Published on November 6, 2012 | by Verity Nelson

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LCC tutor showcased at the National Gallery

Portrait of Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter has exhibited across the world. [Tom Nicholson]

A lecturer at London College of Communication (LCC) has had his work included in a new photography exhibition Seduced By Art: Photography Past & Present at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

Tom Hunter, who studied at LCC, has received rave reviews for his ability to replay famous art scenes in his photography.

His photograph of a nude woman face down on a bed is a reference to the famous painting Death of Sardanapalus by artist Eugene Delacroix, whilst his photograph of a squatter named Woman Reading a Possession Order is a direct interpretation of artist Johannes Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window.

He also has recreated the work of Sir Millais and Andrew Wyeth.

Hunter was the first photographer to have a solo show at the National Gallery in 2006, as well as having his work shown in many exhibitions around the world, including his Tableaux Vivants exhibition staged in Vienna, Toronto and California.

Global Exhibitor 

Speaking of this experience, he said: “It is great to get work out there and have it appreciated.

“My work has narratives of people’s lives as well as an urban context.” Tom Hunter

“It’s great to practice what you preach especially with the students I teach to help them see real work in the field I teach in.”

The photographer has also released a book entitled The Way Home, which brings together his work over 25 years.

Hunter’s collection Living in Hell takes inspiration from headlines from his local newspaper, the Hackney Gazette, in similar style to Thomas Hardy who used stories from his local paper and turned them into novels.

“This is a great time for photography and it is great to bring photography into the established art world. There is beauty in the East End and beauty where it is not normally talked about. My work has narratives of people’s lives as well as an urban context,” Hunter said.

Hunter has been commissioned by the Museum of Childhood to travel the country taking pictures of Punch and Judy booths for the exhibition Happy Birthday, Mr Punch, which is open until December 9 at the V&A .

He is also taking part in actor and director Stephen Berkoff’s show at the Cass Gallery ending November 29, which also looks at East End photography.

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