NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR FORMER STUDENTS OF NUNNYKIRK 
18 October 2010 
 
Two former pupils of Nunnykirk have been gaining a national reputation for their work in the fields of fashion and portrait photography. 
 
One of the pupils James Stroud has had work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and has recently been working with UNICEF documenting the work of the international children’s charity in Bolivia. 
 
James Stroud and Sam Hill, both originally from Bradford and now based respectively in London and Leeds, learned their photography skills at Nunnykirk under the supervision of art teacher Jeff Hodgson. 
 
James who is now 31 attended the school in the early 90s and has seen his work, which has included fashion photography, gain national reputation. He had a solo exhibition in 2008 at the newly opened St Pancras Station in London based on body modification and sub culture. He was also been a finalist in the prestigious annual Taylor Wessing Photo Competition hosted by the National Portrait Gallery. James has just returned from working in Bolivia for UNICEF. 
 
Sam who is 19 and only recently left the school has set up a studio just outside Leeds city centre and while previously on a work placement won an in-house photography competition run by the world-renowned Vidal Sasson hair salons chain. 
 
James recently awarded the prizes at Nunnykirk’s annual prize-giving ceremony and said of his time at the school: “Photography gave me an opportunity to explore my creative talents and provided direction for my future career. The school has always been very supportive in helping pupils discover their individual strengths and I was delighted to have been asked back to the prize-giving this year and to see some of the photography work by current pupils.” 
 
Sam, who while at Nunnykirk was also made MD of a company set up by the school under the Youth Enterprise Scheme, has brought his photography and business skills together to set up his own fashion photography agency just outside Leeds. He is currently setting up a model portfolio service. 
 
Sam said of Nunnykirk: “Like James I also really enjoyed learning about photography at Nunnykirk and particularly valued the opportunity to get involved in the business side of things as MD of Dysprod which has helped me gain the skills needed to set up my own company.” 
 
Headteacher Carol Hodgson said of the former pupils: “I am very proud of James’ and Sam’s success. Our pupils are always encouraged to follow where their talents lie and we are delighted to see that James and Sam have been able to forge successful careers in these competitive and high-profile fields of photography. 
 
“We wish them both the very best for the future and hope they will retain their links with the school as they are excellent role models for our students.” 
 
For more information about the work of James Stroud go to www.jamesstroudphotography.co.uk and for information about Sam Hill go to www.samueljohnhill.com 
 
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