AWARDS 2011: Photographer Graduates - 30 Years After Picking Up A Camera
Date posted: 21 January 2011
A photographer who has been capturing images of major news events for 21 years is to graduate in the subject.
Notts-born Gary Austin, 46, learnt photography as a teenager while travelling the world as a Royal Marines Commando. After leaving the forces he covered news and sports for national newspapers and magazines as an agency photographer; then as a freelance photographer capturing events such as hunt saboteur actions, the G8 summit, and environmental and other protests.
In 2005 he set up the photographers' collective, Radical Images, to work on ethical documentary photography. Gary is also a freelance artist at Derby's QUAD arts centre working on digital arts, media (including photography) and public participation art.
He will graduate with a 2:2 in his BA (Hons) Photography degree course, at the University's Derby Awards Ceremonies - but Gary will not be able to attend his ceremony because he will be working.
Gary of Station Road, Little Eaton, said: "Even though I'd worked as a photographer for over 20 years I felt I wanted to learn more about the artistic side of the subject, the question of what makes a good picture?
"I think the strength of the Derby course is in the quality of its lecturers; such as Professor John Goto and Professor John Blakemore, as well as the other course lecturers."
"Because I did the Foundation year part of the degree course I also got to try other art techniques, such as drawing and sculpture, that I'd never done before, which I'm still using in my work with the QUAD centre."
Gary's photographic work was exhibited in the Foundry Gallery in London in 2007, and he has been selected as an exhibitor for the prestigious international 2011 Format Festival of photography, to be held in Derby from March 4 to April 3.