Oh, we love this time of year...always have done. Sure it might be cold, but it's bright and sunny and for the first time this year our art school kids are dusting off their trendiest jackets, cleaning their specs and being pushed out into the limelight by their tutors. That's right - it's Interim Show time! And if you want fine arts, go to Slade. If you want innovation in design, go to the Royal College. If you want photography, well actually you're in luck.
Opened this week, and on until Friday, London College of Communication host in their Upper Street Gallery the interim MA Photography. For those in the know, this is the space for eminent photographers-in-training.
And what do you get for your (hypothetical) money? The funniest, smartest and most eclectic experimental photography currently on show in London. There's much which jumps off the walls and straight into your face but a lot more talent besides. Take the triptych of portraits by exhibiting artist Lee Milne, for example. These gentle black and white pictures of imagined and fabricated industrial machines show perfectly both the delicate skill and technique required by an artist to participate on the highest level as well as the gentle affection a photographer must have for his or her sitter. These homemade, man-sized, mechanized contraptions are, essentially, useless - and that is their tragedy, but they are here represented as tender remainders of the technocratic revolution. Really wonderful stuff.
MA Photography Interim Exhibition is at London College of Communications until Friday 11 February, 2011.