Powerful picture stories

Boy and a horse by Pascale Scherrer Image copyright Pascale Scherrer

Work by students on the MA photojournalism and documentary photography course at the London College of Communication - UAL goes on show this week, here's a selection of those that caught my eye.

Aletheia Casey

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Following on from her project The Apology, Casey focuses on Tasmania, where she explores "the notion of deliberate historical forgetting throughout Australian history".

"The work considers loss, historical memory and national silencing," she says.

"Portraits of indigenous Tasmanians reflect on the strength of bloodlines, identity and attachment to place."


Etienne Audrey Bruce

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Bruce's work is called Xenitia, which she describes as a Greek term that encompasses ideas of foreign lands, the state of being a foreigner, otherness, to be estranged, loss, distance, and a profound yearning for home soil.


Faraz Pourreza-Jorshari

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To Sea Again by Faraz Pourreza-Jorshari documents the lives of ex-fishermen living in Grimsby.

Pourreza-Jorshari writes: "This unified sense of government betrayal, growing social inequality and bigotry of the media, led to the vote against the elite establishment in the 2016 EU referendum. This is a story about resilience of friendship, loyalty, integrity and pride."


Paola Paredes

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Paola Paredes aims to raise awareness of a human rights issue in Ecuador.

She writes: "In Ecuador approximately 200 facilities exist to 'cure' homosexual men and women.

"Operations are masked under the guise of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres.

"Imprisoned against their will, those interned are subject to emotional and physical torture.

"I recreated scenes from these 'clinics' based upon victim testimony.

"Being gay and from Ecuador, I chose myself as the protagonist of the images."


Stephanie Rose Wood

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Stephanie Rose Wood has documented three Spiritualist Churches on the edges of London.

Wood writes: "The work is a study of loss, absence, and the need for reassurance that life as we perceive it is not the totality of our existence."


Wei Wu

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Wei Wu returned to Chengdu, her hometown, and spent three months walking more than 300km (200 miles) photographing the River Funan, from one end to the other.

She writes: "This journey is a gift to myself because it allows me to relive my childhood, encounter my future and step into the flowing stream of the present life."


The work can be seen at 47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL, 1-6 December 2016.

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