BA (Hons) Commercial Photography keynote lecture: Alice Hawkins

If you were in the South House Lecture Theatre on Wednesday (7th February 2018) you would have been lucky enough to catch visiting speaker, Alice Hawkins’ lecture, Alice’s Adventures.

The two-hour talk, organised by the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography course, introduced students to the eminent fashion editorial photographer’s ‘brash’ approach to fashion photography, in which she looks to non-stereotypical models as her subject matter.

After growing up in a ‘boring little village’ and attending a ‘regimented school’, Hawkins became attracted to people who expressed themselves – “I have my influences I’ve grown up with like Dynasty, Dallas and Beverley Hills 90210, and Gladiators and Pamela Anderson…” she says.

As a result, her successful 15-year career has seen her exhibit everywhere from London’s Somerset House to Amsterdam’s Foam Gallery. While her editorials have graced the pages of i-D, Harpers Bazaar US and POP, to name but a few.

Of her work, Hawkins says – “sometimes I make a friend and photography naturally happens; sometimes photography happens and I make a friend”. Whatever the technique, it can be argued that her images often defy categorisation and always show off her penchant for pushing the boundaries of fashion photography.