Students at Glasgow’s largest college have won the backing of Britain’s top snappers as they bid to raise cash for their final-year exhibition.
Metropolitan PDA Photography students managed to convince some of the industry’s biggest names to put their images under the hammer at a special auction held this Friday 26th March. David Eustace, Colin Gray, George Kavanagh, David Boni, Paul Hampton, Simon Murphy, Colin Prior and Steve MacLeod are just some of those who have pledged a print.
Organisers of the event have also contacted the city’s auction houses to help them get the bidding off to a flier and even secured free advertising time on the big screen at Glasgow’s Central Station.
Course leader John Carberry and lecturer Aileen Campbell said the response has been overwhelming and hope the auction – at the NuArts studio – will give hard-working students an exhibition to remember.
John said: “The students have done extremely well getting some massive names to donate a print.
“We’ll be inviting camera clubs, galleries, designers and various agencies from across the country to attend the night. I just hope they turn up with their wallets because any money raised will benefit the next generation of photographers.
“The generosity of those who have donated prints has been incredible. All we need now is someone to help us with the hospitality.”
Aileen added: “I’m really excited about the night. The calibre of images we expect to have on display should be amazing and I’m sure anyone who attends will be impressed.”
The auction will also feature images by photography teaching staff at the Met – and students are desperate to find out if their lecturers practice what they preach.
Chris Watson said: “We’re looking forward to seeing their work. They talk a good game so it will be interesting to see if they can actually deliver.”
Individuals who want to bid at the auction can pre-register by visiting www.13images.com.