A Brighton graduate’s photography book has made the shortlist for a prestigious prize.
Jacob Clayton, who graduated from the University in 2017, has been nominated for the MACK First Book Award.
Jacob completed his book, E2-E4, which contains a range of work from photographic studies to recorded performance, as part of his final year BA Photography project.
Jacob said: “I am very happy and surprised to have been shortlisted. I had sent E2-E4 to several competitions with no huge response, but if I could have chosen any prize to be shortlisted for it would have been this.”
“The nomination has definitely given me a confidence boost, which I didn’t realise I needed so much until I got it. I hope the interest in E2-E4 can help me spread it about a lot more and help me to build a stronger discourse around it. Going forward, I hope this will lead me to meeting more like-minded artists and gallery owners.”
The MACK Book Award was established in 2012 to support emerging and unpublished photographers. Previously, the shortlist has been nominated by a panel of international experts – but this year, for the first time, the list was drawn from an open call.
This year consisted of five industry experts: Michael Mack (founder of MACK), Sarah Allen (assistant curator at Tate Modern), Emma Bowkett (director of photographer at the Financial Times Weekend Magazine), Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa (photographer and writer) and Polly Fleury (director of special projects at the Wilson Centre for Photography).
Of his time at the University of Brighton, Jacob said: “I loved my time at the University. I got to be in amongst a lot of really knowledgeable lecturers and technicians whose information has been invaluable. Also, in my second year we had just moved to the new photography building at Edward Street so I had constant access to a brand new, huge darkroom.”
For more information on the MACK First Book Award visit: firstbookaward.com