On Wednesday we welcomed a group of students from the University of Salford to our Manchester office.
Hosted by John Whalley, the industry-focused event highlighted how the students could apply their talent in a professional environment.
As well as a behind the scenes tour, numerous members of our team were also on hand to describe their career path and answer any questions from the students.
Matthew Andrew is a lecturer in Photography at the University and as well as giving him one or two ideas for the course he thought the trip provided everyone with a superb insight into what goes on at Photolink Creative.
He said: “What was interesting was that the trip seemed to change the minds of many of the students. Most think about the ‘fashion photography industry’ in a romanticised way and those students are often shocked by the reality of it.
“Those that weren’t interested previously were suddenly made aware that it’s not just about photography.
“We had students coming back saying they really liked the idea of Claire Smith’s job (Producer), or being an art director or retouching.
“It was also really good for us in terms of making students more aware that graduating and not becoming a ‘photographer’ is totally ok and required within the industry.
“What was key was the message that you still need people in other roles that have an in depth knowledge of photography.
“It was good to see a functioning studio again too. Capture One is something that I used to use on a daily basis, but it’s not currently supported at Salford so I need to build it onto the programme.
“A big thanks must go to John and all the team.”
We’d like to wish all the attendees the best of luck on the course and we may even see them at Photolink in the near future.