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    Exit nine of Charing Cross underground station will be the unusual home to the photography work of students from Middlesex University for the next two weeks.

    Exit nine of Charing Cross underground station will be the unusual home to the photography work of students from Middlesex University for the next two weeks.

    Photographs taken by students on the postgraduate photography course portraying topics including vanity, hoarding and learning disabilities will be on show at the Underground Gallery until Saturday 11 February.

    The exhibition also includes a portrayal of terminally ill people, by former Barnet College student and Enfield resident, Sarah Davies. She said: “The tutors really understand and are very supportive of the personal nature of my work - I love the way you can connect with and build a relationship with them. The facilities at Middlesex are amazing, and the technicians are always on hand to help you out.”

    The students are among the first to benefit from an £80m investment by Middlesex University into a state-of-the-art facility for creative courses, including fully equipped digital darkrooms, traditional colour processing darkrooms, and photography studios.

    MA Photography student Matt Cooke, who has taught photography for 20 years and worked for international magazines, design agencies and advertising companies, said: “I chose Middlesex for its facilities and what its graduates have gone on to do. The energy about making pictures and the discussion about photography at Middlesex is wonderful – it is the tutors who bring that energy and passion which we all share and make it manifest.”

    Another student exhibiting at the Underground Gallery, John McCafferty, who has lived in Barnet all his life said: “After breaking my neck in an accident in 2003 I was encouraged to try photography by one of my carers. Since then I've graduated and recently completed a commission from the Photographer's Gallery for The World in London project which will be shown during the Olympics.”

    Middlesex University postgraduate photography course leader Michael Bradley said: “The MA is a way of encouraging students to take their work to a new level.  I’ve been delighted by the quality of the work, it’s been at a standard beyond what I would have expected. ”

    Underground Gallery’s coordinator Christine Santa Ana said: “I am familiar with the work of Middlesex students, and I know it’s of a really good standard. Hopefully we’ll be doing a few more projects with Middlesex soon.”

    The other students exhibiting are William Gillingham-Sutton, two-time Taylor Wessing prize finalist Steven Barritt, and Stuart Harper.

    The exhibition is at the Underground Gallery at Charing Cross underground station exit 9 until Saturday 11 February. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday 11am-5.30pm. Click for more information about the Underground Gallery.

    Photo: Taken by John McCafferty in a local school.

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