Photography exhibition: Ex-25 at the Mandela Building, Newcastle College

APART from being famous, what do film star Gwyneth Paltrow, model Kate Moss and Olympic medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis and Louis Smith have in common?

Gwyneth Paltrow by Richard Alan and Louis Smith by Antonio Petronzio

APART from being famous, what do film star Gwyneth Paltrow, model Kate Moss and Olympic medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis and Louis Smith have in common?

All have been photographed by former students of Newcastle College.

Stunning images of all the above will feature in an exhibition called Ex-25 which opens with a free public preview tomorrow evening.

It charts the successes of 35 photography students who have graduated from the college over the past 25 years.

Many of them now work all over the world and have achieved global recognition.

One of them, Paul Kavanagh, has made a name for himself in the world of the moving image.

Gateshead-born, he left Newcastle College in 1990 and now works as lead animator for Industrial Light and Magic in Los Angeles.

Having contributed to the success of films including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter series, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his visual effects on Star Trek XI in 2009.

Adam Whitehead, who was born in Cumbria, takes beautiful pictures of beautiful people, including Kate Moss whose portrait was used on the sleeve of Bryan Ferry’s album, Olympia.

He graduated from Newcastle in 1994, moved to London in 1996. In 2001 he became first assistant to celebrated photographer Mario Testino and in 2006 he became his director of photography.

Adam began shooting under his own name in 2008 and has since worked for magazines including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and also for fashion houses such as Versace and Stefanel.

Richard Allen, who photographed Gwyneth Paltrow, graduated in 2003 and is now a London-based advertising portrait photographer.

The striking photo of gymnast Louis Smith was taken by Antonio Petronzio who graduated from Newcastle College in 1996 and made a name for himself working for Q magazine and NME before branching out.

The Turner Prize-winning artists Gilbert and George were photographed in their beautifully tailored suits by Newcastle College graduate Adrian Lourie.

Graham Stouph, course leader for foundation degree photography at Newcastle College, said: “We stay in touch with most of our ex-students who remain within the region or move down to London to work.

“But recently I started searching online for the names of ex-students that I had lost touch with to see what they were doing now.

“I was amazed by how many are successful photographers now located all round the world.”

He added: “This is testament to the training that our students can access which is second-to-none.

“We felt the time was right to share their successes with audiences in the North East by hosting this major exhibition.”

The exhibition, which will run for three weeks, opens with tomorrow’s preview at 6pm in the Mandela Building at Newcastle College’s Rye Hill campus when some of the photographers will be present. All are welcome to attend.

 

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