Alumni profile – Corren Conway

What are your favourite memories from your studies?

I have so many great memories from my studies in London! From the great friends that I made to the techniques I learned in each of my art classes that I still use today. I must say my favourite memory has got to be my first print in the dark room. I took Darkroom Techniques with Verdi Yahooda. Before University, I’d never even been in a darkroom. She was very serious about her work, which made me take my own seriously. The first time I saw my photo in the developer - What a rush! I shoot film and would develop it myself if I had the facilities.

What have you been up to since you graduated?

Since graduating, I've done a lot! My first job stateside was as a Visual Consultant for a Spa in Harlem, NYC. From there, I began to shoot everything that inspired me - mostly live music and fellow artists. I amassed a collection of performance and ‘behind the scenes’ photos of The Roots, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Flying Lotus, and John Legend to name a few. One day while at the Genius Bar, I met a woman with B-Roll photos from Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ album cover shoot on her phone. Turns out, her Dad was the in house photographer for Motown and that’s how I got into selling my fine art music photography with!

Which of your achievements are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my first book - forever: in my pocket | phase two. It’s a collection of images I took with my camera of choice at the time - the iPhone. 

What advice would you give to a recent graduate wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Be Patient! Things may not go as planned but that's OK, keep going! Meet as many people in your field as possible. Literally, talk to everyone! Utilise your social networks as a platform to share your work and meet other artist. As long as you keep at it, you'll end up where you're supposed to be.