Author: Brennavan Sritharan

How to Shoot the Perfect Portrait: Adama Jalloh

Portrait of Britain is inviting photographers to submit images that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country and show the face of modern Britain. 100 winning portraits will be selected for a public exhibition showcased nationwide in September 2016. Entries close this Saturday – submit your work soon! We’re asking portrait photographers what goes into making the perfect portrait – this week we hear from Adama Jalloh.  In your view, what makes a compelling portrait? It’s a mixture of things – from the subject’s expression or mannerisms, the tones, the space, how the light might hit the subject. Its always interesting looking back at the results of an image, whether you’ve had 10 seconds of interaction with someone or spent a longer period of time with them. From time to time you get a sense of nervousness from strangers when you ask for their portrait, so being able to capture an unexpected emotion during brief encounters can be interesting. What attracts you to a potential subject? It could be based on the way they are …

2017-08-31T10:49:07+00:00

How to Shoot the Perfect Portrait: Francesca Allen

Portrait of Britain is inviting photographers to submit images that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country and show the face of modern Britain. 100 winning portraits will be selected for a public exhibition showcased nationwide in September 2016. DEADLINE TONIGHT – enter now. We’re asking portrait photographers what goes into making the perfect portrait – this week we hear from Francesca Allen.  In your view, what makes a compelling portrait? Colours, emotion, movement. I like to see that the image was part of a wider story, rather than someone sitting on chair for half an hour. There’s no recipe for a perfect portrait. The most beautiful portraits are those with a thumb over the lens and a blinking subject – what could be more honest than that moment of accidental unawareness?             What attracts you to a potential subject? I’m fascinated by the different ways people react in front of the camera, either by becoming totally in control of themselves or regressing into shyness. It’s a way of learning about myself too. I think that’s …

2017-08-31T10:50:13+00:00

BJP Breakthrough 2016 opens tonight

It’s finally here: our showcase of this year’s BJP Breakthrough winners opens tonight at the Free Range Shows, inside the Old Truman Brewery in London. We’re presenting four photographers – Jan McCullough, Piotr Karpinski, Simone Sapienza and Daragh Soden – who represent some of the best student and graduate talent. The exhibition opens tonight at 6pm – come down to have a drink with the BJP team, meet the artists and see their work up close. We also have free copies of a special Breakthrough edition of BJP – a guide for students and recent graduates entering professional photography, with features and interviews with past and present Breakthrough winners, as well as tips from editors, curators, magazine founders and publishers on alternate ways of making it in photography. Email rsvp@bjphoto.co.uk to confirm your attendance – see you there! Shop 13, Old Truman Brewery 15 Hanbury Street London, E1 6QR Exhibition continues 24 June – 4 July 2016 (open every day from 10am – 4pm) As well as the exhibition, we’re hosting the Breakthrough Sessions in our dedicated …

2016-07-07T10:46:11+00:00

How to Shoot the Perfect Portrait: Tom Johnson

Portrait of Britain is inviting photographers to submit images that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country and show the face of modern Britain. 100 winning portraits will be selected for a public exhibition showcased nationwide in September 2016. Due to exceptional demand we’ve extended the deadline to Saturday 2 July – find out more here and get involved. We’re asking portrait photographers what goes into making the perfect portrait – this week we hear from photographer Tom Johnson.  In your view, what makes a compelling portrait? All the normal rules are really important – connection, structure & emotion. But I think there’s this element that you can’t really describe: that ‘off’ moment, or where everything seems to make sense and come together. What I find compelling about portraiture is the element of mystery each time. There is no formula of how it will turn out. It’s a combination between you and the subject, and sometimes that connection is instantaneous and other times more difficult and that can be a part of the reward. A compelling portrait is …

2017-08-31T10:50:33+00:00

Third edition of the Syngenta Photography Award opens, with a $65,000 prize

The third Syngenta Photography Award is now open for entries and explores the theme ‘Grow-Conserve’. As the world’s population continues to increase, so does the tension between our growing demand for more food, energy and resources, and the protection of our planet. How can we manage economic, social and technological growth in a way that supports the needs of today as well as for future generations? Bold and transformative action is needed. Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world are invited to submit applications in two categories – the Professional Commission and the Open Competition. The Award prize totals $65,000 which includes a $25,000 professional commission for the first prize winner in the professional category to develop a photography project around the theme of the year. An exhibition will be held in March 2017, featuring the work of the finalists for the Award as well as images that illustrate the themes that have emerged from the submissions. Entries will be judged by a distinguished international judging panel chaired by the author and curator William …

2016-06-15T10:10:11+00:00

On the trust between a photographer and their subject.

Portrait of Britain is inviting photographers to submit images that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country and show the face of modern Britain. 100 winning portraits will be selected for a public exhibition showcased nationwide in September 2016. We’re asking portrait photographers what goes into making the perfect portrait – this week we hear from London-based photographer Samuel Bradley.

2017-08-31T10:52:01+00:00

How to Shoot the Perfect Portrait: Clémentine Schneidermann

Portrait of Britain is inviting photographers to submit images that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country and show the face of modern Britain. 100 winning portraits will be selected for a public exhibition showcased nationwide in September 2016.  We’re asking portrait photographers what goes into making the perfect portrait – this week we hear from Wales-based photographer Clémentine Schneidermann.  In your view, what makes a compelling portrait? It is a fine combination between the subject, the light, the colours, the framing, the tension and the distance between the photographer and the model. It has to be perfect without looking perfect. What attracts you to a potential subject? The personality of the subject  – how does this person stands out from the crowd. I find my inspiration in the everyday life, I don’t work with professional models. I pay a lot of attention to the clothes, the efforts people make to stand out and take care of themselves. I am interested in the fragility and the vulnerability [of the subject]. What makes you turn to …

2017-08-31T10:50:56+00:00

#BJP 7849: Modern Myths

If photography is indexically tied to the present moment, the past presents something of a challenge. Yet the features gathered here this month all draw on ancient customs and legends – from The Ramayana and The Bible to Greek mythology and traditional festivals held in Valencia and the Chiapa de Corzo in southern Mexico. What these projects record isn’t the past but the way that that the past lives on; old narratives that continue to inform lives that are also shaped by technology that would once have seemed like science fiction. And these series also show how photographers and their subjects can subvert and evolve these ancient stories, whether by using traditional carnival characters to question modern gender roles in Central America, or Classical statues to consider Western depictions of female nudes. If everything in the present day has evolved from something that went before, photographers can tunnel back through time by carefully selecting what they look at. How does our front cover fit in? Taken from Leslie Moquin’s project Shanghai Cosmetic, it seems to …

2016-07-05T13:36:20+00:00

Your chance to invest in British Journal of Photography

A note from BJP… Some of you might have seen a few messages on our social media, or received a note from us about crowdfunding and the future of BJP. Don’t worry – it’s good news. We’re very excited to announce that British Journal of Photography are looking to raise at least £150,000 through equity crowdfunding. We’ve grown from a weekly trade journal to an international brand respected across the industry, encompassing magazines, events, digital initiatives and collaborative partnerships. We have ambitious plans for the future and want to better serve our global readership and with additional investment, we’re confident we’ll be able to do so. Crowdfunding has become mainstream recent years, and it’s the perfect way for us to allow our readers to participate in our growth. But this isn’t your average crowdfunding proposal – if you invest in BJP (starting from just £10), you’ll own a piece of the one of the oldest photographic institutions. The global appetite for photography has grown massively in recent years and we’ve grown with it, turning our …

2016-06-08T10:56:23+00:00

When a photograph captures someone’s soul.

Portrait of Britain is inviting photographers to submit images that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country and show the face of modern Britain. 100 winning portraits will be selected for a public exhibition showcased nationwide in September 2016. We’re asking portrait photographers what goes into making the perfect portrait – this week we hear from London-based photographer Samuel Bradley.

2017-08-31T10:52:29+00:00

BJP Staff