Student’s artwork championed by leading photo paper manufacturer

A striking image of a female nude captured by a Staffordshire University Photography student has been chosen by a leading photo paper manufacturer to help endorse its products around the world.

The image taken by second year BA (Hons) Photography student Kayte Wagstaff, which echoes the work of classic painter Carvaggio, is being used by Permajet in swatch books and at exhibitions to promote its range of inkjet paper.

Kayte’s work came to the attention of the company’s Marketing Director, Joseph Reiner, when he saw the photo by chance.

“Kayte sent her picture to one of our reps when she had a slight issue printing on of our products. I saw it and instantly loved it.”

“I laid the print out in the office and every time someone came in, they stopped and noticed it. It sparked debate.”

Joseph added: “It’s quite rare for us to use student work like this. Kayte is a mature student and her life experience certainly comes through.”

The photograph, depicting a partially nude female illuminated by a single light, could easily be mistaken for a painting from the 16th century.

“Classic fine art from the Renaissance and Baroque period has always been a passionate interest of mine but often the submissive nudes of women sadden me.” explained Kayte.

“I wanted to create an image that myself and other women can relate to; a strong pose, confident in our sexuality. I wanted to promote the idea that nude images don’t have to be pornographic.”

The 35-year-old mum of two from Congleton used to run a boutique shop, selling gifts and artwork, but decided to study photography after having her second child.

“I’m so glad I came to study here at Staffs. I’ve been able to pursue my interests and develop my own style.”

“It’s amazing that Permajet is using my photo and that my work is getting this exposure."

Amy Platts

Multimedia Press Officer

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