Sofya Tatarinova

The Rodchenko Art School, Russia

Sofya Tatarinova tries to find the space between the real and the imaginary using wildlife as her theme. ‘I am interested in showing scenes that could happen in real life by means of set-up photography.’ The image seen here, from Udmurtya, follows the theme of suicide in the Russian republic’s villages, ‘where men hang themselves in woods’.

Katy Dillon

University of Brighton, UK

Katy Dillon’s series Within Four Walls was inspired by Cold War public service information offering advice on civil defence. ‘The most bizarre guidance claimed that a neat and tidy home would be more likely to survive a nuclear bomb,’ she says. ‘That emphasis on visually enhancing domestic space as a means of survival is the focus of this project.’

Matthew Shrier

Parsons, US

While at Parsons, fashion photographer Matthew Shrier secured work as a photographer’s assistant for the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue and Elle. This image from his series Spring was part of a fashion shoot of fellow Parsons student Gamu Moyo’s Amish-inspired menswear collection – hence the big black hat.

Pauline Miserez

ÉCAL, Switzerland

Pauline Miserez’s The Geography of Nowhere series captures something essential about her subjects in the stuff that surrounds them. Of this shot taken in the California home of Dashiell Miller, she says, ‘When I met him I felt he might be somehow lost. Through the mess and colours of the kitchen, I tried to capture some of my observations.’

Marinka Zsuzsanna Alexandrovna

MOME, Hungary

Marinka Zsuzsanna Alexandrovna will paint over photographs, scratch them and use unorthodox techniques to change textures and insert or remove layers. ‘With my series Mindless Bodies (pictured), the aim was to elaborate on the image of the body, as I became captivated by its versatility.’

Kate Stone

Kate Stone says she works within self-imposed parameters, so her images can deconstruct space and rearrange it. ’The resulting compositions rest at the intersection of logic and nonsense, order and disorder, control and chaos, transforming architecture into something almost unrecognisable,’ she says. ’They combine the abstract and everyday and attempt to redefine them, but like a word repeated over and over they sever context and meaning, elevating form and material.’

Lonneke de Groot

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, The Netherlands

In her series Heda, Lonneke de Groot examines the transformation of everyday space into photography, making the act of looking at the place we live a conscious one. ’In my photographs reality is manually manipulated, from small interventions in existing places to totally constructed environments,’ she says. Often she uses existing visuals as a departure point.

Scott Alario

Rhode Island School of Design, US

The ongoing body of work by Scott Alario, called What We Conjure, is an autobiographical story and contemporary folk tale starring his partner, four-year-old child and dog. ’Using an 8x10 camera connects me directly to the history of photography and, specifically, to a history of the family photograph,’ he says. ’It’s a process I’ve come to love regardless of how counter-intuitive it may seem amid today’s technology.’

Tommy Kha

Yale University School of Art, US

Tommy Kha’s self-portraits question the notion of the artist as protagonist, while examining what he describes as his ’otherness’. ’Using race, regional identity and sexuality, I reexamine my various roles within my work and subvert the idea of the artist as protagonist by inviting others to share the frame with me, allowing others to be the protagonist.’

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