UCLAN Illustration Graduate Josh Morris

Josh Morris was nominated for The University of Central Lancashire’s Creative Focus Award in 2013, his work and passion is reportage.

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‘I began to research reportage in my final year of study, at last being allowed total control over my outcomes. My first major project was the production of an archival document. Influenced conceptually by the use of illustration in the Victorian era I set about re-recording my home town, Accrington, which I presented in the form of a visual essay. Progressing, I began to focus my attention on recording more socially significant scenes, beginning with Manchester’s ‘trendy’ northern quarter. I found myself discovering a backstreet system of poverty, homelessness and deterioration. In the end producing an unflattering body of work which went on to be exhibited and published by Café Royal Books. Several pieces were also shortlisted for the prestigious Unleashed: Best in the North show, of which one won best in show.’

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‘My latest and most significant project came in reaction to studies of growing national poverty and the current influx in use of the food-bank schemes. I set myself up as artist in residency at the local Salvation Army Centre in Preston, documenting the workers, their jobs, the people and their grief through the use of reportage illustration.’

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‘Since graduating I’m now looking to continue my work with the Salvation Army and other poverty aid organisations in my area. It is my goal to support the use of illustration as a contemporary medium of documentary making and visual journalism.­­’

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Josh Morris Website