An MA Commercial Photography graduate and AUB staff member has won a Portrait of Britain 2018 award
Lauren Forster’s work called Dad in Uniform had already been chosen by the editorial team of the British Journal of Photography (BJP) as one of their favourite weekly Portrait of Britain entries.
The photo of her father in his Salvation Army uniform was then voted as the People’s Choice favourite by BJP’s Facebook users, becoming its first weekly winner.
Now the Associate Lecturer in Photography and Lens Based Media on the Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies (Media) course here at AUB has won a Portrait of Britain 2018 award for the work.
This powerful picture of her father is being exhibited on JCDecaux screens nationwide from this month and will also be included in the first ever Portrait of Britain book, published by Hoxton Mini Press.
Talking to AUB about her success, Lauren said: “Winning Portrait of Britain 2018 and being part of such a huge exhibition has been a very rewarding experience.
“It has been great to see my work around the country in public spaces and it has already helped increase awareness of my project God Has No Favourites which is an intimate photographic document that explores our family’s response to my mother’s terminal diagnosis of secondary brain cancer through until her recent death.
“Since winning, Fuji have approached me and are sponsoring a solo exhibition for my project. The fact that positive things are transpiring out of such sad circumstances means a lot to my family and me.”
Speaking about God Has No Favourites, Lauren said: “The project in its nature is a therapeutic collaboration for us all and shows the intimate moments shared together.
“I hope that the images will reveal the loving complexion shared among our family whilst also exposing the struggles and pain caused by such an experience.
“Despite the subject being intensely personal, the images transcend that specificity and tell a more universal narrative about love, family, loss, and mortality that any viewer could understand. The work is raw and shows a certain vulnerability without being too sentimental.”
Lauren’s work has been displayed internationally as part of The New York Photography Festival and exhibited nationally as part of the Beyond the Lens Festival: Photoblock, The Guardian & Observer Archive and Visitor Centre, AOP Gallery and at The Candid Arts Trust Gallery.
Work from her documentary God Has No Favourites has been selected as part of the Family Photography Now Instagram project led by the Photographers Gallery.
She has alos been selected as an AOP finalist in 2017 and 2018.
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