PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 02 | BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
WORK EXPERIENCE PUTS PHOTOGRAPHY GRADUATE'S SKILLS IN THE FRAME
When the Black Country Chamber of Commerce decided to give the region’s longest-running business magazine, their very own Prosper magazine, a complete overhaul it was decided that great images would be paramount to the overall aesthetic look of the new contemporary designed magazine.
Step forward University of Wolverhampton graduate, Annie Benton, who put her photography skills in the frame and got the opportunity to work on the relaunch edition.
Annie Benton, 21, from Wolverhampton, studied for a BA (Hons) Photography degree in the University’s School of Art and was put forward for work experience to take photographs for the Prosper magazine, before its official relaunch in September.
One of the articles in the magazine focused on the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, and Annie took a series of photographs of him within the university’s photographic studios, as well as attending Chamber events to provide a catalogue of images for use in other stories in the magazine.
Annie Benton is a Wolverhampton-based self-portraiture and performance photographer, who works around the areas of Feminism and Women’s rights within history and the modern-day. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University.
She said, “I was given the chance to photograph for the Chamber at their Black Country Women in Leadership event and it has provided me with a chance to develop my own network of connections and to build my portfolio within Press and PR photography. Working with Andy Street and with Prosper on a professional live brief is a valuable experience for any photographer, and to have achieved this before I had graduated was a big achievement.”
West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street said, “Annie is clearly a very talented and technically-skilled photographer and I enjoyed being photographed by her – because she made it so easy. She impressed me greatly in the way she set up the shots for Prosper, and in the way, she communicated what she wanted me to do.
“Attitudes to photography are, I think, changing a great deal thanks to social media and the explosion in digital technology. However, I think it’s only when you meet a photographer of Annie’s ability and skill set that you appreciate the difference between professional photography and the pictures, we all take and share on our phones every day.
“After the photoshoot I was lucky enough to be shown around the Wolverhampton School of Art with Annie, which is where she studied photography. I understand that having graduated, she is now part of the teaching faculty there, which I think is fitting - as she can share her skills and talent with the next generation of photographers.”