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Acclaim for alumna's photography book on her mother’s final months

When her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumour, Celine Marchbank – a Graphic Design graduate of one of our founding colleges – decided to document the time they had left together, and capture the details of her mother’s life and personality through photography. As a documentary photographer, Celine turned her attention to the details which made her mother’s life unique – especially her love of flowers.

“Her love of flowers was a beautiful part of her personality; the house was always full of them,” said Celine. “As I photographed them I realised they were symbolic of what was happening – they represented happiness, love, kindness and generosity, but also isolation, decay, and finally death.”

Celine has published the photographs of her mother’s life in the final months in a book called Tulip, named after her mother’s favourite flower. Published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, the book has already received widespread acclaim and her work has been shortlisted for several prestigious awards, including The European Publishers Award For Photography, The Deutsche Bank Photography Award, The Lucie Foundation and the Emergentes DST International Photography Award.

Based in London, Celine spends her time between personal documentary projects, exhibiting work regularly, and undertaking commercial and editorial work. A Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA), Celine has exhibited widely throughout the UK. You can find out more about Celine’s work, including Tulip, on her website

Celine studied Graphic Design at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design – one of our founding colleges – before going on to become a documentary photographer. We now offer our Graphic Design course at our Epsom campus, which you can find out more about here. We also offer Photography courses at our Farnham and Rochester campuses – find out more about these programmes here.