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Monday 1 June 2015

Photography students successfully launch 'Penta Prism' magazine

Final year students hosted a successful magazine launch at Southampton Solent University for the highly anticipated second issue of Penta Prism magazine. The magazine features photography art projects from across the BA (Hons) Photography course and was presented alongside an exhibition of their work.

The magazine aims to showcase talented photography student’s work as well as raise funds for the end of year photography degree show. Penta Prism also helps to provides students with employability skills, as they will be working as editors and gain experience in project management, marketing, design and more.

The launch evening also showcased every photographer who submitted to the magazine that year and sold prints of final year students’ work. This launch coincided with the second-year photography course show exhibited in the media academy, JM011.

Mandy Jandrell, course leader of BA (Hons) Photography said “A big well done to Emma Savage, Holly Childs, Shaka McCabe and Matthew Coplestone for doing such a great job on issue two!”

2015 Penta Prism editors: Emma Savage, Holly Childs, Shaka McCabe and Matthew Coplestone.

There was also a silent auction, organised by Seweryn Szymaszek, where exclusive donated prints by Brian and Gareth McClave, Andre Lichtenberg (all of whom recently exhibited at Solent’s own Showcase Gallery), Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz and members of Solent University’s own photography staff (Dr. Tom Slevin and Simon Griggs) were available for auction.

Delicious cakes and baked treats were also on offer to help towards raising funds for the photography degree show, Coda, which exhibits in The Printspace, London Tuesday 2 June – Friday 12 June and at Southampton Solent University Friday 12 June –  Thursday 18 June in JM011, media academy.

Emma Savage the 2015 editor of Penta Prism said “It was a great night with a wonderful turn out and generous donations.”

The first issue was published in February 2014 by final year students, Nisha Haq, Joe Rose and Matthew Angell as a way to celebrate BA (Hons) Photography students work. They saw this as a great initiative to get a community of photography students and staff involved to reach a wider audience, it also provides students an opportunity to have their work published before they leave university and raise money for their degree show.

Nisha Haq the 2014 editor and co-founder of Penta Prism said “The editors this year have done a brilliant job of Penta Prism. They really improved the magazine from when it was created last year. It’s great to see its continued success and hopefully for more years to come!”

If you’re interested in a getting a limited edition copy of Penta Prism issue 2 at a suggested donation of £4 each, please contact

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