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Photography students’ masterclass with Mark Surridge

7th February 2020 – Tags: A Levels, Photography

Four photography students from City College Norwich picked up inspiration, new technical skills and tips on making it in the industry, from leading documentary and portrait photographer Mark Surridge.

Madison Rogers and Vincent Crawford, studying on our Photography Diploma Level 3, and Henry Savill and Mia Carrrara, studying A Level Photography, were selected for the exclusive workshop hosted by Suffolk University.

The practical workshop gave the students the opportunity to work with Mark Surridge, who has worked extensively with Ed Sheeran, and other well-known artists including A$AP Rocky, Example and The Streets.

The workshop, at Christchurch Mansion, focused on portrait photography and the use of natural light. 

As part of the day, the group also got to see the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition, which features photography by Mark Surridge.

Mia Carrara said:

“Mark spent  a lot of time with us as a group, but also individually, making sure he took a photo of each of us and showing us how we used his camera, and the settings he used, and how he used light in different ways… Mark himself was very friendly and he talked to us like he was working with us rather than teaching us – it was just very relaxed and it was really enjoyable.”

Madison Rogers said the workshop was “brilliant” and that it had encouraged her in her own ambitions to become a professional photographer:

“The dream is to have my own brand, my own website, my own business.”

Henry Savill added:

“Mark was passionate about the subject.  It was inspirational because he’s right up there. Working with him, and seeing how much he enjoys his work, I want to do the same thing that he does.”