MA Fashion Photography student, Kamil Szkopik, is among the finalists for the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Taylor Wessing prize. Kamil’s exhibition will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery for three months beginning on November 8.
Speaking to Arts London News Kamil said that LCF gave him confidence and a vast understanding of fashion photography:
I definitely would not be exhibiting at the National Portrait Gallery right now if I did not study at LCF
Kamil believes that technology has had a great impact within fashion photography. He refuses to airbrush any of his works by use of computer software because he seeks to reflect exactly what he sees behind the viewfinder. He manipulates images only by hand: scratching negatives, exposing it to the dust, using multi-exposures and covering up the lens with fabric.
People are often surprised to know that no Photoshop manipulation was used and tend to respect my work more. There is a fine line between helping an image and making it look ‘plastic fantastic’. Photoshop can either enrich the aesthetic quality in images or take it away from it.
Kamil is currently concentrating on completing his MA final project and will be exhibiting his works in Istanbul this December.