Fiona Shields, Picture Editor for The Guardian, selected the works of two University of Westminster Photography students as her favourites from this year’s submissions for the Source Graduate Photography competition.

The works of Maryam Khastoo, Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA, and Jon Meade, Photographic Studies MA, were selected by Shields for being “fresh, original and challenging”.

Commenting on Maryam Khastoo’s Home, Shields said: “Cultural identity has been a recurring theme in this year's submissions. This photographer's work is particularly successful as she has taken such a discrete approach to her subjects that they seem oblivious to her presence. The resulting images are an intimate and clearly personal view of Iranian life, scenes that are rarely represented to the wider world. The gentle light casts a tender atmosphere over the portraits intensifying the intimate feel and the kitchen scene is delicately revealing in its detail.”

One of the photos of University of Westminster student Maryam Khastoo selected by The Guardian picture editor as her favoruite

Image from Maryam Khastoo's Home series

Khastoo’s Home looks to create an honest, non-exoticised, personal portrayal of memories and identity.

Jon Meade’s work The Possession of Space aims to reinterpret our physical position within space.

Shields said of Meade’s work: “Shot in the architecturally ordered environment of London's financial district, the incongruous positioning of the characters in each image challenges the traditions of how we use formal public spaces with real wit. The project is well directed and effectively unsettling in defining its point. The photographer's bold use of graphic shape and framing serves to enhance the edgy chaos of each scene leading to a consistently accomplished set of images.”

The University of Westminster has a long-standing tradition of delivering education in imaging and photography. Degree courses in Imaging Science and Photographic Arts have been delivered at the University since the 1960s, including the first photographic degree in the UK.

The University of Westminster’s Photography courses offer a unique depth of tradition and prestige. Graduates establish careers in areas as diverse as fine art photography, film production, clinical photography and imaging science.

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