middle East Hotspots Put Students to Test

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Middle East Hotspots Put Students to Test


Documentary photography students are to have their work exhibited at the club founded by reporters and photo-journalists who make their living reporting from the world's war zones.

University of Wales, Newport, students Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Helen Rimell and Jason Moore, who all graduate in September, have all taken photos in Middle East hotspots as part of their course work. An exhibition of their photos will be at the Frontline Club in London from August 27- September 17.

Anastasia Taylor-Lind is only 23 but is already building a considerable reputation for the photos she has taken documenting the lives of women soldiers in northern Iraq. She recently returned from Vietnam where she had been selected to represent the UK in a masterclass organised by World Press Photo, the world's most prestigious press photography organisation.

'Anastasia has proved to be a remarkable student,' said her tutor Ken Grant, a senior lecturer in documentary photography.

'She has tested herself in the extremes of conflict in Iraq, explored the long-term residue of war through the eyes of incapacitated Gulf War veterans, and recently returned from the unstable refugee hostels which are now so much a feature of the southern shores of Spain. In all of this, she has demonstrated not only courage and independence, but great sensitivity and a wisdom that belies her 23 years.

'A year ago, whilst planning her trips, Anastasia told me that she saw these projects as a test - to see if she was able to work at the highest level. Now with recent shows in Sweden, and a forthcoming showcase in London, it seems clear to us all that she has passed the first of many tests, towards establishing herself at the heart of contemporary photojournalism. …

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