Lecturer scoops Getty grant

Lisa Barnard

Lisa Barnard

A SENIOR lecturer at the University of South Wales (USW) has been awarded $15,000 to complete a specialist project.

Lisa Barnard, who teaches Documentary Photography, has been awarded the money from the Getty Images Prestige Grant to complete her project, named Sweat of the Sun.

“As a direct response to the financial crisis of 2008, Sweat of the Sun is a desire to connect particular interests; global capitalism, technology, conflict and the role that women increasingly have within this arena within a broader narrative around the material, gold, and how its application as a key nanomaterial is beginning to offer new solutions to a range of glob­al health and environmental challenges,” said Lisa.

Gemma Padley, projects editor at the British Journal of Photography, said of Lisa’s winning submission: “Lisa’s treatment stood out to me primarily because of the strength and originality of the idea, and also the depth of research that has clearly gone into it.

“I was also impressed by how the photographer has taken time to place her project idea in its historical context, but at the same time ensure that the idea retains a contemporary edge.

“There are many possible outcomes for this piece of work, but, most of all, I’m excited to see how photography – a visual medium – can be used as a tool to explore, in deeper and more meaningful ways, an (invisible) topic that is highly relevant to us all today.”


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