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Meet your course leaders - Photography

David Bennett, Programme Leader

David graduated from the photography programme at West Surrey College of Art & Design Farnham (now University for the Creative Arts) in the 1990s under Peter Hall. 

Since then he has published and exhibited in London and New York City. Editorial clients include:

  • TANK Magazine
  • Art Review and
  • ELLE

In 2007 he co-founded Alaska Editions curating unpublished contemporary photography. In 2006 David was shortlisted for the 7th Sharjah Bienale (UAE) for his work made in Japan.

His research interests include printed matter, 1990s fashion photography, documentary photography, and the films of Eric Rohmer.

In May 2016 he participated in the conference Posing the Body: Stillness, Movement and Representation at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, in association with the University of Westminster.

David is a publisher and Editor-in-chief of the fashion and culture magazine PpR Journal (@pprjournal). 

Lecturer, Maria Kapajeva

Maria is a Russian artist from Estonia based in London who left her career in Economics behind and moved to the UK, where she graduated with a BA and MA in Photography from the University of Westminster.

She won the British Council PM12 Award twice to produce new work in India. The Photographers’ Gallery for The World in London commissioned her in 2012 and she was shortlisted for The Title Art Prize in 2013.

Her work has been exhibited internationally including Belfast, FORMAT, Guernsey and Chobi Mela VIII photo festivals and the recent shows at Harn Art Museum (Gainesville, USA) and at Kaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania).

Together with her practice, Maria also teaches at University for the Creative Arts at Farnham and became part of a research project there on women in photography (@womeninphoto), which culminated in a conference at Tate Modern in 2015.In her work Maria focuses on the issues of women representation in contemporary society and cultural and social stereotypes around that representation.

In her practice Maria expands the borders of photography working also with found images, video and textile crafts.