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A group of photography students were lucky enough to attend a "truly exceptional" show by Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon.

 "We made the short trip to Plymouth University's Peninsula Arts on 7 November," said Mr Henley, head of Photography at the College.

"We were treated to a truly exceptional show of contemporary art."

Fifteen Year 12 students viewed first-hand a selection of Gordon's film and photographic artworks - displayed alongside the spectacles worn by famous Plymothian painter and founder of the Royal Academy Sir Joshua Reynolds.

"The work is a mediation on the theme of Searching for Genius and initially the artworks were formidably conceptual and difficult to analyse," said Mr Henley.

"What did it all mean?"

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"The students soon got to work questioning the work and discussing it with one another before sharing their ideas as a group.

"Later they all had a go at creating a distorted photographic collage - inspired by the burnt photos presented as part of the installation.

"This visit will provide the perfect starting point for the Sixth formers' next piece of work which will explore manipulating the photographic image in various experimental ways, and beginning to also work in a more conceptual fashion."

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