All posts tagged: Tanya Houghton

Breakthrough’s past winners explain how the award propelled them to the next level


The Breakthrough Awards offer an invaluable opportunity for emerging photographers – with winning work being showcased to some of photography’s most influential figures at the Free Range Graduate Shows, featured in British Journal of Photography’s print and online channels and displayed worldwide on leading file-transfer website, WeTransfer. We caught up with the inaugural crop of Breakthrough winners – Felix von der Osten, Adama Jalloh, Tanya Houghton and Tim Pearse (Undergraduate Series Award, Undergraduate Single Image Award, Graduate Series Award and Graduate Single Image Award winners, respectively) – to ask how Breakthrough has winning the award has pushed their career and artistic practice to the next level. How did the Breakthrough Award help advance your career? FELIX VON DER OSTEN: It exposed my work to all different kinds of people [in the UK]. Breakthrough really helped get my name out there as a new emerging photographer. ADAMA JALLOH: It definitely helped with my work being acknowledged by more people and them showing interest in other projects I’m working on. Emma Bowkett, the photo editor of the Financial Times Weekend Magazine, saw …


Tanya Houghton on how she won the graduate series category of the BJP Breakthrough Awards

Sculpture and landscape come together in Tanya Houghton’s This Must Be The Place, which the judges (Simon Bainbridge, Leo Scott and Laura Pannack) chose as the winner of the graduate series category of the BJP Breakthrough Awards.  Houghton, who is currently studying an MA in photography and urban culture at Goldsmiths, made the work during 2013-14 at a time when she was looking for new experiences, she explains. “I became really fed up with society’s need to constantly have a plan, this rigid structure we feel we have to conform to – where are you going? What are you doing? So the project is based on this idea of going against the flow, walking, looking, and seeing what you’re surrounded by.” The concept was to devise a map based on the “ways we walk, rather than the maps we follow,” says Houghton, who studied a BA in fashion photography at the London College of Fashion.  Having photographed landscapes in places such as the Pyrenees, Turin, Los Angeles, Spain, and Iceland, among others, Houghton made prints and folded them into paper aeroplanes before unfolding them and placing them alongside other paper aeroplane versions of the same …


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