Wolverhampton School of Art

EMMY excitement for Wolverhampton Graduate

A University of Wolverhampton graduate has been nominated for an EMMY Award for his contribution to cutting-edge video coverage in Ukraine.

Henry Langston, Alumni of the faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, is now working as a host and producer for Vice News in London and has been shortlisted for an EMMY 2015 Award. Henry’s work on the multi-despatch series Russian Roulette looks at Eastern Ukraine and the war and conflict with Russia.

The commitment to produce cutting edge coverage of a pressing issue has earned Henry and his team EMMY nominations for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine and for Outstanding Video Journalism.

Henry graduated with BA honours in Photography from the University in 2009 and is now based at Vice News in London.

University of Wolverhampton graduate and EMMY 2015 Nominee, Henry Langston, said: “It is a great honour just to be nominated and a testament to the hard work put in and the commitment to the story by everyone involved in the series, from the reporters to the camera operators, to the local producers and AP’s. It was a real team effort, now we just have to win it!
“The best part of my job is getting to cover a developing story such as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, where you have no idea what you might be filming the next day, filming and editing short dispatches from the field and giving our audience an in-depth look at current events in an engrossing and contextual format.

“The strong work ethic and encouragement to think outside the box, championed by my lecturers at the University of Wolverhampton allowed me to push myself and not be afraid to travel in order to make my work stand out.

“Without this there is no way I would’ve felt comfortable enough to photograph the things that got my portfolio noticed and ultimately set myself on the path I have found myself today.”
Henry began his career with an internship at Vice.com in 2010, following his internship he began working as a freelance photojournalist for Vice and Rex photo agency.

Then in 2012 he was hired as news editor for the website, where he commissioned news reports and features from across the globe as well as reporting and making films himself. Since then Henry has made the move to Vice News where he hosts and produces news dispatches and documentaries as well as writing and photographing. The main focus of his role is on conflict areas such as protests and revolutions to armed conflicts such as the war in East Ukraine and the ongoing fight against ISIS.

Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Wolverhampton, Dr Peter Day, said: “The faculty is incredibly proud of Henry’s achievement. This nomination demonstrates that Henry, along with other Photography Graduates from Wolverhampton University, are now being recognised with several international and industry recognised award nominations for their outstanding contributions to our current thinking about images, new technology and their original work.

“Henry developed significant bodies of work whilst still a student at the university photographing the far right in the UK and Serbia and sex workers in Wolverhampton. It is this inquisitive and investigative nature that has seen Henry make provocative news stories at Vice Magazine, providing both the images and the narrative, his work focusing upon being recent conflicts and displaced peoples in Europe and the Middle East.

“The EMMY Award nomination is for the story behind conflict, the human story that shows something other than the bombs, rockets and guns, just the human tragedy and complete desolation in the aftermath of war.”

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