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Falmouth's Press Gang gain industry recognition

First-year students on University College Falmouth's new BA(Hons) in Press Photography – affectionately known as the Press Gang – have been praised by experienced picture desk editor, Lindsay Maggs, for their professional and inspired approach to a recent live project.

'Cornish Pirate' by Will BunceLindsay Maggs is a freelance picture editor who has established a reputation as one of the leading picture editors in the newspaper and magazine industry, having worked with major publications such as The Times, The Daily Mail and The New York Times over many years.

The challenge she set the students – who began their course when Falmouth opened its impressive new Photography Centre at its Tremough Campus last September – was for them to take on a photographic brief that would usually be given to a professional editorial photographer and for them to turn the project round in two days. The students were charged with finding sporting, artistic or fashion professionals who lived in the local community and then photographing them for a portrait for publication in a magazine feature. From a series of ten images they each presented their work to the group and unanimously selected one final image to present to Lindsay for her consideration. The subjects they identified ranged from the entire Cornish Pirates rugby team to a female cellist, a sculptor, a retired racing driver complete with classic car, a fashion designer, a female footballer and a young musician.

"The students immediately demonstrated their ability to grasp the tips that had been presented in their approach to the final image and worked in teams, using light and space in synergy with their chosen subjects," said Lindsay. "The results show quite an advanced stage of photography yet this is only their first year! So the Press Gang are a group to watch as they creatively progress under the directorship of professional photographer and Course Leader, MalStone," she added.

'Sculptor' by Maria Forman"Press Photography at Falmouth is all about encouraging students to connect with the photographic and publishing industries from day one," said Mal Stone, a former recipient of the TUC's Press Photographer of the Year award. "It is fantastic that people like Lindsay are so generous with their time in teaching the tricks of the trade to our fledgling press photographers, many of whom are already reaping the benefits of having their work commissioned for publication."

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education, funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

In April 2008, University College Falmouth merged with Dartington College of Arts to create a new institution focusing on the expansion of Falmouth's expertise in Art, Design and Media and Dartington's expertise in Choreography, Music, Theatre, Art and Writing.

The merger will pave the way for a new specialist Arts University in Cornwall in 2012, creating a Higher Education institution unique to the South West.

For further information about BA(Hons) Press Photography at University College Falmouth, visit, email or telephone Admissions on 01326 213854.

For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.


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