It is What it Was: LCC MA Photojournalism on show

Occupy camp by Gabriel Gauffre

Students of this year's MA documentary photography and photojournalism course at the London College of Communication present their final projects to the public this week as their work is exhibited in London.

The final show by the 34 students on the course - It is What it Was - looks at the question of identity, mixing traditional photojournalism and documentary with more conceptual approaches.

Course leader John Easterby notes: "Their stories are fresh and original and the manner in which they are presented to the public, contemporary and in some cases, ground-breaking. Diverse as they are, the stories often reveal the similarities and connections that exist between us all."

Here's a small selection of the work - to see more, head over to their website or go to the London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB before 9 January.

Azul Serra

This work centres on the largest iron ore mine in the world, the Carajas Complex, which is located in the west Amazon region of Brazil. The railway that links the mine to the coast is 560 miles (900km) long and Serra travelled the entire route, photographing those he met on the way.

Azul Serra's website

The iron route by Azul Serra

Philipp Ammon

The Liquid Gold Rush documents the lives of the Berber women of Morocco, who extract by hand the fruit of the Argan tree that grows only in the south-west of the country. It takes 30kg of fruit and 15 hours of work to produce one litre of Argan oil.

Philipp Ammon's website

The liquid gold rush by Philipp Ammon

Will Clarkson

Clarkson's pictures tell the story of Mark, whom he describes as a gamekeeper, taxidermist, stalker and fox controller all in one.

"The project was designed to humanise a publicly demonised character, to explore his daily life, and to explore the debate that surrounds land management and gamekeeping in Scotland," says Clarkson.

Will Clarkson's website

Game by Will Clarkson

Victoria Coe

Tillie is a Staffordshire bull terrier who has a special bond with her owner Claire, and is the first registered assistance Staffie in the UK.

Claire relies on Tillie for support in her battle against bipolar disorder and severe anxiety, while Tillie relies on Claire for her food, treats and walks. Coe says she enjoys sharing stories that might not otherwise be told, adding: "I think my journey as a photographer will be never-ending, and am excited to see what happens along the way."

Tillie and Claire,: An unconventional marriage by Victoria Coe

Fabian Weiss

Weiss's series documents the experiences of teenagers engaged with a number of welfare programmes in Germany. Using documents and letters alongside the photographs, he offers a glimpse of their lives as they pass to adulthood.

Weiss's work has been widely praised, winning or being shortlisted for no fewer than seven awards, including the Getty Emerging Talent Award.

Fabian Weiss's website

Wolfskinder by Fabian Weiss

Jessie Chaney

This set of pictures follows a group of wounded British and American veterans and looks at collective memory of conflict and their stories and life beyond the injury.

Jessie Chaney's website

A story to remember by Jessie Chaney

Jane Baker

With a background working for NGOs and other campaigning organisations, Baker's work documents the path taken by two women who are now living in the UK following a long journey, through their struggles with authorities and what she describes as "their overwhelming strength of character".

Jane Baker's website

Far from home by Jane Baker

Lewis Bush

Bush's project is entitled The Memory of History and takes as its starting point the notion that the European Union is built on a collective "forgetting of the feuds, rivalries, and wars that have divided the continent".

"At the core of all my work is the idea that in an environment where images are constantly becoming easier to create and view, questions about what photographs are and how they function are becoming ever more vital. Our addiction to photographs needs to be tempered by a better understanding of the way they distort and limit our understanding of the things they depict."

Lewis Bush's website

The memory of history by Lewis Bush

Zephie Begolo

Begolo's work explores relationships that are usually hidden from view, here focusing on a brother and sister as they battle with issues around identity and gender.

"Photography is the creative means through which I observe and investigate those most curious of creatures, humans," she says. "I am particularly drawn to the nuances of gender and look to highlight and challenge the way in which our preconceptions and expectations shape the way we interact."

Zephie Begolo's website

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    Comment number 12.

    It is the viewer, and not the artist, who decides on an image's "meaning" or "relevance". Especially where a photo is not posed but is only the way it is because of an instant in time that the photographer just happened to be there. The photos here are great photos, but the pretentious waffle accompanying them makes me gag.

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    Comment number 11.

    10 Apropos 2

    I make you right actually. I'm sorry for mocking a wee bit in my post (#7) as well. I guess people like me who dont possess an artist's perspective can sometimes find art a little pretentious ... certainly vaguely politicised art as in the photo I referred.

    I do like pics that are thought provoking, but not pictures which appear to have a faux label placed on them retrospectively

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    Comment number 10.

    There are plenty of things one can say about this images by way of critique. However, so far all I can see are the usual stuff from people who obviously know and care nothing about photography (#5 & #9). And someone who thinks that they get to decide what images we can see based upon their own prejudices (#1).

    All rather depressing frankly. Personally, I think Will Clarkson's image is stunning.

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    Comment number 9.

    No real art here. Just a collection of half-decent snap shots.

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    Comment number 8.

    "Begolo's work ... here focusing on a brother and sister as they battle with issues around identity and gender"

    And what does a snap of someone's spotty back have to do with that exactly? Why would a brother and sister need to 'battle with issues' around identity and gender? Are they both transgendered or have they just got nothing better to worry about?

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    Comment number 7.

    ''Bush's project is entitled The Memory of History and takes as its starting point the notion that the European Union is built on a collective "forgetting of the feuds, rivalries, and wars that have divided the continent".''...

    ...okaayy hmmm... and this is meant to be art? or rare high comedy ?

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    Comment number 6.

    "The photo by Will Clarkson should be removed from the BBC website as it promotes violence towards animals, it is disgusting"

    I wouldn't say it promotes violence towards animals. Personally, it reminds me of how cruel humans can be towards animals.

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    Comment number 5.

    What a load of rubbish.

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    Comment number 4.

    Wonderful thought provoking photograph by Will Clarkson, illustrating the little understood wildlife management practices necessary for maintaining a balanced and healthy deer population.

    The animal certainly died almost instantly from a professional shot and in the dignity of its natural surroundings.

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    Comment number 3.

    Balloon rake, please get over yourself. It does no such thing. Would you propose never showing Malcolm Browne's legendary Vietnamese monk photograph because it 'promotes' self-immolation?

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    Comment number 2.

    Dear Balloon;
    the role of journalism (and photojournalism) is to show what happens. There's no promotion of anything by just showing it, and to put things into public knowledge is what allows them to be changed. Unfortunately there are people that pretend that things are not happening in the world. If you think that something is disgusting don't turn away from it, do something for it to stop.

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    Comment number 1.

    The photo by Will Clarkson should be removed from the BBC website as it promotes violence towards animals, it is disgusting.



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