The purpose of the peer review sessions is to have a place where photography students from both years can share and discuss their latest work, in an informal setting. Each person shows and explains their images to the group, who then give feedback in the form of criticism, suggestions, and appraisal. This process is very beneficial to all present. Through discussion the photographer can better understand the reasons and motives behind their practice, as well as receiving opinions on what looks good/what’s interesting/what can be improved etc. Everyone else has a chance to develop their knowledge and appreciation of different styles of photography. And any learning, insights, ideas are not just between individuals, but shared by the group.
The idea came about because towards the end of each module, we would have a group critique with our tutors and classmates. The purpose of which was to see if we could improve or alter our work before the hand-in. These sessions were always very helpful, and it seemed that if we were to do this more often, we could progress our work throughout the term.