Emerging photographers will showcase their talent through Ffotogallery’s next exhibition

Ffocws will display the work of 12 photographers in the early stages of their careers, including those with no formal arts qualifications

Pinar Köksal’s photography addresses some of the encounters she has experienced in her day-to-day life and “everything that provokes curiosity”. Credit: Pinar Köksal

A new exhibition is giving emerging photographers a chance to showcase their work at Ffotogallery in Cathays this November. 

Ffocws will display the work of 12 up-and-coming photographers, including two artists who were discovered through an open call for photographers with no formal arts qualifications.

Curator Cynthia MaiWa Sitei says that, while the open call produced a lot of strong applicants, Pinar Köksal and Ed Worthington stood out to her the most.

Sitei says, “Pinar’s work is fascinating and raises questions on existentialism whereas Ed’s work consists of well executed, site-specific shots of Cardiff and his relationship with the location.” 

Köksal moved to Cardiff from Turkey just two months ago, and her work is inspired by life cycles and humanity’s connection with the universe. “I see this as the first step of my new life,” says the 33-year-old visual communications designer. 

She also thanked Ffotogallery for helping to kick-start her photography career and for allowing her to be part of “such a beautiful organisation”.

Worthington says his work seeks to find beauty in the ordinary, and admits he was stunned when his work was selected. “The opportunity to have my work displayed in a gallery to a wide audience who would never have seen it before is just incredible,” says the 36-year-old Caerphilly native.

Ten recent graduates will also be showcasing their respective work, including Alice Durham and Laurentina Miksys

Durham says her work will tackle themes such as isolation and addiction, while Miksys says she uses black-and-white photography to emphasise line, form, and texture. 

“The graduates that we saw all presented strong and well executed work,” says Sitei. “I was looking for artists who were going to allow the audience to engage in confronting difficult conversations with their work.”

Ffocws runs from 4 November until 17 December at Ffotogallery.

Ffocws Gallery

Alice Durham is inspired by photographers Vanessa Winship and Laia Abril, and she describes her work as an “autobiographical reflection of the non-linear process of recovery”. She recently graduated from the University of South Wales. Credit: @alicedurham.photo
Ed Worthington says that his work highlights the everyday and the ordinary as special. Credit: Ed Worthington
Pinar Köksal says she uses photography to understand the universe. Credit: Pinar Köksal
Laurentina Miksys uses black-and-white photography to create a “purer interpretation of the world without the distraction of colour.” She recently graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and is now undertaking an MA at the same university. Credit: Laurentina Miksys