European Prospects
Exploring European Identity through Photography

The MAP6 Collective

The MAP6 Collective

The MAP6 Collective


The MAP6 Collective was established in 2011 by six UK based MA Photographers, with the goal of supporting the making and dissemination of new bodies of work. Currently comprising of eight members: Mitch Karunaratne, Paul Walsh, Laurie Griffiths, Jonty Tacon, David Sterry, Chloe Lelliot, Heather Shuker and Barry Falk. The work is individually diverse but unified by a joint curiosity for the complex relationships between people and place. MAP6 is committed to creating informative bodies of work around a central theme or geographical location. Each series eventually takes the form of a curated exhibition and group publication. Previous projects include The Moscow Project, The Home Project and The Lithuanian Project.

Portfolio The Lithuania Project

The MAP6 Collective presents a body of work that explores the shifting concept of what defines modern Europe. It's been 60 years since the publication of Cartier Bresson's 'The Europeans' – a seminal body of work that continues to shape the photographic world. Since that work was made, a further 24 countries have joined the European Union and a single currency has been born. However, today’s Europe, seems even more in flux: more diverse, more politically and economically complex and more destabilised. With this in mind, in October 2015, the MAP6 collective journeyed to the country that was currently recognised as the ‘official' centre of Europe to meet some of the newest Europeans. Once a satellite of the USSR, Lithuania is a young republic caught in the process of recovering from 50 years of Soviet occupation. Over 6 days, 6 photographers set out to explore its transformation from Communism to capitalism, and how it’s adapting to its newfound Eurozone identity.

Portfolio The Moscow Project

The MAP6 Collective set out on a six day trip in May 2013 to raise the curtain on contemporary Moscow by documenting this inimitable city as it goes through an overwhelming change. Each of the photographers engaged with the city by focusing on a chosen theme exploring its history, geography and people: the interior details of an off limits space centre, the anonymous faces of workers confined within underground kiosks, the transitory solitary figures passing above and below the city, or the modernist structures towering over the cities inhabitants. These moments in time now overlap, coincide and sit next to one another on a page to create a puzzling impression of a city, one that both reveals and mystifies at the same time. This collective interpretation offers us a glimpse into a city as if we are visiting it for the first time; we feel the initial sense of dislocation, confusion and then excitement as we unravel meaning in what we see.


The Moscow Project, 2014 (self publication)