Staff on the course

Lauren Forster

Lecturer BA (Hons) Photography – Photography

MA Commercial Photography, BA Commercial Photography, PGCE FE

Biography

Lauren Forster joined the AUB as a Visiting Lecturer in 2008 before becoming a Lecturer in Photography in 2015. Lauren Forster is a portrait and documentary photographer; her work mainly addresses sociological issues and explores the human condition with her family playing a central role to her work. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, with exhibitions in the UK, Ireland, Italy, New York, Malaysia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan. Features of her work have been published in National Geographic magazine, British Journal of Photography and on Fotoroom. She was a participating artist published in the book ‘On Death’ in collaboration with Humble Arts Foundation which was voted by the Times as one of the best Photobooks of 2019. In 2018 she was a winner of Portrait of Britain, a finalist in the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 161, winner in the International Photography Awards: Photo Essay and Feature Story, winner of the Source Magazine Graduate Photography award and was invited to take part in the ‘209 Women’ exhibition at the Houses of Parliament. She has recently been shortlisted for the Wellcome Photography Prize, Portrait Salon award and the Kuala Lumpur International Photography Portrait Award 2019.

Professional practice

Lauren Forster teaches on both the main and media programme of the Foundation course in Art and design, specialising in Photography. She additionally teaches the first year if study on BA (Hons) Photography course and is responsible for the following units: Process and materiality, Narrative and Photography and Appropriation and Photography.

Awards/Exhibitions/Publications

2020

Yakushima Photography Festival, Japan

Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand


2019

Wellcome Photography Prize

Portrait Salon, finalist

PHOTOLUX Festival, Italy

The Royal Photographic Society IPE 161, finalist

The Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 161, Municipal Gallery, Dublin

The Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 161, Bristol

209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

Kuala Lumpur International Photography Portrait Award, finalist

Suwon Photo Festival, Korea

ILHAM Gallery, Malaysia Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival, Japan

Bournemouth Arts Fringe Festival

Solo Exhibition, God Has No Favorites, Gallery 101, London


2018

Portrait of Britain, winner

Work published in the British Journal of Photography

209 Women, Houses of Parliament, London

International Photography Awards: Photo Essay and Feature Story, winner

International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention

Source Magazine Graduate Photography, winner


2017

Beyond the Lens Festival of events: PHOTOBLOCK, The Old Truman Brewery,

AOP Student Awards, Mother, shortlisted


2016

AOP Student Awards, shortlisted


2010

New York Photography Festival


2006-2007

Nikon Discovery Awards, finalist

Group exhibition, +One, AOP Observer Hodge Photographic Award, shortlisted

The Guardian & Observer archive and visitor Centre

Group exhibition: Mine, Candid Arts Trust Gallery, London

Awards

  • Wellcome Photography Prize (2019)
  • Kuala Lumpur International Photography Portrait Award (2019)
  • Portrait Salon (2019)
  • Winner, Portrait of Britain (2018)
  • The Royal Photographic Society IPE 161 (2018)
  • Winner, International Photography Awards (2018)
  • AOP student award (2017)
  • AOP student award (2016)
  • Nikon Discovery Awards (2010)
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