Third year Photography students were given an inspiring talk today from freelance Picture Director and Director of the Ian Parry awards Rebecca McClelland. The students are nearing the end of their degree and are working hard on their final major projects as well as making plans for their future careers. To assist them in their chosen pathways they are currently working on a professional practice portfolio module, with support from Senior Lecturer Caroline Molloy as well as regular visits from Rebecca.
In her talk Rebecca gave students an invaluable insight into different aspects of the photographic industry, where she talked about her own career path to date as well as discussing potential opportunities, scholarships, networking and photographic portfolios.
Rebecca McClelland is NewStatesman magazine’s first Photography Editor tasked with overseeing the visual content of the redesigned political current affairs weekly magazine. She is also Photographic Director of PORT magazine, Creative Director & curator of The Ian Parry Scholarship, an international award for visual journalism and Associate Lecturer at UCA Farnham, specialising in Professional Practice. She has worked on editorials in London for the last 14 years, spending many years as a Photography Editor on the Sunday Times magazine and continuing to edit picture desks at the Evening Standard, Wallpaper* and Art World magazine.