USW photography students exhibit work at NATO summit

NATO photographers group shot

Four University of South Wales photography students have been personally thanked by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, for contributing work to be displayed at the Celtic Manor Resort during the NATO summit.

They were all chosen to exhibit images from their portfolios that best embody Wales.

Last night, the students were invited for a tour of the Celtic Manor, along with other individuals and companies involved, which included a special preview of the summit room where the world leaders will be meeting. The surprise of the tour was a personal thank you from the Prime Minister for their contribution.

The photographs submitted by the students include scenes of rural, coastal and industrial Wales as well as a creative collaboration with Newport firm Quinn Radiators, using its production line.

The students are:

Olivia Marshall – BA (Hons) Photography graduate from Blackwood;
Karl Mustey – BA (Hons) Photography graduate from Hengoed;
David MacKay – BA (Hons) Photography for Fashion and Advertising from Malvern, Worcestershire; and
Manon Houston – BA (Hons) Photography for Fashion and Advertising from Aberystwyth.

Karl Mustey said:

“It’s brilliant and an unexpected honour. It was good to go there as well and meet the Prime Minister. That was unexpected too. It’s good to know that world leaders could see my work. Hopefully they’ll buy some!”

Karl Mustey Cardiff Bay photo NATO

Olivia Marshall said:

“I was on holiday and I got a call from the university saying can we have some of your images? I said fine, I’ll be back on Sunday, but they said that was too late. So I rushed back from my holiday and sent some in. Now they’re in the Celtic Manor. I actually got to see it. It was a good feeling, a sense of achievement, fabulous!”

Olivia Marshall photo NATO

David MacKay said:

“It was an eye opener to see what’s going on behind the scenes. They’re obviously building up to the summit and there so many people and so much security. Just seeing what goes on to make what is a massive event take place was very interesting.”

David MacKay photo NATO

Manon Houston said:

“I feel that it’s a great achievement. I feel really proud of my group and thankful to my university for the opportunity. It makes me feel hopeful for the future”

Manon Houston photo NATO

Geraint Cunnick is the Academic Manager for photography at the Faculty of Creative industries:

“I am delighted that our students have had the opportunity to exhibit their work on what is a worldwide stage at the NATO summit.

“I am particularly proud of the work they have produced as it demonstrates the creative talent nurtured and developed at the University of South Wales.”

To find out more about studying photography at the Caerleon Campus, please come to our next Open Day on Wednesday 17th September.

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